What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that eliminates excess stubborn fat from various areas of the body including the abdomen, flanks, back, buttocks, upper arms, under the chin, and more. Even with a healthy diet and exercise, removing pockets of stubborn fat from these areas can be difficult.
Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that can remove these stubborn bulges once and for all. Although liposuction can help contour your figure, the technique is not an alternative to weight loss. The best liposuction candidates will be at a stable weight and committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle so that they do not gain weight after surgery.
Your Customized Liposuction Procedure
At Shaddix Plastic Surgery, we offer traditional liposuction techniques with the use of a cannula to break up fat cells, as well as power-assisted liposuction. Liposuction is a customizable procedure, allowing the precise sculpting you need for the figure you’ve always wanted. Excess fat on the outer thighs, abdominal region, under the chin, and on the back can all be removed with liposuction.
Liposuction can be used on many areas of the body in one procedure, allowing full-body recontouring. However, for multiple large spaces, several sessions may be required. Liposuction can also be combined with another contouring procedure like the tummy tuck or breast lift to optimize your results. Dr. Shaddix will go over your custom treatment plan during a consultation.
Liposuction will be performed with the use of general anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. Tiny incisions will then be made in the target area where they can be well-hidden. A saline solution is then injected into the tissue to help separate the fat cells, making them easier to remove. A small cannula device is then used to gently suction out the separated fat cells. Once optimal contouring has been achieved, Dr. Shaddix will close the incisions with absorbable sutures.
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Recovery After Liposuction
In most cases, patients are able to return home the same day after their surgery. The exact length of your recovery will depend on how much stubborn fat you had removed and the size of your treatment area. Some patients can return to work within a few days, but others will need a full week of rest. You can expect some discomfort during your recovery period, but this can be managed with a prescription pain medication provided by Dr. Shaddix.
You can also expect some bruising and swelling that should continue to diminish over the next few weeks. A compression garment will be provided for you to wear for the first month of your recovery to ensure proper healing and the best results. Dr. Shaddix will be available to answer any questions you might have about your recovery process and provide you with all the necessary instructions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you put to sleep for liposuction?
Liposuction can be performed under either local or general anesthesia.
Does fat come back after lipo?
Fat cells are permanently removed through liposuction. However, you can store fat in other areas if you gain weight after the procedure.
Can I get liposuction if I am overweight?
Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure and should only be performed on patients who are at a healthy and stable weight.
Does liposuction get rid of cellulite?
Liposuction may reduce cellulite for some patients. During a consultation, Dr. Shaddix can explain the results you can expect.
Does liposuction really work?
Liposuction is an effective way to permanently remove fat and reshape the body contour.
Can visceral fat be removed?
No, visceral fat describes the fat that clusters around your internal organs, cushioning them and insulating them from the rest of the body. It cannot and should not be removed via liposuction.
How can I lose tummy fat fast?
Depending on the type of stomach fat and other symptoms that may be affecting your abdominal appearance, liposuction can be a great way of removing isolated fat to tone up your midsection.
How can I reduce my stomach fat?
Stomach fat can be reduced through good diet and exercise habits, but some fat is stubborn to the degree that only a non-surgical or minimally invasive procedure can remove it.
How dangerous is liposuction?
When performed by a well-qualified professional, liposuction is not dangerous and requires minimal downtime with minimal side effects.
How do I prepare for liposuction?
Depending on your specific liposuction plan, you may need to avoid eating and drinking for several hours prior to your surgery, as well as not taking certain medications.
Does a tummy tuck remove fat?
The main purpose of a tummy tuck is to tighten the abdominal muscles for a slimmer midsection. However, fat may be removed with liposuction during the procedure to improve results.