What is Airsculpt laser liposculpture?
AirSculpt is a laser liposuction technique developed and patented in 2012 by Dr. Aaron Rollins, a Beverly Hills surgeon. It is only available at the Elite Body Sculpture medical spa chain.
Board-certified plastic surgeons use a proprietary cannula to remove fat through a “freckle-size hole” while tightening skin. There is no need for general anesthesia because it is a minimally invasive procedure. There are no scalpels or needles used.
An adult (over the age of 18) in good health who wants to remove excess fat pockets or contour specific areas of their body, such as the hips, thighs, arms, chin, breasts, and buttocks, is a good candidate for AirSculpt body sculpting. During an appointment, patients may have two or three different areas treated. It can also be used to fine-tune the outcomes of body contouring procedures such as a tummy tuck.
“Airsculpt” is essentially a marketing term for a specific company’s liposuction combined with laser energy, and “liposculpture” is another word for “liposuction.” Liposuction is a procedure in which fat is suctioned from the body through very small incisions.
Liposuction can be performed in a variety of ways, and it can be combined with a variety of technologies to tighten the skin around the area being treated. Liposuction can be done while you’re awake or while you’re sleeping. It can be done with various suction devices of varying sizes. It can be combined with laser energy (also known as “Smart Lipo”), ultrasound energy (also known as “Vaser”), and radiofrequency energy (also known as “BodyTite”) to tighten skin.
Airsculpt is simply liposuction combined with laser energy
Other advertised differences include the fact that it is performed awake, which is true of any type of liposuction, and that it is performed without the use of a scalpel. Instead of a scalpel (a surgical knife), they use a different type of sharp instrument (a trocar, a stick with a sharp point) to penetrate the skin.
From the patient’s point of view, there is no distinction. Airsculpt is also said to cause less bruising and recovery time than other types of liposuction. There is nothing in the Airsculpt procedure to back up these claims.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of AirSculpt?
# The removed excess fat can be used to augment another area, such as the face, buttocks, or breasts, or to rejuvenate the hands.
# It has a shorter recovery time than traditional liposuction: about three days versus a week.
# The procedure can be used on a variety of body parts, including the hips, abdomen, love handles, arms, back, and under the chin.
# Because the laser’s heat promotes collagen production, this laser lipo procedure has the added benefit of mild skin tightening.
# You will not require general anesthesia.
# Potential dangers include bruising, swelling, and the risk of infection.
# This isn’t a weight-loss procedure, like all other types of lipo; it’s only for body contouring.
# A small scar may form as a result of the puncture incision used to insert the device.
What is the cost of AirSculpt lipo?
The average Airsculpt price is $11,275
The cost of your AirSculpt procedure will be determined by the number of areas treated and the size of those areas.
Price range: $5000 – $18,000
Cosmetic surgery is not covered by health insurance.
Although the Elite Body Sculpture medical spa line does not provide in-house financing, you can arrange for a payment plan prior to your scheduled appointment. Care Credit, Enhance Patient Financing, Alphaeon, Lending USA, and United Medical Credit are among the healthcare credit institutions with which the chain collaborates.
Is AirSculpt effective at tightening skin?
AirSculpt can provide very mild skin tightening, but it is usually insufficient to make a significant difference in treating lax skin.
Dedicated skin tightening treatments, such as Thermage and BodyTite, produce better results.
What happens during an AirSculpt session?
When you arrive for your AirSculpt appointment (which will be a few weeks after your initial consultation with the surgeon), you will be taken into a treatment room and asked to change into a surgical gown. Your doctor will mark the areas on your body where the unwanted fat will be removed and contoured.
You’ll be given prescription medication (usually Xanax) and offered nitrous oxide to help you relax. A member of your doctor’s medical team will use a needle-free jet injector to numb the area (a device that uses high air pressure to administer local anesthesia).
Once you’re relaxed and numb, your doctor will make two holes in your skin with a 2 mm dermal punch. They’ll insert a tiny laser probe that will heat and melt fat, allowing them to easily withdraw it through the cannula. The cannula vibrates 1,000 times per minute, but it should be painless, and it should never come into contact with your skin while vacuuming out the liquid fat cells.
The fat removal procedure takes 45 minutes to four hours, depending on the amount of fat removed and the number of areas treated.
