What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a procedure that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck. During the past decade, liposuction, which is also known as “lipoplasty” or “suction lipectomy,” has benefited from several new refinements. Today, a number of new techniques, including the tumescent technique and the super-wet technique, are helping many plastic surgeons to provide selected patients with more precise results and quicker recovery times.

Who is the ideal candidate for liposuction?

The ideal candidate for liposuction are patients that are within 30% of their ideal weight. They should be healthy and do not have any medical conditions that would prolong the healing process. They should be a non-smoker and have realistic expectations of the results.

Liposuction is not used for weight loss. It is to remove stubborn packets of fat that will not respond to a proper diet and exercise.

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*Individual results may vary

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What areas of the body can liposuction help treat?

Although no type of liposuction is a substitute for dieting and exercise, liposuction can remove stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to traditional weight-loss methods.

  • Thighs
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Abdomen and waist
  • Upper arms
  • Back
  • Inner knee
  • Chest area
  • Cheeks, chin and neck
  • Calves and ankles

Can liposuction be combined with any other services?

Liposuction can be combined with other plastic surgery procedures such as. facelifts, breast reduction, or tummy tucks.

What can I expect during recovery?

After treatment you will be wrapped in a compression garment to cover treatment areas. This will help control swelling and will compress your body to your new shape and contours. Small temporary drains will be placed to help remove any problematic post-operative fluids.

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When will I see my results? How long do results last?

Results are long lasting. In order to maintain your bodies new contour, general fitness and a healthy lifestyle is recommended. First improvements will be seen in 1 to 2 weeks and optimal results are generally seen within 6 to 9 months after the procedure.

Your improved body contour will be apparent when the swelling and fluid retention commonly experienced following liposuction subside.

As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness, but most of your improvement should be relatively permanent. Although good results are expected from your procedure, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.

It is not possible to improve lax skin tone with liposuction.

It’s important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Following our post-operative instructions closely is key to seeing optimal results.

Schedule a consultation

If you’re considering liposuction, detailed information can be found at www.PlasticSurgery.orgCall (616) 459-1907 to schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons today!

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