With today's advanced liposuction techniques, achieving your dream body has never been easier with our talented plastic and reconstructive surgeons, Dr. Tim Matatov and Dr. Rozbeh Torabi at Elite Plastic Surgery. Whether you want to look better in a swimsuit or have a more proportioned body, liposuction can be used to treat many different needs for patients. Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a popular treatment chosen to remove stubborn fat deposits on the abdominal wall, hips, and thighs when the area does not respond to a healthy diet or exercise regime, however, it is not used as a method of weight loss. Results may also vary from person to person. Lipoplasty can also be used on the upper arms, face, knees, calves, and ankles. Liposuction can be combined with other surgical procedures and/or can be used to treat multiple areas of the body at a time. If you would like to learn more about liposuction at Elite Plastic Surgery in Phoenix, AZ, please call and schedule a consultation today, and let us help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
There are several variations on liposuction our plastic surgeons use at Elite Plastic Surgery, including:
- Tumescent Liposuction: A large amount of an anesthetic solution is injected into the fatty tissue. The fluid consists of local anesthetic lidocaine, a drug that contracts the blood vessels (epinephrine), and an intravenous (IV) salt solution. The lidocaine helps to numb the area during and after surgery, epinephrine minimizes the blood loss, and the IV solution eliminates the fat more easily.
- Super-Wet Technique: Being a short process, it is quite similar to tumescent liposuction with the only difference that less amount of fluid is required during the surgery. In other words, the amount of fluid injected is equal to the amount of fat to be removed.
- Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL): This is liposuction using a power vacuum tool with suction a technique.
- Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL): This technique makes use of ultrasonic vibrations to liquefy the fat thereby making it easier to remove. This technique can be applied in upper abdomen, sides, and back. After liquefying the cells, they are vacuumed out. Being a longer process, UAL can be done externally above the surface of the skin with a special emitter or internally below the surface of the skin with a small, heated cannula. However, risk of burns and scarring comes from the ultrasound waves.
- Laser-Assisted Liposuction (LAL): Laser energy is used to liquefy fat cells. After liquefying the cells, they are vacuumed out. As the cannula used during LAL is small, surgeons prefer applying it in areas such as jowls, chin and face, and the energy from the laser stimulates collagen production.
Liposculpture refers to body sculpting using liposuction along with other less-invasive reshaping procedures. Unlike conventional liposuction, the fat is not entirely removed. Only a part of fat is removed as a part of the body contouring process and a more aesthetic shape is sculpted. For example, hips, knees, abs, chin, neck and jawlines without much fat can be shaped using the procedure by removing or reshaping a small amount of fat. Liposculpture removes or reshapes the fat in a way that the look and feel of the muscles become more prominent and well-defined. While liposuction is about fat removal, liposculpture is a body contouring procedure, and there is no need for general anesthesia or IV sedation. While the former involves removal of fat in significant volume, the latter refers to toning, shaping, smoothing, sculpting and tightening muscles by removal or reshaping of fat in lesser amount using surgical liposuction, laser or other minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures.
Do I Qualify?
Liposuction is most commonly performed on the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks and even the neck. The best candidates for liposuction are those who are in good health and experience:
- Excessive (under 20 pounds), localized fat deposits that cannot be altered with diet and exercise
- Disproportionate areas of the body
- Good skin elasticity
- Completed weight loss
- No future plans of pregnancy
Age can be a factor in liposuction, as skin loses elasticity and firmness as we grow old. The procedure can be performed as long as your skin has good elasticity.
During the Procedure
Liposuction is usually performed as an outpatient procedure with the patient under local or general anesthesia. During the procedure, one or more small incisions will be made near the treatment site. A thin tube (cannula) is then inserted through the incision to loosen the excess fat, which is then suctioned out. The length of this procedure varies among patients, but it typically takes between 1– 3 hours to complete. Following the procedure, you should wear a compression garment for the first few weeks to reduce swelling and ensure optimal healing. You can expect minimal scarring at the incision site, but with proper scar management, it will be difficult to notice. In order for the results of liposuction to last, the patient should maintain a stable weight through healthy diet and exercise.
Complete recovery from liposuction takes 1 – 3 weeks depending on the extent of the procedure. Using a pressure garment for at least 3 weeks encourages healing without sagging. Swelling and bruising begins to disappear after 1 – 2 weeks. Sutures are removed in 7 – 10 days. However, allowing the body enough time to heal is essential to having the best result from liposuction. Start walking on the day after your surgery. Our patients require optimum rest during the first 2 weeks, though they can continue with normal functions (you may return to work within 2 – 3 days unless there are complications). Avoid strenuous exercise and exposure to sun and heat for 6 weeks. You may see changes after 6 weeks, but it takes 6 – 10 months before the final and best result of liposuction (body shape and contour) is discernible. The results of liposuction may last for years, and its outcome can be made long-term with stable weight and healthy habits. Changes in lifestyle, weight gain, pregnancy, and aging may influence body contours.
Keep in mind that there are risks associated with liposuction, such as the general surgical complications, like swelling, bleeding, pain, infection, etc. There is also a potential threat of pulmonary embolism, if loosened fat is left in the operated area. It may constrict flow inside blood vessels. Watch for a fluid imbalance and/or nerve compression if the standard aftercare protocol is not followed.
Plan Your Procedure
Remove Stubborn Fat
Stubborn fat deposits can keep you from achieving the body you’ve always wanted. For patients who need assistance getting a slimmer body, schedule a consultation with our office today. We provide a number of advanced techniques in liposuction at Elite Plastic Surgery that can be matched to the needs and desires of each patient for your best results.