Despite dieting and exercise, some men and women have resistant fat pockets they want to get rid of to achieve a more desirable body shape. A liposuction procedure can help you meet your goals. The liposuction process is a minor surgical procedure that involves sucking out the unwanted fat through a small incision(s). The procedure is most commonly done on the abdomen and thighs, but it can also be performed on areas such as the face/neck, arms, back, buttocks, and possibly other areas depending on the individual’s needs. After the procedure, the patient will usually wear a compression garment to help with the healing process.
Patients should consider all aspects of getting liposuction surgery. They need to keep in mind recovery, the cost, and if they are the right candidate. The team here at JHopkins Plastic Surgery will tell you here and now that we have your best interest in mind, so whether or not you’re the right candidate, we’ll inform you. If you’re worried about the risks of liposuction, don’t worry; our key goal is your understanding.
The great part about liposuction is how versatile it is. Everyone has some area of their body that they wish they could change. With liposuction surgery, you can quickly smooth out any troubled area. You can apply lipo surgery to the following areas:
Are you considering liposuction surgery? Here are a few characteristics of what a good candidate for surgery would be:
We’re happy to answer any questions you have about the surgery, so you feel more confident walking into the surgery room.
The entire process of liposuction may seem a bit overwhelming to most. After all, any surgical procedure can be scary and daunting. However, we are happy to walk through each step with you.
Step 1: Anesthesia- To make you as comfortable as possible, our licensed and experienced surgical team will administer medications such as local anesthetic, sedation, and general anesthesia.
Step 2: Incisions- The surgeon will first inject pain medication and saline solution to reduce pain and swelling. Then, your doctor will make make small incisions in the treatment area or areas. A small tube is placed through the incisions and moved in a forward and backward manner. The tube sucks unwanted fat out of your body.
Step 3: Results- Right after surgery, you will have some pain, swelling, and water retention in the areas that were treated. After a few weeks, you should begin to see the results of your liposuction surgery.
After the surgery, you’ll need a friend or advocate who can help you get home safely and prepare for recovery. This is someone who understands the dietary restrictions, what strenuous activity you cannot take on, and the extent to which you need rest and medication. We stress that you have someone with your best interest in mind after the surgery.
Patients who undergo liposuctions as outpatient procedures typically have a short recovery time. Most can return to work or other activities within two weeks. Some patients even return to work within one week. Of course, you should expect a typical amount of bruising, swelling, and soreness for the first few weeks. Every patient experiences recovery differently. The outcome can also be incredibly varied, depending on the amount of fat cells removed and the area of the procedure.
Most doctors will tell you that the first three days are the toughest. Proper pain medication and a correctly-placed compression garment can make your recovery a bit easier. If you experience what you think is an unusual amount of pain, speak with your doctor promptly.
While liposuction can provide very impressive results, there are limitations. Lipo surgery should never be a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. If you are overweight or obese, lipo surgery should not be a primary weight loss method. Additionally, liposuction cannot improve the look of cellulite. If you would like advice on how to minimize the appearance of cellulite, speak with your plastic surgeon for other options.
The cost of liposuction can vary greatly from one patient to another. The price of the procedure depends on several factors, including…
It is important to note that insurance companies most likely will not cover liposuction. However, many surgeon offices have financing options available that can make liposuction within reach. If you have questions regarding the costs of liposuction, contact our office at 972-298-6641.
Every surgical procedure comes with some level of risk. Generally, the risks posed by liposuction for a healthy individual are low. However, it is important for you to balance the risks with the benefits you would receive from undergoing liposuction. Some of the risks include…
The majority of people who undergo liposuction recover without any complications. However, if you have concerns or questions regarding the safety or risks of liposuction, don’t hesitate to ask. We are happy to share the methods and safety precautions we take to minimize risks.
If our team could be your advocate beyond the surgery, we would. We do everything we can to help you feel prepared, ready to recover, and on your way to a new you. Dr. Jeffrey D. Hopkins focuses on his patient’s needs first and foremost. We ensure health, safety, and the desired outcome every time.