Liposuction

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About Liposuction

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat. This procedure also reshapes the figure and contours the body. Excess fat from the stomach, hips, thighs, abs, waist, and other areas is removed through a thin tube, known as a cannula, that is attached to a vacuum. While a healthy diet and exercise is the best way to lose fat, liposuction can remove stubborn fat that lifestyle changes can’t fix on their own.

It is important to keep in mind that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure and ideal candidates for liposuction are at or near an ideal body weight and not obese (BMI >30). Also, liposuction does not remove or tighten excess skin, so areas of skin laxity or excess skin can often be worsened with liposuction.

Liposuction Treatment Areas

Liposuction is typically most effective on areas that store the most body fat, such as the neck, waist, abdomen, flanks, and thighs. However, liposuction can also be utilized on other areas of the body such as the chin, abs, arms, inner knee, and even the chest. Liposuction is often performed in combination with other surgeries, such as a tummy tuck, thigh light, or arm lift, in order to remove fat pockets that are difficult to target with diet and exercise. Liposuction can also be combined with a fat grafting procedure to take the removed fat and place it somewhere else where more volume is desired such as the face, breast, or buttocks.

Is Liposuction Right for Me?

You may be a good candidate for liposuction if:

– Your weight is stable, or you are close to your ideal goal weight and have good skin elasticity. Once you’ve reached a consistent, healthy weight, this will give the surgeon a general idea of how much fat can be removed from the target area. Patients with good skin elasticity and firmness tend to respond better overall to treatment.

– You are in good health overall and don’t smoke. This procedure requires a period of healing. Ideally, the patient would not have any medical conditions that would impair or complicate the healing process. If you suffer from a chronic medical condition, it’s best to speak to your primary care physician to see if this procedure is right for you. If you smoke, most plastic surgeons will ask that you stop smoking entirely, or stop smoking six weeks prior to your procedure, as well as six weeks post-operation.

If you believe you are a good candidate for liposuction based on the qualifications outlined above, we suggest you schedule a consultation with Dr. Buchanan to discuss the possibility of a liposuction and the added benefits it could bring to your life.

Recovery

Contrary to popular belief, liposuction is a surgical procedure and will require some downtime. Soreness and swelling are normal. Patients can generally resume light activity a few days post surgery; however, swelling can last for several months. As the swelling dissipates, you’ll see your loose skin start to tighten and firm up. It is essential to wear good compression garments and elastic bandages as Dr. Buchanan advises in order to reduce swelling, scaring, and prevent fluid buildup.

Risks

As with all surgical procedures, there are risks associated with liposuction. Soreness, bruising, inflammation, contour deformities, and swelling are common side effects that should disappear with time. More serious complications can include infection, nerve damage and numbness, hematoma, seroma, changes in skin pigmentation or sensation, or severe scarring. Following post-procedure care instructions will greatly reduce the risk of adverse side effects.

Dr. Buchanan is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding these risks and others not listed. We believe that it is very important for you to feel at ease with this procedure prior to moving forward.

How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

The cost of a liposuction surgery varies significantly depending on the complexity of your case and the geographic location of where the surgery is performed. It’s also important to note that the procedure amount does not reflect additional surgery costs, including:

– Anesthesia fees
– Operating room costs
– Blood or additional medical testing
– Compression garments for post-surgery
– Prescriptions
– Miscellaneous expenses, such as surgeon’s fees

Additionally, the cost of the procedure can be affected by the following circumstances:

– The amount of experience and overall reputation of your surgeon. You’ll find that surgeon’s with many years of experience, or that are highly regarded, will typically cost more.

– The techniques the surgeon uses for the procedure and the complexity of the case.

– Where your surgeon’s practice is located. Typically, larger cities have higher operational costs and are more expensive.

If you’ve considered liposuction, but feel like you are limited financially, speak to Dr. Buchanan or one of the VIVIFY staff members about financing options. We do our best to work with each patient by offering financing plans to help her achieve her surgical goals.

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon

During your search for a potential plastic surgeon, you should only consider a surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Board-certified surgeons spend a minimum of 6-8 years in training after medical school to ensure that they are well-trained in both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
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