Plastic Surgery Procedures

Liposuction and Lipo Information

Liposuction is a procedure that slims and contours the body by removing excess fat to achieve a more attractive shape. Liposuction is a good option for someone in good general health who has areas of the body that do not respond to a proper diet and regular exercise. Liposuction can remove fat in problem areas when diet and exercise do not work. Liposuction can be used on any part of the body. The most common areas treated are the abdomen, thighs, calves, arms and neck.

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Liposuction Candidates

The ideal candidates for surgery are those who are within 30% of their ideal weight and have elastic skin ( firm ) with pockets of excess fat. You should be realistic with your expectations and in good physical and mental health. Individuals with certain medical conditions may not be suitable candidates for liposculpture.

Anesthesia Used - What Happens

Liposuction is usually performed under general anesthesia and will take place either in your doctor's office or a hospital. Your doctor will begin the procedure by making small incisions and inserting a tumescent fluid which contains saline and lidocaine which aids in numbing the area. The fluid hydrates the area and also helps blood vessels to constrict to minimize bleeding. A cannula is then inserted through the incisions and is used to break down the fat. The fat is then removed with a small vacuum that is attached to the cannula. Once your doctor is satisfied that the area looks good and enough fat has been removed, the incisions will be closed.

Preparing for lipo surgery

Prior to your surgical procedure, your plastic surgeon will perform a complete health history and physical examination to evaluate your overall weight, your skin and muscle tone and overall distribution of fat deposits. Knowledge of your allergies, medications and previous surgeries should be brought to your surgeon's attention at this time. Specific instructions to assist you in preparing for this procedure will be given to you after the health history and physical are complete. Instructions will be given that include guidelines regarding your diet, alcohol intake, smoking and which medications to take and avoid. You should also make arrangements ahead of time for someone to drive you to and from your procedure and to assist you with your daily activities during your liposuction recovery period.

Liposuction - the surgery:

The length of time needed varies considerably, depending on the area size, the amount of fat removed, the anesthesia and techniques used. To prevent shock the fluid lost is replaced during the surgical procedure. The patient is under careful observation throughout the entire surgical procedure and receives intravenous fluids during and after surgery.

Liposuction Techniques Used

Tumescent technique

Ultrasonic assisted technique

Recovery and Results

Results will be visible immediately following surgery. However, you should expect some swelling and bruising that will subside within a week or two. It can take weeks and even months to see the full results of surgery. You also need to be determined to stay healthy with a proper diet and regular exercise. This will ensure that your results will be long-lasting. Also, you should expect your body to change as you age. Liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise and cannot reverse the effects of aging.

Prices/Cost - Estimate

  • abdomen and flanks $5,500 - $10,000
  • arms and outer chests $4,500 - $7,500
  • thighs $6,000 - $12,000
  • neck & face $2,800 - $5,000
  • buttocks $5,500 - $10,000
  • calves $4,500- $7,500

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Precautionary measures to be taken:

Your doctor will require you to wear a support garment for a few days to a few weeks after liposuction surgery to reduce swelling and to help you heal. A small tube may be placed directly beneath your skin at the incision site to allow fluid to drain. You should arrange to have someone stay with you for a day after your surgery. You will be groggy and unsteady on your feet and may need help getting around. It is also a good idea to have everything you need right at your bedside such as medications, drinks and other items needed. You will want to stay off your feet and rest the first couple of days after surgery. You can resume light activity within one to two weeks. Your doctor will let you know when you will be able to resume all your normal activities.

Possible complications:

As with any surgery complications can occur. The risks are higher when treated areas are very large or large amounts of fat is removed.

  • Infection at the punctured site
  • Delay in healing
  • Damage to skin
  • The formation of fat clots or blood clots, which may migrate to the lungs and cause death
  • Excessive fluid loss, which leads to shock
  • Fluid accumulation which has to be drained
  • Friction burns or either damage to the skin or nerves of performance injury to the vital organs
  • Drug reaction
  • Skin necrosis
  • Lidocaine toxicity
  • The skin may be irregular
  • Numbness may occur

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