You may have heard of Liposuction 360° (or Lipo 360°) when it comes to body contouring procedures or body reshaping surgeries. But how is this liposuction different from the other fat removal procedures offered? What is Liposuction 360°? And what part of the body does this cosmetic surgery enhance and improve?
We share everything you need to know about Liposuction 360° and all the benefits this body-contouring surgery can provide.
Lipo 360° is a term used to describe liposuction that covers the total circumference of the body’s midsection; this includes the abdomen, flanks (love handles), and hips. Lipo 360° is not a specific device or branded by a company. It’s just a cosmetic surgery term used to describe the areas in which liposuction is being performed. The cosmetic surgeon will perform liposuction three hundred and sixty degrees around the patient. Lipo 360° removes fat from the midsection, starting at the abdomen, moving in a circumferential direction towards the lower back, and ending back at the stomach.
Traditionally, a liposuction procedure focuses on removing fat from one area of the body, leaving the body’s overall proportions unchanged. Lipo 360° addresses the entire shape and curves of the midsection rather than focusing on the total fat removed from one section.
Another benefit with Liposuction 360°, because the procedure covers multiple areas, enables the plastic surgeon to contour the midsection with the remaining fat. This technique is called Liposculpturing, removing body fat strategically while reshaping the remaining fat deposits to form a curvier look- if that’s a desired outcome by the patient.
Since Lipo 360° is a description of the full degree covered by the liposuction, not a specific type of liposuction, a patient has a variety of liposuction methods to choose from.
Here are three different liposuction procedures to consider:
Liposuction involves the plastic surgeon making small incisions around the treated areas to insert a long thin tube called the cannula to suction the fat from the body. There are three standard techniques to remove fat cells from the body.
Vaser liposuction is an ultrasonic-assisted liposuction, meaning sound waves are used to loosen the fat deposits. The procedure starts as a traditional liposuction, using a tumescent solution that is infiltrated into the treatment area. The surgeon then inserts an ultrasonic probe into the area to loosen the fat cells before using the liposuction machine to remove the fat from the body. The energy and heat from the sound waves melt the fat cells while stimulating the skin cells to produce collagen and form tighter, resulting in a toned look post-surgery.
SmartLipo involves the combination of liposuction with laser technology. The SmartLipo procedure also starts with a tumescent infiltration to the targeted areas, followed by the insertion of a high-energy fiber-optic laser to loosen and melt the fat cells. And similar to the Vaser Lipo, the heat from the laser stimulates the inner layers of the skin to promote collagen production and skin-tightening formation.
Whichever liposuction method you decide to use with the Liposuction 360° technique, we recommend consulting with a certified cosmetic surgeon to help advise you on which method would align with your desired results.
Lipo 360° or any other type of liposuction procedure is not a solution for losing weight. Liposuction is a surgical procedure for a person who has isolated areas of stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise.
Here are a few more conditions that make for an ideal candidate:
In good physical healthA non-smoker or willing to stop smoking six to eight weeks before the procedure Has maintained their ideal weight for some timeIn need of a liposuction revision
Lipo 360° is not the ideal procedure for people:
Liposuction 360° is the ideal solution for someone with a slight bulge of fat around the waistline and abdomen that will not disappear, even with a consistent effort in maintaining an ideal weight and healthy lifestyle. A method of liposuction that eliminates extra fat and contours the overall waistline.