Despite regular exercise and healthy diet, many individuals find it difficult to fully eliminate localized fatty bulges in various areas of the body. Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure designed to remove these stubborn areas of prominent fat and improve the overall contour and proportions. Commonly treated areas include abdomen, waist, hips, arms, thighs, bra area, buttocks and submental (area under the chin).
At 740 Park Plastic Surgery, our surgeon Stafford Broumand, MD performs advanced liposuction techniques to remove excess fat from virtually any area of the body – ultimately helping you achieve a slimmer, well-proportioned figure.
Liposuction is a simple, effective solution for men and women seeking to achieve a slimmer, more sculpted physique. Good candidates for body contouring procedures are generally those who:
-Have stubborn fat accumulation in localized areas of the body.
-Are in relatively good health and shape.
-Have no uncontrolled medical issues.
-Have good skin quality and elasticity.
Along with these requirements, ideal candidates have a body mass index (BMI) of less than 34. In general, the higher one’s BMI, the greater the risk of complications and/or unsatisfactory outcome. At the time of your consultation, your surgeon will discuss these qualifications in greater detail and help you determine if liposuction would be an appropriate treatment option for your concerns.
The initial consultation for liposuction is roughly 45 minutes to an hour in length. Our surgeon’s goal during this time is to listen attentively to your concerns so he can fully understand your motivation and goals for treatment. If having someone else present will help you better retain the information, ask the pertinent questions, and provide overall moral support, we encourage inviting a close friend or family member to attend the consultation with you.
During this in-depth appointment, Dr. Broumand will conduct a physical exam and discuss medical history to better determine if liposuction is the right procedure for you. Following the examination, we will discuss the expected surgical outcome with the help of VECTRA® XT technology—an advanced imaging system that allows a 3D image of your body to be taken and modified based on the proposed procedural strategy. This innovative tool can help you establish realistic expectations for surgery, potentially leading to higher postoperative satisfaction.
Once a treatment plan has been decided and agreed upon by both you and your surgeon, our friendly staff will assist you schedule your liposuction procedure at your convenience.
Prior to your liposuction procedure, our team will provide a comprehensive pre-operative list to ensure you have the best experience possible. Some of the things you can do leading up to treatment procedure is refrain from aspirin products, stop certain medications, avoid particular vitamins, and add Arnica herbal supplements to your regimen.
When the day of surgery arrives, you will be greeted by our office staff and taken back for prep. Once settled, you will meet with the surgical nurse and anesthesiologist individually. Your surgeon will visit to review any final questions before treatment.
Dr. Broumand employs an innovative approach known as “liposculpting.” Using this technique, our board-certified plastic surgeon meticulously sculpt the body with a trained aesthetic eye, instead of simply eradicating undesired fat from a specific area. This enables our doctor to make certain the newly created contours seamlessly complement—or even enhance—the individual’s unique figure with results that appear completely natural.
During the liposculpting procedure, a small incision is made near the targeted area(s), and a sterile saline, lidocaine & epinephrine solution is administered to the area to numb and reduce bleeding—a technique that aids in the reduction of any postoperative bruising and/or swelling that may occur. Fat is then carefully removed via special vacuum-controlled microcannula that offers precision sculpting of the treatment region for a slimmer contour and improved overall appearance. The entire liposuction process generally takes approximately one hour to complete, though this will vary based on how many areas are being targeted.
After liposuction, some degree of swelling and/or bruising is expected. These symptoms are temporary and should subside with time. Any potential discomfort that occurs can typically be managed effectively with medication. The majority of individuals are able to return to non-strenuous jobs and resume normal daily routines after about three days, though vigorous exercise and strenuous activities should be avoided for at least a week. Ultimately, the exact length of recovery will depend on the amount of fat removed, how many areas were treated, and each individual’s unique healing process.