Art and Advanced Lipoplasty Techniques
The evolution of fat removal techniques for the purpose of beautification has been characterized by incremental improvements and refinements over the years. Blunt and narrow cannulae replaced sharp, large-diameter ones. Wet and superwet techniques replaced aggressive, dry liposuction. Various energy or power-assisted technologies were introduced to facilitate fat removal, reduce trauma, or improve skin retraction. High-definition body sculpting represents a new concept in beautifying the human body though lipoplasty. The techniques employed in high-definition body sculpting are not merely improvements on older methods; they are significantly different.
This webpage represents the culmination of the pioneering work of Colombian plastic surgeon Alfredo Hoyos. The impetus for this work was the increasing demand from patients for body shape and form that appeared athletic, muscular, or sexy. As well as acquiring formal skills as an aesthetic surgeon, Hoyos’s attributes as a sculptor and artist as well afforded him the unique ability to develop his passion for art through body contouring surgical techniques. His bold endeavors using novel techniques and painstakingly thorough liposuction yielded results that were hitherto unobtainable using conventional techniques. Since Hoyos published the results of his earlier experience with high definition lipoplasty, he has refined the techniques, developed new instrumentation, and employed newer ultrasound and power-assisted devices to achieve optimum results. The results of total body sculpting are not just transformational; they are also reproducible.
Liposuction Technology & Body Art
For exercise and diet-resistant fatty deposits, liposuction has been utilized as a surgical solution for unwanted convex adiposities for decades. The introduction of the tumescent technique by Klein in the 1990s transformed the safety of suction-assisted lipoplasty. However, traditional liposuction has inherent limitations based on instrumentation and techniques.
In 2000, Sound Surgical Technologies introduced an efficient third-generation ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty technology called VASER, an acronym for vibration amplification of sound energy at resonance. The introduction of VASER allowed efficient and safe emulsification of fat in deep and superficial planes through cavitation while preserving vascular and neural structures. It also represented the sculptor’s chisel in a new technique that would change the concept of surgical body contouring. Pioneered by Hoyos in 2002, VASER-assisted high definition lipoplasty (VAHDL) radically altered the tenets of lipoplasty in aesthetic surgery. The human body can be sculpted like a work of art, working in all subcutaneous planes, by adding and subtracting fat with delicate instruments and refined techniques.
Full Lipoabdominoplasty with Definition
Abdominoplasty is expected to correct three main deformities: striae, extra fat, and muscular diastasis. These are common in women following multiple pregnancies or in obese patients.
The results of standard abdominoplasty are often non-ideal: The anterior abdomen can look tense, “drumlike,” and overstretched; the waistline cannot be contoured as in standard liposuction; the naval scar becomes an obvious stigma of surgery. In addition, the distance between the umbilicus and the lipectomy scar might be very short and leave the patient with very limited options to conceal it.
High-definition body sculpting relies on manipulating shadow and light to reveal the underlying shadow and light to reveal the underlying anatomy. The sculpting process creates convexities, concavities, and controlled grooves and irregularities in order to achieve exceptional results. The same concepts can be applied to abdominoplasty. This allows women who might previously have accepted only a flat-appearing abdomen as a result to realistically expect a beautifully athletic and toned abdomen with no visible stigmata of surgery. Taking advantage of the fat-selective properties of the VASER technology, we perform 360 degrees lipoplasty using the ultrasound over the flap, followed by suction using vented (VentX) cannulae.