Many of our clients find themselves becoming frustrated with stubborn pockets of fat. Even if they work hard, visit the gym several days each week, and follow a healthy diet, some fat reserves just won’t budge.
Some of us naturally store fat in specific areas, and when we lose weight on the rest of our bodies, that lingering fat just won’t go away. You may have given up on targeting these areas because it has been deemed physically impossible to get rid.
But what if you could?
High-definition (HD) liposuction is one possible solution. It specifically targets fat in those areas you seem unable to target no matter how much you diet and exercise – allowing you to show off the muscles and toned physique you have put so much effort into achieving.
What is HD liposuction?
HD liposuction is a technique designed for body contouring. Using Vaser, a specific type of laser that uses ultrasound technology, the procedure goes deep into the skin to remove excess fatty tissue and reveal your sculpted, toned body.
Most liposuction procedures take about two hours but can be longer or shorter, depending on the extent of the treatment area. Liposuction is usually an outpatient procedure, but occasionally, patients may be required to spend a couple of days in the hospital.
When you schedule a consultation with Dr Kaplan, he will work with you to create a custom-built HD liposuction treatment plan tailored to your body sculpting goals.
Learn more about liposuction at The Kaplan Center.
How does HD liposuction differ from traditional liposuction?
The development of HD liposuction allowed surgeons to target stubborn fat in areas that diet and exercise can’t seem to reach.
While traditional liposuction removes pockets of fat from general, broader areas, HD liposuction has the ability to selectively remove specific areas of fat while leaving others, to create a more desirable contour with curves in all the right places.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the horizontal lines between the rectus muscle can be defined during HD lipo to create the appearance of a “6 pack.” An article by Aedit mentions that it goes way beyond 6 packs, though, and can also highlight the shoulders, biceps, triceps, and pecs.
It is an excellent procedure following weight loss, especially if you’ve reached a healthy weight you believe you can maintain. You want to target those last few stubborn areas to sculpt your body and reveal the beautiful contour you have worked so hard for.
Where can HD liposuction be used?
Though the abdomen is the most common area for HD liposuction, it can target most areas of the body, including but not limited to:
- Lower back
- Inner thighs
Who is best suited for HD liposuction?
If you’re looking for a weight loss solution, HD liposuction is not for you. HD liposuction is more of a finishing touch.
You are a suitable candidate for HD liposuction if your consistent efforts in the gym and kitchen have helped you reach a healthy size and shape close to your ideal figure, but there are still some hard-to-shift fat deposits.
This is a really important point. HD liposuction may reveal muscle and tone in your body, but it cannot help you lose significant pounds.
As such, you should already be at or near your ideal weight, feel comfortable and view it as stable for your lifestyle before considering any liposuction. Now all you just need is that extra sculpt to allow the body you worked so hard for to shine without any stubborn areas of fat.
HD liposuction is beneficial to both men and women. For example, we get plenty of gym goers who want a hand in revealing their abdominal muscles – these people are perfectly suited to HD liposuction.
And finally, HD liposuction is a body sculpting procedure that removes fat and has a lengthy recovery. Your body needs time to heal and get used to its new shape. If your lifestyle prohibits you from taking several days off for recovery, you may not want to consider the procedure.
So, to sum up, suitable candidates for high-definition liposuction:
- Have a healthy BMI and are at a stable weight
- Are already within their ideal weight range and have maintained it for some time
- Have only a small amount of excess skin
- Are prepared for the lengthy recovery period
- Have realistic expectations of the results
- Have unwanted areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise efforts
- Are non-smokers in good physical health
Benefits of HD liposuction
The main benefits of high-definition liposuction include:
- Helping reveal and define underlying muscle and tone hidden beneath stubborn fat that remains despite a healthy diet and regular exercise
- If you have never been able to have a noticeable six-pack, it may be able to reveal it for you and change your life
- Can massively impact your confidence
- Results will be long-lasting if you take proper precautions to maintain them
How long does the recovery take?
The recovery period after HD liposuction lasts between one to two weeks.
The first week will largely be spent resting, and you’ll be instructed to wear compression garments to reduce swelling and promote proper healing.
Strenuous physical activities such as weight lifting and running are off-limits until your surgeon gives you the green light. You don’t want to put any unnecessary strain on your treatment area until it has completely recovered.
It’s normal for residual swelling to take a while to disappear and reveal your newly sculpted figure. You can expect to see the final results from high-definition liposuction between one to three months after your procedure.
How long do HD liposuction results last?
Results from HD liposuction can last several years if you maintain a healthy lifestyle. The fat removed during your procedure is permanently gone. However, if you gain significant weight, other fat cells may enlarge and disrupt your HD liposuction results. The aging process causes your body to experience subtle changes over time, so the results will not be permanent.
Tips for maintaining your HD lipo results:
- Rest and let yourself heal during your recovery. Even if it is difficult to do with your lifestyle, you will thank yourself when your results take proper shape.
- Avoid significant weight fluctuation.
- Maintain a healthy, consistent diet and exercise routine.
- Stay hydrated.
- Try to limit excessive stress.
Can HD liposuction be combined with any other procedures?
It can also be a great addition to a mommy makeover procedure, helping patients bounce back to their pre-baby bodies. If this interests you, ensure you are back to a weight you feel confident and comfortable with and do not plan on having more children in the future. Weight fluctuations during pregnancy can negatively impact previous surgical results.
A final word…
High-definition liposuction is a revolutionary procedure that allows people to push the boundaries their genetics have put on them and maximize their physical appearance. If you are confident at your current weight and wish to just lose a couple of inches in specific areas of your body to create the defined figure you have always wanted, HD liposuction could be a fantastic option.
If you’d like to know more, please get in touch with our team. We’re a plastic surgery practice with offices in New Jersey and New York, and we’ve helped thousands of patients achieve their dream look.