Liposuction Nashville, TN

What is Liposuction?

For generations, people in Nashville, Henderson, Smyrna and the surrounding areas have used various techniques to improve their physical appearance. Although diet, exercise and flattering clothing styles help many look better, others remain dissatisfied because of stubborn, unsightly bulges. But thanks to liposuction surgery, both men and women can improve the contours of their bodies through a relatively simple and safe technique. Liposuction surgery involves the removal of fat cells from the body and may be used alone or in conjunction with other procedures, such as facelift or “tummy tuck.” It is designed for those who have specific areas of localized fat deposits and who have tried unsuccessfully to eliminate them through diet, exercise and weight loss.

The results are truly incredible, and we’d be happy to show you some liposuction before and after pictures so you can get an idea of our work. For more information, or to discuss liposuction costs, feel free to call our office today.

Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

While liposuction is not designed to correct general obesity, any area where excess fat deposits have accumulated can be treated by liposuction. These include the chin, neck, jowls, cheeks, arms, inner and outer thighs, buttocks, knees, hips and abdomen. Men with enlarged breasts called gynecomastia can also benefit from liposuction.

Men and women in good physical condition with good skin elasticity are the best candidates for liposuction. When liposuction was first introduced, only younger people were considered to be good candidates; however, recent improvements in liposuction have made it possible to treat patients of all ages. Each person seeking liposuction, regardless of age must be personally assessed by the physician to determine if he or she is a suitable candidate for liposuction surgery.

What Can I Expect Before My Liposuction Procedure?

Prior to liposuction, a complete medical history must be taken to evaluate your general health. A thorough examination will be conducted and your physician will discuss the type of anesthesia to be used, the procedure, what results can realistically be expected, and possible risks and complications.

Preoperative directions may include the elimination of certain drugs, which contain aspirin in order to minimize the possibility of excess bleeding. Antibiotics may be prescribed prior to liposuction to prevent infection. Liposuction before and after pictures are often taken in order to evaluate the final results. The areas to be contoured are marked with a special marking pen.

How is Liposuction Performed?

Liposuction surgery can be performed in the physician’s office, an outpatient surgical facility or a hospital, depending on the physician and patient’s preference. Liposuction can be done under general anesthesia with the patient asleep or under local anesthesia in which the area is numbed and the patient remains awake. Premedication is administered to help the patient relax.

When performing what is known as the “lumescent” procedure, the physician injects a large amount of diluted local anesthetic solution into the area. This procedure has the advantage of reducing pain and bruising in the area. The physician then makes a small incision in the skin and inserts a tube (cannula) either attached to a high pressure vacuum suction or to a syringe system. The fat is loosened from surrounding tissue by moving the tube back and forth and is then removed or vacuumed from the body with the suction device. The physician determines the amount of fat to remove by feeling the skin and pinching the tissue.

Some physicians are now using ultrasound assisted lipoplasty (UAL), which significantly differs from traditional liposuction. In UAL, mechanical sound waves are transmitted via a generator to the tip of a suction cannula. When the cannula comes in contact with fat cells, it causes them to emulsify or to become fluid. The liquefied fat is then removed from the body by suction. UAL has the additional risk of causing burns to the area and it’s long term effects are unknown at this time.

After the incisions are closed, a compression dressing or bandage is applied to the area to prevent bleeding, reduce swelling, and support the affected area. Liposuction can last from thirty minutes to several hours, depending upon the amount of fat removed.

What Can I Expect After My Liposuction Procedure?

Following liposuction, the dressing remains in place for seven to 10 days, depending upon the extent of the liposuction and the individual’s healing process. A surgical compression garment may also be worn. Since liposuction surgery does not involve large incisions and extensive cutting, pain is minimal to moderate and is controlled with oral medication. Antibiotics may be prescribed to prevent infection.

Most patients are completely ambulatory immediately following liposuction surgery, but rest is recommended for the initial postoperative period. Patients are usually able to return to normal activities within a week although vigorous physical activity is discouraged for several weeks. Some swelling and discoloration after liposuction can occur, but usually disappears within a month. Scars from liposuction, which fade significantly with time, are, for the most part, inconspicuous because they are made within the natural creases of the body whenever possible.

Complications connected with liposuction are rare; however, an uneven skin surface, bleeding, infection, numbness and discoloration can occur. Some of these conditions correct themselves in time; others respond to medications. There are certain inherent risks connected with every surgical procedure which should be discussed with your physician. Patients can minimize complications by carefully following directions given by the physician.

It is important to remember that liposuction surgery, while not a cure for generalized obesity, is an excellent procedure that can benefit those who want to remove unsightly fat from localized areas. Patients who choose liposuction surgery, however, must have realistic expectations about the outcome and understand that final results may not be apparent for up to one year.

What are Liposuction Costs?

Liposuction costs depend the size and number of treatment areas you choose. So naturally, this will depend on the patient. We suggest making an appointment to meet with Dr. Marvel so you can discuss your specific goals and come up with a treatment plan that is right for you. Give us a call for more information.