Everybody has certain areas of the body that do not look the way we want them to look. Some of these areas may be improved with healthy diet and exercise, but many of these areas will not be improved even if we put enough effort. Even people with normal or lower than needed weight have small areas of their bodies where fat accumulates and these fatty areas are resistant to persistent exercise and healthy eating. What should we do if we want to improve these imperfect body sites?
The answer in many cases is mini liposuction or mini lipo in other words. First introduced a few years ago by a plastic surgeon from Beverly Hills, mini lipo procedure is a less complicated and shorter modification of usual liposuction . This procedure is performed on only one or two spots of the body on patients, who are close to their normal weight, in order to give a better, more balanced and proportionate appearance.
The ideal patient for mini liposuction is a person whose weight is normal or close to ideal but who has small or even minimal body areas that the patient himself/herself considers imperfect. The patient should be at least 18 years old or older. He/she should be in a relatively good physical and psychological health conditions, and most important, have realistic expectations.
Areas for mini liposuction
Mini liposuction may be performed on different areas of the body, where spots of excess fat appear to be. Usually these parts include sites around the knees, at the upper part of the chest close to the armpit, under the chin, behind the elbows and other. These areas are usually resistant to exercise and diet, are very minimal but very bothering to the patient.
If you have fatty areas of the body that bother you and are stubborn to exercise, you might want to consider having the mini-lipo procedure. Once you make an appointment with a plastic surgeon, you will have to come for initial consultation. On your initial consultation, the doctor will collect your whole medical history, including past and present diseases, surgeries, and medications you are taking. He/she will evaluate the areas that bother you and may be treated with mini liposuction. Then the surgeon will decide if you are suitable for this type of cosmetic surgery and explain the procedure itself, its risks and limitations.
Mini liposuction is a smaller procedure that normal liposuction. During this procedure local anesthesia may be administered, resulting in fewer risks and complications compared to the usual liposuction procedure. In addition, it is used on smaller or even minimal areas of the body, usually one or two. This cosmetic surgery procedure takes up to one hour, during which the patient is totally awake. The amount of fat removed is less than 2.5 pounds from one area. Furthermore, smaller instruments are used during mini-lipo compared to normal liposuction.
The combination of all these factors results in less pain, less time needed, fewer complications and smaller expenses for the patient. Mini-lipo costs under $2,500. It also does not require such a long recovery period. Most patients are able to resume their daily activities and return back to work the next day or even on the same day after this type of plastic surgery . There are also no restrictions for exercise, on the contrary, the patients are encouraged to start exercising within a few days after this cosmetic surgery.
Mini liposuction is performed on an out-patient basis. Local anesthetics are used before surgery. Then a small needle is inserted into the operated area and a special lypolytic fluid is injected into it. The surgeon will then remove fat accumulation with a syringe and a small cannula. This results in less bruising, pain and swelling.
Once the procedure is over, a small bandage is placed on it and you will be able to return home straight after mini-lipo . Recovery time is minimal and you will be able to return to work the next day after surgery. You will be instructed by your surgeon on how to exercise in order to experience best results as possible. Final results should be seen within a few weeks after this plastic surgery procedure.
Even though this type of cosmetic surgery is minimal, risks are also minimal and rare, but as with any surgery, they may occur. The most common risk is infection of the operated site, bruising, bleeding, and extensive swelling. Since the most common complication of regular liposuction is irregular shape of the treated area due to suction of two much fatty tissue, this does not apply to mini lipo.
Even though mini liposuction is a minimal plastic surgery procedure, its effects are dramatic. If you have realistic expectations about the procedure, you will be satisfied and delighted when you se the results. Mini-lipo improves the appearance and increases a person’s confidence and self-esteem but it cannot change the way people think about you.