A popular plastic surgery procedure
Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in America. It involves the removal of undesirable fat pockets in the body that don’t respond to dietary changes or exercise. The procedure can be used on a wide variety of areas on the body: the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, hips, waist, neck, chin, cheeks, and the upper arms. Different body sculpting techniques can be used for most liposuction patients, which will be discussed in detail during your pre-operative consultation.
Unresponsive fat deposits
Before undergoing liposuction, Dallas plastic surgeon, Dr. Trovato, will first determine if you’re eligible for the procedure. Generally, the best candidates for the procedure are in good health and within 10 percent of their ideal body weight. Ideally, liposuction is for individuals who have fat deposits that have not responded to diet and exercise. After your liposuction Dallas plastic surgeon, Dr. Matthew J. Trovato will provide you with instructions to follow during your recovery.
In general, preparing for the procedure is about staying healthy in order to have a smooth recovery, along with preparing your recovery space. Eat well, stay hydrated, and refrain from smoking. We will also provide specifics like using antibacterial soaps to prevent infection and avoiding shaving in the treatment area starting around a week prior to your procedure. In addition, setting up a comfortable recovery space that may include reading material, cozy clothes, and a sleeping situation that allows you to get up and down easily is important. You will not be able to eat or drink anything starting about eight hours before your procedure time, and we’ll ask that you try to get a good night’s sleep.
improvements in the procedure
Liposuction originally was performed only under general anesthesia, but improvements in the procedure now permit the use of local anesthesia in a good number of cases, depending on the area of the body being treated. First, a solution is injected into the targeted fat deposits that helps break up the fat and contains lidocaine for patient comfort. Tiny incisions, usually around one third of an inch, are made in the surgical site. Dr. Trovato then inserts a thin suction tube called a cannula through the incisions. The tube is moved back and forth to break up the fat cells in the area, which are then suctioned out. To make up for the blood and body fluids that will be lost during the procedure, you will receive intravenous replacement fluids throughout the body contouring procedure.
While liposuction is often used as a standalone procedure, it is also frequently combined with other complementary procedures. A tummy tuck is the most commonly associated surgery that might be used along it. A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty involves liposuction of the abdomen along with loose skin and tissue removal. A tummy tuck might also be included in a mommy makeover for full-body rejuvenation. Breast augmentation could also be performed alongside liposuction if a patient is looking for body contouring as well as breast enhancement. Combining surgeries can be a valuable strategy since it results in a single recovery period as well as time saved and fewer fees for anesthesia and facilities.
Liposuction with fat transfer is an innovative body contouring method where the fat cells that are removed during the procedure are processed, purified, and then injected into another area of the body. A breast augmentation using fat transfer is a great alternative to traditional breast implants that can produce beautifully natural-looking results and avoids any of the possible complications that might come with implants. Another common transfer area is the buttocks for an effective and stunning butt enhancement.
Recovery varies depending on the method and the extent of the procedure. Recovery can be as short as a couple days, but can also take up to a month with extensive procedures. Usually, Dr. Trovato recommends his Dallas liposuction patients wear compression garments following the procedure to help the area adapt more quickly to its new contour. There will be some bruising and swelling, There will be some bruising and swelling, but liposuction is generally not a difficult recovery.
Liposuction results are immediate, although they won’t fully show themselves until the swelling and bruising subsides and your skin has fully settled down to its new contour. Liposuction will permanently remove pockets of fat, but is not a weight loss procedure. While fat won’t return to the site of the procedure, it can form in other adjacent areas with weight gain, so patients need to adopt a healthy diet and exercise regimen for the best results.
While this procedure permanently removes fat cells that are extracted, it cannot prevent weight gain in other areas or visceral, “hidden” fat. To maintain results, it’s important to eat a healthy, balanced diet, drink lots of water, stay active, and stay within about ten pounds of your liposuction weight.
The procedure can take anywhere from 1 hour to 4 hours, depending on the area being treated or if additional procedures like fat transfer are taking place.
With a qualified and skilled professional, the procedure is very safe, but there are possible rare side effects, including infection, numbness, or irregular skin contours.
For most patients, optimal results can be seen within about one to three months after liposuction.
Yes, this procedure permanently removes fat cells from the treatment area. While subcutaneous fat cells cannot grow back in the treated area, it is possible to gain weight due to visceral fat, so maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important.
The cost of liposuction varies depending on the extent of the procedure, the treatment area, and if there are any concurrent treatments to be performed.
No, since liposuction is a cosmetic procedure, it is typically not covered by insurance.
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