The Lipo Report!
Celeb surgery is on the rise and ‘lunchtime’ lipo is the biggest craze with even the skinniest of celebs opting to have every last ounce of fat sucked out of them. Just last month Jessica Alba was spotted leaving a clinic after allegedly having a spot of lipo on her stomach and thighs. Radar reported, “According to an insider, Jessica, 31, went to the Beauty Park Medical Spa in Santa Monica, California where she received i-Lipo treatment on her stomach and thighs, as well as two cortisone shots.” Radar’s source spilled, “Jessica had some laser liposuction treatment, which is a far less invasive way of melting away unwanted pockets of fat. She looks absolutely amazing already and really doesn’t need any help at all, but she said she still feels self-conscious about the ‘stubborn fat’ that she can’t get rid of with exercise alone, so this is the ideal way of blasting it.”
And she’s not the only one. Kim Kardasian’s ex-hubby Damon Thomas claimed that he bought curvy Kim lipo sessions when they were together – and he wasn’t happy when he saw her flaunting the results of the surgery he’d paid for on a date with Jennifer Lopez’ ex Chris Judd. Damon told In Touch, “I saw my wife with another man, wearing the clothes that we had just bought after her lipo.” He added, “She wanted to have that lifestyle. She wanted to be what she ultimately became.” Ouch! For the record, Kim says it’s not true. The lipo, not the date with Chris Judd – the pictures made that one trickier to deny.
Jess and Kim aren’t the only star suckers out there. Ahlan! rounds up T’Town’s lipo lovers and grills Dr Luiz Toledo, one of the UAE’s leading plastic surgeons and a pioneer in the field, on everything you need to know about lipo...
There are a lot of terms attached to liposuction, from ‘i-Lipo’, ‘LipoDissolve’ and ‘Smart Lipo’ to ‘Precision Lipo’ and ‘lunchtime lipo’. Do they all mean the same thing?
Some terms are trade names. For example, Smart Lipo is a trade name of the Deka laser liposuction machine. It means aspiration [removal] of fat and the use of a laser device to improve skin retraction.
Precision Lipo is a term that I coined back in 1998 to define a certain type of liposculpture using a syringe, where small quantities of fat can be aspirated, and, if necessary, re-injected with precision where required – which cannot be done with traditional liposuction.
Lunchtime lipo is any kind of lipo that can be done in a short period of time. It implies patients will be under local [rather than general] anaesthesia and can return to work after the procedure. It is usually for very small areas, like knees or arms.
How does traditional lipo differ?
In traditional liposuction fat is aspirated from the body using an aspirator – a machine with a cannula, which is a hollow metal tube, connected to a flexible silicone tube that connects to a vial, where the aspirated fat is collected.
Other than the risks associated with general anaesthetic, are the possible side effects the same for lunchtime lipo and traditional lipo?
Yes, but they’re proportional to the number of areas treated and volume of aspiration. Significant complications from liposuction are infrequent. Potential complications are asymmetry, rippling and pigmentation of the skin, bleeding, infection and problems with anaesthesia. Temporary numbness of the skin and hematomas (blood accumulations) are possible mild complications. Irregularities of the skin can happen in some patients too, but can be treated if necessary. More serious complications involve loss of fluid or blood that can provoke shock, although this is now very rare with the use of what’s called tumescent anaesthesia. Infection is also very rare.
Following either procedure, how much downtime is involved? It differs according to the areas treated and the volume of aspiration. Temporary mild pain can be felt, especially in the first 48 hours, but it can be treated with analgesics. Swelling, soreness, numbness and bruising usually last a few weeks. As a general guide, it can range between two days and two weeks, but you may need to wear support garments on the area for around three weeks.
Which parts of the body can be treated with lunchtime lipo?
I only use it for small areas, such as the neck, cheeks, jowls, arms, inner thighs, hips, buttocks and the lower part of the abdomen. These areas respond very well to treatment.
Before having any kind of lipo, what are the main things a patient should consider?
Choose a good doctor. Ask around and do some research on the internet, then once you’ve picked your doctor, check their credentials and training.
INFO: For more information visit www.luiztoledo.com or to book a consultation at Dr Toledo Plastic Surgery, located at Mercato Family Clinic, Dubai, call 055 702 2780.
SUCKED: Bottom and hips
The Daily Mail reported back in April 2011, “Britney Spears has had liposuction on her bottom and hips.” Apparently Brit had the work done in Vegas after trying unsuccessfully to ditch the pounds the traditional way. The National Enquirer added that Brit invested in a few fat-dissolving treatments while she was at it to make sure she was in shape for her Femme Fatale tour. The Enquirer’s source spilled, “She tackled her body’s hard-to-reach areas with liposuction and a series of fat-dissolving treatments called LipoDissolve.” The gossip weekly added, “Spears travelled to Las Vegas to undergo the treatments on 1 April, and had a follow-up procedure on the weekend of 7 May.”
SUCKED: Stomach and legs
Queen Bey is rumoured to have had liposuction on her stomach and legs. Website Gossip rocks reported, “In 2007, when Beyoncé was spotted in a flashy bikini, many believed her stomach looked too firm, and the lumpiness which was quite visible on her stomach was believed to have been a result of a liposuction procedure. According to reports, abdominal etching (a liposuction technique) was performed to shape her abdominal muscles and make them distinct.” There are also persistent rumours that Bey had a nose job at the beginning of her career and a boob job soon after.
Remember back in the day when Demi came out of retirement with a suspiciously youthful looking body in time for her role on Charlie’s Angels? That body wasn’t just the result of long days in the gym, Ms Moore was said to have had some serious lipo, like, everywhere! We’re talking hips, stomach, legs, the lot. But the main difference most people noted was the work she had on her knees, which she invested in after hooking up with younger man Ashton Kutcher and getting sensitive about her flaws.
SUCKED: Chin and eye bags
One of the few older stars to come out and admit the work they’ve had done, Susan Sarandon was happy to spill when she had lipo. The star told People magazine, “I’ve had some lipo under my chin and under my eyes.” And the actress says she would consider getting Botox injections as long as doctors don’t go overboard. She added, “I have these two huge frown lines here (on my forehead). But if you can’t move your face or you’re unrecognizable, I don’t see how that’s a productive enhancement. You don’t want to look like a female impersonation of
By the sounds of it, ex Atomic Kitten Kerry Katona’s really not keen on dieting. The mum-of-four’s had lipo on her stomach twice after bingeing on curry and chips and putting all of the weight she lost the first time back on. But she’s made no secret of her surgery revealing to a British celebrity weekly, “No matter how much weight I lost, I couldn’t get rid of a pocket of skin that hung like a kangaroo pouch.” Nice, thanks for that, Kerry.