Minimally Invasive Lipo Versus Surgical Lipo: Which is Right For You?  

Until fairly recently, removal of stubborn fat deposits could only be accomplished in one way: With surgical liposuction. Because surgical liposuction is a major surgery, many patients who wanted lipo previously avoided it. Now, new advances in the medical field now allow for fat removal in a much less invasive way. The L.A. Vein Center offers tumescent technique, laser technique, and guided ultrasound technique — all of which are minimally invasive liposuction techniques. Which type of liposuction is right for you? Read on to find out.

Minimally Invasive Liposuction

Dr. Lee can use a tumescent technique, which involves only tiny incisions that require no stitches, to remove fat. Another option is SmartLipo®, a procedure in which a specialized laser melts fat deposits in the trouble areas. Ultrasonic assisted liposuction is another minimally invasive liposuction alternative. All of these methods are done on an out patient basis, and all are performed under only local anesthesia. Only the smallest incisions are made, which means very little blood loss and easy healing with minimal pain. Most patients go back to work within just a few days after a minimally invasive liposuction procedure.

Surgical Liposuction

While surgical liposuction is a cosmetic procedure, it’s still major surgery. Surgical liposuction requires larger incisions, and stitches are needed after the fat is removed. Recovery from surgical liposuction is more difficult than recovery from minimally invasive liposuction. Most patients need a week or even a couple of weeks to recover after surgical liposuction. The healing process can also be very painful due to the larger incision size. Surgical liposuction is more likely to leave scars than minimally invasive liposuction is.

Which is Best For You?

If you’re looking to eliminate fairly small fat deposits in areas like the belly, thighs, under chin area, upper arms, and hips, minimally invasive liposuction may be a great choice for you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Lee at L.A. Vein Center to learn more.

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