Several types of liposuction can be performed to enhance the contours and proportions of the body. A surgeon can accomplish this by reducing and reshaping localized pockets of fat that remain stubbornly unaffected by diet and exercise. Lipo can address a wide variety of needs; therefore, to ensure the best possible outcome, all types of liposuction should be fully customized and performed by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon. For more than 20 years, men and women in the Tampa, Florida, area have been entrusting their liposuction procedures to Dr. Daniel Greenwald of Bayshore Plastic Surgery.

When performing liposuction, Dr. Greenwald can target fatty deposits that accumulate in many areas of the body, including the upper arms, back, abdominal area, hips, thighs, buttocks, inner knees, calves, and ankles. However, he emphasizes that lipo is not an alternative to regular exercise and good nutrition for weight loss, nor is it intended to address cellulite or sagging skin. With that said, all types of liposuction can produce dramatic results in certain individuals who are committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

If you’d like to meet with Dr. Greenwald at his office in Tampa, FL, he can answer your questions about the different types of liposuction, determine if you are a good candidate, and offer individualized guidance to help you achieve your desired results. In general, lipo may be appropriate for a healthy adult who maintains a stable body weight and has sufficient skin elasticity, realistic expectations, and a positive attitude.

Dr. Greenwald offers several types of liposuction, all of which are performed through a series of small incisions in the treatment area. These techniques include:

  • Suction-assisted liposuction – Dr. Greenwald repeatedly inserts a thin suction tube (cannula) into the incisions to loosen the targeted fat cells prior to suctioning them out of the body.
  • Ultrasound-assisted tumescent (“wet”) liposuction – To aid in the breakdown of fat cells, Dr. Greenwald injects a tumescent solution into the treatment site, then uses a specialized cannula that emits high-frequency sound waves to liquefy the fat cells and ease their removal.
  • Power-assisted liposuction – Dr. Greenwald works with a mechanized cannula that has a vibrating tip, which can enhance the precision of the liposuction process and minimize disruption to surrounding tissue.
  • Laser-assisted tumescent (“wet”) liposuction – After injecting a tumescent solution into the targeted area, Dr. Greenwald inserts a thin laser fiber that delivers laser energy to break up the fat cells and stimulate collagen production.

All types of liposuction are based on the surgical creation of a series of tunnels through fatty tissue; it is the design of and the collapse of these tunnels that yield the desired results. Additionally, while innovative lipo tools are continually being researched and developed, it is the surgeon’s hand that controls a tool – rather than the tool itself – that makes the true difference.

If you have small pockets of fat that haven’t responded sufficiently to diet and exercise, you might be interested in learning more about the various types of liposuction. To get started, contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 877-873-7522 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Greenwald at our office in Tampa, FL.