‘If you struggle with stubborn areas of fat that have changed the way you look and feel, Liposuction can really make a difference.’
About Liposuction Surgery
Stubborn fat is just that, stubborn! Despite a healthy diet and exercise many of us still have areas of hard to lose fat. Hormonal changes as we age can even change where our bodies preferentially store fat. Liposuction offers a quick and permanent solution to reduce fat and improve body contour.
Men and women over the age of 18 with areas of excess fat.
From the chin to the calves, almost any area of the body with excess fat can be treated with liposuction.
Liposuction is not a weight loss or skin removal surgery. It is important to be in good health and at a maintainable weight prior to surgery. If you are being treated for any chronic health condition, such as high blood pressure, we will require surgical clearance from your primary care physician prior to surgery. For surgeries requiring general anesthesia, a current EKG and basic blood work are also required. All of these precautions will contribute to a swift and uncomplicated free recovery.
After surgery you will need to wear a compressive garment over the treated area for 4-6 weeks. These garments are thin and comfortable, but you may need to slightly alter your clothing choices to conceal the garment. You will likely be quite sore for several weeks after surgery, this soreness rarely requires prescription pain medication after the first few days. Your final results will be 3-6 months post op.
Frequently asked Questions
How expensive is Liposuction?
The cost of this procedure will vary depending on the number of areas you need treated. It is important to note that doing this procedure in the office will help you avoid the extra cost of anesthesia and operative fees, which will significantly reduce your overall expense. Please contact our office directly to get a more accurate estimate on pricing.
I am having a hard time choosing between liposuction, a Mini Tummy Tuck or a Full Tummy Tuck to make my belly look better. Any advice?
Many times, you will be a candidate for multiple types of procedures and treatments that make your belly look better. To figure out which option is best for you, you should first set up a consultation. This will help you understand if you’re a candidate for any of these surgeries. But, a simple way to know if you may be a candidate for one of these surgeries is to pinch the skin and fat below your belly button. If you can pinch more than an inch and you have loose skin, you will probably be a candidate for a Mini or a Full Tummy Tuck. Liposuction is often included with these surgeries. If you can only pinch less than an inch or if you don’t have much loose skin, you will probably be a candidate for liposuction, with or without the addition of BodyTIte.
How do you decide whether I can undergo liposuction in the office, versus in an operating room?
Our office has specialized in awake body contouring procedures that combine the use of energy assisted devices with liposuction over the past 10 years. It is our specialty, and we are very proud of the reputation we have built nationally. A majority of the patients that seek out our help in improving their body contour with liposuction are candidates for an in office and awake procedure. The types of cases have many benefits including, an easier immediate recovery, a lower cost and improved risk profile. But these types of procedures do have one limitation: the number of areas that can be treated. The dose of lidocaine used to make you numb and comfortable during the procedure, is weight based. Therefore, depending on your weight, there will be a maximum dose of lidocaine that can be used. This dose will dictate the number of areas that can be treated at one time safely and comfortably. If you want a lot of areas treated, usually greater than 3, then the operating room setting may be the best option.
Who is not a candidate for liposuction?
Although most people interested in improving their body contour will be a candidate, some may not qualify for this procedure. This includes individuals who are morbidly obese and individuals with notable health issues like diabetes or heart disease. Before entertaining any elective procedure, individuals with these issues should consider maximizing their health with their primary physician. For those who struggle with weight management, a medically supervised weight loss program or surgery should be entertained. It is important to note that while risks are low with liposuction, the risk of complications rises alarmingly as your BMI increases, especially with a BMI over 30.
I want liposuction but I am concerned about the recovery and pain. What should I expect?
Recovery times vary from person to person but in general, it takes less than 1 week to get back on your feet and return to non physical work duties, around 2 to 3 weeks to return to normal daily activities and 4 to 6 weeks to return to your normal workout schedule. Discomfort after this surgery varies greatly depending on the type of areas that were treated. In general, your trunk and legs will be sore the longest while your neck and arms will often give you the most immediate discomfort and then resolves more quickly. It is important to note that liposuction has the longest lasting discomfort (sore to the touch) than most other surgeries that we offer. Therefore, we have many tricks to help you feel more comfortable during recovery. This includes the use of local anesthesia during surgery and pain medications, muscle relaxants and compression garments after surgery. We offer IR sauna treatments in the office which really helps you get past the sore phase. We also recommend that you consider cryo therapy and lymphatic massage. By following our recovery playbook, you will be back on your feet quickly and with the least amount of discomfort.
What can expect on the day of surgery for an in office liposuction procedure?
You will arrive at the office 30 to 40 minutes before the procedure start time. Surgical markers will be used as guide markings to outline the treatment areas. After taking oral medication to help you feel relaxed and comfortable during the procedure, you will be escorted to the procedure room. There, your treatment areas will be coated with a sterilizing solution, and you will be positioned on your back or stomach for the procedure. Procedure times vary, but the average length of the procedure is 1.5 hours. Afterward, you will be cleansed and placed in a surgical garment. Within 15 to 30 minutes, you will be discharged to the care of a friend or family member. Due to the oral medication that is administered before the procedure, you will not be able to drive yourself home afterward.
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