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Liposuction

Genetics can predispose you to accumulate fat in certain areas of your body. These deposits can be difficult to eliminate through diet and exercise, and they obscure the attractive definition of your body. Excess, unwanted fat can cause you to feel flabby, and your clothing may not fit comfortably. Everyone accumulates fat in different areas of their body, and you may have one or more areas that concern you. Liposuction effectively removes fat from problem areas, sculpting more attractive curves and enhancing the contours of your physique.

Candidates

People considering liposuction should be in good health and have realistic expectations about their results. To be considered for liposuction alone, you should have good skin elasticity. However, if you do have tissue laxity, we may recommend liposuction in combination with a skin tightening procedure. Liposuction is ideal for treating unwanted fat in one or more of the following areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Arms
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Chest
  • Knees
  • Ankles

Procedure

Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that can be performed with the patient under general anesthesia or using IV sedation. Sometimes, the patient can be under local anesthesia with pills for sedation. The best type of anesthetic used for your procedure will depend on the severity of your correction as well as your personal preference. Liposuction vacuums out unwanted fat through a gentle suctioning process.

Incisions

Liposuction uses discreetly placed incisions. They are usually small, located in natural creases of the body or in areas that are easily concealed with clothing. While you will develop some mild scarring initially, it is likely to fade over time.

Tumescent Injections

Before the cannula is inserted into the incision, we inject a tumescent fluid into the treatment area. This fluid helps break up the fat deposits, making them easier to remove. Injecting the tumescent fluid helps minimize postoperative bruising, swelling, and pain.

Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction

You can choose to have liposuction using ultrasound technology. This process uses ultrasonic energy to liquefy excess fat for easier removal. This minimizes postoperative bruising, and the ultrasonic heat promotes skin contraction. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction is ideal if you have minor skin laxity.

Non-surgical Fat Removal

Vanquish: BTL Vanquish ME™ is a non-invasive fat removal process that uses radiofrequency technology to heat the fat cells. This process causes the fat to shrink and slowly die. It is then eliminated naturally by your body. BTL Vanquish ME™ targets fat around the midsection but does not require incisions or downtime. However, multiple treatments over several months may be required to see your ideal results.

SculpSure®: SculpSure® is another non-invasive laser method of removing fat. Applicators are placed on the skin and shine laser light to gently injure the fat cells and allow them to melt away. Several treatments are done about eight weeks apart. SculpSure® does not require incisions or downtime, but multiple treatments are recommended and several months may be required to see your ideal results.

Recovery

You will experience bruising and swelling following your liposuction treatment. A compression garment should be worn in the treatment areas to help minimize postoperative swelling. With a typical recovery, you may return to work after one week and resume your regular exercise routine after three to six weeks. Discomfort should only last several days, which can be alleviated with oral pain medication.

Risk

Liposuction is a routine procedure with a low rate of complications. However, as with any surgery, there are some risks associated with liposuction. These risks include infection, bleeding, asymmetry, the rippling of the skin, or pigmentation changes.