When you hear the term 3D these days, you assume it involves a bag of popcorn and donning some of those funny glasses.
But in Dr. Kirwan’s practice, 3D-SLS refers to a special method of liposuction that he considers to be the best practice for the best contouring results.
What is 3D-SLS?
No, it’s not a new movie technology, 3D-SLS stands for Three Dimensional Superficial Lipo-Sculpture. This is the liposuction of fat in the superficial and intermediate layers. 3D-SLS leads to a more contoured look and greater skin retraction.
How does it differ from conventional liposuction?
Conventional suction assisted lipoplasty (SAL) and ultrasonic assisted lipoplasty (UAL) both target fat only in the deeper layers. Superficial fat closer to the skin surface remains and it can form lumps and rolls after the deeper fat is removed. 3D-SLS removes that superficial fat, as well as the intermediate-layer fat to create better overall sculpting.
The goal with 3D-SLS isn’t simply a reduction in fat volume, as it is in conventional liposuction. By working in the superficial layers, 3D-SLS liposuction is concerned with contour, not simply volume. When it comes to delicate areas such as the buttocks, hips, and outer thighs, this can make a big difference in your results.
3D-SLS with Dr. Kirwan is gentler than conventional liposuction because it is performed with smaller cannulas. This creates less bruising and bleeding. Also, unlike UAL, 3D-SLS doesn’t generate any heat at the end of the cannula, so it can be performed close to the skin without the risk of burning.
Patients with a moderate amount of loose skin will benefit from 3D-SLS because the skin will contract and tighten. In SAL and UAL, loose skin can actually become a bigger problem afterwards because the deep underlying fat is gone.
Interested in 3D-SLS? Call Dr. Kirwan at his Norwalk, New York, or London offices and set up a consultation.