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How Does High-Definition Liposuction Differ from Traditional Liposuction?


November 29, 2023 | 4 minute read

Sometimes, despite our best efforts of dieting and exercising, stubborn pockets of fat remain on the body. How our bodies carry and retain fat can change as we age, making this even more difficult. 

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Liposuction has remained one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for contouring the body by removing localized pockets of fat. Through advances in technology and surgical techniques, we have even more liposuction options that remove unwanted fat and bring body contouring to another level. One such option is high-definition liposuction.

What Is Traditional Liposuction?

Traditional liposuction is ideal for patients who have pockets of fat throughout the body. This procedure can target fat on the midsection, the buttocks, thighs, arms, legs, or back. One of the critical features of this procedure is that it is meant not as a weight loss solution but for fat resistance to diet and exercise. Ideal candidates for liposuction are as close to their goal weight as possible but have residual fat pockets that won’t budge. 

During liposuction, your cosmetic surgeon will make small incisions around the target area. They insert a small, hollow tube called a cannula to remove the fat via a gentle vacuuming process through these incisions. As they remove the fat, they move the cannula back and forth to create smoother planes. The surgeon will close the incisions once the fat is removed and the body is adequately contoured.

What Is High-Definition Liposuction?

High-definition liposuction works under a similar pretense: it removes unwanted fat via suction, and the surgeon will contour the body. However, hi-def liposuction takes things a step further. Rather than simply removing fat to create a smooth plane, your cosmetic surgeon will artfully define underlying musculature to accentuate the muscles. 

This procedure takes more skill to perform, as the surgeon must remove fat carefully and create a defined muscle group on the patient. Your surgeon removes the deepest layers of fat and sculpts the remaining tissues to highlight the muscles of the abdomen, obliques, back, arms, thighs, chest, and shoulders.

In addition, high-definition liposuction utilizes ultrasound-assisted technology (VASER®) to target unwanted fat for a slimmer, more contoured result, along with plasma energy (Renuvion®) to assist with skin tightening. 

The High-Definition Liposuction Procedure

Through incisions around the treatment area, the hi-def liposuction device sends ultrasound waves to melt and break up unwanted fat, which is removed with a cannula. This method of breaking up the fat before removal results in a less traumatic procedure, which reduces the risk of bruising, swelling, and bleeding. 

Throughout this process, your surgeon will strategically remove fat to best highlight the underlying contours of the muscles for a defined result. 

Who Is a Candidate for High-Definition Liposuction?

Candidates for hi-def liposuction:

  • Are close to their ideal weight
  • Are in good health
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Are non-smokers
  • Have realistic expectations for results

Like traditional liposuction, hi-def liposuction is not intended to be a weight-loss solution. Patients should be as close to their ideal weight as possible for the best results. If you are considering hi-def liposuction, ensuring you have adopted a proper diet and exercise regimen is a good idea to cement your candidacy. 

High-Definition Liposuction Results

High-definition liposuction can provide a sculpted, muscular aesthetic that highlights the planes and contours of the treatment area. Patients can enjoy permanently removed fat and toned, more natural curves in all the right places. 

Your High-Definition Liposuction Expert in Massachusetts

Dr. Pasquale G. Tolomeo is a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon serving Massachusetts and Oklahoma. He is an expert high-definition liposuction provider, combining surgical precision with an artistic eye for beauty. If you want to take your curves and contours to the next level, call us today at (516) 350-8168 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation. 

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