We are proud to offer patients our extensive experience and expertise in liposuction, the single most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S. today. Liposuction sculpts the body by removing undesirable fat that has not responded to diet and exercise from the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck. Liposuction not only offers the opportunity to slim and contour areas of the body; by removing the fat cells, it also ensures that these areas will not accumulate fatty deposits in the future.
Our doctors know that all patients are different, both in their body shapes and in what they wish to achieve with liposuction. We take as much time as necessary during every pre-operative consultation to learn what each patient wants liposuction to do for them, and to decide which technique is best. In this way, every one of our patients enjoys completely customized treatment designed with his or her specific goals in mind.
The liposuction procedure begins with appropriate anesthesia. Then a solution composed of saline (salt water), a local anesthetic called lidocaine, and a small amount of adrenaline to decrease bruising and bleeding, is injected. This is known as either the tumescent or super-wet technique, depending on the ratio of fluid to fatty tissue being removed.
Once this solution has been introduced into the area planned for liposuction treatment, the doctor proceeds with one of several different methods of liposuction currently approved by plastic surgeons: Smart Lipo, suction-assisted liposuction (SAL), power assisted liposuction, or ultrasonic-assisted liposuction (UAL).
In any of the methods, a tiny incision is made in an inconspicuous a place. A cannula (small tube) is inserted to suction out the fat. For Smart Lipo, a laser is used to remove additional fat and help tighten the skin. In UAL, ultrasonic energy is used to liquefy the fat before it is suctioned out with a cannula.
The liposuction procedure may take about one hour, depending on the amount of fat being removed. The doctor will use either local anesthesia or general anesthesia, again depending on the size of the area(s) being treated as well as several other factors, including your preference. We will discuss which method is best for you during your pre-operative complimentary consultation.
After liposuction surgery a compression garment is used to decrease swelling and facilitate the healing process. Patients can walk the same day, and many return to work within a few days.
Results are visible immediately, and improvement often continues as swelling subsides during the first three months. The scars are small and inconspicuous.
Risks are uncommon when liposuction is performed by a qualified surgeon.