Also known as lipoplasty, Liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits, improving your body contours and proportion, and ultimately, enhancing one’s overall self-image.
Despite good health and a reasonable level of fitness, some people may still have a body with disproportionate contours due to localized fat deposits. These areas may be due to genetics rather than a lack of weight control or fitness.
Liposuction can be used to reduce localized fat deposits in a number of areas of the body, including:
- Hips and buttocks
- Abdomen and waist
- Upper arms
- Inner knee
- Chest area
- Cheeks, chin and neck
- Calves and ankles
What Liposuction won’t do: Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise. It is also not an effective treatment for cellulite, the dimpled skin that typically appears on the thighs, hips and buttocks, or loose saggy skin.
Is Liposuction Right For Me?
If you are bothered by excess fat deposits located anywhere on your body that don’t respond to diet or exercise, liposuction may be right for you.
Ideal candidates for liposuction are:
- Adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
- Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
- Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Prior to your procedure, our skilled surgeons will assess your overall condition, discuss your long-term goals and recommend the best choice for you.
The Liposuction procedure is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions. First, sterile liquid solution is infused to reduce bleeding and trauma. Then a thin hollow tube, or cannula, is inserted through these incisions to loosen excess fat using a controlled back and forth motion. The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula.
The actual length of your procedure will depend on the extent of the areas being treated. Following your procedure, our office will give you detailed instructions regarding post-treatment care as well as follow-up instructions.
Recovery and Results
Once your procedure is complete, a compression garment or elastic bandages may be necessary to cover treatment areas. These will help to control swelling and compress the skin to your new body contours.
You will be given specific instructions that will include:
- How to care for the surgical site(s)
- Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
- Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
- When to follow up with our office
A special note: Secondary procedures may sometimes be recommended to reduce excess skin. Special considerations are needed when large amounts – usually more than 3 liters of fat – are suctioned.
It may take several months for the swelling to fully dissipate. As it does, your new contours and enhanced self-image should continue to develop.
With continued practices of healthy diet and fitness, the loss of excess fatty tissue should be permanently maintained. However, substantial weight gain can alter an otherwise permanent result.
The fulfillment you feel from the initial results of liposuction should continue as long as you control your weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
A significant weight gain can reverse your results. Following liposuction, your slimmer and better-proportioned body should more accurately reflect the healthy and active life you lead.
Be sure to ask questions: It’s very important to address any concerns you have with our experienced staff. All successful surgeries begin with open and honest communication between doctor and patient. Are you considering plastic surgery? Contact us to schedule a consultation and let us educate you about your options and the procedures available.