Laser Liposuction DC
Laser Liposuction DC: |Before/After|
So you have a stubborn area of fat and are considering liposuction? Here’s an example of what can be achieved with a liposuction procedure:
Laser Liposuction: Dr. Khalifeh now performs the majority of his cases using the Awake Laser Liposuction Technique. His current laser is the smartlipo triplex laser by cynosure, the latest model of the smartlipo machine that exists today. He does offer traditional liposuction and Power assisted liposuction (micro-aire) under general anesthesia for high volume cases and for combination makeover cases where liposuction is combined with other procedures. Ultimately, because he is Board Certified in plastic surgery, he is able to discuss all techniques with the patient and help the patient choose the best technique to achieve her or his desired results.
Laser Liposuction: No substitute for adequate training
Technology is good.
It helps us achieve better results. However, technology is no substitute for finding an experienced and trained plastic surgeon to perform your surgery. Patients are getting confused about liposuction surgery due to the proliferation of advertising by companies and untrained doctors that are not adequately trained to perform liposuction.
Believe it or not, the state and federal government do not prevent non-plastic surgery doctors from trying to perform the procedure. Hospitals DO check on the adequacy of doctor’s training to perform a procedure, therefore making sure that a doctor has hospital privileges to perform a procedure. You can go to your favorite hospital’s website and use their doctor finder feature to find a doctor they certify as a plastic surgeon.
MANY DOCTORS ADVERTISING LASER LIPOSUCTION IN MARYLAND, VIRGINIA, AND DC ARE NOT ALLOWED BY HOSPITALS TO PERFORM THE PROCEDURE.
They get around this loophole because laser liposuction can be performed in an office setting, and therefore there is no one to check on the doctor’s training and credentials. Remember, it is up to each patient to adequately research their doctor’s training and certification. Fortunately, finding a trained and board certified plastic surgeon is easy using the ASPS doctor finder (www.plasticsurgery.org) or your local hospital’s website. If the person about to perform surgery on you is not listed by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, then you should be asking yourself if you have found the right provider.
Laser Liposuction FAQ:
What is the recovery like? Click here for info on laser lipo recovery
What is a touch-up? Click here for info on touch-up’s
If I’m awake, what is the numbing process like? see video of numbing
Where are my incisions going to be? See some pictures on the techniques page of actual incisions.
Dr. Khalifeh has appeared on Fox5 to discuss the advantages of Laser Liposuction
There are may different techniques and technologies available, and one must differentiate between Technique Used, Technology Used, and Anesthesia Used.
Technique: All liposuction procedures start with the infusion of Tumescent Fluid. Tumescent fluid is composed of lactated ringers, lidocaine for pain control, epinephrine for bleeding control, and bicarbonate to make the infusion less painful. The exact dosages used depend on the area being treated. Sometimes you may see someone refer to the wet technique, or superwet technique. This means they are infusing more or less tumescent than the fat being removed. There are reasons to do so, but ultimately beyond knowing that ALL TECHNIQUES (laser, smartlipo, vaser, traditional, tumescent…) will start with this fluid solution being infiltrated in the area to be treated.
Technology: After the infusion of the solution above, the surgeon may decide to use a fat breaking and/or skin tightening technology. The skin tightening and fat breaking technologies fall into Lasers (SmartLipo, CoolLipo, SlimLipo, Lypotherme…) or ultrasound (vaser, mentor). There is also a powerassisted liposuction called microaire, and there is a water jet assisted machine, and those machines help break up the fat. In the right hands, Dr. Khalifeh does not believe that one machine is clearly superior to the other, although he prefers to use the latest laser technology in his office. An experienced surgeon can achieve excellent results using any of these technologies.
Anesthesia: The basic decision here is awake or asleep. Many of my patients want to stay awake during the procedure to avoid general anesthesia. During awake procedures, the patients is kept comfortable by the numbing medications. Often, Dr. Khalifeh will also prescribe some pills to diminish anxiety and discomfort. Click here for more information on anesthesia and discomfort during Laser Liposuction. Click here for more information on anesthesia/discomfort during laser liposuction
Click here to see the standing liposculpture example, one of the major advantages of laser lipo
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