Now that the weather is starting to get colder one of our favorite things to do is eat!! I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but it makes me hungry. I have a sneaky suspicion that it makes you hungry too!! For most of us, this means a little weight gain. Denver, Colorado is a pretty healthy place, but there are lots of us who can’t seem to get rid of areas of stubborn fat, no matter how much time we spend in the gym. What kinds of options do you have, you ask? The most effective way to remove those stubborn fat deposits is by having liposuction. There are multiple types of liposuction performed here in Denver by Shah Aesthetic Surgery.
1. Standard – Standard liposuction uses manual suction techniques to suck out fat from trouble areas using small incisions placed in the skin. It is fairly old-school and it’s use is limited.
2. Power Assisted – Power assisted liposuction (PAL) uses a mechanical device that oscillates like a little battering ram under the skin to make removal of fat a little easier and more aggressive. Areas of tougher tissue are also more effectively treated using this technology.
3. VASER Assisted – VASER assisted liposuction (UAL) uses ultrasound energy to vibrate water molecules around fat cells under the skin causing them to explode and liquify. It makes fat removal even easier, with less bruising. In addition, the ultrasound generates heat that some feel helps tighten the overlying skin as it contracts, giving even better shape. It is my favorite way to perform liposuction for body areas. I will often combine it with PAL for maximum results.
4. Laser Lipolysis – Laser lipolysis, or, Smartlipo MPX by Cynosure, is a liposuction technology that use a small fiberoptic laser placed under the skin that melts fat and also help tighten skin. It is a little more risky because it can heat the skin quickly so careful attention needs to be paid to avoid burns. It is also one of the only treatments that show efficacy with the treatment of cellulite. It is one of my favorite methods for fat removal and skin tightening in the face.
Nothing replaces good diet and exercise, but most of us know that it is sometimes not enough. Liposuction remains a mainstay method for body contouring. A consultation with a plastic surgeon trained in liposuction will help you understand the benefits/limitations/risk/alternatives of the various methods of liposuction here in Denver, Colorado.