Comprehensive Guide to Body Contouring: Liposuction, Lipoplasty, and Abdominoplasty

Topics Covered:

  • Traditional Liposuction:
    • An overview of body contouring
    • The basics of traditional liposuction
    • Understanding the limitations of traditional liposuction
  • Lipoplasty: A Modern Evolution in Body Contouring:
    • Introduction to Lipoplasty
    • The role of the Renuvion device in Lipoplasty
    • Neocollagenesis: Stimulating collagen regeneration for skin elasticity
  • Expanding Applications of Lipoplasty:
    • Applications beyond the abdomen
    • Benefits of Lipoplasty for arms and legs
    • Advantages in terms of recovery time, incision size, and customization
  • Specialized Techniques in Abdominal Contouring:
    • Introduction to specialized techniques
    • Mini-Tuck: Procedure and benefits
    • Abdominoplasty: Traditional Tummy Tuck
    • Avelar Abdominoplasty: A combination of traditional abdominoplasty and liposuction
    • Leva-Tuck: An innovative approach with minimized scarring and enhanced comfort
  • The Hourglass Tummy Tuck: The Ultimate Body Sculpting Technique:
    • Understanding the Hourglass Tummy Tuck procedure
    • Components of the Hourglass Tummy Tuck
    • Risks and benefits

Introduction to Body Contouring: Understanding Traditional Liposuction

Body contouring is a popular area within cosmetic surgery that includes various procedures aimed at improving the shape and tone of the body. A foundational procedure in body contouring is traditional liposuction, which is imperative to understand before exploring the more advanced techniques.

Liposuction, often referred to as 'lipo', involves the removal of excess fat from specific areas of the body, such as the abdomen, through the insertion of a thin, hollow tube called a cannula. The cannula is used to break apart and suction out fat cells. However, traditional liposuction mainly targets adipose tissue and does not address issues like skin elasticity or sagging skin. Consequently, patients with poor skin elasticity may be left with loose skin after the procedure.

Lipoplasty: A Modern Evolution in Body Contouring

Lipoplasty, sometimes referred to as laser-assisted liposuction, can be seen as an advanced version of traditional liposuction. It not only focuses on fat removal but also addresses skin tightening, making it a more comprehensive approach to body contouring.

One of the innovations in Lipoplasty is the utilization of the Renuvion device, which employs a combination of radiofrequency energy and helium plasma. This technology is directed at the collagen-rich layers beneath the skin, which is vital for skin elasticity. The emitted energy stimulates the regeneration of collagen, a process known as neocollagenesis, causing the collagen fibers to contract. This leads to firmer, more toned skin. Therefore, Lipoplasty effectively addresses both fat removal and post-procedure skin appearance, offering a smoother and more contoured silhouette.

Expanding Applications: The Versatility of Lipoplasty

Lipoplasty can be applied to various areas of the body beyond the abdomen, including the arms and legs, which makes it a versatile option for body contouring:

  • Arms: Lipoplasty addresses sagging skin and excess fat in the arms, offering an alternative to traditional arm lift surgery (brachioplasty), which requires larger incisions and longer recovery time.
  • Legs: Lipoplasty is effective in toning the thighs and calves and is an alternative to invasive thigh lift surgery.
  • Minimized Downtime: Lipoplasty’s minimally invasive approach results in shorter recovery periods compared to traditional surgeries.
  • Smaller Incisions: The procedure requires smaller incisions, reducing scarring and risk of complications.
  • Customizability: Lipoplasty can be tailored according to individual needs and specific body parts.

Specialized Techniques in Abdominal Contouring

There are several specialized techniques aimed at abdominal contouring which include Mini-Tuck, traditional Abdominoplasty, Avelar Abdominoplasty, and the innovative Leva-Tuck.


A mini-tuck, or mini-abdominoplasty, is less invasive than a full abdominoplasty and is suitable for individuals with a smaller amount of excess skin and fat in the lower abdomen. This procedure involves a smaller incision and focuses on tightening the lower abdominal muscles and removing excess skin.

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

Abdominoplasty is a surgical procedure for removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen, and sometimes tightening the underlying muscles. It helps in achieving a flatter and more toned abdominal appearance.

Avelar Abdominoplasty

This technique combines elements of both traditional abdominoplasty and liposuction. It involves a smaller incision and uses liposuction to remove excess fat before tightening the abdominal muscles and skin. Avelar abdominoplasty aims for more sculpted results with reduced scarring and faster recovery time.


Leva-Tuck is an innovative approach to abdominoplasty that minimizes visible scarring and enhances post-operative comfort. It uses a scarless bellybutton technique and includes Exparel, a long-lasting local anesthetic, to minimize postoperative pain. It can be combined with liposuction for more transformative results.

The Hourglass Tummy Tuck: The Ultimate Body Sculpting Technique

The Hourglass Tummy Tuck is an extensive cosmetic procedure designed to transform the body into an aesthetically pleasing hourglass figure. It is more elaborate than a conventional tummy tuck, combining abdominoplasty, liposuction, and optionally a Brazilian butt lift, though the latter is often recommended to be performed separately. The Hourglass Tummy Tuck effectively redefines the contours of the waistline and revitalizes the stomach area.

It is vital to consult with a qualified surgeon to discuss the risks and benefits of this comprehensive body contouring procedure and to evaluate if it meets your aesthetic goals.

For more information and to discuss which procedure is the right choice for you, please contact us to schedule a consultation.