A brief history of liposuction

Way back in the 1920s, a French surgeon by the name of Charles Dujarier experimented with fat removal and body contouring. Due to the procedure causing one of his patients to develop gangrene, his idea was ridiculed and quickly dismissed. It was not until decades later, in 1974, when the idea was revisited. It sparked the interest of two Italian doctors, Arpad and Giorgio Fisher, to invent the blunt tunneling technique, which involved rotating scalpels to first separate fat and then remove the fat by suctioning it out. Their method was refined, but it still caused several undesirable complications, such as nerve damage and blood loss, which prompted French surgeon Yves-Gerard Illouz to experiment with a blunt-tipped cannula in 1982. The Illouz Method, as it became called, had significant improvements as it led to better results, fewer complications, and quicker recovery. It immediately became a popular method among surgeons from all over the world. That was the beginning of liposuction. Nowadays, additional improvements have been made to refine this procedure, from incorporating compression techniques and ultrasound technology to substituting general anesthesia for lidocaine, a local anesthetic. Due to these considerable improvements with the advancement of technology, liposuction has become one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures performed worldwide.

Difference between traditional liposuction and 360 liposuction

Modern liposuction is a body contouring procedure that targets stubborn fat in a particular area of the body for a more toned figure, but what if you could take it to the next level? You get the 360 Lipo – an all-inclusive, revolutionary liposuction procedure that encompasses both the front and back of the body or a full circle, which is 360 degrees, as the name suggests. Unlike traditional liposuction, which has its drawbacks, 360 liposuction or circumferential liposuction is a more effective and comprehensive procedure as it focuses on achieving maximal results, not just removing fat in a specific area. It is a more impressive procedure because the body is not two-dimensional and takes this into account. 360 liposuction also accentuates the contours of the waistline by treating the entire midsection from multiple angles simultaneously instead of just the front as with typical liposuction. With this approach, the desired waist may be achieved with the expected outcome. Traditional liposuction, on the other hand, may not provide the desired results as the end result may cause uneven body contouring.  

360 liposuction is an updated version of liposuction as it also consists of liposculpture, which offers desired and customized results. It focuses on recontouring the remaining fat that was not removed during liposuction to create a smoother, curvier figure without the additional risk of asymmetries or irregular contours as with typical liposuction. With liposculpture, you may finally try on those swimsuits and sundresses you have always wanted but never dared. By redefining your contours, 360 liposuction fosters self-esteem and confidence so that you can not only look good but feel good too.

What areas are treated?

360 liposuction addresses the entire midsection, including the upper and lower abdominals, obliques, middle back, and lower back. All these areas are treated during a single procedure to provide a proportional, toned midsection all around. 

Who is a good candidate?

360 liposuction may not be for everyone. Consult a plastic surgeon if this procedure is right for you. Ideally, a suitable candidate is a healthy nonsmoker with no underlying health condition, within 30% of his or her desired weight, and has positive and realistic expectations. 

How does 360 liposuction work?

First and foremost, discuss your requests with a plastic surgeon to create your custom-tailored treatment plan if you qualify. At the start of the procedure, small incisions are made. A cannula or thin vacuum tube is then inserted to precisely locate fat and suction it out from various regions of the midsection. Local anesthetic instead of general anesthesia is used as this procedure is minimally invasive. Scarring is minimal if at all noticeable. The procedure can be done on an outpatient basis, so patients may return home the same day of the procedure. 

What is the recovery time?

As with every surgical procedure, recuperation is always necessary, and the required recovery time may depend on each patient; however, most patients recover fairly quickly and may return to their daily activities within a few days following 360-degree liposuction. Consult your plastic surgeon and adhere to aftercare directions to ensure optimal results.

What are the risks?

As with any surgical procedure, although minimal, there are risks associated with 360 liposuction similar to traditional liposuction. They may include infection, bruising, swelling, fluid accumulation, need for revision surgery, bumpy skin, changes to muscle or veins, and possible asymmetries. Nevertheless, asymmetries are more common with traditional liposuction than 360 Lipo.

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