There's a new fat removal technique that has the citizens of Hollywood flocking to their doctors. According to Dr. Aaron Rollins, of Beverly Hills, models, agents, executives and many others are visiting his office to try the procedure known as AirSculpt. The cost starts at $5000 per area and the procedure eliminates excess fat without the use of needles or stitches. Unlike liposuction, Dr. Rollins says this procedure is more like Botox or chemical peels. Patients can return to work within 48 hours while looking toned and thinner.
Dr. Rollins says he created the technique to provide a gentler alternative to liposuction. The procedure has proven to be popular among movie and television stars who want to use the “Oscar Arms” procedure where AirSculpt is performed to chisel the arm muscles. The results are visible within a week and the patient should be fully healed and ready to wear a sleeveless dress.
A Closer Look at AirSculpt
AirSculpt is a patented procedure developed as a minimally invasive, virtually painless alternative to traditional fat removal procedures. One of the major reasons the procedure was developed is to remove the fear and pain of fat removal by creating a technically advanced treatment. Today, the AirSculpt procedure has been performed over 25,000 times.
Unlike liposuction which scrapes away unwanted fat with a cannula tube, AirSculpt technology removes fat cell-by-cell through a freckle-sized hole while simultaneously tightening the skin. AirSculpt gives an individual the personalized results they desire. The massage-like motion of AirSculpt, combined with gentle laser heat, gives patients a smoother, natural appearance. The laser also helps tighten skin for a firmer, more youthful look.
The unwanted fat is removed, cell by cell, using the AirSculpt tool through a 2-mm puncture hole that leaves a mark similar to a freckle or a natural skin blemish as it heals. No stitches are used and the entry sites are left open since they are so small. AirSculpt uses the heat of a laser to melt the fat and tighten the skin. Plus, the results can often be achieved with one treatment instead of a series of treatments.
AirSculpt liposuction enables the cosmetic surgeon to liquefy the fat before it is removed. This could make the removal of stubborn fats a little easier. In addition to the removal of fat, AirSculpt can simultaneously tighten the skin. Naturally, this could prove useful for patients who are concerned about sagging skin after a fat removal treatment.
In most cases, general anaesthesia is not required. Most patients can have the treatment under a local anaesthetic which could reduce some of the risks commonly associated with a general anaesthetic. Of course, a general anaesthetic is still available for patients who find themselves anxious about having the procedure.
AirSculpt tends to be most beneficial for patients who want to see the hard work they put in to look toned and sculpted create their desired look. For example, patients who have spent a long time in the gym, but still struggle to lose persistent fat, could certainly benefit from having an AirSculpt procedure.
How AirSculpt Works
AirSculpt begins with a 2mm opening being created in the skin to infuse a numbing solution (local anaesthesia) with air into the fat. This is where AirSculpt derives its name from. If needed, drugs may also be administered to make the patient more relaxed. A laser is then inserted to create heat to melt the fat. The last step is removing the fat through a small tube (cannula). The process as a whole is similar to certain laser lipo procedures that typically require general anaesthesia.
AirSculpt does not entail the use of any stitches. The goal is to only leave a small mark similar to a freckle on the skin instead of a line or suture marks which are seen more frequently with other procedures. This tends to give good results but the procedure may still leave scars since the hole that is punched removes a portion of the skin.
The fat is removed cell by cell with a device that moves about 1000 times a minute. Typically, patients won't feel more than a vibration because it’s so fast. A lot of critics are calling for the use of smaller tubes because it is believed that this will enable patients to enjoy faster healing, less downtime and smoother results.
No large studies have been conducted to confirm the benefits of any laser lipo technique over traditional liposuction. AirSculpt may have skin tightening effects but there is little evidence to back this up.
One study of 25 patients who received traditional lipo on one side of the body, and laser lipo on the other side, found no added benefit using laser lipo. Since laser lipo is very similar to AirSculpt, the benefits can be considered comparable but this should not be taken as the exact type of results to expect.
In addition, fat transfer to the breasts was popular among people attending awards ceremonies that had to be seen on the red carpet. The undamaged and eliminated fat removed during the AirSculpt procedure was used to plump up and lift the breasts through the use of fat transfer instead of using breast implants.