After childbearing, most patients who need a tummy tuck will also benefit from liposuction of the surrounding area.
The LiteShape™ procedure is best for patients with small to moderate localized fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is most useful in areas that have loose skin as well as extra fat. Common areas include the neck, arms, abdomen, back, and legs.
A smoothing of the contour of the body area with tightening of the overlying skin.
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The LiteShape™ procedure is done in-office under a local tumescent anesthetic. Oral sedatives, if needed, can also be prescribed. Tiny incisions are made, and a diluted numbing medicine is placed with a pump. The laser is then inserted through a hollow tube and worked around the fat to melt and disrupt it. We then remove the resultant liquid with a handheld syringe, called a liposculpture cannula. The last step is to replace the laser fiber, this time on another customized blended wavelength that will tighten the overlying skin. The tiny incisions are glued back together and a band-aid dressing is placed.
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Recuperation and Healing
In the first few days, most patients are swollen, mildly bruised, and sore as if they had a hard workout. These symptoms abate rapidly and allow for a return to work in a day or two. Exercise can usually be resumed in a few days after that. The skin will continue to improve over several months time.
Patients should consider standard liposculpture for larger areas and skin-removing techniques such as facelift, arm lift, or tummy tucks for severe skin laxity. Exilis treatments are sometimes recommended in addition to the LiteShape™ process to add a more pronounced tightening effect by heating the skin from the outside-in.
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can only be determined at consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.