Liposuction / Liposculpture

Liposuction / Liposculpture is the removal of unwanted buldges
caused by excess localized fatty deposits.
Liposuction alone does not significantly improve cellulite.
A small diameter stainless steel suction tube (cannula);
is inserted through one or more tiny, inconspicously placed incisions.
This cannula is attached via tubing to a fat collection container,
which is powered by a high pressure suction device (vacuum).
Moving the cannula back and forth breaks up the fat;
and with accompanying suction removes the unwanted fat,
permitting liposculpting.

Early, vintage forms of liposuction were not always safe.
However, modern liposuction is not only safe,
but one of the commonly performed and widely practiced
cosmetic procedures by Dermatologic Surgeons;
thanks to the pivotal development of Tumescent Liposuction
by Dermatologic Surgeon, Arnold Klein in 1985.
Published 11/2002 in the prestigious Journal of Dermatologic Surgery,
a landmark survey of 267 Dermatologic Cosmetic Surgeons
demonstrated no deaths in 66,570 liposuction procedures from 1994-2000.

Tumescent liposuction allows large volume / multiple area liposuction
to be performed safely and painlessly under modified local anesthesia
with decreased post-operative discomfort and recovery time,
in an office-based surgery facility;
and thus, eliminating the risk and expense of general anesthesia
and expense of hospital or outpatient surgical facilities.
Patients receive minor sedation and/or pain medication to help them relax,
yet are conscious, but pleasantly sedated and comfortable.

The differentiating feature of tumescent liposuction that has allowed
modern liposuction to become so safe is the tumescent anesthetic technique.
Tumescent anesthesia uses a large volume dilute anesthetic saline mixture, allowing large areas to be safely anesthetized for painless liposuction.
Adrenaline added to the anesthetic solution reduce bruising and bleeding,
a significant risk of traditional liposuction surgery of the past.
Reduced bleeding and bruising speeds healing / recovery.
Dilute sodium bicarbonate in the solution reduces the unpleasant stinging otherwise associated with the anesthetic Lidocaine within the solution,
and thus, allows the injection of this mixture to proceed relatively painlessly.

The tumescent (or Klein) solution is injected in large volumes
to cause the tissues to become firm and inflated (or tumescent).
This allows Dr. Strimling to suction extract the fat in a more accurate
and uniform fashion, thereby producing smoother results.
Instilling the large volume local anesthetic solution prior liposuction
via very small, blunt-tipped cannulas break-ups / “loosens” the fatty tissue; serving to facilitate its safe and uniform removal.

Laser Liposuction (SmartLipo, SlimLipo, ProLipo, Duolipo, Lipotherme, etc.) utilizes a laser fiber with tumescent anesthesia instead of a cannula
to melt unwanted fat that still requires traditional suction removal.
Laser liposuction is usually offered as an adjunct to tumescent liposuction;
Laser liposuction may be used as a stand-alone procedure for small areas,
such as the face and/or neck; where melted fat is absorbed without suction.
Laser liposuction advocates claim laser derived heat may induce tightening, however, may also cause burns or punctures.
Laser liposuction alone or together with tumescent liposuction
does not offer any significant advantages over tumescent liposuction alone.

Other variations of modern liposuction include:

  • (Internal) Ultrasound-assisted Liposuction (I-UAL) (VASER Lipo)

Ultrasound derived heat melts fat as in Laser liposuction.
I-UAL is out of favor due to larger incision sites needed for cannula access and increased risk of burns and punctures due to heat generation.

  • Power-assisted Liposuction (PAL)
  • Body Jet (Water-assisted Liposuction

Aesthetic results are comparable to traditional tumescent liposuction.

Non-invasive fat diminishing alternatives to Liposuction exist,
but are clearly not as effective nor practical as modern tumescent liposuction.
Zeltiq (Crylipolysis) requires up to 2 hours to treat a very small area.
Currently, only a single, small area can be treated per session.
Expect subtle (20% fat reduction) to slowly occur over 2-4 months.
Zerona combines external cold laser treatments with diet and exercise.

Tumescent liposuction remains the gold standard in fat removal.
However, liposuction is not a weight loss treatment
nor does it significantly improve cellulite.

Non-invasive Body Shaping and Cellulite options include:
Skin tightening techniques with Sciton’s SkinTyte among others.

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At Strimling Dermatology, Laser & Vein Institute of Summerlin, Las Vegas,
tumescent liposuction is performed by board certified Dr. Robert Strimling, MD.
With nearly 20 years experience, our Dr. Strimling is one of the
most experienced Cosmetic Surgeons / Dermatologists in Las Vegas.
Voted or selected among “Best Dermatologists” in Las Vegas and America.
Also, selected “Award Winning Cosmetic Surgeon” for 2011.

Contact Us at (702) 243-6400

to schedule a personalized consultation with Dr. Robert Strimling, MD
of Strimling Dermatology, Laser & Vein Institute of Summerlin, Las Vegas.

Strimling Dermatology, Laser & Vein Institute of Summerlin, Las Vegas
treats patients from all over the Clark County valley, including
Henderson, Green Valley, Anthem, North Las Vegas, Boulder City
as well as Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada and the rest of the southwest;
We have also seen patients from all over the country and world.

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