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Regular Lipo vs. High-Definition Liposuction: Results to Expect

Regular Lipo vs. High-Definition Liposuction: Results to Expect

Liposuction is the top body contouring procedure in the United States. In 2020, despite the pandemic, over 211,000 men and women had liposuction. It consistently ranks in the top five cosmetic surgical procedures because it gives patients an effective solution against stubborn fat deposits that won’t go away with diet and exercise.
The techniques and technologies used to perform liposuction have evolved significantly over the years. Some of the recent developments include using cannulas and power-assisted liposuction devices to make fat removal gentler for the patient and easier for a surgeon to perform.

A procedure called high-definition liposuction is one of the newer options in body contouring. If you’re curious about this transformative procedure, here’s everything you should know, including how traditional liposuction differs from high-definition liposuction.

What Is Liposuction?

Traditional liposuction is a surgical procedure designed to eliminate pockets of fat to improve the size and appearance of a specific area. The stomach, hips, and thighs are the most common surgical sites for this procedure. Standard liposuction removes fat evenly across the treatment area, achieving defined and harmonious results.

What Is High-Definition Liposuction?

High-definition body contouring and traditional liposuction use similar techniques. Either manual cannulas or power-assist devices in combination with energy devices suction fat from the target area. However, high-definition liposuction has a different approach to removing fat. Unlike regular liposuction, high-definition body contouring shapes and sculpts the treatment area to enhance its contours and muscle definition.

More plastic surgeons are performing high-definition liposuction with the use of vibrational amplification of sound energy at resonance (VASER). This procedure uses ultrasound technology to break up fat deposits and make the extraction process more precise, requiring less physical work from the surgeon and increasing the patient’s safety. Using VASER allows a plastic surgeon to suction fat superficially to the skin, which is necessary for the high-definition outcome a patient wants.

Top Three High-Definition Liposuction Results to Expect

The focus of high-definition liposuction is to reduce (and sometimes add) different amounts of fat in certain areas of the body, creating a three-dimensional result. Plastic surgeons can also remove fat in various layers to deliver the patient’s desired contours.

1. Sculpted and Defined Abs

For example, in the abdomen, a surgeon can create “negative spaces” by removing additional fat between the stomach muscle groups to produce chiseled-looking abs. The surgeon will discuss the amount of muscular definition a patient wants during a preoperative appointment to assess his or her aesthetic goals and determine whether he or she is a good candidate for high-definition lipo.

Suctioning more fat in the negative space and suctioning less fat between the spaces create the illusion of three-dimensional depth. A surgeon can also contour the horizontal lines between the rectus muscles to achieve the appearance of a six-pack.

2. More Masculine-Looking Chest

In male patients, the anterior serratus muscles on the ribcage’s upper sides can appear more sculpted after high-definition liposuction in Scottsdale, AZ. Surgeons use advanced techniques, such as combining liposuction with gland excision, to produce a more athletic- and chiseled-looking chest.

Creating negative space around the pectoral muscles frames the chest. Integrating liposuction with fat grafting, such as extracting fat from the patient’s upper chest, also adds muscular bulk to this area.

3. Attractive Back Muscles

A surgeon can highlight the negative spaces near the lower and upper back muscles to improve appearances in both male and female patients. In men, this procedure gives the highly desirable V-shape back muscles. Furthermore, a surgeon can suction the flanks behind the hips to create an overall V-tapered physique for male patients and an hourglass silhouette for female patients.

High-Definition Liposuction and Fat Grafting

Scottsdale plastic surgeons often perform high-definition liposuction alongside fat grafting to add muscular bulk in specific muscle groups to enhance the high-definition, contoured results. A plastic surgeon extracts fat from one area of the body and transfers it to the treatment areas, which often include the biceps, deltoid, calves, and buttocks in men.

In women, fat grafting can assist in enhancing the feminine silhouette by increasing the volume and shape of the buttocks. Surgical fat transfer can also accentuate a woman’s hourglass figure by improving the waist-to-hip ratio.

Tummy Tuck vs. Regular Liposuction vs. High-Definition Liposuction

The primary difference between a tummy tuck and traditional liposuction is the removal of extra skin and the tightening of the abdominal muscles. Liposuction removes fat deposits, whereas a tummy tuck goes a step further. After suctioning unwanted fat, the skin may not bounce back, necessitating a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty to address the loose skin, loose muscles, and fascia. In HD liposuction, a plastic surgeon removes fat in a way that allows the muscles beneath to show through with more definition.

How to Get the Best Results from High-Definition Liposuction

A comprehensive approach to high-definition liposuction by understanding and examining the various muscle groups, as well as assessing areas for fat transfer, is crucial for delivering the best possible results for each unique patient. Extracting and adding fat strategically can create incredible, natural-looking, three-dimensional outcomes that truly elevate standard liposuction results.

High-definition liposuction is an advanced procedure with a steep learning curve, so only choose an experienced plastic surgeon to perform your surgery. If you are eligible for liposuction, you should also follow your doctor’s post-op and recovery instructions to ensure proper healing and beautiful results. Post-op compression garments, massages, and closed suction drains are also integral parts of the recovery protocol.

Shape, Sculpt, and Transform Your Body Today

Get rid of excess body fat with safe and effective liposuction treatments at Guerra Plastic Surgery Center. We are a leading Scottsdale plastic surgery practice specializing in world-class liposuction techniques that produce outstanding results for both female and male patients.

Our goal is to personalize an ideal surgical plan that meets each patient’s needs and desires. In each case, Dr. Aldo Guerra or Dr. Scott Ogley and their team make use of the latest cosmetic surgery technologies, sometimes in combination, to eliminate unwanted fat and deliver the most dramatic yet natural-looking results possible for body contouring patients. Contact us now to schedule your consultation.


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