View Our SpecialsFor many, shedding weight from those pesky problem areas can feel like a constant uphill battle. The way the body can be prone to storing excess fat can be incredibly frustrating, especially if you’re doing everything right. Most people have at least one area of their body that they wish were slimmer or smoother, but even with an active and healthy lifestyle, stubborn fat has a way of persisting.
Liposuction surgery, sometimes referred to as “lipo”, is a surgical cosmetic procedure that works to resculpt the body and redefine its natural contours by removing excess fat from the most stubborn areas of the body. During liposuction, fat is gently dislodged using a narrow hollow tube known as a cannula, as well as an aspirator, which is a suction device that extracts the displaced fat from the region. While liposuction should never be a substitute for a healthy diet and active lifestyle, it can safely and efficiently remove concentrations of fatty deposits in your body that do not respond to traditional weight loss methods alone.
Ideal Candidates for Liposuction
The candidates best suited for liposuction are patients who are in good overall health and who do not have any health conditions that would interfere with an invasive surgical procedure. Liposuction is not a weight-loss surgery, so it is essential that patients have realistic expectations about what this procedure can do for them. Ideal candidates should be at or within a reasonable range of their goal weight, which is typically about 20 pounds or less. Liposuction is often used to remove the volume of fat from the following areas of the body:
- Side flanks or “love handles”
- Chest or back
- Upper armsFace and neck
- Submental fullness or “double chin”
Liposuction may also be performed in conjunction with additional cosmetic procedures to help you achieve your best results. As the procedure cannot help with loose or excess skin, patients with poor skin laxity may pair liposuction with a tummy tuck or mommy makeover to further enhance their figure’s natural contours.
Anesthesia for Liposuction
Your surgeon at Newport Plastic and Reconstructive surgery will help you to select the type of anesthesia that will be best suited for the liposuction technique chosen for your procedure as well as your personal preferences. When a small amount of fat is being removed from one area or a limited number of small areas, your liposuction procedure may only require local anesthesia or twilight anesthesia, which means you will be awake for the procedure, but treated areas will be numbed for your comfort. If a more substantial amount of fat is being removed from one large area or multiple areas, general anesthesia may need to be utilized; which means you will be asleep during the surgery.
Liposuction Procedure Options
There are a variety of advanced liposuction techniques available at Newport Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Associates to help you best address your aesthetic concerns. The type of surgical procedure you require will be determined with the help of your surgeon by factors like the area of the body being treated, whether or not you’ve had liposuction performed in the past, the amount of fat being removed as well as your overall goals for the procedure.
The time required to perform liposuction can vary from patient to patient and is often determined by the technique and anesthesia you have chosen for your surgery. In all liposuction procedures at Newport Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, a narrow cannula is inserted through a tiny incision and is used to vacuum the fat that lies deep beneath the skin. This cannula is moved in a back-and-forth motion to break apart the fat cells for a smooth extraction from the body. The following are techniques offered in our office:
Tumescent Liposuction Technique: Tumescent liposuction is the most common liposuction technique used in liposuction procedures. When the tumescent technique is utilized for your treatment, your surgeon will inject large amounts of fluids, usually up to three times the amount of fat to be removed, into the areas being treated. This fluid is a mixture of saline, lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and epinephrine (a drug that constricts the blood vessels) to help easily remove fat from the area. This method takes between four to five hours and is performed on patients who only require local anesthesia.
The Super-Wet Technique: In the super-wet technique, lesser amounts of fluids are used than the tumescent liposuction technique; usually the amount of fluids injected are equal to the amount of fat being removed during the procedure. The super-wet technique is performed under general anesthesia and will take about one to two hours.
Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction: In an ultrasound-assisted liposuction procedure, a special cannula that is designed to produce ultrasound energy is used. As this cannula passes through your treated areas, the ultrasound energy works to rupture the walls of the fat cells, liquifying the fat. The liquified fat is then easily suctioned out of the region. Fibrous areas of the body, such as the upper back or male breasts, are very responsive to this type of technique.
For the first few days following your liposuction surgery, you will be encouraged to walk around frequently to help reduce swelling and prevent any blood clots from forming in your legs. You will also be instructed by your surgeon to wear a compression garment over your treated areas for several weeks to help control any residual swelling and will receive a prescription to help manage pain as well as an antibiotic to reduce the risk of infection. After your surgery, it is essential that you drink a sufficient amount of water to prevent dehydration and restore lost bodily fluids. For this reason, alcohol should be avoided as well. Patients should also refrain from submerging their treated areas in bathtubs, pools or bodies of water until they have fully healed from their liposuction procedure.
Recovering after your liposuction procedure is a gradual process, and the timeframe will vary from patient to patient depending on factors like the total amount of fat removed, the number of treated areas and surgical technique selected. Immediately following your surgery, you may experience some initial discomfort or soreness, swelling, bruising or some temporary numbness, though these symptoms are usually easily tolerated and will subside with time. Most patients are comfortable enough to return to work after several days to a week depending on the extent of their procedure. More strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided for several weeks to a month as your body works to heal itself.
You can expect to see the final results of your liposuction surgery over about six months as bruising and swelling subside and your discreet incisions fade. The effects of your liposuction surgery will be lasting with the proper maintenance and lifestyle habits. While liposuction is designed to remove fat cells from your problem regions permanently, this does not mean you are done with dieting and exercise. Maintaining a stable weight is essential to keeping your newly slender figure intact, as weight gain can cause existing fat cells to grow larger, adversely affecting your surgical results.
At Newport Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Associates, Dr. Hisham Seify offers both plastic and reconstructive surgical options to patients across southern California, including Irvine, Tustin, Santa Ana, Mission Viejo and Newport Beach. Contact the Newport Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Associates office today at 714-790-1772 to schedule your free liposuction consultation and discover how liposuction surgery can help you to banish stubborn fat for good.
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