SlimLipo (LifeSculpt) – The fastest way to the New You!
How Laser liposuction is faster, more affordable, creates little or no bruising, tightens lose skin and requires no downtime!
An amazing new technology that doesn’t suck and tear out fat, It Melts it with a specialized laser that also tightens your skin.
As one of the leading liposuction surgeons in Jacksonville, Dr. Lewis Obi has a long history of bringing the latest techniques and technology in plastic and cosmetic surgery to his patients. This is most certainly true with liposuction. Liposuction, also known as body sculpting, and Body contouring has for many years remained unchanged. Traditional Liposuction is still available at Obi Plastic Surgery for cases where applicable. But today, Dr. Obi’s patients have a wonderful new option; Laser Liposuction. This highly advanced laser form of liposuction is called SlimLipo, (Lifesculpt), and it gently melts fat rather than using suction. SlimLipo (Lifesculpt) allows patients to receive liposuction under local anesthesia, loose pounds of tummy fat, tone hips and thighs, eliminate back fat and muffin tops in a matter of minutes through a small incision. Patients enjoy tighter, smoother skin in the treated areas and return to work the next day with little if any bruising or discomfort. SlimLipo is truly an amazing advancement for patient’s with problem areas of fat they would like to eliminate without major surgery or weeks of downtime. Best of all, it is much more affordable than traditional liposuction.
See the New You… “Before” Liposuction or SlimLipo (LifeSculpt)!
One of the most exciting pieces of equipment for Dr. Obi’s patients is the VECTRA XT 3D Imaging Platform. This amazing system will photograph you from six different angles and create a virtual image of your body. Dr. Obi will then use the software to adjust the virtual you to show you how “You” and “Your Body” will look after lipo. This is the time you will have to consult with Dr. Obi and describe your appearance goals giving you the comfort of knowing exactly how you will look after surgery. Best of all, this fantastic peek into your future is included as part of your initial consultation with Dr. Obi!
Let’s Talk About Traditional Liposuction Compared To SlimLipo (LifeSculpt)
Today, most who have investigated liposuction know that it is basically comprised of a suction wand attached to a surgical vacuum unit. The vacuum wand is inserted through a small incision and vacuums fat from target areas. While an effective procedure for removing fat, side effects include considerable bruising, pain which can be treated with medication, often weeks to full recovery and supporting garments may be necessary for support during the recovery process. Traditional Liposuction is also not suitable for sensitive areas around the chin and neck or knees where a patient might wish to tone and remove small amounts of fat.
Expectations for Traditional Liposuction Surgery
For our Jacksonville patients who are interested in traditional liposuction, you should first have a realistic expectation about what body sculpting or body contouring can do for you. You should understand that:
- Liposuction can enhance your appearance and boost self confidence, but everyone’s body is unique and there are limitations to how much change can be safely performed. Your body might not be able to become your ideal self.
- You should be aware that liposuction can result in others treating you differently.
- There may be other, better plastic surgery approaches to achieving your ideal self.
- You may need to begin the steps to a new you by losing weight first to allow for your body to be safely sculpted and contoured.
The ideal candidates for traditional liposuction are normal-weight people with firm, elastic skin who have pockets or areas of excess fat they would like to remove. Moderately overweight patients are also good candidates, and all candidates should be physically healthy, psychologically stable and realistic in their expectations. Age is not a major consideration so long as the candidate is physically healthy. However, older patients may have diminished skin elasticity and may not be able to achieve the same results as a younger patient with tighter skin.
Traditional Liposuction carries greater risk for individuals with medical problems such as diabetes, significant heart or lung disease, poor blood circulation, or those who have recently had surgery near the area to be contoured. Be sure you discuss any of these conditions and any others during your initial consultation with Dr. Obi.
Which is right for you?
Traditional Liposuction is appropriate for the stomach, sides, back, under the arms, hips and thighs.
SlimLipo (LifeSculpt), laser lipo is often more desirable for the same areas and can also safely slim and tone the neck and chin, contour the breasts and sculpt other sensitive areas.
The Initial Consultation; Planning your Liposuction Surgery
In your initial consultation, Dr. Obi will speak with you and evaluate your health, determine where your fat deposits lie and assess the condition of your skin. He will discuss with you and explain the different types of body contouring and based on your body and your goals, recommend the procedure(s) that would most effectively achieve your goals.
