Most individuals desire a slimmer, more appealing figure. Excess body fat is often emotionally bothersome and can make it difficult to fit into clothing properly. Some people can improve their body contour with diet and exercise, but many struggle to shrink stubborn fat deposits that resist traditional fat loss methods. I can remove a patient’s unwanted body fat and produce a fitter-looking silhouette utilizing the tried-and-true surgical fat reduction procedure called liposuction.
Ideal candidates for liposuction are men and women who can relate to any of the following concerns:
- Stubborn body fat
- Lack of definition
- Difficulty fitting into certain clothing
Liposuction is often performed under general anesthesia to ensure patient comfort and safety. It is especially important to use general anesthesia for patients who are having a significant amount of fat removed during their procedure. In certain cases, I can perform liposuction under local anesthesia.
I combine the tumescent technique with all of my liposuction procedures to minimize bleeding during surgery. This technique involves injecting the target area with a sterile tumescent fluid containing local anesthetic and epinephrine before the procedure, which constricts the blood vessels and allows for little to no bleeding.
- Small punctures are created in inconspicuous areas of the body, and a hollow tube (cannula) is used to remove targeted fat via suction.
Ultrasonic-Assisted Liposuction (UAL)
- Ultrasonic energy dissolves fat through tiny punctures created in the surgical area.
- The ultrasonic cannula liquefies and removes fat without causing excessive trauma to the surrounding tissues.
- UAL also produces heat, which causes the skin to contract and conform to the newly formed contours.
- UAL is my preferred method for liposuction due to the “shrink wrapping” effect created by the thermal energy produced during UAL.
- This liposuction technique involves using heat to dissolve or liquefy unwanted fat before it is removed via suction.
- The laser helps reduce the risk of excess bleeding during the procedure and bruising during recovery.
- Laser-assisted liposuction is also known to stimulate collagen production in the treatment area to tighten and smooth the surface.
Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL)
- This technique involves using a vibrating cannula to break up fat cells before they are removed via suction.
- It is appropriate for removing fat from smaller, more specific areas due to the precision it provides.
- The vibrations lessen the risk of bruising and other potential side effects of liposuction.
- PAL is a faster procedure, which creates an enhanced result with a shorter recovery time than other methods.
What will my recovery be like after liposuction?
You must wear a compression garment to minimize swelling, help prevent fluid accumulation, and promote proper healing. While it is important to walk as soon as possible following your surgery, strenuous exercise must be avoided for four to six weeks. Any discomfort can be managed using prescribed pain medication. Most patients can return to work after a few days.
Can I combine liposuction with other cosmetic procedures?
Yes, liposuction is commonly combined with other body contouring procedures to produce optimal results. It may be performed in conjunction with any of the following:
- Male breast reduction
- Tummy tuck
- Lower body lift
- Post-bariatric body contouring
Which parts of the body can liposuction improve?
Virtually all parts of the body can be safely addressed with liposuction; this procedure can remove stubborn fat from the following problem areas:
Will I have any scars after liposuction?
There is always a risk of scarring after any surgery, but I am careful to place liposuction punctures in discreet locations near the target area(s). These punctures are minuscule, and any scarring that does occur will likely fade and become imperceptible over time.