High Definition Liposuction
The liposuction of today is nothing compared to liposuction of the past. Traditional liposuction focused primarily on debulking and often yielded unnatural appearing results. The abdomen, for example, could appear flatter but often with contour irregularities, Other times, the abdomen would have no contours at all with an unnatural “wax-like” appearance. With the advanced techniques and technologies associated with 4D Liposuction, Dr. Galanis is to sculpt and shape the body four-dimensionally to create natural contours. These contours are designed to reflect the patient’s underlying anatomy. The result is an appearance that doesn’t leave the patient looking “operated upon”.
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What was once taboo and limited to those who couldn’t seem to lose weight on their own is now the best-kept secret to achieving the body of your dreams. High Definition Liposuction represents the most advanced form of body contouring today.. Under the skilled, artistic hands of Dr. Galanis, High Definition Liposuction (also known as HiDef Lipo) at Galanis Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA will get rid of your stubborn fat and sculpt and shape your body to your ideal goal.
Who You Choose as Your Doctor MattersHaving trained in Colombia under the world-renowned pioneer of HD liposuction, Dr. Alfred Hoyos, Dr. Galanis unites the skillset of advanced techniques with an artistic eye in every procedure he performs. When considering a procedure like Hi-Def Liposuction, you need to take into account that you are the canvas and the doctor you choose is the artist. Your ultimate results will be a reflection of the level of expertise held by your doctor. The tools employed are revolutionary, but they are only as effective as the doctor using them.
How Does Hi-Def Liposuction Work?This procedure removes stubborn fat from areas that do not respond to lifestyle changes, but it also takes the concept of liposuction to the next level by contouring those areas as well as tightening the overlying skin. The procedure uses ultrasound technology to efficiently remove fat as well as a device that harnesses radiofrequency energy to tighten the skin and boost collagen production. Again, High Definition Liposuction is not just about removing fat. Dr. Galanis uses these advanced technologies and techniques to sculpt and shape the body for a physique that you may have struggled to achieve with even a near-perfect diet and flawless exercise routine. It is important to remember that although the tools are invaluable, the surgeon’s experience and artistic eye are the most critical aspect of this technique.
What Areas Can Be Treated?Hi-Def Liposuction is a versatile procedure that improves many different areas of the body. This procedure relies heavily upon precision, which allows for both the removal of large, dense areas of fat such as the stomach or back, as well as more delicate areas includingsuch as the neck. It can remove fat from almost any area of the body including:
- Sensitive areas of the body (the face, neck, ankles, inner knees)
- Areas with the most typical fat pockets (the abdomen, chest, buttocks, upper arms, back, thighs, hips, and flanks)
Who Is a Candidate for High Definition Liposuction?Good candidates are of a healthy weight (BMI <32) and simply want to remove stubborn fat that won’t respond to traditional fat loss methods, and then contour, sculpt, and shape their problem areas. Patients with history of massive weight loss or who exhibit signs of significant skin inelasticity on exam may be candidates for liposuction but may be limited in terms of degree of contouring that is accomplishable.
Preparing for High Definition LiposuctionThe first step in the Hi-Def Liposuction journey involves an initial consultation. This is an important first step because it allows you to discuss your goals, ask questions, and become more educated about the procedure and all that is involved. This time also gives us the ability to review your health and medical history and further explain the details of the procedure, the preparation requirements, and the aftercare protocol.
Preparing for Your ProcedureThere are some important steps that you can take in the weeks and days leading up to your procedure to ensure that you are fully prepared. During your initial consultation, we will give you a detailed description of what you should do and what you should avoid. Some ways that you can prepare for your appointment include the following:
- Maintain a healthy, clean diet
- Get plenty of rest
- Perform some light exercises to keep your lymphatic system activated
- Avoid smoking
- Refrain from alcohol consumption
- Eat a light meal the night before surgery
- Wear comfortable clothing on the day of your appointment
- Remove all jewelry (including all jewelry in piercings) before your appointment
- Arrange a ride to and from your scheduled appointment
- Make plans for someone to assist you at home with meal preparation and housework post-procedure
4D LiposuctionHigh Definition Liposuction is also commonly referred to as 4D Liposuction because it treats the entire 360 degrees of the body. It doesn’t just remove fat like the liposuction of the past, but it instead utilizes ultrasound technology and skin tightening treatments to remove pockets of fat, help define your preexisting muscles, and shape the areas that have undergone fat removal.
