What is Liposuction?
How does it work?
Liposuction is performed using a liposuction cannula, a small stainless steel tube that is inserted through a small incision in the skin and removes subcutaneous fat. Liposuction once required general anesthesia, but can now be performed using only local anesthesia, making it a much safer procedure. This technique is called Tumescent Liposuction and was developed by dermatologic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Klein. Tumescent Liposuction is now considered the best, safest way to perform this procedure.
What kind of results can I expect?
Liposuction can produce more dramatic results than non-invasive procedures. Your doctor will work with you to discuss your goals and the range of outcomes you can expect. Swelling often masks the initial results, but usually resolves within the first month. Depending on the location and extent of the procedure, full results may take several months to become visible.
How long will results last?
Results are long lasting, and best preserved by a good diet and exercise plan.
How many treatments are necessary?
There is a limit to how much fat can be safely removed from the body at one time. The number of treatments depends on the area or areas the patient wishes to treat. Many patients are happy with their results after one treatment. Some undergo several treatments to get the outcome they want. Your doctor will work with you to discuss your goals and create a personalized treatment plan.
What can I expect during the procedure?
In our office, the procedure is conducted using local anesthesia. This means that you will be awake but relaxed during the procedure, and should not experience pain. Depending on the area, the entire visit typically lasts two to three hours.
How long does recovery take?
Patients can usually depart our office about 30 minutes after completion of surgery. Swelling, bruising, draining, pain and soreness are typical during the first few days. Medication may be used to minimize discomfort. It is important to wear a compression garment for one week to minimize swelling and bruising. It is possible to return to physical activity after a week. Swelling usually resolves within the first month, but can take longer for some procedures.
It is safe?
Tumescent Liposuction is cleared by the FDA for safe and effective fat reduction. To date, millions of procedures have been performed worldwide without complications. That said, it’s important to seek care from a practice that specializes in Tumescent Liposuction to ensure that you are an appropriate candidate, and receive the best possible outcome in a safe and controlled environment. For less invasive procedures you may consider Kybella or CoolSculpting.
Who is a good candidate?
Liposuction is intended for patients who have stable body weight, with specific regions of fat they’d like removed. We treat areas of the abdomen, hips, thighs, knees, arms, buttocks, neck, and male breasts.
Is Tumescent Liposuction a substitute for weight loss?
No. Tumescent Liposuction is measured in a loss of inches rather than weight. This is not a weight loss procedure, nor is it intended to take the place of healthy eating habits and regular physical activity. Liposuction is intended for individuals who have fatty bulges that have not responded to diet and exercise.
What if I gain a significant amount of weight after the procedure?
Some patients regain weight in the area where the body contouring was performed. Because these procedures do not remove 100% of fat cells, the remaining cells are still able to swell with weight gain. Other patients experience just the opposite – the body redistributes new weight to other parts of the body, and weight gain to the treated area is relatively minimal. The result is difficult to predict. This is why body contouring procedures are intended for patients with a stable body weight.
Why come to Aesthetic Solutions for treatment?
Talk to an expert. Dr. Cox has completed more than 1,000 successful Tumescent Liposuction procedures and served on two national committees, conducting research to demonstrate the efficacy of the the technique and help develop training prerequisites. As an advocate for both patient outcomes and safety, you can feel confident that Dr. Cox will provide the best possible results. Call us today at (919) 338 5007 to arrange a consultation.