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Due to genetic and inborn tendencies, fat deposits can occur in some areas of the body more than others. These fat deposits can be resistant to diet and exercise and frustrating to address.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is also commonly called suction lipectomy or fat suction. It is a surgical body sculpting technique that removes unwanted localized fat deposits from specific areas of the body.

If you are looking for help getting rid of stubborn fat, a liposuction procedure can help.

Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?

Ideal candidates are at a stable weight with specific areas of excess fat. It is important to note that suction lipectomy is NOT an obesity or weight loss treatment. Your surgeon can only remove a limited amount of fat at any one time for safety reasons; liposuction cannot remove fat in significant amounts.

Having a firm skin tone without much laxity can help ensure a positive outcome. People with loose or sagging skin may need surgical skin removal (such as an arm lift or a thigh lift) in addition to fat removal for the best results.

What Can Liposuction Do for Me?

Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that can remove unwanted fat to slim and contour targeted areas of your body. It can reshape your physique to match the aesthetic you desire. This may include crafting a six-pack, creating an hourglass shape, or just making your body look more slim and fit.

What Areas Can Be Treated With Liposuction?

This cosmetic surgery can treat nearly any area of the body, including the:

  • Chin
  • Neck
  • Arms
  • Breasts/chest
  • Abdomen
  • Flanks
  • Back
  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Knees
  • Calves
  • Ankles

How Does Liposuction Work?

This body contouring procedure is undertaken in an outpatient surgery center. It is performed using local, epidural, or general anesthesia. Your anesthesia will depend on the number of treatment areas and how much fat is being removed. This surgical procedure may take anywhere from one to three hours.

Small incisions are made in natural skin folds to enter specific areas. These incisions are inconspicuous and should leave little to no scarring.

Liposuction is performed using small, hollow metal tubes called cannulas. The cannulas are inserted into the fat deposits, and unwanted fat is suctioned out through them.

What Is Recovery Like After Liposuction?

After your fat removal operation, pain is controlled with medication. Most patients experience mild to moderate discomfort during the first two weeks of their liposuction recovery. They generally return to work after one or two weeks.

Patients must wear compression garments for at least three weeks after lipectomy. These garments are easy to remove for showering but should be put back on after bathing. Compression garments reduce swelling and help speed the recovery process.

Bruising should resolve in three to four weeks. Swelling also generally resolves within a month or two. In some cases, minor swelling may last up to six months or more.

Getting back to normal is generally an easy process. Post-operative massage therapy is often recommended to further reduce bruising and swelling.

When Will I See My Liposuction Results?

Most patients will see their initial results within two to six weeks as residual swelling subsides. Final results can take up to six months to become visible. This is because it takes time for your body to adapt to your new contours as your remaining fat cells settle into their new places.

Are the Results of Liposuction Permanent?

Liposuction is a very satisfying procedure for both men and women. The results can be permanent so long as your lifestyle continues to include a healthy diet and exercise. Your new look can bring increased self-confidence and the freedom to enjoy wearing a wide variety of clothes.

Your suction lipectomy results may fade faster, or even be reversed, if you gain significant weight after treatment. For this reason, we suggest that patients only undergo lipo after they are at their ideal stable weight.

Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction

How should I prepare for liposuction in Naples?

Before the operation, it is important that you are in a good physical and psychological state. You should stop smoking two to three weeks before surgery. In addition, do not take aspirin or any other anti-inflammatory medication, etc, for two weeks before your procedure. Talk to your plastic surgeon if you are on birth control pills, as these may increase the chances of developing venous thrombosis.

Can men get liposuction?

Both men and women can benefit from lipo surgery. Men and women may target different areas, but the benefits of liposculpture body contouring can apply to any gender. If you are displeased with the presence of unwanted body fat, liposuction can help you achieve a more slender, contoured physique.

Can I combine liposuction with other treatments?

Absolutely. Liposuction is commonly combined with many other plastic surgery procedures, including the following:

Liposuction can also be performed with cosmetic breast surgeries in a combination procedure known as Mommy Makeover surgery.

Can I undergo fat transfer with liposuction?

Lip enhancement and liposculpture can take fat from another area of your body and inject it into the lips. This creates fuller, more defined lips with results that last longer than dermal fillers.

Patients can also undergo facial fat transfer, with or without facelift surgery, to fill facial wrinkles and hollows.

How much does liposuction cost in Florida?

The cost of liposuction will vary depending on the number and size of the fat deposits you want to be treated. The price of liposuction may further vary depending on any combined procedures you choose to include.

Your plastic surgeon will provide you with a personalized liposuction cost quote during your consultation.

Is liposuction safe?

Liposuction is generally a safe body contouring procedure. However, no plastic surgery is ever entirely without risks. Your plastic surgeon will take every precaution necessary to ensure your procedure is as safe as possible.

Some risks and side effects associated with liposuction may include:

  • Infection
  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia
  • Scaring
  • Poor wound healing
  • Minor nerve damage that affects skin sensation
  • Undesired aesthetic outcomes
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