Liposuction (or lipoplasty) is a body-sculpting procedure utilized by a plastic surgeon or cosmetic surgeon to remove fat that is unresponsive to dieting and exercising. This cosmetic surgery can be applied to nearly any area of the body and is commonly used on multiple areas during fat reduction surgery. Liposuction results in a slimmer, better-proportioned figure for both women and men. When used by a skilled plastic surgeon, the cosmetic procedure effectively reduces love handles, saddlebags, a double chin, a bulge around the waistline, or other unsightly fatty deposits. If you want a better shape and a more beautiful body, call the Plastic Surgery Center & Medical Spa and arrange for your personal consultation with a cosmetic surgeon.
Liposuction is not intended to be a replacement for proper exercise and diet. Instead, liposuction is a cosmetic reduction surgery for stubborn areas where fat accumulates and doesn’t respond to traditional methods. When used on a combination of several areas of the body, both traditional liposuction and the latest ultrasonic liposuction can provide a more proportioned body appearance. Ideal candidates for liposuction are men or women who are already in good physical condition but are struggling with stubborn areas that have not responded to diet and exercise. Liposuction is not a weight loss substitution. It is, however, a tool for a trained plastic surgeon to use as a body sculpting technique that can produce fantastic results.
Reasons for Considering Liposuction
Dr. Hardy and the staff at the Plastic Surgery Center & Medical Spa are available to assist in your decision regarding traditional liposuction or ultrasonic liposuction surgery. Dr. Hardy understands the different fatty areas of the body that both women and men struggle with controlling. Call us today if you would like to discuss the best liposuction surgery for eliminating fat from any of the following areas:
- Chin and Neckline
- Upper Arms
- Stomach and Waistline
- Hips and Buttocks
- Thighs and Knees
- Areas for Proportioned Figure
Dr. Hardy will discuss any concerns you have about liposuction cost prior to you having to make a decision regarding liposuction surgery or vaser liposelection. Depending upon your reasons for plastic surgery some procedures may be covered by your health insurance policy. The qualified staff at the Plastic Surgery Center & Medical Spa will gladly assist you in understanding the costs of your cosmetic procedure and will explain how you might finance liposuction surgery.
General Procedure for Liposuction
Liposuction is performed by a plastic surgeon using general anesthesia with the patient asleep during surgery. Depending upon the location of the trouble area, the cosmetic surgeon may choose to numb the area with local anesthesia and the patient remains awake during the liposuction procedure. The plastic surgeon will insert a narrow tube or cannula that will be used to vacuum out fatty tissue from beneath the skin. During your liposuction surgery or ultrasonic liposuction procedure, Dr. Hardy will determine the correct amount of fat to be removed by massaging the skin and squeezing the tissue. After eliminating the excess fat, the incisions are closed by applying a compression dressing or bandage to the area to prevent bleeding, reduce swelling, and support the affected area.
There are several techniques for liposuction that Dr. Hardy makes available to his patients. As a cosmetic surgeon, he performs both traditional liposuction and vaser liposelection. Traditional liposuction involves the suction of fat from problem areas after a solution has been injected to minimize the discomfort and bruising associated with the cosmetic surgery. Vaser liposelection allows the plastic surgeon to use gentle ultrasound waves (ultrasonic liposuction) to dissolve the troublesome fat particles prior to being evacuated with suction.
Together with Dr. Hardy, you can decide whether traditional liposuction or ultrasonic liposuction is best for you. Other individual needs can be discussed during your initial consultation with Dr. Hardy. Liposuction can last from thirty minutes to several hours depending upon the amount of fat to be removed. Traditional liposuction and the new ultrasonic liposuction surgery are both proven procedures that can benefit those patients who want to remove unattractive fatty deposits.
Recovery Process from Liposuction
New techniques allow today’s plastic surgeon to select methods for faster recovery from liposuction surgery. The length of time actually required for the recovery after traditional liposuction or ultrasonic liposuction will depend on how extensive of an operation that you undergo. Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and limited movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the overall recovery process. A support garment may need to be worn for several weeks after the liposuction surgery, depending upon which areas are selected for the liposuction procedure. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with liposuction surgery. In most cases, this can be treated effectively with oral medication. Dr. Hardy will outline your recovery process prior to your cosmetic surgery.