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Boca Raton, FL 33431

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Liposuction

Highlights

  1. Reduce stubborn areas of unwanted fat
  2. Multiple methods of liposuction available
  3. VASERlipo and laser liposuction reduce recovery time
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Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty or suction lipectomy in the medical field, is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed on adult men and women that removes excess fat from underneath the skin. It can be used to rid you of saddlebags and love handles, and to sculpt areas such as the upper arms, calves, around the knees, the outer breast area, the back, and on the face such as underneath the chin, in the neck and in the cheeks. Liposuction is not a weight loss tool, though many people mistakenly think that it is. Liposuction can remove stubborn areas of fat that have not responded to your best efforts at exercise and weight loss.

Liposuction continues to become more refined, resulting in more precise results and a quicker recovery. At Sanctuary Plastic Surgery we offer multiple types of liposuction technology including tumescent technique (SAL – suction assisted lipoplasty), VASER– a type of UAL (ultrasonic assisted lipoplasty), LAL (laser assisted lipoplasty) also known by brand names of prolipo or smart-lipo, and RFAL (radiofrequency assisted lipoplasty).

Good Candidates for Liposuction

If you are physically healthy, psychologically stable, and have realistic expectations, you will be a good candidate. The best candidates are people who are at their normal weight and who have firm, elastic skin in the areas of excess fat. Age is not a particular consideration, though older patients may lack skin elasticity and therefore be unable to appreciate the same results as a younger patient who has tighter skin. Liposuction does carry a higher risk for people who have medical problems such as diabetes, heart or lung disease, poor circulation, or who have had recent surgery in the area to be treated. It is a particularly poor choice for smokers, as smoking diminishes the blood supply. If you’re a smoker and wish to have liposuction, you’ll need to quit smoking for at least two weeks prior to the procedure and for at least two weeks afterwards. (Better yet, quit smoking for good and enjoy the many rewards!)

How Liposuction is Performed

Liposuction procedures are performed in our Boca Raton accredited in-office surgery suite on an outpatient basis. If only a small area is to be treated, local anesthesia or local anesthesia along with IV sedation may be used to keep you relaxed during the procedure. If a large area is to be treated, you may choose to have general or epidural anesthesia. The choice of anesthesia will be made depending on which liposuction method is chosen. If liposuction is combined with another procedure, such as an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), general anesthesia is recommended.

Types of Liposuction Performed at Sanctuary Plastic Surgery

The scars from liposuction are small and strategically placed to be hidden from view. However, imperfections in the final appearance are not uncommon after lipoplasty. The skin surface may be irregular, asymmetric or even “baggy,” especially in the older patient. Numbness and pigmentation changes may occur. Sometimes, additional surgery may be recommended. After surgery you will likely experience some fluid drainage from the incisions. To control swelling and to help your skin better fit its new contours, you may be fitted with a snug elastic garment to wear over the treated area for a few weeks. Your surgeon may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection.

Don’t expect to look or feel great right after surgery. Even though the newer techniques are believed to reduce some post-operative discomforts, you may still experience some pain, burning, swelling, bleeding and temporary numbness. Pain can be controlled with medications prescribed by your surgeon though you may still feel stiff and sore for a few days.

Your surgeon will give you instructions for showering and changing the dressing and you’ll be seen in the office in a few days post surgery. Healing is a gradual process. We recommend that you start walking around as soon as possible to reduce swelling and to help prevent blood clots from forming in your legs. You will begin to feel better after about a week or two and you should be back at work within a few days following your liposculpting procedure. If stitches are used they are removed or dissolve on their own within the first week to 10 days.

For small volume liposuction we will have you back in the gym in a few days. For larger volumes, we may have you avoid more strenuous exercise for about a few weeks to a month as your body continues to heal. Although most of the bruising and swelling usually disappear within three weeks, some swelling may remain for six months or more. If you have any concerns whatsoever, come back to the office and we’ll examine you to make certain your recovery is proceeding as it should.

What to Expect During Liposuction Recovery

The scars from liposuction are small and strategically placed to be hidden from view. However, imperfections in the final appearance are not uncommon after lipoplasty. The skin surface may be irregular, asymmetric or even “baggy,” especially in the older patient. Numbness and pigmentation changes may occur. Sometimes, additional surgery may be recommended. After surgery you will likely experience some fluid drainage from the incisions. To control swelling and to help your skin better fit its new contours, you may be fitted with a snug elastic garment to wear over the treated area for a few weeks. Your surgeon may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection.

Don’t expect to look or feel great right after surgery. Even though the newer techniques are believed to reduce some post-operative discomforts, you may still experience some pain, burning, swelling, bleeding and temporary numbness. Pain can be controlled with medications prescribed by your surgeon though you may still feel stiff and sore for a few days.

Your surgeon will give you instructions for showering and changing the dressing and you’ll be seen in the office in a few days post surgery.  Healing is a gradual process. We recommend that you start walking around as soon as possible to reduce swelling and to help prevent blood clots from forming in your legs. You will begin to feel better after about a week or two and you should be back at work within a few days following your liposculpting procedure. If stitches are used they are removed or dissolve on their own within the first week to 10 days.

For small volume liposuction we will have you back in the gym in a few days. For larger volumes, we may have you avoid more strenuous exercise for about a few weeks to a month as your body continues to heal. Although most of the bruising and swelling usually disappears within three weeks, some swelling may remain for six months or more. If you have any concerns whatsoever, come back to the office and we’ll examine you to make certain your recovery is proceeding as it should.

 

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