Liposuction (“lipoplasty”) is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure among both men and women. It is not a method of weight loss, rather it is a body contouring procedure that is designed to remove stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.
It is normal to have areas of the body that have disproportionate contours with localized deposits of fat, which is often due to genetics. Fortunately, liposuction can effectively slim and reshape several areas of the body, while typically providing patients a boost in self-confidence.
Some of the most common areas to receive liposuction treatment are the:
During your initial consultation with one of our board certified plastic surgeons, you will learn if liposuction will provide you with optimal results.
Liposuction can treat nearly any area of the body that stores stubborn pockets of excess fat. In addition to being physically and psychologically healthy, as well as having realistic expectations and goals, an ideal candidate should:
* Individuals who have loose skin in addition to fat surrounding their abdomen may also qualify for a tummy tuck procedure. For optimal results, liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are often performed together.
These days, there are a number of modern lipoplasty methods available. At the practice of Dr. Diamond, you may anticipate a safe and comfortable experience, as well as natural-looking, beautiful results. The particular technique used will depend on your particular problem area(s), your aesthetic goals, and the surgeon’s recommendation.
Tumescent Liposuction: Can greatly reduce post-surgical pain and side effects, such as bleeding. Often combined with other liposuction techniques, the tumescent method involves the injection of large volumes of very dilute lidocaine (local anesthetic) and epinephrine (drug that shrinks capillaries) into subcutaneous fat prior to suctioning excess fat. The tumescent technique eliminates the need for general anesthesia.
Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL): Uses a special cannula that produces tiny, rapid vibrations to break up fat cells so that they can easily be suctioned. This liposuction technique allows for greater fat removal in a considerably short period of time, as well as more controlled movement and reshaping. The PAL method involves the use of the tumescent technique.
Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL): Emits energy through a special handpiece that helps to loosen and melt fat prior to suctioning. This enables a greater volume of fat to be removed, and it is most beneficial for patients who have dense fat and larger areas to be treated. The UAL method is usually best for male patients in areas of the body that have fibrous tissue, such as the chest (to treat “gynecomastia”).
Laser-Assisted Liposuction (LAL): One of the newest liposuction techniques to date, this method involves the injection of a tumescent solution and a laser technology to disrupt the fat cells. The LAL technique works by producing a burst of energy through a thin laser fiber that is inserted through small incisions in the skin. This method is intended to make fat removal more efficient and less traumatic.
Every plastic surgery procedure carries its own set of risks and complications, including liposuction. Although rare when performed in the hands of a qualified specialist, like one of our board certified plastic surgeons, some of the potential problems that may develop after undergoing a lipoplasty procedure are: uneven contours, irregular pigmentation, rippling or loose skin, asymmetry, skin discoloration or swelling, unfavorable scarring, and burns from heat energy (the UAL method). To help prevent and minimize the risk of experiencing post-operative problems, be sure to closely follow your doctor’s instructions.
There are several individual fees that may contribute to the total cost of plastic surgery, including the:
* Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure; therefore, it is typically not covered by insurance.
After your liposuction procedure, a compression garment or elastic bandage may be applied to your treatment area(s). This is intended to help control any swelling that could occur following surgery and provide support to your body’s new contours. If necessary, small temporary drains may be placed directly beneath the skin to remove any excess blood or fluid that may collect.
Any discomfort during the initial healing period can be managed with prescribed medication, while severe pain should be reported to the surgeon. Every patient’s length of recovery time will be different, which is highly dependent on which, and how many, areas of the body received liposuction.
Usually within a week of surgery, stitches are removed. Although it will depend on how strenuous your job is, most patients are able to return to work within seven to ten days of surgery. Generally, normal activities can be resumed in about ten days or less. You will get specific details regarding your individual recovery period from your surgeon.
Liposuction offers long-lasting results. Though this plastic surgery procedure does permanently remove fat cells, your results will be compromised if you do not maintain a healthy lifestyle; untreated areas of the body could gain weight, ultimately causing an irregular contour.
The healing process for liposuction is gradual, so you should not expect to see the full results for at least several months.
We encourage you to contact The Diamond Face Institute if you are interested in scheduling a consultation with one of our board certified plastic surgeons. Please call (310) 859-9816 or fill out our contact form to get started.