The liposculpture is an aesthetic surgical intervention that has the purpose of sculpting the body with the objective of giving it a stylized and attractive shape. The technique on which it is based is liposuction, which has been performed since the end of the 70’s and which is, in turn, one of the most versatile techniques used.
Thanks to this treatment, excess fat accumulations are removed from different areas of the body (abdomen, arms, thighs, flanks and neck, among others). Also, part of these accumulations of fat can be grafted in other areas of the body that in turn need this fat to achieve a more balanced and attractive contour. It is important to highlight that liposculpture is not a technique to lose weight.
This technique allows remodeling areas where there are excessive or unaesthetic fat accumulations in a harmonious and balanced way. In most cases, the surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis under local or regional anesthesia, in addition to sedation to offer greater comfort to the patient.
Any person can undergo liposculpture, whether young or old; man or woman. There is no limit unless the specialist in Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery considers that it is contraindicated due to some determined circumstance such as a bad quality of the skin or an excessive overweight.
Postoperative care of the liposculpture
It is very important to wear a pressotherapy garment in the treated area for a period of four to six weeks, depending on the area and volume treated. This helps the skin to adapt to the new shape, minimizing the local irregularities. In addition, the postoperative inflammatory process is controlled.
It is also important to perform lymphatic drainage type massages during these weeks so that the local circulation is reactivated and the treated areas are deflated through the elimination of blood and fat that remain in the operated area.
Latest advances in liposculpture
The latest advances made in the field of liposculpture refer more to the incorporation of new technologies to dissolve and extract the fat than to the technique itself.
The lipolaser technique is the most important novelty and refers to the extraction of fat by means of laser technology. An additional advantage over the classic technique is that it offers better elimination in areas where the fat is more septate and fibrous, such as the back, flanks, supraumbilical abdomen and double chin, together with an improvement in the retraction of the skin in the treated area.
The other novelty is the increasingly frequent implantation of lipofilling, which is the placement of the patient’s own extracted fat in other areas of the body such as the face, breasts or buttocks.