The Role of Esthetics in Liposuction and Liposcultpting

The Role of Esthetics in Liposuction and Liposcultpting

The primary goal of liposuction and liposculpting isn’t merely reduction of size but the creation of a visually appealing contour and shape. The aesthetics of liposuction, therefore, lie at the intersection of science, artistry, and patient aspiration.

Liposuction removes stubborn fat that doesn’t respond to low-calorie diets or exercise, no matter how rigorous. Liposculpting, on the other hand, takes a holistic approach, removing fat from obvious trouble spots but also from any location on the body where reducing even a very small amount of fat might make for a more attractive overall physique. It’s easy to see why esthetics play a crucial role in both types of surgery.


People who want simple liposuction are generally interested in getting rid of fat in just one or a few spots. It may be the flanks (“love handles”), the abdominal area, the neck, or any place where an unattractive bulge might be harming a patient’s confidence.

Several esthetic issues may arise when dealing with optimum liposuction outcomes. In some cases, removing fat from one area of the body might impact other areas.  For instance, removing fat from the thighs might necessitate a complementary procedure on the buttocks to ensure a natural, flowing line.

A good plastic surgeon will inform the patient of any likely unintended consequences of a limited liposuction procedure and will be able to suggest approaches that can avoid or minimize these issues.

Even more important, however, reputable board-certified plastic surgeons will typically perform procedures in a careful, highly disciplined manner. Most cases of botched liposuction procedures have to do with careless, perhaps insufficiently trained,  surgeons being overly aggressive (or just plain sloppy) in terms of how they remove fat. The result can be highly uneven with an unflattering and unnatural appearance. Moreover, while revision liposuction procedures are available, they can be particularly challenging.

The best strategy from a patient’s point of view is to simply be extremely careful about selecting a board-certified plastic surgeon before having a procedure. Patients should also understand that, while being called a plastic surgeon requires years of extra training, any medical doctor who wants to, can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon, with no set amount of additional preparation. Being aware of the distinction can save you much heartache and expense.

Liposculpting aka Lipo 360

As we said above, these procedures take a more holistic view of the body. While some liposculpting procedures may remove relatively large deposits of body fat, very small deposits might also be eliminated. At best, the whole of the multiple liposuctions within the procedure should be greater than the sum of the parts. As you might imagine, liposculpting calls for a great deal of esthetic sensitivity on the part of the plastic surgeon.  Esthetics is a deeply personal concept, varying significantly between individuals. While some might desire a very slender silhouette, others might seek a curvier, more muscular physique. Effective communication between the surgeon and patient is crucial. Tailoring the procedure to individual desires while managing expectations is a delicate balance to strike.

When an excellent plastic surgeon performs these procedures, it won’t always be clear to others exactly what’s been done; they will  just notice that the patient looks especially attractive. Indeed, they are likely to assume that patients have just lost some weight.

VASER Ultrasound Liposculpting Can Improve Esthetic Outcomes

As with any other art, plastic surgeons are only as good as their tools, so patients who go to plastic surgeons using the most advanced medical technology can often benefit from superior outcomes. For liposuction and liposculpting, the most sophisticated technology by far is VASER ultrasound liposuction. An acronym for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance, this technology uses soundwaves to efficiently target and remove fat while affecting other types of tissue to a lesser degree. VASER ultrasound liposuction gives plastic surgeons the ability to remove fat so thoroughly that hidden abdominal six-packs can be revealed.

VASER ultrasound liposculpting can offer skilled plastic surgeons the possibility of committing more energy and time to the artistic and creative side of body contouring by enabling greater precision and allowing the removal of specific areas of fat with greater ease. It is especially good for more detailed areas – not only the abdomen but also the love handles, arms, and neck. This also makes it particularly useful for liposculpting, where the surgeon may be making numerous subtle changes in which the whole should be greater than the sum of the parts.

The Significance of Post Operative Care

The esthetic results of liposuction are not determined solely at the surgery’s conclusion. Post-operative care plays a vital role in the final appearance. Proper compression, lymphatic massages, and avoiding strenuous activities ensure smooth skin and prevent complications that could compromise the aesthetics of the outcome.

Beyond Fat Removal: The Comprehensive Approach

While liposuction is primarily associated with fat removal, its esthetic outcomes can be further enhanced when combined with other procedures. For instance, a tummy tuck after liposuction can address loose skin, ensuring a taut, smooth appearance. This holistic approach elevates the aesthetic appeal,  offering results that are greater than the sum of their parts.

As with all fields of esthetic medicine, liposuction will continue to evolve. The integration of technology, understanding of human anatomy, and patient preferences will guide the next wave of innovations. One thing remains constant: the pursuit of esthetic excellence, where the goal is not merely to alter but to enhance and celebrate the human form.

Choosing a Plastic Surgeon

Not all liposuction procedures yield the same results. The surgeon’s experience, expertise, and understanding of body esthetics play a pivotal role. An experienced surgeon can anticipate potential challenges, understand the nuances of body proportion, and deliver results that align with the patient’s vision.

While liposuction can work wonders, it isn’t a panacea for all body concerns. Being realistic about its limitations is essential. For instance, it’s not a weight loss solution but rather a contouring tool. Having realistic expectations ensures patient satisfaction and underscores the esthetic objectives of the procedure.

Selecting the right doctor is the first step to successful plastic surgery. You should look at the doctor’s past work as well as at testimonials from former patients.

If you are looking for a plastic surgeon in Los Angeles, Dr. Steven Varkony is among the area’s leading board-certified plastic surgeons. Importantly, he is currently one of only a few Los Angeles Area doctors offering VASER ultrasound liposuction. Based in the Encino neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley area, Dr. Varkony has been at the head of the pack regarding employing the best and most advanced technology to benefit his patients.

If you’re interested in liposuction, liposculpting, or any other procedure, Dr. Varkony and his team would love to hear from you. Please reach out using the information at the bottom of this page or by filling out the form on our contact page.

Dr. Varkony’s office is in Encino, but his patients come from throughout the Greater Los Angeles area including Beverly Hills, Westlake Village, Calabasas, Santa Monica, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Burbank, Bel Air, Woodland Hills, and Brentwood.

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