Lipo 360 vs. traditional liposuction – What’s the difference?

Lipo 360 is a specialized liposuction technique that takes a more comprehensive approach to fat removal in the midsection or “trunk” area. Rather than focusing on just the front of the abdomen or the flanks, lipo 360 addresses the entire circumference of the midsection – including the abdomen, waist, hips, and back – for a complete 360-degree transformation. The surgical procedure for Lipo 360 is the same as traditional Lipo terms of anaesthesia, incisions, and using a cannula to remove fat cells. 

The main difference is that a larger area is treated in a single surgery, often using a special curved cannula to reach better and contour the sides and back. The goal of Lipo 360 is not just to flatten the tummy but to sculpt a sleeker, more hourglass-shaped silhouette from every angle. By removing fat from the entire midsection, lipo 360 can dramatically improve the appearance of the waistline, accentuate the curves of the lower back, and create a smoother transition from the hips to the thighs.

Traditional liposuction

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes excess subcutaneous fat from specific body areas through a suction technique. During traditional liposuction, small incisions are made near the treatment area, and a thin hollow cannula is inserted. The cannula is moved back and forth to break up fat deposits, which are then suctioned using a surgical vacuum or syringe. The procedure is typically performed under general anaesthesia or IV sedation. Liposuction removes fat from many areas, including the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks, and neck. However, traditional Lipo Lipon targets isolated fat pockets in one or two specific areas. The goal is to slim and reshape these problem spots for a more proportional body contour.

Critical differences between lipo 360 and traditional lipo

  1. Treatment area – The main difference between Lipo 360 and traditional is the extent of the treatment area. Traditional lipo are fat from a specific localized area, while Lipo 360 treats the entire midsection circumferentially. Lipo 360 provides more comprehensive trunk reshaping than just targeting the tummy or love handles alone.
  2. Body contouring goals Traditional Lipos eliminate specific areas of fat to improve body proportion, while the goal of Lipo 360 is to create an overall curvier, more hourglass-like shape. Lipo 360 is a good option for people who want a dramatic change in the contours of their midsection rather than just spot reduction.
  3. Amount of fat removed – Because a larger area is treated, lipo 360 often involves the removal of a greater volume of fat compared to a more traditional liposuction procedure. However, the total amount removed will depend on factors like your starting body composition and desired results. Most surgeons will not remove more than 5 litres (11 pounds) of fat in a single procedure for safety reasons.
  4. Surgical time – Lipo 360 typically takes longer than traditional lipo since multiple areas are treated with limpong. While a conventional lipo procedure may take 1-2 hours, lipo 360 usually takes 2-4 hours, depending on the treatment plan. You will be asleep and comfortable under anaesthesia for this entire time.  

Whichever liposuction technique you choose, the key to a successful, satisfying outcome is selecting a board-certified dr. Darren Smith surgeon with extensive body contouring experience and a track record of excellent results. When done correctly, Lipo 360 effectively remove stubborn fat and help you achieve the sculpted physique you’ve been working towards.