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Have you tried exercise and diet yet still can’t seem to lose weight in certain areas? Are you looking for an effective solution? Well, you are at the right place! Liposuction is one of our expert services where we contour your body according to your needs. Our certified plastic and cosmetic surgeons can remove excess, unnecessary fat from your abdomen, upper arms, buttocks, chest, back, hips, thighs and more; giving you the body you worked for.
We understand that sometimes fat can be stubborn. No matter what exercises or diet you try, it just doesn’t shape your body the way you imagined. Liposuction decreases the number of fat cells in a certain area. This usually results in a permanent slimming effect.
The very first step is to schedule a consultation with our certified and experienced plastic and cosmetic surgeons. They will meet with you and provide all the information you need before the procedure. They will let you know how to prepare, outline the actual procedure and advise you of the precautions. At this consultation, you are welcomed to ask any questions you have. We want to ensure that you understand and are comfortable at all times.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes stubborn fat that you just can’t seem to get rid of through diet and exercise. It uses a suction technique to remove fat from specific areas of the body. One of our board-certified plastic surgeons usually does the procedure on the arms, back, belly, buttocks, face, hips, and thighs to improve their shape but it can also be done with other surgeries such as facelifts, tummy tucks, and breast reductions. When you gain weight the fat cells increase in size and volume, after Liposuction the skin molds itself into the new contours of the treated areas. Liposuction is also referred to as Lipoplasty, Liposulpture, Lipo, Suction Lipectomy, or Body Contouring.
Types of Liposuction
There are a few different types of Liposuction, but they all share a commonality, this being the use of a thin tube known as the cannula. The cannula is connected to a vacuum that suctions the fat from the body. The list below provides you with the most popular types of Liposuction. During your consultation, you’ll be able to determine which type is best for you.
1. Tumescent Liposuction
This is the most common technique of Liposuction. The surgeon injects a sterile solution into the area from where the fat is to be removed; it consists of saline, lidocaine, and epinephrine. This solution makes it easier to suction the fact with less blood loss and pain.
2. Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction or UAL
This uses sound waves energy under your skin to rupture the cell walls of fat. The rupture of the cell walls liquefies the fat for suction.
3. Laser-Assisted Liposuction or Smart Lipo
This method uses a laser to produce a burst of energy to liquefy the fat for suction.
4. Power-Assisted Liposuction
This uses a cannula that moves back and forth rapidly. This vibration allows the surgeon to pull out more stubborn fat easier and faster. This can sometimes cause less pain and swelling and allows the surgeon to remove the fat with more precision.
Risks of Liposuction
As with most cosmetic procedures there are a number of possible risks and downsides undergoing the Liposuction procedure. We take pride in keeping our clients informed of the risks associated with each procedure they may be interested in undergoing in order to allow you to make an informed choice. All of our clients are encouraged to ask any questions about their procedure during the consultation. While our board-certified plastic surgeons perform each operation with precision and care the following side effects are unavoidable for some of our patients.
There are several possible risks associated directly with Liposuction that have to be considered, namely:
- Complications from anesthesia
- Fluid accumulation
- Fat embolism
- Uneven fat removal
- Reactions to lidocaine
- Damage to nerves
- Damage to blood vessels
- Damage to muscles
- Damage to the lungs
- Damage to abdominal organs
- Blood clots
- Burns from equipment
Side effects of Liposuction
- Body deformity
- Seromas can form under the skin
- Skin infections
- Puncturing of internal organs
- Fat obstructing arteries
What to know beforehand
The first step in the procedure is the consultation. At this point you will meet with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons and you should take the opportunity to talk about your goals, options, risks, and benefits. Clients should always feel free to ask as many questions as they need during this time. You’ll be asked to do tests to determine your health status. You will also inform the surgeon of your weight history. Before the procedure the surgeon will mark circles and lines on the areas of the body to be treated and photos may also be taken before and after images can be compared. During these processes, we want you to be totally comfortable. We understand especially for first timers how nerve-racking this can be. Relax, we are here to provide the information you need to make an informed and happy decision. You should also do the necessary research to know more about this procedure.
