Remove Stubborn Fat with Liposuction
Stubborn fat can be very frustrating. If you have fat on your stomach, thighs, arms, or other areas, several procedures can help reduce the fat. Liposuction is one of the more effective ways of reducing fat that is resistant to diet and exercise.
What Is Liposuction, and How Is It Performed?
Liposuction is a form of body contouring that involves removing stubborn fat through small suction tubes. It is a minimally invasive procedure performed by an experienced plastic surgeon to reduce the appearance of fat deposits in different areas of the body.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Liposuction?
Like all cosmetic surgeries, an ideal candidate is in general good health and a non-smoker. They should have a good diet and exercise routine and be at a stable weight but still have problem areas they wish to address. Sometimes pockets of fat show no results from dieting, but if the bulk of the desired weight loss has been achieved, liposuction may be a good option. Your initial consultation with Dr. Frankle will help determine if this procedure is right for you.
Combine Liposuction with a Breast Augmentation or Tummy Tuck
Many patients decide they want to combine procedures to minimize downtime while maximizing results. After extensive weight loss, many people experience excess or loose skin that can be removed with a tummy tuck. When combining procedures, leftover fat deposits that have resisted other weight loss methods can first be reduced with liposuction. Then, the skin can be redraped over the newly contoured area. Many women who are finished having children choose to have what is called a mommy makeover, which combines liposuction and a tummy tuck with a breast lift or augmentation. This can sculpt the body into a shape more similar to what it looked like before children, which many women report makes them feel more confident and sexier.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Frankle for Your Liposuction Procedure
Dr. Franckle is a board certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience performing liposuction procedures. He uses 3-D imaging technology to show you possible expected results from liposuction so that you can go into the surgery with confidence and realistic expectations. If you think liposuction may be right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Franckle to discuss your specific case and desired outcomes.
“Love my results! I could not be more thrilled and confident in my appearance now!”
Liposuction Patient – December 2015
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.
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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.