- What Is Liposuction?
- Tumescent Liposuction
- Liposuction Procedure
- Liposuction Vs. Tummy Tuck
- Liposuction Treatment Areas
- Liposuction Candidates
- Liposuction Preparation
- Liposuction Recovery
- Liposuction Risks
- Liposuction Side Effects
- Liposuction Results
- Liposuction Scars
- Liposuction Alternatives
- Liposuction Cost
- Additional Liposuction FAQs
What Is Liposuction?There are certain areas of our bodies that do not respond well to the traditional weight loss methods of diet and exercise. Liposuction is a very common and popular procedure that removes unwanted fat from areas of the body including the back, abdomen, love handles, outer and inner thighs, knees, calves and ankles, upper arms, breast, and buttocks. At Florida Plastic Surgery Group, liposuction can be performed either under general or local anesthesia and is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Our experienced plastic surgeons typically perform this treatment utilizing the advanced tumescent liposuction technique. Please continue reading below to learn about tumescent liposuction.
What Is Tumescent Liposuction?Tumescent liposuction is the most common type of liposuction used in the world. Fluid containing numbing medications (i.e. lidocaine) and medications to decrease bleeding are placed around the unwanted fat through small incisions approximately the size of a pencil eraser. The liposuction cannulas (long, thin tubes) are then used to remove this emulsified fat from your body, leaving all the blood vessels and nerves intact. The aim of this treatment is to create an even contour while removing as much fat as possible from the targeted areas of the body through these tiny incisions.
How Is the Liposuction Procedure Performed?During the tumescent liposuction procedure, one of our experienced plastic surgeons will gently insert the cannulas into the target areas and gradually move them back and forth, ultimately suctioning out the excess fat cells. Since the cannulas utilized in tumescent liposuction are typically thinner than the cannulas used in many other liposuction techniques, our plastic surgeon can create smaller incisions, which can lead to less noticeable scarring. The tumescent technique is designed to minimize discomfort and bleeding, allowing this procedure to be performed on an outpatient basis. Tumescent liposuction also usually involves less bruising and swelling when compared to other types of liposuction, often resulting in an easier recovery process.
Liposuction Vs. Tummy Tuck for Abdominal ContouringBoth liposuction and tummy tuck surgery are effective procedures for abdominal contouring; however, these techniques have some important distinctions. Liposuction is primarily designed to remove excess fat that has collected in an area such as the abdomen. Tummy tuck surgery focuses on the removal of excess skin, while tightening underlying abdominal muscles and pulling the remaining skin taut for a flatter, firmer appearance. For some patients, tummy tuck surgery with liposuction may be necessary to reduce excess, loose skin as well as isolated fat pockets. In cases where an individual’s abdominal concerns are due to excess fat accumulation, and the skin is of good quality (such as minimal stretch marks), liposuction alone may be all that’s necessary to achieve the patient’s goals. Our plastic surgeon will talk with you about the best options for your needs during your initial consultation.
What Areas of the Body Can Be Treated with Liposuction?Virtually any area of your body that contains a stubborn fat deposit can be treated by liposuction. In most cases, patients seek out liposuction to help reshape their:
- Chest (male)
Who Is a Candidate for Liposuction?Men and women who desire improvement in the shape, appearance, and contour of their arms, thighs, abdomen, chest, back, buttocks, or legs are potential liposuction candidates.
How Do I Prepare for My Liposuction?
What Is the Liposuction Recovery Process Like?Our liposuction surgery team is trained to help ensure a rapid recovery. The incisions used for this procedure are less than 1 cm and typically heal inconspicuously. Walking after surgery is highly encouraged to prevent a blood clot from developing in the legs. In addition, patients are instructed to wear compression garments for the first few weeks. Every patient heals differently. The amount of time you will need to recover from liposuction can vary based on a few different factors, including:
- The extent of your procedure
- The surgical technique(s) used
- Your response to pain and initial disability