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Hands Down, What’s the Best Type of Liposuction?

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When it comes to cosmetic surgery, you want the very best. And that is understandable; your appearance is not a place to cut corners. But knowing which treatments are superior can be difficult. For example, what is the best type of lipo?

Think Best for You, Not Best Overall

A quality cosmetic surgeon isn’t going to use bad techniques or offer forms of surgery that aren’t known for delivering good results. So, assuming you have thoroughly vetted the surgeon you choose, you can approach all their liposuction offerings as being likely to deliver appropriate results.

This means that making the decision between types of liposuction isn’t about weeding out bad techniques from good ones; it is about determining which type of liposuction best helps you meet your goals.

So long as you work with a good surgeon, you will have access to quality liposuction options.

Making Sense of Your Options

While the offerings available to you will vary between surgeons, there will typically be three types of liposuction to choose from: standard lipo, 360 lipo and VASER Hi Def® Lipo.

Standard Liposuction

With standard liposuction, fat is liquified via injection of a medicated solution and then suctioned out. This can be broken down into two techniques: tumescent and super wet. It is a highly mechanical process and while the doctor has the necessary control to treat larger areas, it does not offer the precision needed to remove very small pockets of fat or to “etch” along the muscles. It is ideal for clients looking to slim one or two areas of the body without a desire for etching.

360-Degree Lipo

With this technique, the entire midsection is treated, including the abs, hips, waist and back. This differs from traditional lipo in that more than one area is targeted at a time. Additionally, the client can opt for ultrasound-assisted liposuction rather than the traditional techniques. This form of liposuction is ideal for those who want to transform their overall silhouette and not just one or two choice areas.


This type of liposuction uses ultrasound to assist in fat removal. Ultrasound waves liquefy the fat in a highly targeted manner, allowing for significantly greater precision than with traditional liposuction. This permits the surgeon to remove smaller amounts of fat and even etch around the muscles, creating greater definition. This type of lipo is ideal for those who want targeted fat removal.

Ensuring You Are Ready for Liposuction

No matter what type of lipo you select, you need to make sure you are ready for the procedure, both mentally and physically. Signs that liposuction could be the right choice for you include:

Of course, the best way to determine if it will work for you, and which type is best, is to sit down with a cosmetic surgeon. They should be able to offer you the guidance you need to make the best choice for you.


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Is one type of lipo better than the rest? Dr. Gordon Andan of New York Surgical Arts explains that the best type of lipo is the one that best meets your goals.
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