Plastic Surgeons in Grand Rapids, MI Area Caution on New Lipo Technology

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Despite the recent popularity of branded liposuction procedures, lesser-known techniques can provide better results. Dr. Scott Holley and Dr. Raghu Elluru explain that superwet liposuction may be better for large-volume fat removal.

While many branded body contouring procedures are now available – including Smartlipo™, VASER® Lipo, and ZERONA® – these procedures may not be the right choice for patients who seek larger-volume fat removal, say the plastic surgeons serving Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Battle Creek at Great Lakes Plastic & Hand Surgery ( Instead, in recent months the doctors at the practice have been recommending a lesser-known liposuction technique called superwet liposuction for women and men asking about branded treatments.

"Many of our patients have heard of the brand-name liposuction procedures in Grand Rapids like Smartlipo, but most haven't heard of superwet liposuction before coming in to talk with us," notes Dr. Scott Holley, a board-certified plastic surgeon at the practice. "Even though there is a lot of buzz about branded body contouring procedures, that doesn't mean they deliver better results. Patients who have larger amounts of fat to remove may actually benefit more from the superwet technique."

Superwet liposuction helps to minimize surgical time and more accurately target fat for removal. While traditional liposuction techniques may cause significant bruising and discomfort, the superwet liposuction method aims to minimize these concerns. This technique involves injecting the treatment area with a large volume of tumescent fluid, which makes the fat cells easier to remove while minimizing pain and bleeding.

Dr. Raghu Elluru, another board-certified plastic surgeon at the practice, explains, "The superwet liposuction technique minimizes post-operative pain because the tumescent fluid itself contains both lidocaine and epinephrine. The lidocaine acts as a local anesthetic while the epinephrine shrinks capillaries in the treated area, reducing blood loss and bruising."

Superwet liposuction is an option for women and men who want to enhance their body contours through cosmetic surgery in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. Other body contouring methods available at Great Lakes Plastic & Hand Surgery include power-assisted (PAL) and ultrasound-assisted (UAL) liposuction. Regardless of the technique used, the liposuction procedure is relatively quick, with most patients returning home the day of surgery to begin their recovery. More importantly, results following superwet liposuction are in most cases far more significant than those seen with less invasive or non-invasive options like Smartlipo and ZERONA.

"Our patients have been very pleased with results from the superwet liposuction technique," adds Dr. Elluru. "They experience minimal bruising and swelling, which means that they can enjoy their beautiful contouring results that much sooner after surgery."

At Great Lakes Plastic & Hand Surgery (, Dr. Scott Holley and Dr. Raghu Elluru are board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery. Dr. Holley is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine and went on to complete a residency in plastic surgery at the University of Cincinnati, then a Fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Elluru received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, and went on to complete a residency in plastic surgery at Indiana University. He also completed a hand fellowship at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery in Louisville, Kentucky. With offices in Portage and Battle Creek, the practice serves patients near Kalamazoo, Lansing and Grand Rapids.


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