Tumescent & Ultrasonic Liposuction Questions

Plastic Surgeon Serving Orlando, Winter Park and Nearby Areas of Central Florida

What is the difference between tumescent and ultrasonic liposuction?
Liposuction techniques have evolved over the last 15 years, allowing superior results. Newer techniques result in better skin contraction and smoothness, with less blood loss and quicker recovery. Also much larger volumes of fat can be removed with safety, compared to early techniques. The tumescent and superwet techniques, performed at the Bougainvillea Clinique, involve injection of a saltwater solution which has local anaesthetic solution and small amounts of adrenalin in the solution. Ultrasonic liposuction is the latest form of liposuction, which also uses the tumescent or superwet technique, but in addition uses an ultrasonic probe to break up the fat before it is removed. For small liposuction procedures, ultrasonic liposuction is probably unnecessary, ultrasonic liposuction is superior in large volume liposuction, previously difficult areas like the back and enlarged breasts in men, or when additional skin contraction is needed.

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Does liposuction help loose skin and cellulite?
Loose skin will contract to a variable degree with modern techniques of liposuction. Moderate cellulite can sometimes be improved. The limiting factor with liposuction however has always been the ability of the skin to contract. At the Bougainvillea Clinique, we have demonstrated that superior results can be achieved with the addition of Endermologie after liposuction. The benefits are enhanced skin contraction and smoothness, and significant improvement in the appearance of cellulite.

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Is liposuction permanent, and will the fat come back?
Once fat is removed it will not come back, but liposuction will not prevent you from gaining weight if you do not watch your diet. Remember, if you do allow yourself to put on weight, the fat that is left behind will of course expand, though probably to a lesser degree than if you had not had liposuction. At the Bougainvillea Clinique we help with weight loss, anti-aging and nutritional programs as well as Endermologie and Pilates body conditioning to help you stay looking good after liposuction.

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People say the fat comes back in other places, is this true?
This is not true, however if you allow yourself to gain weight, you will most likely gain weight disproportionately in untreated areas. This may give the impression that the fat is coming back in other areas. After puberty, most of us gain weight by storing more fat in the fat cells we have, not by getting more fat cells. So the untreated areas will be able to store more fat than the areas that have been treated with liposuction. There is also some evidence that after liposuction, an individual's metabolic 'setpoint' may be lower, making it easier to keep weight off. Once again, at the Bougainvillea Clinique we provide numerous treatments and programs to help you enhance and maintain your result.

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