A Review of Spot Liposuction

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Liposuction as a procedure is rapidly growing in India.  Targeting various parts of the body, the skills and techniques behind liposuction have developed over the years, leading to specialties within the field including spot liposuction.  Along with reducing the overall cost of liposuction procedures, it has also given patients the ability to target specific parts of their body.  Let’s take a moment to review spot liposuction, what it is, whether you are a good candidate for it, the parts of the body where it can take place, how you can begin the process yourself, and potential risks and side effects.  With any luck, you will leave the following review more informed about spot liposuction.

What Is Spot Liposuction?

Spot liposuction is a non-invasive form of liposuction where individual parts of the body (think abdomen, buttocks, chest, back, etc.) are targeted for systematic fat elimination.  Being non-invasive, the side effects and costs associated with spot lipo are far below traditional liposuction alternatives.  Small incisions are made in discreet parts of the body to eliminate the chance of the marks and potential scars from being seen.

This procedure is performed the world over and has seen great success in its application of helping to contour parts of the body.  In the United States alone, out of the 203,000 estimated liposuctions done yearly, spot liposuction is gradually expanding every year to represent a greater percentage of liposuction procedures performed.

Non-invasive Spot Liposuction (Ultrasound)

Non-invasive Spot Liposuction (Ultrasound)

Should You Consider Getting Spot Liposuction?

Spot liposuction, as the name would suggest, targets specific parts of the body.  It is best used for helping to contour the body into the right shape instead of outright fat loss or weight loss.  For those purposes, other techniques, like traditional invasive liposuction, are a much better and more direct option.  If you want to shape parts of your body, then this can be a great way to target trouble spots like love handles, inner thighs, and upper arms.  Understand your insurance provider does typically not cover that spot liposuction.  You may have to pay out of pocket for some or all of the costs involved in the procedure.

What parts of the body can it be done on?

Spot liposuction targets specific areas of the body.  Because of this, it can be calibrated to help you approach and deal with stubborn pockets of fat that refuse to go away.  On the front of your body, spot reduction for love handles, waist, lower abdomen, upper abdomen, and chest are not uncommon.  On the back of your body, spot reduction for flanks, hips, back, and the buttocks is also not uncommon.  Upper arms spot reduction has been done in the past as well.  For the legs, inner thighs, outer thighs, anterior thighs, and lower legs are all common places to have spot liposuction done.  Finally, spot lipo for cheeks is not uncommon either.

Spot Ultrasound Liposuction

A woman undergoing Spot Liposuction treatment

Beginning the process

Many liposuction professionals prefer spot lipo because it is a non-invasive form of liposuction.  What this means is that your recovery time will be far shorter than if you went with a more traditional alternative.  In addition, spot liposuction has enough of a history behind it to be proven safe with minimal risks or side effects.  If spot lipo interests you, then you will want to begin the process by searching for spot liposuction professionals in your area.

You will typically find board certified cosmetic surgeons that provide, among other things, spot liposuction for waist, upper arms, lower legs, cheeks, and more.  Ask for specific information on the kinds of spot liposuction they provide as well as the areas on the body they will target.  It is not uncommon to get a list of what parts of the body they will target.  If you are interested in a particular part of the body not covered on the list, then give the hospital or aesthetic surgery center a call and see if they are still willing to do it.  Sometimes the only reason it is not listed is due to an error of omission.

The success of spot liposuction can be dependent on the individual surgeon you see.  For example, if you are going in for spot liposuction for hips, than having a surgeon who specializes and has experience with that part of the body (including flanks, buttocks, back, chest, and lower abdomen) will ensure the best possible results.  Don’t be afraid to ask around and see what friends or people within your community online think about the providers available to you.  You may just find a fantastic cosmetic surgeon who is charging a price you are willing to pay.

There will be a consultation prior to the procedure itself.  The consultation will involve you and the doctor walking through the specific parts of the body where the spot liposuction will take place.  For example, if you are targeting your sides, than the doctor will help carefully define where on your side (flanks, love handles, buttocks, or even lower abdomen) is going to be targeted.  With these locations defined ahead of time, all that is left is for you to show up for the procedure.  A few days of recovery are typically required before you consider returning to work.

Risks & Side Effects

The risks and side effects of spot liposuction are minimal when an experienced cosmetic surgeon performs or personally oversees the procedure.  Risks are generally low regardless of the part of the body where you have spot liposuction done (i.e. waist, buttocks, inner thighs, etc.)  Risks include post procedure bruising, where the skin in that particular area turns black and blue for a few days.  Issues that can develop also include tenderness and in less frequent cases localized pain spasms.

Again, because spot liposuction is non-invasive, the side effects are minimal when compared to a surgery for weight reduction or fat removal.  This is especially promising given that certain areas of the body close to organs, like the waist, lower abdomen, and upper abdomen, may pose increased risk.  Individuals who receive spot liposuction can typically return to work after a few days.  Any side effects still being experienced at this time should be reported to the plastic surgeon as well as your primary care physician if the side effects concern you.

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