The term “360 lipo” – sometimes called 360-degree lipo – is getting a lot of buzz these days. While it may sound like an entirely new procedure, it is actually just a more intensive form of liposuction. In a standard liposuction procedure, a single area is targeted. In 360 liposuction, your surgeon will perform a more comprehensive procedure that removes fat from multiple areas while contouring the body to achieve a curvier figure.
Even though 360 lipo usually entails removing a larger amount of fat, the recovery time is similar to a standard liposuction procedure. Many people opt for 360 liposuction as it’s better for body contouring. You have more control over the final results.
No cosmetic surgery is for everyone. If you are considering 360 lipo, it is important to take time to consider the pros and cons. Below, we will give you a quick overview of the procedure to help you decide whether or not it is right for you.
What Is A Good Candidate For 360 Lipo?
As is with traditional liposuction, 360 lipo is not designed for weight loss. Good candidates will already be near their ideal weight but have stubborn fat deposits that do not respond to diet or exercise.
You also need to be in good health overall. Most plastic surgeons will require you undergo a medical evaluation prior to undergoing 360-degree liposuction. This usually entails a physical exam and routine blood work.
Those who seek 360 lipo, as opposed to a traditional procedure, usually have multiple areas of the body they want to target.
For example, someone seeking liposuction may only want to remove a fat deposit from the abdomen. A patient seeking 360 lipo may want to remove fat from the abdomen, back, and love handles. Rather than booking multiple liposuction procedures, you can get this all treated at once with 360 lipo.
360 liposuction also allows for more tailored body contouring. Rather than simply removing fat, you can create a specific shape. A consultation with a plastic surgeon to talk over your goals is the best way to determine if you would benefit from 360 lipo.
What Happens During A 360 Lipo Procedure?
360 liposuction is most frequently done with general anesthesia.
After being placed under general anesthesia, your surgeon will make a small incision in your skin. Then, they will insert a device called a cannula and remove fat via a vacuum.
You can go home the same day you undergo 360 liposuction. Times vary, but the procedure generally takes two to eight hours, depending on how many areas are being treated.
What Is Recovery Like?
Recovery from 360 lipo is similar to recovery from standard liposuction, however it can cause more fatigue during the healing process simply because your body needs to heal more areas.
Directly after the procedure, you will have significant bruising and swelling. This should subside within a few weeks. Most patients are able to return to regular activities within a few days of undergoing liposuction.
Make sure you talk over your own recovery timeline with your surgeon. Everyone’s body is different so recovery paths vary from person to person. Following instructions closely is the best way to avoid complications.
What Are The Risks Of 360 Lipo?
As with any other medical procedure, 360 liposuction carries certain risks. However, liposuction has been around for a long time. Most board certified plastic surgeons have extensive experience performing it, making the risk of complication extremely low.
Some patients experience numbness or infection in the days following liposuction, side effects that either pass on their own or can be easily treated with antibiotics. In very rare cases, more serious complications like embolisms can occur. Seek medical care immediately if you notice symptoms like chest pain or shortness of breath.
The vast majority of patients who undergo liposuction do not have serious complications. The best way to ensure your own safety is to follow aftercare instructions closely and work with a reputable surgeon.
360 Liposuction: The Bottom Line
If you are looking to remove fat while contouring the body, 360 liposuction can help you achieve the results you want. The procedure does require anesthesia, comes with a moderate recovery period, has a low risk of side effects, and gives you results you can see as soon as swelling and bruising subside.
Undergoing 360 liposuction can help you reach aesthetic goals that may not be achievable through standard diet and exercise. It can remove fat that is likely the result of genetics to reshape your body to the exact figure you want. This can greatly improve your self-esteem and self-image.
Ready to get started? Leif Rogers is an Ivy League-educated, board-certified plastic surgeon and a standing member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. If you’re considering 360 lipo, get in touch with his team to schedule a consultation.