Patient’s Guide to 360 Lipo

Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available. In fact, according to data by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, liposuction was the second most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in 2018, ranked just below breast augmentation. It’s also one of the fastest growing procedures, having seen a 5% increase from 2017 in overall treatments performed in the United States. 

Due to its popularity, there is no shortage of liposuction techniques and treatment options available. Techniques range from traditional liposuction to laser liposuction, and include a number of specific types like Smartlipo, Vaser, Hydro, and the list goes on. One growing trend that takes a more global approach to liposuction treatment is 360 Lipo.

What is 360 Liposuction?

360 liposuction is a trending term that’s gaining more traction lately. Contrary to how it may sound, this term is actually not a new form of liposuction, but rather a way of describing the area to be treated.

The term 360 liposuction refers to taking a more comprehensive approach when treating the midsection of the body. The objective with 360 lipo is to optimize the shape and contour of the area through liposuction.

360 liposuction simply means treating the abdomen, sides, waistline, flanks, and bra fat; a full 360° circumferential treatment of the torso area.

While all of these are popular areas of the body to have liposuction, historically they have been viewed as separate areas: the abdomen as one area, the flanks as another area, and bra fat a third area. However, it’s a growing trend that people who get liposuction prefer a 360-degree, circumferential reduction rather than only addressing one area on its own. 

How to Get 360 Liposuction?

Since the idea of 360 liposuction has been trending and growing over time, most active practitioners in the field will know what it means. So just because a physician doesn’t advertise 360 lipo, any licensed specialists performing liposuction can typically combine areas of the midsection in this “360” manner when administering treatment.

360 lipo is simply a term used to describe the concept, but it is one that resonates with most people looking to target their midsection. While it may not be a specific treatment option proven to melt fat and tighten skin like Smartlipo1, patients should just ask about 360 liposuction during the initial consultation, and the lipo specialist can better accommodate to the patient’s body composition goals.

See a Licensed Specialist for a Consultation

At most medical spas and cosmetic/plastic surgery providers, patients should be able to schedule an initial consultation to make sure liposuction is the right course of treatment. It is truly best to have a consultation with a licensed specialist who will be performing the liposuction procedure. With any procedure, it’s important patients feel comfortable and confident with the procedure and provider.

Citations
1. DiBernardo, B., Reyes, J., (2009). Preliminary Report: Evaluation of Skin Tightening After Laser-Assisted Liposuction. Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Volume 29, Issue 5, September 2009, Pages 400–407, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.asj.2009.08.006 https://academic.oup.com/asj/article/29/5/400/199808
About the Author

Jay M. Kulkin, MD

Dr. Jay M. Kulkin is the Founder and Medical Director of WIFH. Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Kulkin was one of the first physicians in Georgia to use lasers in a surgical setting. He has more than 30 years of experience as a cosmetic laser specialist, and has trained numerous physicians around the United States and abroad on his surgical laser techniques. As of 2019, Dr. Kulkin has performed over 10,000 Smartlipo laser liposuction procedures without complication.