When it’s finished, you’ll be taken to a recovery room and placed in a compression garment to help keep the swelling down and your results better. The garment covers padded bandages, and you will be sent home with extra pads to change on a regular basis.
Is AirSculpt a one-time treatment?
Because the fat cells are removed, the results of AirSculpt are permanent. However, you must maintain a stable weight in order to prevent the remaining fat cells from expanding, which can result in weight gain and contour irregularities.
Liposuction vs. Laser Lipo
As previously stated, laser lipo combines laser energy to tighten skin and liposuction to remove fat.
Cavitation vs. Laser Lipo
Cavitation is the effect caused by the above-mentioned ultrasound energy, which helps break up stubborn fatty tissue and shake fat cells free of tough connective tissue or scar. Dr. Smith prefers Vaser-assisted (ultrasound-assisted) liposuction for male breast reduction (gynecomastia surgery) and secondary liposuction due to cavitation.
Airsculpt vs. Smart Lipo
Smart Lipo is a trademark for laser-assisted liposuction. As previously stated, laser energy can contribute to skin tightening, but in Dr. Smith’s extensive experience, radiofrequency energy is more effective for skin tightening. Airsculpt is a brand name for laser-assisted liposuction performed by a specific company that uses a trocar instead of a scalpel and does not require general anesthesia.
Coolsculpting vs. Airsculpting
Coolsculpting is a noninvasive body contouring procedure that employs the use of cold to kill fat cells (a process called cryolipolysis). Airsculpt, on the other hand, is a type of liposuction that is performed in a minimally invasive manner. It may take several CoolSculpting sessions to achieve the same results as liposuction.
QUESTION: “I’m just starting to look into getting upper-arm liposuction and am overwhelmed by all of the options.” I can’t find anything that feels objectively written, and I lack the medical knowledge to pursue peer-reviewed studies, but I’d appreciate some assistance understanding the differences between regular and laser liposuction, “Coolsculpt,” “Exilis 360,” “AirSculpt,” fat cavitation, and ultrasonic treatments. My mind is racing. Can you recommend a journalistic or straightforward article that explains all of these treatments? Thank you very much!”
ANSWER: All of these activities are classified as “body contouring.” Body contouring is based on the principle of removing fat cells from the body in a controlled manner to achieve desired cosmetic changes. Body contouring treatments are classified into two types: invasive and noninvasive. Liposuction and other surgical procedures such as tummy tucks are examples of invasive techniques.
Noninvasive procedures include Sculpsure, CoolSculpting, TruSculpt, and others. So, first, let’s talk about invasive techniques (I don’t offer non-invasive techniques in my practice). Procedures designed to remove excess skin and fat, such as tummy tucks and arm lifts, produce the most dramatic results, but they also result in scarring, because all incisions leave scars, and we must make incisions to remove skin.
Skilled, board-certified plastic surgeons are adept at concealing scars in difficult-to-see areas, making them thin, and ensuring that they fade significantly over time. Liposuction, on the other hand, is a great way to get rid of stubborn fat and leaves only minor scars (less than 1 cm). It is not a good option for people who have a lot of loose skin.
Many people with minor skin laxity will rationally choose liposuction in conjunction with some form of energy delivery to the skin in order to shrink that skin (heat causes skin to contract- think of fish skin in a frying pan). However, keep in mind that this is only effective for people with minor to moderate skin laxity.
Radio frequency and ultrasound are two of the many technologies available to accomplish this. Moving on to noninvasive treatments: whereas invasive treatments physically remove fat cells, noninvasive treatments damage or destroy them, allowing your body to remove them naturally.
These “set and forget” technologies are not as effective or as customizable as invasive treatments that involve a highly trained expert manually sculpting your tissue. In fact, there is no guarantee that they will work at all.
This is a lot of information; it is intended to help you cut through the clutter of marketing jargon. My advice is to ignore the fancy brand names and instead focus on the actual technology on offer, as well as find a board-certified surgeon you can trust.
Remember that there are four basic options for body contouring: noninvasive (usually-subtle fat removal); liposuction (for customized, most effective fat removal); liposuction + an energy treatment (for fat removal and skin tightening); and a more invasive operation such as a tummy tuck (to comprehensively address skin, muscle and fat).