As part of their aesthetic goals, many people want to achieve smooth and shapely contours. While this can often be achieved through targeted exercises and the right nutrition, sometimes excess fat can be more difficult to get rid of.
Liposuction is a good solution for those who have reached their target weight but still don’t have their ideal body shape because of stubborn fat bulges. This procedure targets and removes fat in the areas where you want it most so that you can enjoy a more shapely and contoured figure.
At Soler Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL, we know that the quality of your liposuction surgery can impact everything from the ease of your recovery to how much you love your results. We put care and attention into every step of the process from our consultations to our post-surgery care. We look forward to helping you know more about his procedure and whether it is the right choice for you.
What Is Liposuction and How Does It Work?
Liposuction is a procedure that is designed to smooth and contour different areas of the body by physically removing fat cells from the body. While not a weight loss method, it is very effective at making areas flatter and more slender.
Liposuction procedures are performed using a thin, hollow tube called a cannula which is inserted into the body through small incisions. This tube is then used to dislodge fat deposits, which are then suctioned out of the body with a surgical vacuum.
Where Can Liposuction Be Used?
- Stomach Liposuction: This is an excellent solution for those who have difficulty losing belly fat through diet and exercise. It provides a flatter, more toned abdomen by removing excess fat and improving the contour of the waistline.
- Arm Liposuction: This targets the buildup of fat in the upper arms, a common issue that can persist even with regular exercise. After the procedure, patients often notice a significant improvement in the shape and proportion of their arms.
- Neck Liposuction: For individuals dealing with a double chin or excess neck fat, this procedure can provide a more defined, youthful-looking neck and jawline by removing the unwanted fat deposits.
- Thigh Liposuction: This procedure can help create leaner and more proportionate thighs by targeting and eliminating stubborn fat that often accumulates in the inner and outer thigh areas.
- Back Liposuction: This addresses the ‘bra bulge’ or lower back fat that is often resistant to diet and exercise. After the procedure, patients can expect a smoother, more defined back profile.
Your Guide to Your Liposuction Procedure
Preparing for the Procedure
Before undergoing a liposuction procedure, there are several key steps to take in preparation. First, you’ll have a detailed consultation with your surgeon, during which your medical history will be reviewed, and a physical examination will take place to assess the areas to be treated. This consultation is the perfect opportunity to discuss your expectations and any concerns you may have.
Patients should stop smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery as it can interfere with the healing process. Certain medications and supplements that can increase bleeding, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and vitamin E, should also be avoided. Finally, arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure since you won’t be able to drive yourself.
What to Expect the Day of Your Surgery
On the day of your liposuction surgery, the procedure will begin with the administration of anesthesia. While liposuction can be performed under local anesthesia for smaller areas, general anesthesia is typically used for larger or multiple areas.
Once the anesthesia takes effect, your surgeon will make small incisions in the area to be treated and inject a tumescent fluid — a mixture of saline, lidocaine, and epinephrine. This fluid helps to numb the site, minimize bleeding, and make the fat easier to remove.
Next, a cannula is inserted through the incisions to break up and remove the fat deposits. The amount of fat removed varies depending on the individual and the area being treated, but typically no more than 10 pounds is removed. Once the desired reshaping is achieved, the incisions are closed with sutures.
Liposuction Recovery and Post-Operative Care
Liposuction recovery is usually straightforward, with most patients able to return home the same day as the outpatient procedure. It’s normal to experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the treated areas, which can be managed with prescribed medication.
You’ll be asked to wear compression garments on the treated areas. These garments help reduce swelling and support the healing tissues, contributing to better contouring results.
The recovery timeline varies, but most patients can return to work within a few days to a week, and resume normal activities within two to three weeks. Remember, every patient’s recovery is different and your surgeon will provide specific post-operative instructions based on your individual situation. Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your progress and ensure a smooth recovery.
Additional Information About Liposuction
What Is the Best Liposuction Method?
While there are various different liposuction methods and techniques including traditional, ultrasonic, and laser liposuction, success largely depends on the surgeon’s skill and appropriate patient selection.
Can Fat Grafting Be Performed at the Same Time?
Yes, fat grafting can be done alongside liposuction. It involves using the fat removed during liposuction to enhance volume in other body areas. However, this may affect your liposuction recovery time. Always discuss your goals with your surgeon to understand how these procedures can best serve your needs.
Improve Your Contour With Liposuction
If you’re ready to address stubborn fat deposits and contour your body effectively, liposuction can be a good option. At Soler Cosmetic Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL, we’re committed to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals through personalized and professional care. Get in touch with us today at (813) 703-6216 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation and discover how we can assist you in unlocking your ideal body.