Liposuction has been a major advance in the field of body contouring. No recent development in plastic surgery the last years has caused as much interest as liposuction. This process allows changes in body contour by removing and reshaping deposits of fat. It is not a treatment for generalized obesity, but a technique for body contour improvement in selected patients who are near their normal weight, have bothersome localized fat deposits and good skin tone.
What is Vaser® Lipoplasty?
Liposuction is the surgical removal of localized fatty deposits found in various parts of the body. Tiny incisions are made in the skin and a small metal tube (cannula) is moved back and forth to remove the excess fat. Dr. Jewell uses the VASER® www.vaser.com an ultrasonically-powered liposuction device that offers improved, safer outcomes over conventional liposuction techniques. VASER® liposuction is frequently combined with excisional body contouring procedures such as abdominoplasty by Dr. Jewell (lipoabdominoplasty). Dr. Jewell was the developer of the VASER® ultrasonic liposuction system and has published peer-reviewed scientific papers and written book chapters on liposuction and body contouring.
Is this a painful operation?
Liposuction is a surgical operation and requires the use of anesthesia. In some cases, a local anesthetic is sufficient. At other times, a general anesthetic is necessary. After surgery, patients are stiff and sore, but severe pain is unusual. Pain is controlled with prescription pain pills.
Why is liposuction necessary? Won’t diet or more exercise solve the problem?
Exercise, diet, and a healthy lifestyle are extremely important. Unfortunately, they will not correct certain areas of your body that may be influenced by heredity. The distribution of fat is genetically determined. Areas such as double chin, abdomen, love handles, hips, and thighs will remain regardless of your weight and level of fitness.
Who can benefit from liposuction?
Liposuction works best for those individuals who have a BMI less that 30 and who have localized fatty areas on their body that have not responded to diet or exercise. These out of proportion areas can be improved by liposuction. Good skin tone is necessary for the skin to shrink to fit the new contour after liposuction. Loose skin or skin with stretch marks will not re-tighten itself after liposuction. Other types of body contouring operations such as the abdominoplasty would be necessary in this case. Age is not a deterrent to liposuction as long as your health is good and your skin tone is good.
How do I tell if my skin has good tone?
The best way is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jewell. It is important that you understand exactly what liposuction can do for you. Even if your skin tone is not just right, liposuction still might be helpful. Heavy hips, arms and thighs may be improved by liposuction. Alternatively, Dr. Jewell performs combined procedures such as abdominoplasty, body lifts and brachioplasty to improve contour and remove loose skin.
After liposuction, will the fat come back?
This is a frequently asked question during a consultation. By the time we reach adolescence, the total number and distribution of fat cells in our bodies is completed. When we gain weight, we do not increase the total number of fat cells, but make each individually larger. Fat cells are removed by liposuction, and they cannot regenerate. After liposuction when you gain or lose weight, these areas will not return to their pre-liposuction appearance. It is important that patients continue their lifetime focus on exercise, diet and a healthy lifestyle.
How long does it take to recover from liposuction?
Recovery after liposuction depends on the individual and the area of the body treated. Patients in most cases go home the same day as surgery. Elastic type compression garments are applied after the surgery and remain in place to decrease postoperative swelling. I recommend that patients consider 4 to 7 days off from work. Bruising is generally gone by two weeks after surgery.
How involved is liposuction?
Once your consultation is completed, a plan for liposuction will be developed. This usually involves day surgery and general anesthesia. Smaller, more localized areas of the body may be treated under local anesthesia in Dr. Jewell’s accredited office surgery center. A preoperative consultation occurs before surgery to make certain that your questions have been answered prior to surgery.
Can liposuction be combined with other procedures?
Liposuction is performed as a standalone procedure for body contouring. It is frequently performed with other cosmetic procedures. Examples would be using liposuction to contour the neck at the time of a face lift, contouring the rolls of breast tissue on the chest wall at the time of a reduction mammaplasty, and the combination of liposuction and abdominoplasty (lipoabdominoplasty) to improve the contour of the entire abdomen and trunk. In other situations, liposuction can be performed in conjunction with other surgical procedures.
What are the risks of liposuction?
Dr. Jewell’s focus is on your safety during liposuction. It is important to consider how much liposuction will be performed and the duration of surgery. While there are risks, in the healthy individual, they are small. Like any surgical procedure, there are risks of bleeding, infection, and scar formation. Side to side asymmetry in the case of hips may be present. Contour dimpling of the skin may be present after liposuction. There have been even very rare reports of fat and blood clots in the lungs after liposuction and even death. These risks are listed not to frighten you, but to inform you. Although these are possible, they are quite unlikely. Dr. Jewell will be happy to discuss the risks with you at the time of your consultation.
Is liposuction a good operation for men?
Fatty deposits are found in both men and women. Male patients find that liposuction is a way to achieve improvement in areas of the neck, chest, abdomen, and the “love handle” areas. It is an effective way to improve these areas with minimal interference in an active individual’s life style. Dr. Jewell believes that the VASER® ultrasonic liposuction device enhances outcomes in male patients.
How expensive is liposuction?
The cost of liposuction varies with the area of the body, and the time required to address the needs of the patient. There are additional costs for the day surgery facility and anesthesia.
Is liposuction right for me?
The best way is to arrange a consultation with Dr. Jewell. Speak frankly, ask questions, and discuss your needs. We will work together to help make the best decision that is right for you.