Liposuction is the most popular method of body contouring surgery because it allows the surgeon to re-sculpt specific areas of the body. Using only a few tiny incisions, your surgeon can target stubborn fat deposits and permanently remove fat cells from the area. Liposuction can be performed alone or along with other plastic surgery procedures.
is liposuction right for me?
Some individuals who maintain a healthy lifestyle of good nutrition and regular exercise still tend to develop and retain undesirable body fat in specific areas. Liposuction can be an effective way to create better proportion and an improved appearance. Liposuction is not a replacement for weight loss and is best utilized to address stubborn areas of fat in the abdomen, flanks, hips, legs, and occasionally in the arms.
common questions and concerns
Is the fat removed permanent? The cells that are removed during liposuction will not regenerate. However, patients may find that if they do not make alterations to their exercise and diet routines after liposuction, they are more apt to gain weight in areas of their bodies that were not previously problematic.
Will I see results immediately? Patients report that liposuction is extremely rewarding almost immediately after surgery. The results are in the mirror. And there’s more good news. If your weight is stable, the normal contraction of the skin following liposuction usually will continue for 8-12 months. So liposuction results can improve with time!
what are my surgical options?
During liposuction, a cannula, or straw, is placed through a tiny incision adjacent to the treatment area to skillfully suction fat. The most common locations for this procedure are neck, upper arms, abdomen, hips and thighs.
Suction-Assisted Liposuction: The most traditional form of lipectomy breaks up the fat and uses a high-negative-pressure vacuum to remove the fat through a hollow instrument inserted beneath the skin.
Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction: Ultrasound technology – high-pitched sound waves – is employed to heat the fat and “melt” it into a more easily removable emulsion for suctioning. This can reduce discomfort, promote a faster recovery – and produce great results.
Laser-Assisted Liposuction: A minimally invasion treatment generally requiring only local anesthesia. You may have heard terms like Smart Lipo from Sciton. A laser fiber is introduced through a small cannula, delivering energy directly to subcutaneous fat cells-to disrupt them. The emitted energy also coagulates tissue, thus inducing collagen retraction and tissue tightening. This allows less bruising and recovery time.
During your consultation, Dr. Collins will discuss the various methods available and which technique is right for you.