The terms liposuction and liposculpture are often used interchangably, yet there do exist minor differences between these two procedures. Liposculpture involves the use a minute cannula, focusing on improving an overall bodily aesthetic. Liposuction alternatively focuses on removing bulk, allowing patients to reduce bodily fat deposits by as much as five kilos. These treatments are also often confused with ‘coolsculpting’ or cryolipolysis. While this treatment can be used to encourage the metabolisation of localised fat deposits, when compared to other surgical means of fat recution, cryolipolysis can appear expensive, unpredictable and time consuming.
Laser treatments are frequently incorporated alongside liposuction, and can be used to reduce the appearance of cellulite. This is advantageous to many patients who, despite their weight loss, are still interested in maximising beauty in their appearance. For liposuction patients concerned with skin retraction, Dr. Rich can employ a number of possible techniques. By using radio frequency devices – such as the Venus or Long pulsed 1064 Yag – to heat the skin, encouraging it to reposition itself. This is another means of augmenting liposuction treatment.
Dr. Rich of the enRich clinic has extensive history in cosmetic surgery, and has in fact been a pioneer of the medical world. Fifteen years ago, Dr. Rich became the first medical practitioner to consider liposuction of the breast. This was a ground breaking procedure due to the significant volume that could be reduced without the requirement of more invasive, dangerous surgery. For patients considering this treatment, it is important to keep in mind that older patients are likely to have a higher percentage of body fat. As a result, ultrasound laser testing is important for younger patients in order to determine if liposuction treatment will be appropriate for them. It is also worth noting that patients with smaller fat deposits are likely to lose greater amounts of blood during liposuction. This can effect the potential extent of such treatment.