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Robert Applebaum M.D.

Mini-Liposuction Grows In Popularity

The pandemic not only changed the way we lived but how many people wished to reshape their appearance, and this has led to major growth in popularity of the body contouring method known as mini-liposuction. Though liposuction has been a component of plastic and aesthetic procedures for some time, new techniques have improved results and lessened the invasiveness of this method which have led to it becoming a favored option of choice.

How Covid Changed Our Bodies

The weight of the Covid epidemic was felt quite literally as the average American gained two pounds per week with many packing on nearly 30 lbs over the most impactful pandemic months according to the National Library of Medicine

However, Covid also created a deception in that by changing our activity levels it also altered our self-perceptions. The lack of movement and isolation not only made people more susceptible to excessive weight gain, but also hid morphing physical characteristics as typical form fitting work clothes gave way to sweats as well as an overall more forgiving wardrobe.

What Is Liposuction

Liposuction, as the name suggests, is a medical procedure that utilizes a small cannula attached to suction to remove fat from specific areas of the body such as the hips, stomach, thighs, back, and buttocks. Though not considered to be a weight loss method as asserted by the Mayo Clinic, it can be particularly helpful for exercise and diet resistant troublesome areas that may be difficult to reshape. Mini-liposuction is essentially the same procedure, however it targets smaller pockets rather than the ones that may have a larger area of fat deposits. 

Why Mini Liposuction?

Most people did return to their active lifestyles after the Covid restrictions, ridding themselves of much of their excess weight. Yet many struggled with isolated areas of their bodies that seemed particularly stubborn to relinquishing the changes that occurred during the pandemic. Mini-liposuction is a procedure that is designed specifically for this issue, as it removes small pockets of fat from stubborn areas to create the desired effect. And because it is precise, the results, even with this less invasive procedure, can be quite dramatic.

It Has Other Advantages

Mini-liposuction has other advantages over larger scale procedures which has made it the method of choice for those looking for a quick makeover.  The cannulas used in mini-liposuction are smaller than traditional liposuction cannulas and are designed for sculpting smaller areas.   Because target areas are generally small, local instead of general anesthesia can usually be applied. This not only lessens discomfort levels but also significantly reduces recovery time over the more extensive procedures.

How You Should Approach Your Procedure

When considering a mini-liposuction procedure you should approach it from the standpoint of reshaping or sculpting of your body rather than as a method of reducing your weight. This means you should make certain that you choose a doctor that uses methods that will ensure that same focus. As Dr. Applebaum states, using these advanced methods will create smooth contours after the mini-liposuction procedure that will match your body shape to achieve visible improvement.

If You Are Considering A Mini-Liposuction Procedure

Before choosing to have mini-liposuction, it is critical that you consult a qualified and skilled plastic surgeon that performs the mini-liposuction body contouring  procedure. They will provide a complete evaluation and make an assessment as to whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. In addition, they will be able to address all of your questions and concerns so you know what to expect and how best to obtain your desired results.

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