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Liposuction

If you’re troubled by localized pockets of fat that refuse to budge despite your best dieting and exercise efforts, liposuction could be the answer. Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed today, and it’s popular for good reason. It offers you visible results with minimal recovery time and discomfort.

Liposuction is a reliable body sculpting tool, effective at eliminating fatty accumulations in almost any area of the body, although it is most frequently used on the abdomen, flanks, thighs, back, arms, and neck. People often get liposuction to smooth “love handles” on the waist, “saddle bags” on the thighs, or jowls/double chin.

While liposuction provides a smoother contour and a slimmer appearance in the areas treated, it is not a weight loss treatment, nor does it remove excess skin or cellulite. The best candidates for liposuction are those who are close to the ideal weight for their height and build. Patients who have firm and elastic skin tend to have optimal results.

If you have loose skin, a procedure that both removes the fatty deposits and trims the loose skin may be necessary. Liposuction is often performed along with other surgeries that remove loose skin, such as tummy tuck, neck lift, arm lift, thigh lift, and lower body lift.

Dr. Beale also performs fat grafting (fat injections) – using the fat harvested from one area to enhance another area. For example, you could remove pockets of fat from your abdomen and inject that fat (after it has been properly treated) into areas of the face that have lost volume. This anti-aging technique is used as an alternative to dermal fillers. Read more about fat grafting.

Dr. Beale has many years of experience with liposuction, and has provided numerous patients with excellent liposuction results. He approaches every patient as an individual and creates a surgical plan that is customized to your needs, goals, and anatomy.

Types of Liposuction Procedures

There are a number of different types of liposuction for reshaping the body, and Dr. Beale is up to date on all techniques, including the latest advances in the field. After an evaluation, Dr. Beale will be able to recommend the technique that will best provide you with the results you want. Not all methods work for all patients.

In all cases, however, liposuction is a two-step process. First, tiny incisions (5-10 mm in size) are made adjacent to the area to be targeted. A “tumescent” solution is then injected through a small tube inserted under the skin, called a cannula. This solution contains small amounts of numbing medication, as well as medication to control bleeding. After the solution is allowed to take effect over a few minutes, cannulas attached to a suction machine are used to aspirate the fat from the targeted areas. The cannula is moved in and out, and the fat is removed until the appropriate body contour is achieved. The incision is then closed.

The above is a description of traditional liposuction or tumescent liposuction. All other types of liposuction are similar except for the type of device used by the surgeon. All techniques, including laser liposuction, require incisions:

  • Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL) involves the use of an electric motor to move the cannula in and out.
  • Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL) uses ultrasound to liquefy the fat.
  • Safe-Lipo is called “safe” because it perhaps better protects the surrounding tissue as the fat is removed. It also includes a final equalization process that further smooths transitions between treated and untreated areas.
  • Tickle-Lipo uses a special vibrating cannula, that allows procedures to be done while patients are under mild sedation or even awake. It works by overcoming pain signals to the brain with the sensation of vibration.
  • SmartLipo / SlimLipo are names for laser liposuction, in which a laser device is used to liquefy the fat.

Recovery from Liposuction

Most patients may resume normal activity within a week or less and can exercise fully at three to four weeks.

Some pain, swelling, and bruising are to be expected, but most patients find that these symptoms are not severe. A compressive garment to reduce swelling is worn for three to four weeks but can be removed for showering. During the initial recovery, you will be given pain medication to keep you comfortable, but these meds are not usually necessary after a few days.

Dr. Beale will see you during post-operative examinations to ensure that your body is healing well. Our patients are very happy with the results of liposuction with Dr. Beale.

Call us for an appointment to discuss liposuction to reduce and contour problem areas of your body or neck/chin.

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