Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty or body contouring surgery, is a popular cosmetic procedure that uses suction to remove excess fat deposits between the skin and muscle. This technique works well on stubborn fat deposits despite a strict diet and active physical procedures. Liposuction is often performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as a facelift, breast reduction or “tummy tuck.”
Liposuction surgery sculpts the following areas of your body:
- Abdomen and waist
- Calves and ankles
- Cheeks, chin, and neck
- Chest area
- Hips and buttocks
- Inner knee
- Upper arm
When to consider Liposuction
- Localized areas of fat deposits are disproportionate to the rest of your body.
- A desire for a sleeker contour more definition in certain areas of the body.
- When skin elasticity is appropriate as Liposuction removes fat but does not tighten skin.
During a consultation, Dr. Jeffrey Marvel will review and discuss treatment options and the steps in the procedure. He will ask about the patient’s expectations to create a unique customized treatment plan. An examination of the patient’s skin type will also occur.
The procedure is done under general anesthesia with the patient asleep or under local anesthesia where the area is numbed, and the patient remains awake. Medication is administered before the surgery to help you relax. The procedure can last from thirty minutes to several hours, depending upon the amount of fat removed.
Dr. Jeffrey Marvel will inject a large amount of diluted local anesthetic solution into the area to reduce pain and bruising. He will then makes a small incision in the skin and insert a tube (cannula), attached to either 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.
Since this surgery does not involve large incisions and extensive cutting, pain is minimal to moderate and is controlled with oral medication. Most patients can move around immediately following 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 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.
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 this plastic surgery procedure, however, must have realistic expectations about the outcome and understand that final results may not be apparent for up to one year.
Factors that determine cost include:
- Anesthesia fees
- Operating room fees
- Medical tests
- Surgeon’s fee
Remember that the plastic surgeon’s experience and your comfort with that person are just as important as the final cost of the surgery. Most health insurance does not cover liposuction, but patient financing is available.