What is PureLipo?
PureLipo is a new liposuction procedure that uses tumescent fluid for body contouring and targeted fat removal. This minimally-invasive technique can be performed in a physician's office or medspa for your convenience, and without general anesthesia for your safety. A liquid consisting of specific ingredients is used to reduce side effects and provide local anesthesia to keep you comfortable. The permanent removal of fatty tissue can be achieved using PureLipo on almost any area of the body where fat builds up.
How does PureLipo work?
The specially formulated tumescent fluid used in PureLipo combines salt water, epinephrine, and a local anesthetic to achieve effective body contouring. Each component was designed for a specific purpose in the PureLipo treatment, which delivers permanent fat cell removal while sculpting the physique. The salt water is used to dilute the epinephrine and local anesthetic, and also aids in loosening the fat cells from the connective tissue surrounding it. The epinephrine is important to the minimization of painful bruising and bleeding, which are reduced as the epinephrine causes the veins in the targeted area to constrict. By including a local anesthesia, the PureLipo procedure eliminates the need for general anesthesia, which reduces the risk of numerous associated complications.
Once the special fluid is introduced to the treatment area, a cannula, or thin tube, is guided into the area beneath the skin via a tiny incision. This cannula then suctions the loosened fatty tissue away.
What areas of the body does PureLipo treat?
Nearly any area of the body can be treated with PureLipo, including the:
• Abdominal area
• Upper arms
What are the advantages of PureLipo over other treatments?
There are many benefits to PureLipo. If you consider PureLipo in light of traditional liposuction procedures, you will notice that PureLipo allows for:
• None of the risks associated with general anesthesia
• Less downtime before returning to regular activities
• Fewer instances of ridges or dimpling
• Reduced bleeding and bruising
• Performance as an out-patient procedure in a medspa or office
• The removal of up to 4 liters of fat during a treatment session
• Greatly reduced chance of scarring
• No damage to the dermis
Who is a candidate for PureLipo?
Individuals who are seeking a procedure to target areas of fat that are unresponsive to diet and exercise may be good candidates for PureLipo. People seeking major weight loss, have clotting or certain blood disorders, or are not in good general health may not be good candidates. Consult your specialist for a personalized recommendation of treatment based on your health and goals.
How is PureLipo performed?
PureLipo can usually be performed in a medspa or physician's office, on an outpatient basis, in a session that usually takes around two hours. The local anesthetic will be administered first, so that it has time to begin effectively numbing the treatment area. The area is cleansed, and then the tumescent solution including salt water and epinephrine is injected. After the fluid and anesthesia have been applied for a short time, the doctor can proceed to remove fat through the cannula inserted beneath the skin. One of the benefits of PureLipo is that the patient is able to be conscious throughout the procedure, allowing the doctor to ask them to shift their body position for optimum body sculpting results.
What is the recovery like?
Patients can expect some bruising, swelling, and fluid drainage for the initial weeks after receiving PureLipo, although these side effects are not normally intense and normal daily activities can be resumed after just two to three days. Compression garments are often recommended by physicians to facilitate support of the area and promote healing.
What will my results be like?
Results are evident just a few weeks after treatment, with full results visible after around four months. Since PureLipo fat removal is permanent, most patients will be able to enjoy their sculpted new body lines as long as they maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid weight gain.
What are the risks?
The risks associated with PureLipo include bleeding, infection, and scarring, although these are rare and present in any liposuction treatment.
Is PureLipo approved for use in the U.S.?
Yes, PureLipo has been approved safe for the use of fat removal and body contouring in the United States.
How much does PureLipo cost?
Elements such as geographical location, individual provider fees, and size of the treatment area all influence the overall cost of PureLipo. In general, PureLipo usually costs under $5,000 for a treatment session, but patients should consult with their specialist for a specific cost projection.
Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.
By OnlineSurgery.com Staff
Updated: September 24, 2009