Liposuction has become an increasingly popular procedure for the removal of stubborn body fat. Our plastic surgeon will usually perform the procedure on your thighs, buttocks, hips, face or belly. It can also be done in combination with other cosmetic procedures including fat transfers and facelifts. When diet and exercise aren’t enough, liposuction may be the last resort.
Liposuction is a procedure that requires you to maintain a healthy lifestyle after surgery for long-lasting results. If you gain weight after liposuction, your body can store fat in other areas of your body. You should never consider liposuction as a substitute for healthy eating and exercise. Some physicians may even recommend that you try to lose weight on your own before your liposuction procedure. Liposuction can be used to help treat problems with your metabolism. Certain medical conditions can cause an excess accumulation of fat around the breasts, belly, and thighs.
There can be risks involved with any surgery, so it’s important to consult with our board-certified plastic surgeon to determine if you are an ideal candidate. You should be within 30 pounds of your ideal weight, have skin that is firm and elastic, and be a non-smoker.
During your initial consultation, our doctor will address your concerns, goals and the financial costs involved. Once you have decided to have this procedure, our cosmetic surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how you can prepare for surgery. Always tell our physician if you have any allergies to medications including herbal and over-the-counter supplements. Certain medications such as painkillers and blood thinners may need to be discontinued several weeks before your surgery.
Liposuction surgery usually takes place at our cosmetic medical center. You should make sure you bring a family member or a friend with you the day of your surgery. You will be allowed to go home the same day, though you will need someone to take you home. While the results are usually seen immediately, allow time for your body to recover to see the optimal results.