Individuals considering liposuction can become a bit overwhelmed by the number of options and techniques being promoted today. If you’ve found yourself pulled between options, Dr. Obi can help. In deciding which is the right treatment approach for you, Dr. Obi will first listen and understand your goals. Then consider effectiveness of the options he can bring to you, safety, health, cost and appropriateness for your needs, and other key factors. In the medical profession, this is called “Surgical Judgment”. Surgical judgement is a skill that is developed over years of treating patients and the results that followed; surgical training and experience. Dr. Obi uses this judgment to prevent complications, to handle unexpected occurrences during surgery, and to treat complications if they occur.
Take the time to do some background checking. We encourage our patients to verify that their surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). By choosing a plastic surgeon who is certified by the ABPS, a patient can be assured that the doctor has graduated from an accredited medical school and completed at least five years of additional residency – usually three years of general surgery (or its equivalent) and two years of plastic surgery is required to be certified by the ABPS. Plastic Surgeons must also practice surgery for two years and pass comprehensive written and oral exams to be certified by the ABPS.
Preparing for Liposuction Surgery
Dr. Obi will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery during your consultation, including guidelines on eating and drinking alcohol, smoking, and taking or avoiding vitamins, iron tablets and certain medications. If you develop a cold or an infection of any kind, especially a skin infection, your surgery may have to be postponed to assure you do not experience complications.
Also, while you are making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure.
Important Facts about our Surgical Center / OR.
Dr. Obi performs all procedures at Obi Plastic Surgery in the Samuel Wells SurgiCenter; the first state licensed Surgical Center for Plastic Surgery in Florida. The Samuel Wells SurgiCenter offers patients all of the safety and equipment required in a hospital operating room. Learn More about the Samuel Wells SurgiCenter. >>
Various types of anesthesia are used for different liposuction procedures. Together, you and Dr. Obi will select the type of anesthesia that provides the safest and most effective level of comfort.
In cases where Traditional Liposuction is most appropriate, general anesthesia is usually called for, particularly if a large volume of fat is being removed. If your procedure calls for general anesthesia, a licensed anesthesiologist will be present and will oversee your anesthesia during your procedure.
SlimLipo (LifeSculpt), Laser Lipo on the other hand often only requires local anesthesia. Especially when only a small amount of fat and a limited number of body sites are involved. If you prefer, local anesthesia can be accompanied by an intravenous sedation to keep you completely relaxed and comfortable during the procedure.
How is SlimLipo (LifeSculpt) Different than Traditional Liposuction?
The time required to perform a SlimLipo procedure varys depending on the size and number of areas to be treated, the amount of fat to be removed, and the type of anesthesia used. Generally speaking, a small area can be treated in less than one hour, whereas larger or multiple areas may require two or three hours, again depending on the scope of the procedure.
SlimLipo (LifeSculpt) is performed in three stages. After the patient is sedated, the first stage involves the infusion of a fluid into the areas being treated; the “tumescent technique”. The fluid is sterile IV fluid containing very small amounts of lidocaine, (a local anesthetic) and epinephrine; a drug that constricts vessels. The tumescent technique facilitates fat removal, reduces blood loss and provides anesthesia during and after surgery. Fluid injection also helps to reduce the amount of bruising after surgery. The second stage is the use of the SlimLipo laser device which consists of a 1.3 mm wand with the blended 924/975 nm wavelengths that melts the fat, tightens the skin and shrinks vessels in the treated areas. This results in very minimal bruising, swelling and pain. The last phase of the procedure is the removal of the liquefied fat with a 2 or 3 mm cannula (tube). Since all of the surgical devices used in SlimLipo (LifeSculpt) are very small – less than 1/8 of an inch in diameter, no incisions or suturing is required. It is rare to have any permanent scarring or signs of surgery other than the visible loss of fat after SlimLipo (LifeSculpt).
After Your Liposuction Procedure
After Traditional Liposuction Surgery, you will likely experience some fluid drainage for one to two days. To control swelling and to help your skin better fit its new contours, you may be fitted with a snug elastic garment to wear over the treated area for two to four weeks. Dr. Obi may also prescribe antibiotics and pain medication. Most patients will not require pain medication after one to four days.
After SlimLipo (LifeSculpt) patients often drive themselves home which is a testament to how non-aggressive this advanced treatment really is. Patients report little pain or discomfort, little if any bruising, and generally go back to work the next day being careful not to perform any strenuous activities for a week or so while they fully recover.