The SAFELipo® Difference
SAFELipo is a safe and highly effective, comprehensive body reshaping method that provides patients with smoother, more dramatic and natural-appearing body contouring results.
Unlike other forms of liposuction, SAFELipo first loosens, emulsifies and separates out the unwanted fat cells, gently removes them, then equalizes the remaining thin fat layer without generating heat, keeping valuable blood vessels, skin and other tissues from being damaged or destroyed. Developed in response to the challenges presented by revision liposuction, this unique process is a paradigm shift in liposuction and body contouring surgery.
It can be a daunting task for men and women to sift through all the information about various liposuction techniques. Keep in mind when looking for a physician to perform SAFELipo that all surgeons who attend and complete a SAFELipo training course are board-certified or board eligible plastic surgeons. Board certification is earned only after completing a minimum of 5 years of surgical training following medical school to develop both technical skill and aesthetic judgment. Make sure your surgeon meets these standards.
How SAFELipo Works
SAFELipo is the first and only body contouring technique to incorporate the 3-step process of fat separation, aspiration and equalization, a patented process that combines the benefits of liposuction, fat shifting and fat grafting.
During the first step of SAFELipo, Fat Separation, the surgeon employs specialized "exploded" probes with power-assisted liposuction (PAL) to separate the targeted fat globules from each other and from their surrounding attachments without tearing or otherwise damaging the delicate stromal network and supporting blood vessels. The separation process allows these fat cells and globules to become "loose and emulsified" without the generation of heat, thereby eliminating the damaging effects of the thermal energy seen with other forms of liposuction available today.
Most liposuction procedures include some form of aspiration, which simply refers to the removal of the fat cells using suction. Because the separation stage decreases the resistance and adherence of the targeted fat, the SAFELipo surgeon is able to use smaller, thinner cannulas to remove it, but is able to prevent suction avulsion injuries seen with other forms of liposuction, resulting in a healthy, thin resulting fat layer with intact blood vessels and surrounding tissue. This less traumatic approach greatly reduces or eliminates bruising, decreases swelling after surgery, and prevents excessive internal scarring.
The final component of SAFELipo, fat equalization, is vital to ensuring optimal long-term results. After extracting the targeted fat cells, the surgeon turns his or her attention to the light layer of fat that remains after aspiration. This important layer, left intact by the previous two steps, is then equalized with fat equalization probes without utilizing suction. The thin, even layer of subcutaneous fat that remains is an absolute necessity for the smooth, toned, and natural appearance coveted by liposuction patients.
With equalization, the SAFELipo surgeon usually utilizes PAL with the specialized "exploded" fat equalizing probes to smooth this layer of fat, leaving a smooth blanket of "local" fat grafts to prevent adherence of the skin down to the underlying muscle layer. By preventing this adhesion of the skin's dermis down to the muscle's fascia, the SAFELipo process is able to prevent the most persistent and pervasive problem with liposuction since it was invented more than 30 years ago: contour irregularities. What does this mean for patients? Preventing contour irregularities is the key to eliminating wavy skin, lumps, divots and other unfavorable and unnatural results of liposuction surgery – until SAFELipo, very difficult to avoid, even in the most experienced surgeons' hands. This crucial step, the cornerstone of SAFELipo's innovative foundation, is the source of the buzz that has surrounded the technique since its inception.
The Path to SAFELipo
The path to SAFELipo began in the early 2000s, when process originator Dr. Simeon Wall Jr. began to take on an unusual number of revision liposuction patients – those seeking to correct unfavorable results of past liposuction. Over the years, he began to notice that the thermal liposuction methods, such as those using laser, radiofrequency and ultrasonic energy, often caused more severe and harder-to-correct damage to the delicate tissues surrounding the patients' targeted fat cells – a direct result of the high levels of heat these methods produce. Heat causes thermal injury, leading to cell death and inflammation in the targeted area. Eventually, the patients' bodies had reacted to the heat-related trauma, causing the unsightly contour deformities frequently seen with these thermal methods.
Motivated by the desire to improve his own patients' liposuction results and treat these revision patients more effectively, Dr. Wall Jr. set to work developing the groundbreaking SAFELipo process. His main goal was to find a way to remove targeted fat cells without destroying or damaging surrounding tissues, while preventing recurrence of scar tissue and producing a smooth surface and even contours. SAFELipo is now available from a select group of physicians trained by Dr. Wall Jr.
Liposuction has been and remains the gold standard of body contouring, but traditional methods have limitations, and thermal methods have proven problematic for surgeons and patients alike. In the past, the universal challenge has been how to remove as much fat as possible but still achieve an attractive external appearance. SAFELipo allows surgeons to remove significant amounts of fat with dramatic changes in contour, but still achieve superb results.
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