Many of my patients seek body contouring procedures to eliminate stubborn, unwanted fat or to reduce the signs of aging. I perform liposuction to eliminate pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise and to give you that coveted, aesthetically-pleasing figure you dream of. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 200,000 liposuction procedures were performed in 2013 and one of the top five cosmetic surgical procedures performed. Below, I have broken down the top common questions patients typically ask me before/after undergoing a liposuction procedure:
Q: Who is a candidate for liposuction?
A: Any individual with realistic expectations who may be unhappy with small amounts of unwanted fat may be a good candidate for liposuction. During your initial consultation, we will discuss your personal health, family history, expectations, and cosmetic goals to determine if you’re a candidate for liposuction.
To help guide you through your decision process, I provide TouchMD patient software, which records educational content, consultation notes, before and after photos, and procedural videos discussed and viewed during your consultations with me. TouchMD can be conveniently accessed outside the office from any computer, tablet, or mobile device with a secure network log-in, so you may review information in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
Q: What areas of the body can be treated with liposuction?
A: Liposuction is most frequently performed on the abdomen, legs, arms, buttocks, and chin, though the technique can also be utilized to reduce gynecomastia, or an overdevelopment of the mammary tissue in men. The most common areas in women for liposuction include the flanks, or “love handles,” lower abdomen, and legs. Most men undergo liposuction on the back and chin as well as the abdomen.
Q: How is liposuction performed?
A: During a typical liposuction procedure, you will be administered general or local anesthesia depending on the treatment area(s). A small incision is made near the treatment area(s) into which a sterile fluid solution is injected in order to reduce bleeding as well as loosen fat for removal. A tiny tube (or cannula) is then inserted into the small incision to further loosen and vacuum out the removed fat.
Q: How do you determine which liposuction technique is right for me?
A: During your consultation, we will discuss your cosmetic goals and determine which type of liposuction would best suit your needs. Some of the factors that go into deciding which procedure will give you the best results include the location and size of treatment area(s), personal preference, health circumstances, and the amount of fat being removed. For example, ultrasound assisted liposuction works best for procedures that require precision like around the neck and chin.
Q: Can liposuction help me to lose the last few pounds to reach my goal weight?
A: Liposuction should not be utilized as a weight loss method. You should expect to see a difference in inches in the treatment area as opposed to changes on the scale. Most liposuction patients notice an aesthetic improvement after about 3 to 4 weeks, once swelling has subsided.
Q: When can I return to work and exercise following my liposuction procedure?
A: Most patients are able to return to low-activity jobs within the first week after surgery. Those with more active occupations (those that require lifting or a great deal of movement) may need to wait longer to return to work. Side effects from the procedure like swelling, bruising, and/or soreness will usually disappear within two weeks of your surgery depending on the area that is treated. It is important to wear the recommended post-surgical compression garments in order to keep side effects like these to a minimum and to maximize your liposuction results. Most patients can typically return to light exercising within a two-week period.
If you are interested in liposuction or any other cosmetic procedure that I perform, contact us to schedule a consultation today. Also, connect with me, Dr. Allyson Maske, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery news and updates.