VASER LipoVASER Lipo is a high-tech tool used during 4D Liposuction to make fat removal easier than the methods used in traditional forms of liposuction. It involves the use of ultrasound to liquify fat before its removal and to improve the quality and appearance of the skin.
What Is VASER Lipo?The word VASER actually stands for “vibration amplification of sound energy at resonance”. VASER Lipo utilizes ultrasound technology, which has the ability to help shape the body by the way it breaks down fat. This version of ultrasound technology uses sound energy to target fat cells in the area of treatment and free them from surrounding tissue so that they can be removed with ease. Once the fat cells are free, the fat is then gently removed through a cannula, which is a very thin tube. When indicated, this fat can be used for grafting to other areas.
How Does It Work?VASER Lipo first prepares the area of treatment for liposuction by freeing the fat cells so that they can be removed easier and gentler. A saline solution mixed with a pain-reducing anesthetic is injected into the area before treatment. The ultrasound machine VASER probes are inserted under the skin where the uses ultrasound energy tohen releases the fat cells turning into the liquid so that they are easier to remove.
What Are the Benefits?There are many benefits to utilizing VASER Lipo during a Hi-Def Liposuction procedure. Studies have confirmed less swelling, bruising, and blood loss than traditional liposuction. Fat is removed more efficiently in areas where deeper contours are desired. It also removes fat gently unlike other methods which can be more invasive and abrasive. It also can target both large areas filled with dense fat as well as smaller, more delicate areas containing fat cells, and it helps keep the surrounding tissues intact during the process.
RENUVION Skin TighteningThis tool is the perfect complement to hi-def liposuction because of the way that it aids in providing precision and control during the procedure. It works hand in hand with high-definition liposuction but can also be performed as a stand-alone treatment for skin tightening.
What Is RENUVION Skin Tightening?This is a non-surgical treatment that works to tighten loose skin without the need for invasive surgical measures. It delivers radiofrequency energy to the undersurface of the skin resulting in tightening of the skin. It can also shrink the tissue, provide greater elasticity and firmness, and increase collagen production.
How Does It Work?RENUVION Skin Tightening uses a combination of two forms of energy, radiofrequency energy, and helium, and delivers that energy directly through a probe that is inserted underneath the skin during your procedure. This energy interacts within the skin and results in a contraction that works to shrink skin tissue and tighten skin.
What Are the Benefits?The benefit of RENUVION Skin Tightening is a degree of immediate skin retraction which will continue to develop in the six to nine months post-treatment thanks to its ability to boost the body’s collagen production. Collagen will continue to increase over the next several months and you will enjoy a continual improvement in the appearance of your skin. It also doesn’t require the invasive cutting and stitching associated with skin tightening procedures of the past.
Hi-Def Liposuction RecoveryHi-Def liposuction is considered an outpatient procedure so you will not be required to stay overnight or spend several days recovering in a hospital bed. A series of lymphatic drainage massages after your procedure are recommended which will improve pain control, decrease swelling, and limit scar tissue formation. In cases of abdominal liposuction, you will have drains in place generally for one week. Most patients typically be able to resume normal activities within a week. You will have specially designed compression garments to be worn for a minimum of 4 weeks postop. Exercise restriction is generally 4 weeks.
Post Procedure Protocol
- Arrange a ride home the day of your procedure
- Secure someone to help you at home with meals and housework
- Prepare some light, easily-digestible meals to consume post-procedure
- Plan on spending several days post-procedure resting
- Give yourself four to seven days off from your office job before resuming work
- If you attempt an activity and it hurts, avoid resuming that activity until your healing is complete
- Wear your compression garment for at least one-month post-procedure, 24 hours a day
- Return for your follow-up appointments at one, two, four, six, and 12 months post-procedure
- Avoid excess sun exposure for at least three months