Lipoplasty – Remove Localized Fat
Learn More About Liposuction Surgery
Liposuction (or lipoplasty) is a body-sculpting procedure to remove localized fat that is unresponsive to dieting and exercising. Despite observing a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and healthy eating, some individuals may continue to have disproportionate body contours or persistent fatty deposits.
Liposuction can be performed on nearly any area of the body. Liposuction differs from traditional plastic surgical procedures in that it is commonly used on multiple areas during an operation. Liposuction is an effective procedure to reduce or remove love handles, saddlebags, a double-chin, abdomen fat or bulges, and other unsightly fatty deposits in order to develop a better shape and create a more beautiful body.
Liposuction is not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle that includes moderate exercise and a healthy diet and is not considered a weight loss aid or a treatment for obesity. Instead, liposuction is beneficial to individuals who maintain a healthy stable weight but would like to remove targeted areas of fat deposits. Liposuction targets these areas and reduces the accumulated fat in these stubborn areas. Liposuction is often combined with other plastic surgical procedures (including lift procedures) for better outcomes.
Outcomes & Results
Liposuction does not remove cellulite, but liposuction is able to eliminate fat and create a more proportional and toned appearance from the following areas:
- Chin & Neck
- Upper Arms
- Stomach & Waistline
- Hips & Buttocks
- Thighs & Knees
- Calves & Ankles
Outcomes & Results
Not everyone is a suitable candidate for liposuction. Before determining that liposuction is right for you, consider the following ideal candidate qualities:
- Close to or at your targeted weight but still have persistent fat deposits
- Good skin elasticity. If you do not have good skin elasticity, you may be left with sagging skin following the surgery. Your surgeon will discuss your skin elasticity with you. If you have older or less pliable skin your surgeon may recommend additional procedures (lifts or additional contouring)
- Individuals without co-morbidities or other factors that may impede healing post-surgery
- Individuals who do not smoke
- Individuals who are committed to a healthy lifestyle
Procedures & Techniques
There are three common liposuction methods used during liposuction procedures. Prior to surgery, Dr. Craft will guide you on the liposuction method that is most appropriate for your personal goals.
All three methods involve detaching and isolating fat for removal. Once the fat is dislodged, the surgeon makes very small incisions in the skin and inserts very small tubes called cannulas into the incisions. The surgeon then removes the fat through the cannulas. After eliminating the excess fat, the incisions are closed by applying an advanced dressing to the area in order to prevent bleeding, reduce swelling, and support the affected area.
The three methods used to dislodge and isolate fat include:
- Ultrasound-assisted liposuction. The ultrasound transmits ultrasonic energy which dislodges and liquefies the fat.
- Laser-assisted liposuction. Similar to ultrasound assisted liposuction, this technique uses energy from lasers to dislodge the fat, which is removed through a small cannula.
- Tumescent liposuction. A diluted amount of anesthetic is injected into the subcutaneous fat tissues of your body, contracting capillaries, which decreases bleeding, and hardens the fat. Once the fat is hardened it is easier for the surgeon to remove.
Liposuction is an out-patient procedure and depending on the amount of fat being removed and the type of method used, liposuction can last from thirty minutes to several hours. Methods require general anesthesia or are performed under local anesthesia.
Procedures & Techniques
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Liposuction has advanced in recent years and new techniques allow for faster recovery from liposuction procedures. The length of the recovery will depend on how extensive of a procedure the patient undergoes. Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time.
Depending on the area liposuction was performed; a support garment may need to be worn for three to six weeks after the surgery. These garments can help prevent bruising and swelling.
Patients sometimes report pain after the procedure. Commonly, the most pain is felt the first 48 hours following the procedure and slight pain may be reported for several months following the procedure. The pain can be treated effectively with oral medication.
While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the directions given after surgery.
Although some results are apparent immediately following a liposuction procedure, for the first few weeks post-surgery, most patients report swelling and puffiness. These symptoms are gradually reduced and resolve within four to six weeks following the surgery.
Depending on the age of your skin and your skin elasticity your surgeon may recommend surgeries in addition to liposuction. These recommendations might include lifting surgeries such as arm lift, butt lift, face lift, lower body lift and thigh lifts. These procedures will lift and transform unsightly skin that may be sagging or flabby after liposuction.
What happens if I get pregnant after liposuction?
Answer: As long as pregnancy occurs after your full recovery, there should not be any adverse reactions. Every woman is different; however, many women experience natural altercations to their body post-pregnancy. Because of these changes, a lot of women prefer to delay liposuction until after their pregnancy. If you notice body changes after pregnancy there are minor liposuction procedures that can help.
What if I gain weight after liposuction?
Answer: Given the contouring that liposuction delivers to your body, if you do gain weight the contouring and proportion will stay the same – only bigger.
How much scarring is there after liposuction?
Answer: The incisions created during liposuction are very small – only about a centimetre in length. But like all injury to the skin, the incisions will leave a slight scar. The scars will diminish with time and your surgeon may recommend a scar reduction cream that will help reduce scaring.