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Body Sculpting
(Liposuction)

The indications

Liposuction is the number one aesthetic procedure for both men and women. It has enjoyed over 20 years of worldwide experience and is now safer with more predictable results than ever before. The best candidates are those of normal weight with isolated fatty areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction can significantly improve contour and sculpt a more flattering shape by removing these fatty deposits.
Typically requested for the abdomen and hips, liposuction is also routinely performed on the breasts, thighs, back, face, neck, buttocks, calves, ankles and arms.

Liposuction can be used effectively in conjunction with abdominoplasty, lower body lifts, or arm lifts for better results. Moreover, certain facial and neck procedures are further refined with the adjunctive use of this technique.

However, liposuction is not a weight loss program. It is a contouring process. Those patients who are close to their ideal weight and have good elasticity in their skin will generally get the best results. Also, liposuction will not get rid of cellulite or stretch marks. Even with the best liposuction techniques, if the patient gains weight and fails to adhere to their diet and exercise regime, the fate can recur and the results negated.

The procedure

Liposuction is fat removal by suction equipment through small incisions with the aid of a cannula. A cannula is a thin hollow tube that is inserted under the skin to manually loosen and remove the underlying soft tissue. This sculpting process can also be performed with ultrasound. Ultrasound is actually electrical energy converted to sound waves. Fat cells are very sensitive to sound waves and they melt, whereas blood vessels and nerves are more resistant and therefore stay intact. Usually a combination of ultrasound and standard liposuction are used. The location of the small incisions will vary with the area being treated and the amount of the tissue being removed. The procedure is performed as an outpatient under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. In either type of anesthesia, large amounts of local are injected into the area being treated in order to decrease postoperative pain, cool the tissues down (especially important with ultrasonic liposuction) and to facilitate the physical removal of the fat. Often the term “tumescent” anesthesia is used to indicate this process of using large amounts of local anesthesia. Large volume liposuction (greater than 5 liters of fat) is a more complex process and may need to be broken up into multi-staged procedures. There is more risk with large volume liposuction and monitoring post surgery may be required.

You can expect

There will be bruising and swelling postoperatively. The patient will need to wear a compression garment over the area treated for approximately 6 weeks, around the clock.

There will be some discomfort for the first week, and temporary numbness. Most patients are back to a sedentary job at about one week. Contour irregularities may occur as the fat and swelling settle and go down. Results will be immediate, but may not be evident for 2 weeks and will continue to improve over the ensuing 4-6 weeks. Your overall shape and contour will improve with diet and exercise.

You can expect to be up and walking around shortly after surgery to minimize risks associated with poor circulation. You will wear an elastic band on the treated area to compress your new shape and to keep the blood flowing for proper circulation. Most patients are back to work within the week. You will probably experience some temporary numbness, bruising and swelling. Contour irregularities may occur as fat settles. Results will be immediate but will continue to refine over 4 to 6 weeks. Your overall shape can continue to improve with proper exercise.

A word about financing

Liposuction can be made very affordable through our partners at CareCredit. Visit them at www.carecredit.com. Patty would be happy to answer any of your questions or assist you with the necessary paperwork.

Insurance Notes

Liposuction is not considered an insurable procedure.


 

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