What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is an incredibly versatile body contouring treatment that can eliminate stubborn pockets of fat from almost any area of the body, including the buttocks, hips, love handles, thighs, calves, back, arms, breasts, and neck. It can also be combined with other procedures to create optimal results.
Who is a Candidate?
Individuals who have areas of stubborn fat that cannot be eliminated by diet and exercise can benefit from liposuction. Ideal candidates should have minimal saggy skin, be within 20 pounds of their ideal weight and be physically healthy. Those who are planning on significant weight loss or pregnancy in the future should wait to receive liposuction. It is important to understand that liposuction is not a weight loss solution for those who are obese.
Traditional liposuction uses a small, blunt-tipped tube called a cannula which is inserted through small incisions in the skin. The cannula is moved back and forth under the skin to target fatty deposits, which are then suctioned out. Tumescent Liposuction is the most commonly used technique. It entails the use of a “wetting solution” made of a local anesthetic and other medications in fluids which are injected before the procedure to shrink or constrict blood vessels.
For a small area, liposuction can be done under local anesthesia with minimal blood loss and post surgical pain. We use this technique for limited area liposuction in clinic, such as for chin liposuction. For larger areas, it is done with sedation or general anesthesia as a day surgery. Occasionally, Dr Fichadia will suggest using the fat she removes to enhance your natural curves by injecting the fat back in your buttocks (Brazilian Butt lift) or breasts (breast augmentation by fat grafting).
Results and Recovery
You will be discharged in 1-2 hours after your surgery. Compression garments should be worn to help diminish swelling and support your new body contours. For the first two weeks, straining, lifting, and bending over should be avoided. Most patients can return to work within a few days, though recovery will vary from patient to patient depending on the amount of fat removed. It can take several months for the swelling to fully subside and final results to be visible.
If you are interested in learning about your liposuction options in Portland, OR, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fichadia.
How dangerous is liposuction?
Just like any other surgery, liposuction has its own risks like bleeding or reaction to the anesthesia given during the procedure. One of the possible complications that is specific to liposuction includes contour irregularities such as wavy, weathered or bumpy skin. This could be due to uneven removal of fat, poor elasticity of the skin and unusual healing. Some other complications include accumulation of fluid, infection or damage to the deeper structures like the nerves, muscles, blood vessels, lungs and abdominal organs.
How much weight can you lose with liposuction?
Usually, the amount of fat you can lose with liposuction ranges from about 1 to 10 pounds. However, it is important to understand that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. A good candidate must be at their ideal weight and only be suffering from localized fat deposits which has not responded to diet and exercise. Rather than considering it a weight loss procedure, you must know that liposuction is a body sculpting procedure that helps you achieve desired body contours.
Does liposuction help belly fat?
Liposuction is an effective procedure for removal of stubborn fat from different areas of the body and it is most commonly used in the abdominal area to remove belly fat. Liposuction is the best procedure for removal of subcutaneous fat that lies beneath your belly skin and on top of the abdominal muscles. The procedure will contour your tummy but not help you lose any significant amount of weight. If you wish to flatten and tone your belly, liposuction is usually combined with another procedure like abdominoplasty which removes excessive fat and skin.
Does liposuction really work?
Liposuction helps with permanently removing fat cells from the targeted area, giving you better contours. However, the amount of fat that can be removed safely is limited and you must follow a healthy lifestyle after your procedure to retain your results. This means that your results from liposuction are permanent but fat may return in different areas of the body where fat cells are stored. Also, if you do not follow a healthy diet and exercise following your liposuction, the remaining fat cells may grow bigger in size.
How much does it cost to get liposuction on your stomach?
There are many factors that guide the final cost of your liposuction procedure. It may be done as a stand alone procedure or in combination with other procedures like a tummy tuck that will increase the cost. Different methods and techniques of liposuction also vary in cost. Liposuction of the stomach will cost about $2000 to $4000. You must be prepared for additional costs like the surgeon’s fee, cost of the surgical venue, anesthesia charges, cost of supportive surgical garments, pain medication and other requirements. It is important that you discuss the costs of the procedure with your surgeon during consultation since most surgeon’s offices also offer convenient payment plans.