Help Reduce Stubborn Fat Pockets With Liposuction
Sometimes, no amount of diet and exercise seems to lessen stubborn fat on the stomach, thighs, arms, or other areas. Fortunately, several procedures can be performed to help reduce this unwanted fat. Liposuction can be one of the more effective ways of reducing fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. William Franckle, MD, FACS performs this fat removal procedure at his office in South Jersey to help you achieve your desired aesthetic goals.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a minimally invasive body contouring procedure that involves removing stubborn fat through small suction tubes. Liposuction is not considered a weight-loss method, but rather a way to remove pockets of fat that diet and exercise alone haven’t eliminated. There are several different types of liposuction procedures that may be used, depending on the area and your treatment goals. While the exact technique varies by procedure, the basic premise of each type of liposuction is to break down fat cells within the treated area in order to remove them through a vacuum. Dr. Franckle will recommend the most appropriate method to help reduce the appearance of fat deposits based on your specific circumstances.
Is Liposuction Right for You?
Like any cosmetic surgery, not everyone will qualify as a candidate for liposuction. The ideal candidate is in generally good health and a non-smoker. Because liposuction is not a weight-loss alternative, the ideal candidate is at a stable weight with only a few problems areas they wish to address. They should already have achieved the bulk of their desired weight loss and are continuing to maintain a good diet and exercise routine. Dr. Franckle will take these factors into consideration to help you determine if liposuction is right for you.
Liposuction Combined With Other Procedures
Liposuction can be performed on its own or, depending on the patient, in conjunction with other procedures. Combining procedures helps patients minimize downtime while maximizing results. Many patients who have lost a significant amount of weight choose to undergo a tummy tuck with liposuction. First, Dr. Franckle will perform liposuction to reduce those leftover fat deposits that have resisted other weight loss methods. Then he will remove any excess or loose skin resulting from drastic weight loss before redraping it over the newly contoured area. Another procedure frequently performed with liposuction is the mommy makeover, popular among women who are finished having children. This combines liposuction, a tummy tuck, and a breast lift or augmentation. For many women, the result is a sculpted silhouette and a figure more like what they had before having children. Many patients report that this makes them feel more confident and sexier. Depending on your aesthetic goals, Dr. Franckle may be able to perform these procedures and others in conjunction with liposuction to help you achieve your desired appearance.
What to Expect With Liposuction
If you decide to undergo liposuction, our office will address all your questions regarding cost and payment. The cost for liposuction depends on the size of the area being treated and the amount of fat being removed. Generally speaking, liposuction cost ranges from $3,700 and up. We offer financing options to make it easier for you to afford liposuction. Once your procedure has been scheduled, Dr. Franckle will provide specific instructions to help you prepare.
Liposuction will be performed on an outpatient basis, using either general or local anesthesia, so you will need someone to bring you home. Depending on the type of liposuction, Dr. Franckle will use a sterile solution, sound waves, laser, or another method to break down fat cells within the targeted area. He will then remove the broken-down fat cells through a thin tube, called a cannula, which will be inserted into the area through a small incision.
Dr. Franckle provides patients with specific instructions for recovery based on their situation. Most patients experience bruising, swelling, and soreness for a few weeks after liposuction. You may need to take antibiotics to prevent infection and wear a compression garment to control swelling. In most cases, you will be able to return to work within a few days and normal activities within a few weeks. While liposuction should permanently remove these fat cells, you’ll need to maintain a stable weight to prevent the formation of new fat cells.
Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Franckle
When undergoing any type of cosmetic procedure, it’s important to find an experienced plastic surgeon. Dr. Franckle is a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience performing liposuction, tummy tucks, breast augmentation, and other surgical and non-surgical procedures. After discussing your medical history, goals, and concerns with Dr. Franckle, he will use 3-D imaging technology to show you possible expected results from these procedures to give you a realistic idea of what to expect. Dr. Franckle will answer your questions and address your concerns to give you confidence in your decision to move forward. If you think liposuction may be right for you, call William Franckle, MD, FACS at 856.772.6500 to learn more today.
What You Can Expect During the Liposuction Procedure
Liposuction is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. Dr. Franckle will begin with a local or general anesthesia and then make a few small incisions. A blunt-tip instrument called a cannula is inserted into the area, and, using a controlled back-and-forth motion, the fat is loosened from where it is connected to the rest of your body. It is then vacuumed out of your body by a suction pump attached to the end of the cannula or with a large syringe. Drains may be placed after the suctioning is over to prevent fluid build-up.
What to Expect During Recovery from Liposuction: Will There Be Scarring?
Because the incisions used for liposuction are small, scarring can be fairly limited and will be related to genetics and skin pigmentation. Dr. Franckle has extensive experience with this procedure, and therefore works to minimize scarring by choosing discreet incision points.
Immediately after the procedure, there may be fluid draining from the incision points. You will likely need to wear a compression garment over the treated area for a few weeks. It is normal for experience swelling and soreness once the anesthesia wears off, and swelling can last for a few weeks to a couple of months. You may also experience redness, pain, or swelling at the injection site of the anesthesia as well as grogginess for several hours after the procedure.
Fat cells do not typically return after liposuction if a patient maintains a stable weight. If a patient gains a small amount of weight, the fat cells in the treated area may get larger, but new cells will not typically grow. Instead, the fat will accumulate in other areas of the body where fat cells haven’t been removed. If a significant amount of weight is gained, new cells may grow in the treated area, resulting in an appearance of fat deposits. For this reason, liposuction is not typically recommended for women who plan to get pregnant in the near future.
The cost of liposuction varies based on what area(s) are being treated and how much fat needs to be removed. Generally speaking liposuction cost ranges from $3,700 and up.
We offer a number of patient financing options through reputable financial companies to help you plan for your breast lift. Before you apply, we recommend that you first discuss your needs with our patient coordinator, Bianca. She can help you with the application process and discuss any special offers that come up from time to time. You can visit our financing page to get more information on our programs. We also accept personal checks, cashier’s checks, cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. We want to make the process as simple for you as possible, so please reach out to us in advance if you have any questions.
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While both liposuction and CoolSculpting are both outpatient procedures used to address stubborn fat, their methods are very different. CoolSculpting freezes fat cells, which causes them to die and be eliminated by the body’s natural process. It can take several treatments for results to show, and each session is around an hour long. Because there are no incisions, there is also no downtime with CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting can also be known as cryolipolysis.
All types of liposuction techniques involve suctioning fat out of the target area; they just use different means to get there. The tumescent technique involves injecting an anesthetic solution into the fatty tissue before removing it, reducing overall pain and eliminating the need for a general anesthetic. Ultrasound liposuction, which can also be referred to as VASER, uses ultrasonic waves to liquefy the fat before it is suctioned out; laser lipo and Smart Lipo work in a very similar way.
Abdominal Lipo and tummy tuck are sometimes used interchangeably, but they refer to two very different procedures. Lipo removes fat cells from an area, while a tummy tuck removes loose or excess skin, often after weight loss has already occurred. Sometimes, these two procedures can be performed at the same time for a greater body contouring effect.
Liposuction can be effective on any stubborn fat. It is most commonly used on the abdomen, inner thighs, outer thighs or ‘saddlebags,’ arms or ‘bat wings,’ and back. It can also be performed on the knees, calves, and ankles, as well as the neck and face. Liposuction is also an effective treatment for a lipoma, a benign tumor made of fat tissue, and can reduce fat in cases of advanced lymphedema. Liposuction is not an effective treatment for obesity or suitable for whole-body fat reduction.