What is Liposuction?
At DeRoberts Plastic Surgery, liposuction is a cosmetic procedure designed to remove fat from specific areas of the body. A wide variety of body sites such as the abdomen, flanks(love handles), inner and outer thighs, neck, lower back, knees, and arms are often targeted and trimmed with this surgery. Liposuction is a surgery but can often be done with only minor sedation and local anesthetic.
There are various techniques used for liposuction including super wet, tumescent, laser-assisted, ultrasound-assisted, or power-assisted. Each has their own set of pros and cons and the choice will depend on how the surgeon was trained and which type of procedure is best for the area of your body being considered. Regardless of the specific technique chosen for you, the basic steps of the procedure remain the same. Saline fluid is placed into the area where the fat to be removed is located. Through a very small incision, a cannula that is attached to an aspirator, suctions the fat out in layers from the area until the desired contour is obtained. The length of time of the surgery is dependant upon the amount of fat needed to be removed and the number of areas to be done. Most areas can be completed in under 30-45 minutes. Recovery from surgery usually takes 3-4 days at home, but then most people can return to work and light activities. By 3 weeks, full activities and exercise is allowed. The results from liposuction can be seen immediately, but due to swelling, results are not fully seen until 6-10 weeks after surgery.
Ideal patients are over 18 years old and have lost the majority of weight desired through a combination of diet modifications and exercise. You should keep in mind that this type of cosmetic surgery is not a replacement for proper eating habits and an active lifestyle. Liposuction is best targeted at areas where persistent or stubborn weight remains despite best efforts to remove it.
It is considered the gold-standard for fat removal from the body. Non-invasive procedures such as CoolSculpting and SculpSure, dissolve approximately 20% of the fat cells in the targeted area. Coolsculpting/SculpSure patients prefer to avoid surgery, and are willing to accept less dramatic results in exchange for the shorter recovery time required. However, many will find they need multiple Coolsculpting sessions, and over the long run that can end up costing more time and money.
Tumescent liposuction injects fluid with anesthetic into the body cavity where the fat is removed. This negates the need for additional anesthetic and can usually be performed on patients who do not require general anesthesia. This is the most common type of liposuction because of its safety, consistent results in the hands of a board certified plastic surgeon, and the ability to transfer that fat to other areas of the body like the buttocks (Brazilian Butt Lift), face, and breast contouring. Dr. DeRoberts routinely uses this form of liposuction on his patients.
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For more information about liposuction, contact DeRoberts Plastic Surgery. Call our Syracuse, NY office at (315) 299-5313 to schedule a consultation with Dr. DeRoberts.