Despite many people’s best efforts with diet and exercise, they still have problem areas that have more fat than they would like. Lipo 360 is a procedure that is uses liposuction to contour and shape the midsection, 360 degrees around. The procedure improves contour by removing excess fat from the abdomen, lower back, flanks (love handles), and waist.
Liposuction can be performed on most areas of a patient’s face or body, but Lipo 360 focuses on the circumference of the body. Examples of areas that can also be treated include the:
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Lipo 360 is performed under sedation. Lipo 360 starts with making small incisions in the skin. Next, the surgeon will inject tumescent fluid into the incisions, which is a combination of lidocaine, epinephrine and saline. The solution numbs the areas of the body where liposuction is being performed and decreases bleeding. Next, the Plastic Surgeon will use a cannula to suction unwanted fat deposits from specific areas in the midsection. The surgeon will proceed with body sculpting and removing fat deposits in the flanks and lower back to accentuate your natural curves and create a natural-looking result.
The benefits of lipo 360 are that multiple areas are treated in one surgery, so that there is only one recovery and it produces a more balanced appearance. If you have worked hard to reduce your weight but still find that you have excess fat, Lipo 360 may be the answer for you. The long-term benefits are better fitting clothes, a smooth contour, and improved self-confidence.
Lipo 360 removes small pockets of fat to improve a person’s shape, but it’s not a substitute for substantial weight loss. A good candidate for Lipo 360 is someone who is already at or near their ideal healthy weight but has discreet areas of fat with minimal excess skin. Lipo 360 is not a weight-loss procedure or a treatment for obesity. Be aware cellulite and stretch marks are not improved with Lipo 360. If you are not obese but have excess fat and excess skin, a Tummy Tuck may be a good option to give you the results you desire. Lipo 360 is a good option for anyone who wants to remove excess fat deposits left behind after childbirth or weight loss. This includes people who have lost weight after having weight-loss surgery, as well as people who have lost weight primarily through exercise or dieting.
Lipo 360 is often part of a Mommy Makeover for women who have excess skin and fat due to pregnancy. However, it is best to postpone most procedures until you are finished having children as a subsequent pregnancy could create the need for an additional surgery.
Lipo 360 candidates are evaluated on an individual basis, however, there are commonalities amongst appropriate candidates for Lipo 360. In general, good Lipo 360 candidates:
Lipo 360 surgery is completed in an outpatient setting under general anesthesia. Your plastic surgeon will make small incisions in the skin. She will inject numbing medication and epinephrine to prevent excessive blood loss and bruising. A cannula will be used to suction out excess fat. Afterwards, your plastic surgeon will close the incisions. The surgery may take several hours, depending on the number of areas being treated. In your recovery room, a post-op team will assist you with managing pain, dress the area with a compression garment, and monitor your vitals before you are approved to be discharged.
Patients ambulate from the surgery center immediately after the procedure and able to resume their daily activities in 7-10 days. Patients are required to wear compression garment post-procedure to further shape the areas treated. Garment compliance is crucial to achieve the goals of the procedure. Initial results can be seen at 6 weeks with full results visible at 3 months post-procedure.
Our plastic surgeons often asks patients to make at least one lifestyle modification before the procedure to ensure their results can be maintained post-procedure. It can be as simple as adding 30 minutes to your exercise regimen or decreasing your daily sugar intake. The most important thing to remember during this process is that you should follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions closely. Don’t hesitate to contact our office if you have questions or concerns.
Directly following a Lipo 360, you can expect to feel mild discomfort, and see bruising, redness and swelling. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe medications to minimize any discomfort. It is important to allow your body time to rest. You will be instructed to wear a compression garment for six weeks to help reduce swelling and promote healing. Swelling usually starts to go down by the end of the first week but wearing the compression garments should continue as otherwise directed. Within 5-7 days, you should be comfortable enough to return to work. You will want to avoid any strenuous movement or exercise that could cause complications.
Small incisions are made during the procedure in order to remove the excess fat cells. Your plastic surgeon will do her best to make the small incisions in inconspicuous areas whenever possible, so they won’t be as noticeable. It is important to follow your plastic surgeon’s post-procedure instructions, including the care of these incisions to help with healing and minimize scarring.
The results of Lipo 360 will not be seen immediately after the procedure. Generally, patients can expect to see final results between 3 months after the procedure. Due to swelling, it may appear that you have gained weight or look larger in the area(s) treated. You will begin to see results as the swelling subsides. Some patients may notice loose skin in the treatment area. Depending on factors like age or the amount of fat removed by your plastic surgeon, non-surgical or surgical intervention may be necessary to tighten up the skin. Every person is different and your plastic surgeon will include skin tightening as part of your body contouring consultation if warranted.
While Lipo 360 permanently removes excess fat cells in the treatment area, the remaining cells can continue to store fat and grow in size. Following a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water and exercising regularly will help you maintain a healthy body weight and achieve your desired results. Lipo 360 can remove stubborn excess body fat and help you achieve your desired body contour, but it is essential to have realistic expectations and know that maintaining your new look long-term requires a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. At some point after your surgery, your plastic surgeon will let you know when you are cleared to begin light exercise such as walking. You can increase your exercise from there with your plastic surgeon’s guidance.
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