Liposuction

Liposuction

Experts in Plastic Surgery

For patients looking to remove excess fat and sculpt or contour the body, liposuction is a precise and effective option to achieve a desired look. This method can target several areas of the body, making it a powerful procedure for a variety of patients.  

What Is Liposuction? 

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses suction technology to get rid of excess fat in the thighs, hips, stomach, arms, neck, or buttocks. In addition to fat removal, it also allows for shaping to take place, creating a more sculpted effect. It reduces the number of fat cells in a particular area, and the results are typically permanent if a stable weight is maintained. It is important to note that liposuction is not considered a weight-loss method and that it cannot replace a healthy diet or regular exercise routine. 

Who Is a Candidate for Liposuction? 

Liposuction is a potential option for patients who are experiencing discomfort or distress due to excess fat that has not responded to other methods like exercise and diet. It is typically recommended for patients who have a relatively stable weight apart from the areas of concern. In addition, ideal candidates have good skin elasticity and muscle tone, and they also do not have medical conditions that could prevent proper healing. Smoking can be a risk factor, as well. A member of our team will talk to you about your medical history and medication use during your consultation to make sure this procedure is right for you. 

What to Expect During a Liposuction Procedure    

A member of our team will go over risks with you during your consultation, as well as any medications you may be using that may need to be temporarily avoided for this procedure. Blood thinners may need to be avoided. Before the day of the procedure, make plans for someone to drive home and stay with you for the first night of recovery. Before the procedure starts, pictures might be taken and circles or other marks may be drawn on the body. 

 

Anesthesia will be given before the procedure starts to make sure discomfort does not occur. Small incisions will then be made, after which a small tube, or a cannula, is inserted to loosen up fat that needs to be removed. The target fat will then be removed, either by a syringe or by a surgical vacuum. After the fat is removed and the incisions are addressed, the procedure is complete. 

Liposuction Aftercare  

Bandages will need to be worn after the procedure, as well as a compression garment to provide support. Small tubes may also be placed to drain excess fluid and prevent complications. Bruising and swelling are typical for a period of time after the procedure, and pain medication or antibiotics may be given. Resuming normal activity, including exercise, may take a few weeks. It takes a while for swelling to completely reduce, so full results can usually be seen by the time a few months have passed. 

Schedule a Consultation 

At Modern Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, our team is dedicated to giving you exceptional results. We are well-trained in the use of cutting-edge technology to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. If liposuction is an option that interests you, schedule a consultation with us to discuss it further. 

Are you put to sleep for liposuction?

Traditionally, this procedure is performed under general anesthesia, meaning you are asleep. Select cases can be performed under local anesthesia in the office.

Can I get liposuction if I am overweight?

Liposuction is ideal for candidates who are close to normal weight but want to address excess fat that cannot be diminished with diet and exercise alone. Liposuction can have desired results on those who are slightly overweight, but the treatment should not be used as a weight loss procedure.

Can visceral fat be removed?

Visceral fat lies deep in the body underneath the abdominal muscles. For this reason, it cannot be removed with liposuction.

How do I prepare for liposuction?

To prepare for liposuction you may need to undergo some medical testing. You may also be advised to stop smoking and stop taking aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs.

How long do you need off work after liposuction?

Depending on the extent of your treatment, you will be able to return to work anywhere from a few days to a week later.

Is liposuction an outpatient procedure?

Liposuction is typically an outpatient procedure.

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