Is Liposuction right for me?
Since it is a relatively low-maintenance and very customizable treatment, liposuction can be an excellent option for many people who are unhappy with the way that unwanted fat deposits make them look and feel. Liposuction can remove fat cells from the hips, thighs, belly, back or chest as well as the face, neck or knees. The overall effect improves your proportions and helps you look younger and fitter. When you love the way you look, your self-confidence can increase too, which feels fantastic.
While liposuction is highly effective when it comes to removing body fat that causes bumps and bulges, there are a few things that it cannot do, including:
- Tighten loose or sagging skin
- Remove stretch marks
- Eliminate large or widespread areas of fat
- Help with significant weight loss
The ideal liposuction client is someone who is in good physical shape but has localized deposits of fat that have not responded to diet and exercise. It is an especially good option for clients whose skin has good elasticity and will be able to contract over the treated areas. You should also be in good general health with no known surgical conflicts, including obesity, blood pressure conditions or smoking habits. If you have a preexisting health condition or an allergy to any anesthesia or medications, you should be sure to talk to your surgeon about this during your consultation so that they can ensure your safety during the procedure.
What is Liposuction?
In plastic surgery circles, liposuction is known as a minimally invasive body contouring procedure. “Minimally invasive” means you will require some small surgical incisions and manipulation of below-the-skin tissues, but these will be kept to a minimum. It places liposuction in between an invasive full surgery like a tummy tuck, or a non-invasive procedure that does not break the skin such as CoolSculpting. Often, an invasive body contouring procedure comes with added surgical risks and an extended recovery period, while non-invasive body contouring may require multiple sessions and the results take longer to appear. Minimally invasive procedures like liposuction give you the option to see your results immediately after a single treatment, without needing weeks away from work or exercise to recover.
Liposuction uses a hollow, straw-like tool called a cannula inserted through very small incisions in the area you want to treat. The cannula is then connected to a suction device, which your surgeon uses to siphon fat cells out of your body. The process completely removes the problematic fat deposit, smoothing any unsightly bumps or bulges. After a short recovery of just a few days, you will be able to return to all normal activities and enjoy your new, sculpted body. Since your incisions are small, liposuction scars are typically barely noticeable and easily hidden. Results from liposuction are intended to look natural and complement your body type and shape, giving you the toned and fit body that you want without looking like you have had “work done.”
Your Liposuction Procedure
Liposuction is a very flexible procedure that can be performed in many ways and on many areas of the body. Your surgeon will approach your liposuction with an artist’s eye, optimally removing the right amount of fat from different problem areas to ensure that your body is naturally proportional, sculpted and toned. Each of the board-certified surgeons at Advanced Aesthetics offers skill and expertise in performing body contouring procedures like liposuction. During your consultation, we will listen to your concerns and help you decide the best options to address them. If liposuction will deliver your best results, your surgeon will discuss with you in detail how liposuction will help you achieve your unique aesthetic goals. Our doctors will work with you to build a treatment and surgical plan to meet and exceed your expectations.
Because it is such an effective body contouring method, many patients choose to combine liposuction with other procedures, like a breast augmentation or gynecomastia reduction, to enhance their final results. Combining procedures can help you save on surgical costs and recovery time, so if you have any other aesthetic concerns you should feel free to discuss them with your surgeon during your consultation. Our board-certified plastic surgeons are also experienced in performing revision liposuction to correct problems with prior liposuction surgery and to sculpt the beautiful contours you are hoping to achieve.
How Much Time Will I Have to Take Off of Work (and Working Out)?
You will need to rest at home for about 3 days after surgery, but then you may return to your normal daily activity, including going to work. Initially, you will have to limit lifting, bending, and straining, as well as activities that cause blood pressure to rise. You may begin a gradual return to full activity, including sports and gym workouts, after about 3 weeks.
Most patients find that any post-operative pain is relatively tolerable, short-lived, and easily controlled with pain medication. However, it is important that you follow your surgeon’s instructions, including wearing compression garments. This will help to control swelling and maintain your newly sculpted shape.
Liposuction Results and Recovery
Our surgeries are performed at our state-licensed and nationally certified Surgi-Center in Fayetteville. We use sophisticated anesthesia techniques to minimize your recovery time, maximize comfort and reduce the incidence of post-op effects of anesthesia. We also use a topical anesthetic solution to treat the area, limiting swelling and discomfort after the procedure. A full liposuction surgery usually takes between two and three hours, depending on the extent of your treatment. You will be settled comfortably in our recovery room for monitoring until your surgeon has cleared you to leave — typically about two hours after your procedure has ended.
You will need to rest at home for a few days after surgery, avoiding normal daily activities like work or errand-running. Most of our patients feel able to return to work at a sedentary job after about three days. You should continue to avoid cardio exercise; strenuous activities like lifting, bending and straining; and activities that cause blood pressure to rise for about three weeks after liposuction. You will have a few follow-up appointments with your surgeon to ensure that your recovery is going smoothly, and you may begin a gradual return to full activity after your surgeon has cleared you to do so. It is also important to listen to your body — if you feel tired or notice a particular motion causes discomfort, you should rest, discontinue the activity and talk to your surgeon at your next follow-up appointment.
Most patients find that any post-operative pain is relatively tolerable, short-lived and easily controlled with pain medication. If you need stronger pain medications in the first few days after your surgery, you can talk to your surgeon — they can help you decide on the best option to keep you comfortable while minimizing narcotic use and negative side effects like drowsiness or nausea. You will also be expected to wear a compression garment for a few weeks following liposuction — this helps to minimize swelling and promote blood flow to the area, which encourages faster healing.
Our surgeons pay close attention to how liposuction can enhance your overall aesthetic and take care to sculpt a shape that blends beautifully with your natural contours. While you’ll see a positive difference in the shape and tone of the area treated shortly after surgery, your results will continue to improve in the weeks following your procedure, as post-operative swelling subsides. If you feel as though you are not seeing the improvements that you want or that your healing process is not going as it should, we encourage you to contact us right away. Complications from liposuction are very rare, but your surgeon is always your best resource for advice throughout the cosmetic surgery process. To learn more about liposuction with Advanced Aesthetics Plastic Surgery Center, call us today at 770-461-4000 to schedule your complimentary consultation.