Micro liposuction is a new technique in cosmetic surgery for contouring and removing fat from the neck, cheeks and chin. It is performed with a combination of tiny incisions and small cannulas that result in quicker recovery time and very minimal scarring. This liposuction technique is ideal for people who are generally happy with their weight and appearance and are only seeking some contouring for stubborn areas.
Like standard liposuction, micro liposuction focuses on areas of the body where fat doesn't resolve through exercise and diet. Where it differs is in the use of much smaller instruments, which enables the treatment of areas like the face. Many patients who undergo the procedure report that the removed fat doesn't return and are very satisfied overall. Some procedures can even be perfomed under a local anesthetic. Patients go home the same day and resume regular activities soon afterward.
Micro liposuction cannulas sizes fall between 1.5mm to 6 mm in diameter. This allows for better contouring, unlike large cannulas that can leave unsightly lumps and ripples in the skin. A common surgical technique is to begin with larger cannulas and gradually reduce their size as the fat is removed. Very small cannulas give surgeons fine grain control over the final result, which is what matters the most to the patient.
Some of the most common micro liposuction procedures are described below.
Autologous fat transplantation, also known as a fat transfer, involves removing fat from one part of the body and using it to build up the lips. This procedure is preferable to collagen injections, as it uses material from the patient's own body and does not cause allergies. It restores lips where the skin is deficient due to age or is otherwise damaged. The end result is very natural looking.
A facial micro liposuction is done for contouring purposes and is for patients who have otherwise acceptable skin tone but have stubborn fat directly underneath the skin. There is usually bruising, swelling and discomfort after this procedure which goes away in a week to 10 days.
Aging women choose neck liposuction because it firms up loose skin which results in a more youthful appearance. It involves using a very small cannula to remove fat on the neck and chin areas and tightening up the skin. This procedure can be done with sedation and local anesthesia and has a quick recovery time.
Some patients also seek micro liposuction to remove fat from hips, thighs, abdomen and rear end for better overall body contouring. These are also minimally invasive procedures with fast recovery rates.
Micro liposuction is not just for the wealthy and movie stars anymore. Although not covered by insurance, the average cost is $2,600 - 3,600 which puts it well within financial reach of many people. There is no shame in needing or wanting cosmetic enhancement and it often improves self-esteem and overall happiness.
Anyone considering liposuction or any type of surgery should do a lot of research when looking for a cosmetic surgeon. The doctor should be very experienced in the desired procedure and should be comfortable with questions, explanations and presenting before and after pictures of other patients. It is also wise to make sure the surgeon has no complaints or pending legal actions regarding previous surgical procedures. Just because a doctor is practicing does not mean they are competent.
The most important thing for the potential patient to have is realistic expectations. Cosmetic surgery is meant to enhance, not perfect. Going into cosmetic enhancement like micro liposuction with the right frame of mind will result in bigger benefits and psychological satisfaction afterward.
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