Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that removes unwanted fat beneath the skin. It slims and reshapes areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits while improving your body contours. As a board-certified plastic surgeon with 25 years of experience performing liposuction surgery, I challenge the notion of two-dimensional liposuction and elevate it with a three-dimensional concept of aesthetic body contouring. Three-dimensional contouring (circumferential lipoplasty) involves removing fat from the entire torso, arms, and thighs with the additional benefit of facilitating “shrink wrapping” of tissues.
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Three-dimensional contouring of the tissues leads to dramatic, positive shape changes in the chest, abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, upper arms, back, and calves. I often combine liposuction with other reshaping procedures, such as a tummy tuck, buttock fat grafting, or breast reduction and lift to maximize your body contouring results.
Who is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
Ideal liposuction candidates are healthy individuals who have a collection of localized fat remaining intact despite a healthy diet and regular exercise. All candidates should be in good general health, have realistic expectations for the outcome of their surgery, do not smoke, and have specific surgical goals in mind for the procedure. Liposuction, however, is not for individuals looking for an alternative to weight loss.
What to Expect During a Liposuction Consultation
During your liposuction consultation, I will talk with you about your current medications, drug allergies, previous surgeries, medical conditions, and surgical goals. My team and I will also evaluate your general health, discuss potential risks and complications, answer any questions you have about the procedure, and recommend other procedures to combine with your liposuction surgery, depending on your desired outcomes.
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Preparing for liposuction may require you to get an additional medical evaluation, quit smoking, stop or take certain medications, and avoid aspirin or herbal supplements that may cause an increase in bleeding. After liposuction surgery, you are not allowed to drive. Please set up arrangements for someone to take you to and from our surgical center.
What Happens During a Liposuction Procedure?
Based on your surgical goals, I will make small incisions on the areas of your body that are being treated by liposuction. A long cannula, or thin tube, is then inserted into the incisions to loosen excess fat in a back and forth motion. The fat is suctioned out of your body using a surgical vacuum or syringe that is attached to the cannula. The use of custom-made and small diameter cannulas aids in the removal of fat and increases the predictability of healing. Fewer and smaller entrance sites are needed, which yields smoother, more natural results.
How Long is the Recovery After Liposuction?
Liposuction recovery time depends on the type of procedures performed and the person. However, most of our patients can return to work within a few days and resume normal activities within two to four weeks. After the surgery, you may experience bruising, swelling, and soreness. To achieve the best outcomes, you will have to wear elastic bandages or compression garments to reduce your swelling and help shape your new body contours. Temporary drains are also placed in your incisions beneath the skin to remove excess fluid.
For a successful recovery, make sure you follow your post-operative instructions, including how to take care of your drains and incisions, specific concerns to look for, and when to return for a follow-up appointment. Liposuction results may take several months to fully develop. However, once the swelling and fluid retention subsides, the results are long-lasting if you maintain your weight and exercise after your full recovery.