Traci Temmen M.D. Tampa

Hi Def/ 3D Liposuction in Tampa, FL

3-D Liposuction, Lipo-Etching, Liposculpture

Everyone has heard of liposuction and maybe even considered it at one time or another. However, there is a lot of confusion over the terms 3-D liposuction, high-definition (Hi Def) liposuction, lipoetching or abdominal etching, and liposculpture. In reality, all these terms refer to the same advanced techniques in liposuction that focus less on overall volume reduction and instead aim to produce a more natural and contoured liposuction result.

Dr. Traci Temmen is a female board-certified plastic surgeon at the forefront of these advancements in liposuction surgery. Whatever you decide to call it, every patient wants a natural, non-surgical appearance following liposuction. With her extensive experience, absolute attention to detail, and complete commitment to advancing techniques in liposuction, Dr. Traci Temmen is one of the few plastic surgeons in the Tampa Bay area that deliver true Hi Def liposuction results.

What is Hi Def Liposuction, 3-D Liposuction, Lipoetching, and Liposculpture

High Definition liposuction, and all the other terms it goes by, is a specific technique in liposuction where the outline of muscles (or sometimes just the hint of a shadow around a muscle) is highlighted by performing superficial and deep liposuction at these key junctures. To reduce areas of unwanted volume, the broad planes overlying muscles or fascial bands are reduced by performing selective deep liposuction. This creation of anatomic “hills and valleys” produces a liposuction result that appears more natural and toned. Additionally, performing less overall aggressive liposuction can reduce the incidence of sagging skin or contour deformities following more standard, “debulking” liposuction procedures.

Who is a Candidate for 3-D Liposuction

Because there is a completely adjustable gradient to how 3-D liposuction is performed, almost anyone who is a candidate for liposuction is a candidate for high definition liposuction if they desire. Some patients may want a softer, more subtle shaping while others may want aggressive lipoetching to produce the appearance of 6-pack abs. Assuming that the desired final look is in accordance with the tone and shape of the rest of the body, hi def liposuction can be performed to each patient’s preference.

For the best results, ideal candidates for liposculpture should be at or near the ideal body weight, have a BMI less than 30, have good skin tone and quality, and be healthy enough to undergo elective surgery. The absolute best candidates for hi def liposuction want to increase the appearance of their already present and defined musculature.

Who is Not a Good Candidate for Hi Def Liposuction

Any patient with a history of major medical problems (i.e. heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, blood clotting, connective tissue disorders) or has a BMI much over 30 is not a good candidate for high definition liposuction. Additionally, for the best results, the patient’s desired result must “match” the rest of the body. For instance, highly defined six-pack abs and pecs would look odd and “surgical” on a patient with little to no muscle definition on the rest of the body. During the initial consultation, Dr. Traci Temmen examines each patient, listens to the desired outcome, and explains which technique and surgery will deliver the best result!

Where on the Body Can High Definition Liposuction be Performed

In theory, the appearance of any superficial muscle group can be enhanced with liposculpture techniques. However, the following is a list of the most common areas addressed with 3-D liposuction.



Lipoetching Scars

Like with traditional liposuction surgery, small cannulas are used to break up and remove the unwanted fat during hi def liposuction. These scars are generally only ¼ to ½ inch long and are placed in inconspicuous areas of the body. For instance, Dr. Temmen can usually hide high definition liposuction scars in the armpit, around the nipple (in men) or under the breast crease (in women), at the top of the belly button, under a bikini line, and in the crease below or above the buttocks. Often, multiple access points are needed to provide the best and smoothest results possible. Dr. Traci Temmen will take the time to discuss the best lipoetching scar placement with you at your consultation.

Hi Def Liposuction Recovery

In general, the length of time required to recover from 3-D liposuction depends on the amount of liposuction performed. For instance, if only small areas like the chest of a man is treated (i.e. gynecomastia or male breast surgery), the patient may require only three to four days off work. However, if liposuction 360 is performed along with fat transfer to the buttocks, arms, or chest, patients usually require seven to 10 days off work.

Patients generally take pain medication for one to three days, can drive after five days, and have drains for five to ten days. Other surgery specific recovery details will be discussed at the initial consultation, preoperative appointment, and day of surgery with Dr. Temmen. Additionally, Dr. Traci Temmen follows her patients very closely after any liposuction procedure and is there to guide patients and their caregivers every step of the way.

Cost of Hi Def Liposuction

The cost of high definition liposuction varies depending on the anticipated time in the operating room and the number of areas treated during the surgery. For instance, liposuction of the chest in a male with lipoetching of the pecs would start around $6,900. More demanding liposuction of the abdomen and flanks with contouring of the trunk would cost approximately $7,900. The price of lipo 360 with fat transfer to the buttocks is $10,900. Additional areas of liposuction result in more time in the operating; all these factors lead to a higher cost of hi def liposuction.

Dr. Traci Temmen and her staff want to be very transparent with patients regarding the price of lipoetching surgery. Dr. Temmen and her team give average price ranges over the phone and are able to give the exact cost of a patient’s 3-D liposuction after an initial consultation and examination. All pricing includes the surgeon fee, facility fee, and anesthesia fee.

Risks of Lipoetching

The risks of lipoetching are similar to the risks of all liposuction procedures and include the risk of bleeding, infection, scarring, contour deformity, asymmetry, and rarely more serious medical problems like blood clots or fat embolus. However, the risks specific to hi def liposuction are more associated with how a patient manages their weight after surgery. For instance, if a patient undergoes rigorous etching during 3-D liposuction to produce a really athletic, chiseled result, the outcome of the surgery will be greatly diminished, and possibly look unnatural or unbalanced, if the patient then goes on to gain a significant amount of weight. Similarly, muscle bulking performed with fat transfer to the biceps, deltoids, or buttocks will be reduced if the patient loses a significant amount of weight after surgery. For the best, long-term results, Dr. Traci Temmen recommends that patients try to maintain their preoperative weight following any liposculpture surgery.

Before and After Hi Def Liposuction Pictures

To see examples of lipoetching, six-pack ab surgery, Brazilian butt lift, and other types of high definition liposuction, click on Dr. Traci Temmen’s before and after gallery.  To see additional photos in the office, ask questions about high definition liposuction, or to schedule your consultation, call Dr. Temmen at 813-771-6393 today.