In a recent interview, Dr. Aguirre sat down with Wellness Hour host Randy Alvarez to discuss liposuction. Dr. Aguirre said he performs this procedure using either Smartlipo™, which is laser liposuction, or VASER® Lipo, which uses ultrasound. He said there are a number of advantages to using these new technologies over the older, traditional liposuction.
Both Smartlipo and VASER Lipo liquefy the fat cells, breaking them up so that the fat can be extracted through much smaller tubes, called cannulas. This means that the end result of liposuction is much less “bumpy” than used to be seen with traditional liposuction. What’s more, Smartlipo and VASER are both performed using local anesthesia. This has a number of advantages. Recovery time is much quicker than with general anesthesia, and the local anesthesia means that there are none of the safety risks associated with general anesthesia. Perhaps best of all, the patient is awake with Smartlipo and VASER. Patients can be moved, and even stand up for repositioning, according to Dr. Aguirre. They can also provide feedback.
Dr. Aguirre also has special training in a technique called Hi Def Liposuction. This method describes the approach he takes in sculpting the patient’s body for attractive and natural-looking results. Said Dr. Aguirre, “It’s making the appearance of someone being very fit. And the majority of my patients are already very fit. They don’t just want a flat tummy, they want a tummy that’s flat and looks athletic. That’s the idea of adding the high def liposuction. It’s to make the results look more natural.”
Randy Alvarez asked Dr. Aguirre about some popular body areas for liposuction. The first they discussed was the neck area. Dr. Aguirre described it as a “wonderful area to treat” because the results can be so striking. He said this is because, “It’s the first area people look at because it is part of the face.” Because the neck area is small, the procedure takes less than an hour and as little as 30 minutes for some patients, but the results can be quite dramatic. Dr. Aguirre said that he sees as many men as women for neck liposuction. “I have patients bring in their husbands or boyfriends to do neck liposuction. It is very popular among spouses,” he said, adding, “In some patients it takes five or ten years off their look.”
Dr. Aguirre said he sees a wide age range of patients for liposuction, from people in their 20’s all the way up to their 70’s. He said the most popular areas for liposuction are the abdomen and thighs. In fact he said the legs are “a fun area to treat, because it empowers these patients and even improves their quality of life.”
The host stated that a number of doctors confide that they dislike doing liposuction because they consider it tedious. Dr. Aguirre said he feels quite differently. “What I like about lipo is it brings out the artistic side of me. And beyond that, the patients really love the results. It’s one of the most gratifying things I do. … If you have a young woman who’s always had saddlebags, and then you address the issue with a procedure that takes less than two hours and has an easy recovery, when they come back smiling about their new figure, that’s very rewarding.”
View the entire segment here.