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What is Liposculpture?

Liposculpture is also known as Body Sculpting, Body Contouring, Lipo, Lipotherme, and Liposuction.  Liposculpturing involves a more artistic approach to liposuction.  This new liposuction technique gently and safely removes fat while minimizing the risk of skin irregularities and other more serious complications compared to the more conventional liposuction methods.

Liposculpture is much less invasive than traditional liposuction and the results are just as permanent.  Microsurgery techniques reshape problem areas of the body without significant trauma to the patient.  As a result, there is minimal bruising and the tiny 1-2 mm scars are almost nonexistent after healing for most patients.

New liposuction techniques utilize one or more of a broad array of technologies including laser, ultrasound, power-assisted micro-cannulas, or a combination of these techniques.  Whether it's your thighs, love handles, abdomen, arms, legs, or chin/neck that need reduction, liposculpture may be the permanent solution that you have been seeking.

Each area of the body can be tailored using the new liposuction techniques performed by our expert staff.  Liposculpture is all we do!  Have you been eager to take inches off your mid-section?  How about having thinner looking thighs or a better shaped bottom?  Our specialized techniques can significantly alter the appearance of your body with minimal discomfort.

Our staff has performed more than 15,000 procedures and we are here and ready to put our experience and expertise to work today to make your life better.


What happens during your initial consultation?

During the consultation, we will discuss the changes that you would like to make in your appearance. We will explain the different options available to you, the procedure itself, its risks and limitations, and the costs.


How much pain is there?

The procedure is done under local anesthesia which minimizes the patient's discomfort and maximizes safety.


What is the recovery period like?

Most of the bruising and swelling should subside within three weeks.  To speed the healing process and to reduce the likelihood of post-operative complications, our staff will advise you to begin light activity as soon as possible.  You should be able to return to work within one or two days if your work is fairly sedentary.  You should avoid strenuous activities for one to two weeks as your body heals, but within two to six weeks you should be able to resume all normal activities.  It's important to continue wearing the compression garment, which should be easily hidden under your clothing, unless instructed to do otherwise by our staff.


What can I expect after surgery?

For a day or two, you can expect to feel tired, as though your body has been through a workout - and it has!  The areas treated will be stiff and sore, and you may experience some discomfort, burning, swelling, bruising or temporary numbness.  The tumescent solution often provides many hours of pain free comfort, and you will be provided with medication to relieve any residual discomfort following your procedure.

You will be wearing a compression garment around the areas treated.  This decreases swelling, helps mold the new shape, and provides support and comfort.  Garments must be worn following the procedure for comfort and to improve results. Duration of garment wear varies on an individual basis and will be determined by our Liposculpture Specialist.


How long do the results last?

The fat cells are permanently removed by liposculpture, so you will not regain weight in that area.  It is important to note, however, that liposuction does not guarantee that you won't gain weight or accumulate fat deposits in other areas of your body.


Are there risks to having liposculpture?

As with any surgical procedure, liposuction carries risks, such as bleeding and a reaction to anesthesia. Some of the possible complications specific to liposuction include (the list seen below is not all inclusive):

  • Contour irregularities. Your skin might appear bumpy, wavy or withered due to uneven fat removal, poor skin elasticity and unusual healing. These changes might be permanent. Damage beneath the skin from the thin tube (cannula) that's used during liposuction might give the skin a permanent spotted appearance.
  • Fluid accumulation. Temporary pockets of fluid (seromas) can form under the skin. This fluid might need to be drained with a needle.
  • Numbness. You might feel temporary or permanent numbness in the affected area. Temporary nerve irritation also is possible.
  • Skin Scarring - All surgery leaves scars, some more visible than others.  Although good wound healing after a surgical procedure is expected, abnormal scars may occur within the skin and deeper tissues.  Scars may be unattractive and of different color than surrounding skin.
  • Skin Discoloration/Swelling - Skin discoloration, bruising, and swelling normally occurs following liposuction.  The skin in or near the surgical site can appear either lighter or darker than surrounding skin. Although uncommon, swelling and skin discoloration may persist for long periods of time and, in rare situations, may be permanent. 
  • Unsatisfactory Result - Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee or warranty expressed or implied, on the results that may be obtained. You may be disappointed with the results of liposuction surgery. Additional surgery may be required to attempt to improve results.
  • Infection. Skin infections are rare but possible. A severe skin infection might be life-threatening.
  • Internal puncture. Rarely, a cannula that penetrates too deeply might puncture an internal organ. This might require emergency surgical repair.
  • Fat embolism. Pieces of loosened fat might break away and become trapped in a blood vessel and gather in the lungs or travel to the brain. A fat embolism is a medical emergency.
  • Kidney and heart problems. Shifts in fluid levels as fluids are being injected and suctioned out can cause potentially life-threatening kidney and heart problems.

The risk of complications increases if you have certain medical conditions, taking certain medications, if you are of advanced age, or if your provider is working on larger surfaces of your body or doing multiple procedures during the same operation. Talk to one of our providers about how these risks apply to you.

What is an Arm Lift?

More details about this procedure can be found here: Pacific Lipo Arm Lift


What is a Brazillian Butt Lift?

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What is a Tummy Tuck?

More details about this procedure can be found here: Pacific Lipo Tummy Tuck



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