All about liposculpture
During the summer and winter months alike, we are all too aware of the unsightly contours of our silhouette. Most of us have, to varying degrees, localized excess fat.
Despite our efforts at weight loss, and to maintain a healthy lifestyle, some clusters of fat are impossible to get rid of. Instead, the weight loss occurs in areas we don’t even want it to.
How can liposculpture harmonize the silhouette?
Liposculpture corrects the unevenness of our silhouette while harmonizing it to restore our natural self-confidence.
Dr. Bernier performs liposculpture to remove unwanted fat deposits, fill in cavities or depressions, or even out the appearance of the skin. Both men and women can benefit from this procedure to improve their silhouette.
Techniques used for liposculpture
Liposculpture may require three different types of procedures used either individually or in combination to achieve optimal results. These techniques are liposuction, subcision and lipotransfer.
This cosmetic surgery has become increasingly refined over the years. The doctor works with small hollow rods (cannulas) to dislodge excess fat cells in treated areas. These are then sucked up by a negative pressure device.
The cells thus extracted cannot be replaced by the body. Indeed, the body does not usually produce new fat cells in the treated areas. This is what makes this procedure permanent as it aims to reshape the body by eliminating recalcitrant fat deposits. Subsequent weight gain, if any, will occur mainly in untreated areas.
This procedure can be performed on different parts of the body: abdomen, arms, thighs, hips, calves, knees, chest or neck, to name just a few.
To learn more about liposuction, visit our dedicated page.
Subcision can be useful for the correction of small localized depressions where the skin has lost its mobility and adheres to deep tissues. This causes unsightly bumps in these areas.
Liposuction alone cannot correct the problem of fatty deposits combined with depressions in the skin. That’s because these depressions are due to the traction of the skin by scar fibres underneath it. Subcision allows these adhesions to be released and tissue mobility to be recovered. It should be noted that it is common to observe these fixations on old scars, especially those of C sections.
The fibres are released through the skin using special needles or blades which does not require making skin incisions. The treated skin will release its tension and improve the appearance of folds and bumps. For optimal results, it is sometimes necessary to:
- Perform a fat transfer when a residual depression persists
- Prevent its reformation by infiltrating a small amount of hyaluronic acid during the healing period.
Subcision is appealing because it is performed under local anesthesia and does not require convalescence. However, bruising may be observed as well as a transient local sensitivity. Massages will help preventing the reformation of adhesions.
In some cases, internal lipotransfer may be considered to correct depressions or irregularities in the skin. It allows levelling between hollows and adjacent bumps. Internal lipotransfer will help to improve areas of skin depressions such as those caused by cellulite.
This technique requires a high degree of attention to detail as well as dexterity. As such, the instruments used by Dr. Bernier are very sophisticated.
Internal lipotransfer is different from external lipotransfer (called fat implant) where the fat cells are extracted and then injected at another site.
Expectations regarding the results of a liposculpture procedure should be discussed with Dr. Bernier before undergoing the procedure. This will be done during your consultation at one of our three clinics: Sherbrooke, Montreal or Val-d’Or. You can make an appointment here.