What is Fat ?
Fat cells, or adipocytes, accumulate in your body through diet and get stored to use as expendable energy and insolation. These fat cells can be divided into two different categories; white fat and brown fat. White fat is developed in connective tissue when people gain weight from excessive eating, without burning the calories they consume. The white adipocytes can enlarge up to quadruple the size and begin to divide and proliferate. This is the fat we complain about. White fat ideally should remain between 15% to 25% in men and 15% to 30% in women.
When your body needs a source of energy or heat, brown fat steps in. Brown fat, which is given its color by iron-containing mitochondria and small blood vessels, is stored in the muscle tissue and surrounds internal organs. Brown fat is also referred to “baby fat”, as those adorably large baby rolls actually serve to keep infants at a stable temperature. Your body can produce brown adipocytes through exercise, sleep-producing melatonin, and being exposed to the cold. Unfortunately, the amount of brown fat cells dissipates as we age, ultimately deeming the few remaining brown fat deposits ineffective with normal state of nutrition or exercise.
WHAT IS LIPOSUCTION ?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure to extract subcutaneous fat cells, or white adipose tissue that is stored under the skin. Liposuction cannot be used on visceral fat, which is the important tissue that is stored between the vital organs. Patients who receive liposuction are generally in good health within average weight range, and have difficulty getting rid of stubborn pockets of fat despite vigorous exercise and healthy diet. The procedure is performed in the hospital and only takes 1 to 2 hours. Along with diet and exercise, liposuction can sculpt and define the body to help patients achieve their ideal physiques.
Types of Liposuction We Perform
During your consultation, Dr Mohamed ElAssal will determine the best suitable type of liposuction for you based on your specific needs and desired results. Listed below are the two types of liposuction procedures that the M-E CLINIC offers.
Suction assisted liposuction, also known as SAL, extracts the patient’s fat manually with a small cannula, or a hollow tube, that is attached to pressurized vacuum equipment. The tube is inserted through small incisions in the desired areas to allow for the most precise contouring. This is the traditional form of liposuction.
Fat can have a component that makes it difficult for the cannula to remove the fat. Power assisted liposuction (PAL) has a powered device attached to the cannula to vibrate it, allowing the cannula to glide easily through the tissue to evenly remove the fat.
Laser Assisted (SmartLipo)
Laser assisted liposuction, or a LAL, uses a laser beam to break down the fat, liquefy it, and produce more collagen growth for skin tightening. This method allows for easier suction and minimizes recovery time. Patients are generally able to return to their regular activities very quickly after laser assisted liposuction.
Ultrasonic Assisted liposuction
Is another method that uses ultrasonic energy waves to emulsify, or break down, the fat cells before suctioning.Vaser, liposound, liposaver the latest technology.
During your consultation, Dr Mohamed ElAssal will ask you about your cosmetic concerns, which areas you would like to receive liposuction, and answer any questions you may have.You will be able to look through prior patients’ before and after photographs, which will help to understand the realistic results, although results do vary between patients. Your surgeon will perform a thorough examination, and you both will work together in creating a treatment plan that will give you the results you are looking for
Your surgeon will explain the entire procedure process, any preparation you will need prior to your appointment, as well as a recovery protocol. Pricing can be discussed at this time as well. All M-E CLINIC staff want to ensure a comfortable process and make you feel comfortable and prepared.
Liposuction is a procedure where fat deposits are removed from certain areas of one’s body, face or neck. As a result, it can slim the hips and thighs, flatten the abdomen, shape the calves and ankles or eliminate a double chin.
Liposuction from one of our doctors is a procedure that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from a variety of specific areas.
From your first consultation to your last follow up visit, you will be pampered. The entire staff is trained to make your experience a positive one. During the initial consultation our doctors will listen to what you want and learn about your medical history. After a brief examination, you will review pre and post operative photos of patients and decide what look is best for you. All of your questions will be answered with detailed individualized information and a quote for the procedure will be provided. Scheduling is quick and easy.
Your surgery will be performed at a hospital affiliated outpatient surgery center where your care is provided by anesthesiologists. The procedure will take few hours and you will be on your way home soon thereafter.
The entire process will take between 1 to 2 hours depending on the treatment area(s). When you arrive for your liposuction procedure, you will be given a local or general anesthetic and marked for proper incision placement. Depending on the exact method discussed in your consultation, the procedure will be performed by making small incisions and inserting a cannula to suction the fat deposits out of the body. A special solution will be used during the surgery to minimize bruising.
After the operation, you will be wrapped in a compression bandage to reduce swelling and reinforce the desired form. At this time, your family member or friend will be able to take you home and help you with your recovery.
Pain after the surgery is not sharp and feels more like a bruise or soreness of the muscles. Drains are not typically needed, but are used in some cases. A compression garment is worn for six weeks after the procedure to help mold the area and allow the soft tissue to adhere to the underlying muscles.
All follow up care is included. There may be stitches to remove. You will be wearing a compression garment for 6 weeks and be able to return to walking exercises in three days.
Most individuals that undergo liposuction find they are more at ease with their bodies and feel more comfortable in a variety of clothes. Now even though the results of liposuction can be permanent, you can still gain weight. However, many find that this new weight is distributed more evenly and does not settle in the bulging areas. A healthy regiment of dieting and exercise can help maintain the results.
The best liposuction candidates are those who have pockets of fat that aren’t eliminated with diet and exercise, are in good physical and emotional health and are within a normal weight range. At your consultation Dr Mohamed ElAssal will explain in detail what the actual procedure will encompass. The goal is to ensure your complete comfort and confidence in our
M-E CLINIC team.
You have localized fat unresponsive to diet and exercise.
You are of normal weight.
You are in good physical and emotional health.
You have firm, elastic skin.
You have realistic expectations.
Ultrasonic liposuction is another method that uses ultrasonic energy waves to emulsify, or break down, the fat cells before suctioning.
Vaser, liposound, liposaver the latest technology.