It happens all the time. After all the work you put into regular diet and exercise, you eventually run into a plateau where you can’t seem to shed those final areas of fat no matter how hard you try. Dr. Dustin C. Derrick at Cosmetic Surgery of DFW in Fort Worth, TX understands how challenging and disheartening it can be when you hit a body goal roadblock. Fortunately, with science on our side we have a solution ideal for most patients searching for a way to perfect their body shape: S.A.F.E. Lipo.
7 Reasons to Consider Body Contouring With S.A.F.E. Lipo
1. S.A.F.E. Lipo Is Body Contouring Made Easy
If you are looking for an innovative and comprehensive contouring treatment for the body, then look no further than S.A.F.E. Lipo. S.A.F.E. stands for separation, aspiration, and fat equalization – and the fact that this lipo treatment is considered just as safe as traditional liposuction is more than just a happy coincidence. This is a comprehensive treatment that combines fat redistribution, fat removal, and skin tightening. Ultimately, this means that the treatment is an easy way to create natural-looking results.
How It Works
This minimally invasive treatment uses a combination of three fat removal and contouring techniques. First, the treatment involves the use of power-assisted liposuction, which separates and emulsifies layers of fat in the body. Second, the treatment then uses thin cannulas to remove fat from the body. Finally, the treatment equalizes the remaining fat distribution beneath the first layer of skin to create a smooth, natural-looking appearance.
Traditional Liposuction vs S.A.F.E. Lipo
There are many differences between traditional liposuction and this innovative treatment. Traditional liposuction merely removes fat from the body, and while that might be effective for large pockets of fat, it can also cause imperfections such as the uneven distribution of leftover fat that creates ripples and waves on the skin. S.A.F.E. Lipo is overall less traumatic because it uses thinner cannulas for fat removal, and it also creates a more perfected contour for the body because of the final fat equalization step.
2. S.A.F.E. Lipo Customizes Treatment
This is a treatment that gives you all the power to determine what you will look like. Contouring treatments for the body are all about achieving the ideal image, but sometimes that image can be hard to attain because of limitations in contouring treatments. This comprehensive treatment has no such limitations, which means that your dream body doesn’t have to stay a dream.
What It Treats
This treatment can be used on virtually any area of the body where adipose fat exists. Adipose fat is fat on the body that forms in pockets to help insulate the organs and cushion the bones, but the downside of adipose fat is that once it’s there, it’s hard to get rid of, especially for those who have a genetic predisposition to store extra fat. Adipose fat can form anywhere on the body but usually forms in pockets rather than thin layers.
Common Areas of Treatment
This versatile treatment can be used on nearly every area of concern on the body, from the face to the knees. The areas of the body where S.A.F.E. Lipo can be used include…
- Beneath the chin
Determining which areas of the body are best suited for treatment with this contouring method will happen at your consultation, where we will examine the condition of your targeted treatment areas. We will help you create a customized treatment plan to will slim and shape your body into your ideal appearance.
3. S.A.F.E. Lipo Is Fast and Effective
One of the bigger advantages of this treatment is how fast and effective the treatment is. For example, the vast majority of patients only require one procedural appointment to achieve the desired results, which ultimately saves you time and money down the road.
As a minimally invasive surgical procedure, there generally is no need to have follow-up appointments to maintain results. With other non-invasive treatments, that’s not usually the case. Other fast and effective facts about this treatment include the length of the performed treatment, the expected downtime, and the long-lasting results.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
Overall, the length of time this treatment takes depends on how many areas are being treated and the severity of the condition of that area. For patients with smaller treatment areas, the procedure can take as little as 30 minutes. For patients with multiple treatment areas or areas of treatment that include a moderate amount of fat, the procedure can take two hours or more.
How Much Downtime Is Required?
Many patients want to know how much downtime they will have to block out on their calendars. Luckily, this is a surgical treatment that doesn’t come with weeks and weeks of limitations. Most patients are mostly recovered after seven days, which is when they can return to normal daily activities, such as work. After two weeks, you are free to return to your normal exercise routine and can enjoy heat from things like saunas and tanning beds.
Are Results Permanent?