After the procedure clients can expect to feel mild discomfort, experience bruising and redness as well as swelling. There are medications that can be prescribed to help discomfort and swelling usually starts to go down by the end of the first week. Some degree of swelling may linger for as long as six weeks.
Upon discharge from recovery you should have the following supplies waiting at home:
- Pillows to rest on
- Bottled water
- Pain medication
- Comfortable loose clothing
- Dark towels to absorb leakage from incisions
How long is recovery?
Depending on the type of surgery done, clients may have to stay in the hospital for a few days and may be required to wear compression garments for 1 to 2 months following the procedure to control swelling. They will also need to take antibiotics to prevent infections, but most people can return to work in a few days and get back to their regular activities within 2 weeks. Note though that if these symptoms persist for longer, let your doctors know.
Ways to boost healing include:
- Reducing salt – salt increases water retention and promotes swelling so minimize it as much as you can.
- Eating Protein – protein aids in healing and maintains muscle mass so have your protein-rich meals.
- Staying hydrated – drink no less than eight, eight ounce glasses of water per day.
- Avoid tight waistbands – these slow down the drainage of fluid so it’s best to not wear these while you are healing.
- Try to walk each day – bit by bit increase the amount you walk, this boosts blood flow and prevents pneumonia and constipation. If you believe something is off though, contact your doctors right away.
- Avoid strenuous activities such as bicycle riding, jogging, weight lifting, and aerobic exercise until the doctor says it is okay. If you do these, you’ll delay your healing and possibly cause further damage.
Will results be seen immediately?
You probably won’t see the results right after the procedure, and if anything you may feel as though you have gained weight or are looking larger in the areas that were treated. While Liposuction can get rid of up to 10 pounds of fat during a procedure fluid retention and swelling can cause you to look bloated. But as the swelling goes down you will begin to see results. We ask that you are patient through your healing, follow instructions given by your doctor and give yourself the best after-care (just follow the guidelines the doctor gives you).
Are the results permanent?
The fat cells are removed permanently during Liposuction but the weight can be regained with new fat cells that usually go to different areas of the body.
To keep the results after surgery, it is recommended that clients follow a diet that includes a lot of lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low fat dairy and regular exercise. Hence, the onus is on the client to follow through so that they can fat off in areas they don’t want it. Whenever you are not sure about something as it relates to diet or healing, consult your doctor so that they can provide the information you need.
- Your doctor will advise you if and when you can restart your medication, and provide instructions on taking new ones.
- If you take blood thinners, be sure to talk to your doctor. He or she will tell you when to start taking them.
- If antibiotics are prescribed take them as directed until the course is complete.
- Take pain medication as directed, if none is prescribed, enquire as to whether you can take an over the counter drug.
Follow up care is a key part of treatment aftercare, be sure to make and go to follow up appointments and contact your doctor or nurse if you experience any problems. That’s a commitment you should never break.
Why choose Modern Surgical Arts?
Modern Surgical Arts offers the highest quality treatments available and offers a variety of other cosmetic procedures. With years of experience and the highest levels of qualifications under our belt our staff is able to pay special attention to each client ensuring that their experience at Modern Surgical Arts satisfies all their needs and leaves them feeling more confident and fulfilled.
- Our surgeons put your safety first.
- They are experts and experienced in liposuction.
- We provide top-notch technology, procedures, and the best care.
- It is not just a ‘job’ for us. Everything we do we do with care.
- You’ll never be in the dark as we’ll always and completely provide you with the need to knows.
The body you worked for could be a procedure away, contact us today and we’ll let you know if liposuction is right for you. We are always ready to speak to you. Our team will ensure you have what you need for every step of your liposuction procedure, from start to a renewed you.
Things to Note:
- Liposuction is done on an individual basis as this is not for everyone. Generally, you are requiring to be in good health and free of conditions that could complicate surgery.
- Though liposuction helps you remove fat, it is not an alternative to weight loss or a method of weight loss.
- Healing time varies and depends on several elements such as the elasticity of your skin.