A very popular procedure for both women and men, liposuction sculpts the body by removing unwanted fat cells from specific problem areas like the abdomen, hips and thighs. With liposuction, many patients have improved the contours of their body in ways that diet and exercise can’t deliver.
Our plastic surgeons specialize in body contouring surgery like liposuction. They have performed over 1,000 liposuction procedures to help their patients achieve the body contours they desire.
Best Candidates for Liposuction
It’s important to note that no type of liposuction is a substitute for dieting and exercise. Liposuction removes stubborn areas of fat that have not responded to traditional weight loss methods and shouldn’t be thought of as a replacement for a healthy lifestyle.
The ideal liposuction patient is at a normal weight but has pockets of excess fat in certain areas that haven’t been improved through changes in eating habits or activity levels. Although, liposuction can be used just about anywhere on the body, common areas for liposuction treatment included:
Request Your Consult
Before you have liposuction, you will need to schedule a consultation at our office. During this time, you’ll be able to discuss your ideal results with a plastic surgeon and review all of your possible options. Your surgeon will perform a physical examination of your problem areas and assess your body proportions to determine whether liposuction is right for you and what techniques will work best to help you meet your goals.
Our surgeons understand that each person seeking liposuction will have their own unique concerns and goals. When customizing your procedure, they use a personalized approach to get you as close as possible to your ideal figure.
Liposuction is often performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as a tummy tuck in order to further sculpt the abdomen and provide more complete results. Liposuction can also be included as part of a mommy makeover to contour the entire body.
Preparing for Liposuction
Liposuction begins with making tiny incisions near the area to be contoured, through which your surgeon can insert a cannula, or hollow surgical tube. Next, the fatty deposits are broken apart before being removed with suction. Your surgeon will strategically sculpt the targeted areas with the cannula to produce the body contours you wish to achieve.
The time required to perform liposuction may vary considerably depending on the size of the area, the amount of fat being removed, the type of anesthesia, and the technique used. The specifics of your liposuction procedure will be decided during your consultation and your surgeon will discuss these in detail.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I’m a good candidate?If you have fat directly under the surface of the skin as opposed to deeper around your organs.
How many areas can you lipo at once?There is no limit to the number of areas, however, there is a limit to the amount of fat that can be suctioned out at one time (5 liters).
What is liposuction recovery like?Recovery is relatively easy, but you can expect to take about a week off of work and exercise.
Will I leak after liposuction?Yes, you will leak for the first 24 hours.
How long are compression garments worn after liposuction?You will be required to wear compression garments for 6 weeks following your liposuction surgery.
Should you expect scars from liposuction?Yes, you should expect scars from liposuction. However, they are extremely small.
Does liposuction help you lose weight?No, liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. Rather, liposuction is a procedure for body contouring, which means your clothes may fit differently afterward and targeted fat will be reduced.
Recovery from liposuction usually takes 7 to 10 days, though this can vary depending on the length of your surgery and how much fat was removed. While you may be able to see some initial changes to your body, you will need to be patient and let your body recover. You’ll most likely have some bruising and swelling, though, these should fade away as you continue to heal.
Your surgeon may choose to use post-surgical drains to help reduce fluid buildup. You’ll be given specific instructions regarding the healing process, including wearing compression garments for 6 weeks following the procedure to help ensure that your body heals properly and that you feel as comfortable as possible.
Full results typically take anywhere from 1 to 6 months depending on the invasiveness of the procedure and whether your liposuction was combined with other procedures. However, after your recovery period, you should be able to notice more defined contours in the treated areas.
To help preserve your results for as long as possible it’s essential to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Even though fat that is removed cannot grow back, weight gain can cause the surrounding fat to increase in size and ultimately undo the results you achieved.