Liposculpture is a surgical cosmetic procedure that removes fat from small parts of your body. Liposculpture creates muscle tone and definition. Plastic surgeons may use various techniques to achieve the best outcome. Full results can take up to six months.
Liposculpture is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that removes excess fat and creates a more muscular, defined shape. In some cases, plastic surgeons purify the removed fat and insert it into another area of your body for optimal results.
Liposculpture targets areas of your body that diet and exercise haven’t improved. It can help to reduce or reshape your:
Your plastic surgeon may use various liposculpture techniques. The methods your surgeon uses may depend on your goals and the size of the treated areas. Liposculpture techniques include:
You’re a good candidate for liposculpture if you:
You may not be a good candidate for liposculpture if:
There are a few differences between the two procedures:
Although there isn’t an official definition of Lipo 360, the term refers to liposuction that treats your front, sides and back, like the 360 degrees of a circle. Typically, this involves your stomach, waist, love handles and back. Plastic surgeons use various liposuction methods to remove excess fat and create a smoother, leaner appearance.
Liposculpture is a minimally invasive procedure, while CoolSculpting is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure. CoolSculpting destroys fat cells by freezing them in certain areas of your body. Healthcare providers call this process cryolipolysis.
Your plastic surgeon will give you specific instructions on preparing for your procedure. For example, two weeks before surgery, you should stop:
Before liposculpture, you typically receive local anesthesia. You’re awake during the procedure but shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort.
Liposculpture takes about two to four hours. The exact time depends on how many areas you need treated.
Plastic surgeons use a slender suction tube called a cannula. During liposculpture, your surgeon:
If you’re having liposculpture fat transfer, your plastic surgeon will purify the removed fat and insert it into your desired area.
After liposculpture, your plastic surgeon may suggest walking to reduce the risk of blood clots in your legs or arms. You’ll wear a compression garment for up to six weeks to reduce contour irregularities, pain and swelling. A compression garment also reduces the risk of fluid forming under your skin (seroma).
Liposculpture targets stubborn areas of fat that remain even with exercise and diet. You achieve a more muscular, leaner look.
Seeing a plastic surgeon who has experience performing liposculpture greatly reduces risks. Still, liposculpture complications are possible. Complications may include:
Speak to your surgeon for a full list of possible complications.
Results tend to be immediate, but you won’t see the full outcome for up to six months.
Liposculpture recovery can take weeks. It’s common to experience bruising and swelling for several weeks.
While it depends on your job and recovery, some people can return to work after a few days to a week. Other individuals may take up to two weeks or longer. You might need to wait up to three to six weeks before doing any strenuous activities depending upon the number and size of areas treated.
Seek immediate medical attention if you experience:
A note from Cleveland Clinic
Liposculpture is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that removes fat from small parts of your body, such as your arms, lower back and neck. Plastic surgeons may use various liposculpture techniques for removing fat to achieve the best results. Liposculpture recovery typically takes several weeks. Talk to a trained, experienced plastic surgeon about whether liposculpture is right for you.
Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 06/08/2022.
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