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SculpSure or Liposuction: Which is Right for Me?

There are plenty of reasons why body contouring has become an attractive offering at plastic surgeons’ offices like Carl N. Williams MD Plastic Surgery. When stubborn fat deposits won’t disappear with the rest of your weight loss, or when you still see bulges after your workouts, body contouring can help you put the finishing touch on your shape and your appearance. Dr. Williams offers different contouring methods so that he can tailor your procedure to your aesthetic goals. Check out these basic facts about our most popular treatments to determine which one is the right choice for you.

Non-Surgical Contouring with SculpSure

If you are looking to trim your profile without surgery, SculpSure may be the right option for you. This device delivers laser energy into the fatty deposits, liquefying the fat cells so the body can eliminate them naturally. SculpSure can eradicate up to one-fourth of the fat cells in the treatment area to create a smoother, leaner contour in those problem spots.
SculpSure is approved by the FDA for treating the following areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips and flanks
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Back

Dr. Williams can use the device on any of these areas to create a smoother silhouette with long-lasting results.

Procedure Details

SculpSure is performed on an outpatient basis and only requires about 25 minutes to complete treatment. No anesthesia is necessary before treatment and patients tend to find the process to be relatively comfortable. The laser never penetrates the skin, so no incisions are needed, and there is no residual scarring after treatment.

A handheld applicator is run across the treatment area, which delivers the laser heat into the deep tissue without damaging the outer dermis. The precise applicator is selected based on your treatment area, with the ability to tailor this procedure to your body and your desired results. The temperature increase destroys fat cells without causing trauma to surrounding tissue. Integrated cooling helps your skin maintain a comfortable temperature during the procedure.

Advantages of SculpSure

There are numerous benefits you will enjoy when you select SculpSure for your body contouring:

  • Fast treatment, no discomfort or downtime
  • No incisions or anesthesia needed
  • Ability to reduce fat by up to 25 percent
  • Fat is liquefied and eliminated for permanent results
  • Treatment for nearly any problem area of the body
  • Achieve full results in just one treatment session

Say Goodbye to Unwanted Fat with Liposuction

SculpSure is not the only option in fat reduction today. Liposuction is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure that continues to be a popular choice for patients looking to create precise definition to nearly any area of the body, from larger areas like the midsection to smaller treatment spots like the upper arms or neck. Liposuction eliminates the fat cells from the body during the procedure rather than simply destroying them, so the effects of the treatment are seen even quicker.

Liposuction can be used on many different areas of the body, including:

  • Face, chin and neck
  • Breasts
  • Stomach and waistline
  • Hips and flanks
  • Upper and lower back
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Knees and calves

Dr. Williams is experienced in liposuction techniques that offer the precise contouring needed to produce superior results in any of these areas.

Procedure Details

Dr. Williams uses tumescent liposuction for this procedure, which infuses a liquid solution into the treatment area to loosen the fat cells and make them easier to remove. The procedure also minimizes bleeding and trauma to surrounding tissue, giving you a more comfortable treatment and a faster recovery period. In most cases, Dr. Williams performs liposuction on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia, so you are back home within a short time after your procedure.

During liposuction, Dr. Williams uses micro-incisions to insert a small tube called a cannula into the fat deposit. The cannula is gently moved about the area to loosen fat cells further and then suctions them away. The incisions are usually too small to need any suturing and will leave little or no visible scarring after surgery. You can head home the same day and should be back to most of your activities a few days later.

Advantages of Liposuction

There are advantages of liposuction that you might not realize with other body contouring procedures:

  • Sculpts nearly any area of the body, including smaller problem spots
  • Precision of the procedure leaves a toned, contoured result
  • Fat is removed from the body for a quicker outcome
  • Produces natural, permanent results when performed by an experienced surgeon
  • Just one session needed to achieve full results

Making the Choice

Even after learning the basics of both SculpSure and liposuction, it may be difficult to know how to choose the best treatment for you. That is where Dr. Williams and his staff can help. At our first appointment with you, we will listen to your concerns and goals to help you determine which of these procedures will meet your needs best. Your medical history and current health status will also be considered to ensure the procedure you undergo will be both safe and effective. To book your consultation with our office, contact Carl N. Williams MD Plastic Surgery today at 702-259-3223.