Free Liposuction with No Downtime!!!
Not so fast…
The outrageous claims of cheap liposuction with minimal down time, bruising and its ability to tighten the skin at the same time sends shivers down the spine of qualified body contouring specialists who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. As qualified plastic surgeons we know too well the dangers of doing liposuction in an individual who is not an appropriate candidate.
In my practice no procedure is as heavily requested. I see people from all walks of life. Healthy perfect candidates who have perfect skin and are well suited for the operation, and I also see overweight individuals with poor quality of skin who are not appropriate candidates for this procedure. At the end of the day what determines the appropriateness of a well-suited liposuction candidate is the quality of the skin. If the skin is youthful and is able to withstand the removal of some of its cushion, the fat, then that individual is a perfect candidate for this effective operation. On the other had the mother of 6 with stretch marks and significant obesity will not obtain a good result and will have loose saggy skin after the operation. I don’t care how “smart” the liposuction machine is-it just is not going to do it.
Speaking of “smart” liposuction. Currently in the media there is a huge marketing blitz towards the consumers about “smart” liposuction machines with fancy terms such as laser, water jet, etc…. Liposuction is a simple operation that involves removal of fat using special tailored cannulas (straws) that come in different sizes. There are different types of power and mediums that this simple sucking action can be linked to – Ultrasound, Laser, Power Assisted Reciprocating, etc. These all do the same thing by some how destroying and sucking the fat cells. The claim with smart liposuction machines is that while it is doing that it also tightens the skin and creates very little down time. These are both claims that have absolutely no scientific backing and are simply driven by the demand forces of our market. There has not up to this date been a statistically significant scientific appraisal of this claim.
My personal opinion- it’s not the fancy machine, with the fancy name and the unsubstantiated claim. The most important factor that determines the appropriateness of this procedure is the OPERATOR. So, please do your homework, and understand that disaster looms around the corner for the patient who is not an appropriate candidate for liposuction.