If you follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen but have difficulty losing pockets of stubborn fat, you may be interested in a liposuction procedure. This cosmetic surgery manually breaks up fat and removes it via a cannula. Over time, the area becomes more contoured, resulting in noticeable inch loss.
Suction-assisted lipectomy, or liposuction, is a plastic surgical technique that removes localized collections of excess fat. It is most often used in areas that have been resistant to diet, exercise, and weight loss. With liposuction, these challenging areas can be contoured and slimmed. Liposuction is best thought of as a method of “body contouring” or “body sculpting” and is not a substitute for weight loss in cases of generalized obesity. Liposuction may also be part of another procedure, such as a tummy tuck or mommy makeover.
Candidates for Liposuction
Liposuction can be performed in most areas of the body safely and effectively. The best candidates for liposuction are those patients who are in good general health, have firm and elastic skin, and are at a relatively healthy weight with localized fat pockets that have been resistant to diet, weight loss, and exercise. Ideal liposuction candidates have a BMI of 30 or less.
At the initial liposuction consultation, your goals and expectations about liposuction surgery will be discussed in detail. Dr. Scott Greenberg will describe liposuction techniques, assess your goals and condition, and help determine the most appropriate treatment option. For submental fat (double chin), he may recommend Kybella® injections as an alternative to surgery. Liposuction may also be part of another procedure, such as a tummy tuck or mommy makeover.
How Does Liposuction Work?
Liposuction is performed at our accredited in-office surgical facility on an outpatient basis. Several types of anesthesia are available, including local (which gives the fastest recovery time) and general. These options will be discussed at the consultation. Though other types of anesthesia are available, Dr. Greenberg feels general anesthesia gives you the greatest degree of safety and comfort and allows for the most effective treatment of all areas.
Once anesthesia is administered, pre-injection with a wetting solution is done. The incisions are small and made in inconspicuous locations to minimize scarring. Dr. Greenberg will then insert a blunt, hollow rod called a cannula. VASER ultrasound energy is then used to break up the fat, which is suctioned out with the cannula. There are distinct advantages to fat removal using the VASER ultrasound system.
Some swelling and bruising after liposuction can obscure your results initially, but you’ll begin to see your initial results after two to three months when most of your swelling and bruising have gone down. Your final results can be seen within six months to a year.
Results can be long-lasting, but aging and weight changes can affect your appearance even after surgery. Liposuction permanently destroys fat cells, so results last as long as you don’t gain weight. This makes it essential to practice healthy habits to enjoy the slimming effects of liposuction long-term.
Recovery After Liposuction
We’ll instruct you to wear a compression garment for several weeks after liposuction surgery. The areas treated with suction-assisted lipectomy will be swollen and bruised in the early postoperative period. Most of this swelling will resolve within the first three weeks but it may be several weeks longer before the swelling completely subsides and normal sensation returns to the area. You should expect to be able to return to work after one week and resume all normal activities, including exercise, after three weeks.
If you’d like to learn more, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Scott A. Greenberg at Winter Park Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Winter Park, FL (serving the Central Florida area). (407) 644-3137