Monday, November 14, 2005
LipoSelection Going Micro
Brandy Montoya, 28, eats healthy and visits the gym at least three times a week. But as hard as she tried, she could not get the bottom half of her body to match her smaller torso. So in July, she signed up for $9,000 worth of liposuction.
Denver plastic surgeon John Millard performed a new procedure, LipoSelection, which uses ultrasound to liquefy fat before it's suctioned out of the body, often resulting in less bruising.
Montoya said goodbye to millions of fat cells on her thighs, her hips—and even the inner part of her knees. "I look like somebody you'd be jealous of, I really do," she says. Liposuction has long been the nation's top plastic-surgery procedure. But with advances like LipoSelection, which promises a quicker recovery, and the use of tiny suction tubes ("canulas") that allow doctors to target smaller body parts, it's growing faster than ever.
Lipoplasties were up 24 percent last year over 2003, to 478,251.
In the future, doctors hope to also perform nonsurgical body contouring by zapping fat with high-energy ultrasound, says Dr. Mark Jewell, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. (The killed-off fat cells would be metabolized by the body.) Until then, we'll just have to live with the bruises