It is perfectly possible that the results from this treatment will be permanent. Provided patients continue to maintain a healthy weight with regular diet and exercise, the results from this treatment can last for several years and even decades. The permanency of the results depend on the lifestyle choices of the patient, so it is important to limit alcohol consumption and eat in moderation. If you are on medications that cause weight gain, talk with your primary care physician for alternative medications that may work for you.
4. S.A.F.E. Lipo Treatment Is Simple
Although the technology involved in this treatment is advanced, the treatment process itself is easy and simple for patients. Here are a few steps that are involved in the treatment process at our office:
You will need to attend a consultation appointment so we can determine if this treatment is right for you. We will need to gather information about you, such as your general medical history, current medications, supplements you are taking, any previous contouring treatments you have had, and any drug allergies or sensitivities you have. We may also request to take photos to use as a reference for your medical file and the creation of your treatment plan. You may need to complete certain labs and exams.
We will provide a list of instructions to follow in the days leading up to your procedure appointment. These guidelines help ensure that your treatment is safe and effective. A few pre-treatment guidelines will include advice to avoid:
- Alcohol and tobacco
- Over-the-counter medications and supplements
- Or adjust certain current medications
Because this procedure will involve the use of a local anesthetic or a general anesthetic, it may be necessary to arrange for transportation on the day of your treatment.
Your treatment appointment will involve several steps. First, we will administer either local or general anesthetic to keep you comfortable for the duration of the treatment. Then our skilled plastic surgeon will create a small incision to separate, remove, and equalize the distribution of fat in the targeted areas. Incisions are closed with skin glue or other scar-minimizing closers. The treatment will take between 30 minutes to two hours or more.
After your treatment, you will need to follow several instructions to help you through the recovery period. We will provide you a list of post-treatment guidelines that will assist you through the immediate recovery in the three to seven days following the treatment. Some post-treatment guidelines may include advice to avoid:
- Alcohol and tobacco
- Excessive heat
- Strenuous movement
- Certain over-the-counter medications and supplements (or adjust them)
We may give you additional instructions, such as directions on how to care for incision sites. You may also need to schedule a follow-up appointment one to two weeks after treatment so that we can check on how well you are responding to the treatment.
5. S.A.F.E. Lipo Is the Preferred Body Contouring Treatment
As with any new, innovative, and revolutionary treatment, there is always some skepticism surrounding new techniques. Fortunately, there is a unanimous consensus on this particular contouring treatment for the body. In particular, professionals say that this treatment is the new preferred method for the removal of unwanted fat because of how comprehensive and effective the treatment is. This treatment is quickly becoming the go-to procedure for all levels of fat removal and body contouring.
This is a treatment that does have FDA approval, which means that clinical studies have found that this treatment, and treatments similar to it, are safe and effective for the majority of patients. Treatments that are screened by the FDA are generally considered safe by physicians. Additionally, this particular treatment requires specialized training and certification.
6. S.A.F.E. Lipo Can Correct Previous Contouring Errors
If you have had a previous contouring treatment, you may be living with a current error from your last treatment. Some treatments that remove or dissolve fat can create a lumpy appearance beneath the skin or can create scars that prevent other treatments from being effective. However, this treatment is able to correct previous contouring errors and perfect your body shape no matter how many obstacles are presented in treatment.
8. S.A.F.E. Lipo Is Ideal for Most Body Contouring Candidates
Unlike other contouring treatments, this is a treatment that is safe and ideal for the majority of patients. Regardless of how minimal or how challenging your contouring challenges are, this is a treatment that can be used to create natural-looking results on virtually any area of the body.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Good candidates include any woman ages 18 to 60 who has realistic goals and wants to achieve her ideal body shape. Candidates for this treatment are able to maintain ideal body weight and exercise regularly. Candidates also include women who are not satisfied with previous contouring treatments. You may be a candidate if you want to:
- Remove unwanted body fat
- Tighten loose skin
- Slim and perfect body shape
Rethink Body Contouring With S.A.F.E. Lipo!
Running into a roadblock on your weight loss journey doesn’t have to be discouraging or disheartening. Advanced technology provides you with the opportunity to bridge the gap between what can be accomplished with diet and exercise and what your ideal body shape is. It’s time to rethink how you can attain your dream body with innovative body contouring treatments! If you have any questions about what you can achieve with S.A.F.E. Lipo, contact Cosmetic Surgery of DFW in Fort Worth, TX to schedule a consultation with Dustin C. Derrick, MD!