If you’re looking to get rid of stubborn fat and bring attention to the muscles you’ve worked so hard for, high definition liposuction may be for you.
Unlike traditional liposuction, HD lipo uses ultrasound energy to liquify fat before it’s removed. This offers numerous benefits, including less trauma to the treated area, an easier recovery, and better results.
HD liposuction does amazing things to emphasize a patient’s own anatomy. We can use it to cinch your waist and sculpt your abs, then use the removed fat to add volume elsewhere — to the breasts or buttocks, for example. Below, we’ll discuss how to know if you’re a good candidate for this innovative body sculpting procedure. But first, let’s take a look at how high definition liposuction differs from traditional liposuction.
What Is High Definition Liposuction?
Sometimes called “liposculpture”, high definition liposuction (or HD lipo) is a strategic form of liposuction that removes fat in order to accentuate the patient’s own musculature. Ultrasonic energy is used to break down the fat before it is removed.
In this way, patients are able to put more emphasis on their pecs, abs, shoulders, back, and waist. Of course, the main goal with any liposuction procedure is removing fat, and HD lipo certainly does that. However, high definition liposuction differs from traditional liposuction in that it aims to create a more sculpted or athletic appearance in the patient.
Most patients opt to have this procedure performed on their abs or flanks. But it can also be performed elsewhere and is popular for taking care of excess fat on the back and chest (for men) as well.
What Is VASER Liposuction?
VASER stands for vibration amplification of sound energy at resonance. This is a term that is used to denote the specific type of technology used with high definition liposuction. Essentially, this form of liposuction uses ultrasound energy to liquefy the fat cells before they are removed with a liposuction cannula.
There are numerous benefits of VASER liposuction over other types of liposuction. For one thing, your plastic surgeon won’t have to work so hard to physically agitate the fat cells before they are removed. The ultrasound energy will do that.
This not only means that it will be easier for your plastic surgeon to perform this procedure, but it will also do less harm to the surrounding tissue in your treatment areas. That means you’ll have less swelling, and your recovery will be easier.
Finally, using VASER liposuction allows your surgeon to remove fat more specifically from certain areas. This allows for more detail work and an overall better outcome.
What Makes an Ideal High Def Liposuction Candidate?
Many people will qualify for liposuction, but not everyone qualifies for high definition liposuction. In order to qualify for this procedure, we usually look for the following:
Good overall health
Patients should be in good health and free from serious medical conditions or ongoing medical treatments.
Stable, healthy body weight
We like to see patients at a stable, healthy body weight. This means within around 5 to 10 pounds of their goal weight or with a BMI of 28 or below. It’s important that they are able to maintain this weight before and after their procedure.
Remember that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. It is a body sculpting procedure that helps to carve out a more attractive silhouette, and it can help remove stubborn fat that you haven’t been able to get rid of with exercise and diet changes.
Low overall percentage of body fat
Certainly, high definition liposuction patients will have isolated pockets of unwanted fat. But they should have a low percentage of body fat overall. Ideally, candidates for this procedure are more athletic and more interested in accentuating their abs, pecs, and other muscle groups.
In order to accentuate muscle groups, patients need to have muscles to accentuate. This means that most patients who qualify for this procedure have an overall athletic build and are looking to emphasize that musculature.
Of course, plastic surgeons like to emphasize that smoking is not good for anyone at any time. But when it comes to invasive surgery, it is especially important for patients not to be smokers because smoking can put patients at risk during surgery and also make it harder for them to recover after surgery.
Lastly, as with all high definition body contouring procedures and other plastic surgeries, patients should have hopeful but realistic expectations.
Liposuction can achieve great things for patients who want to look and feel their best, but it’s still important to understand the risks of surgery, the fact that scarring is inevitable after surgery, and other important realities.
FAQ: High Definition Liposuction
What does HD lipo cost?
High definition liposuction is typically more expensive than traditional liposuction. With that said, it’s truly difficult to give a detailed quote for this procedure without meeting one-on-one with a plastic surgeon who can give you an estimate.
To be quoted for this or other body contouring procedures, contact Sieber Plastic Surgery today and book a consultation.
Can hi def liposuction be combined with fat grafting?
Yes, many high definition liposuction patients will opt for additional fat grafting. This means that fatty tissue that is removed with liposuction can be reinjected into the body to help accentuate certain muscles and other areas like the breasts.
Can fat return after HD Liposuction?
It is critical to maintain a healthy, steady body weight after HD liposuction. While fat will not “grow back” with minimal weight gain (around 5 pounds), if significant weight is gained after liposuction, fat cells may return.
Of course, you should still maintain some semblance of the overall contouring achieved through HD liposuction (even with weight gain), but your results will be diminished.
Where can I find high definition liposuction near me?
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. David Sieber performs high definition liposuction with VASER technology for both male and female patients.
Schedule an HD Lipo Consultation With Dr. Sieber
Not all plastic surgeons in the San Francisco area perform HD liposuction. Dr. David Sieber is well-trained and experienced with this procedure. In fact, he even trains other surgeons in it. He has helped many men and women achieve their dream silhouette through HD lipo.
If you would like to lose excess fatty tissue and sculpt your figure with the most effective body contouring procedure available, high definition liposuction could be for you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Sieber today to see if you’re a candidate.