There are people with isolated fatty pockets that do not respond effectively to diet and exercise. Does this sound like you? You may be an ideal candidate for the cosmetic surgical procedure of liposuction. Liposuction is a method of body sculpting, body contouring or “spot-reduction” that involves the removal of excess fat from specific areas of the body. Liposuction can be done virtually anywhere on the body, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, back, thighs, knees, calves, ankles and upper arms. Additionally, facial liposuction is often performed to address the jowls, cheeks and neck.
Localized fat deposits may be inherited genetically, and typically do not respond to dieting or exercise. If this is you, the condition may be beyond your control. Liposuction is often the only way to remove them.
Liposuction is also referred to as lipoplasty, suction-assisted lipectomy, ultrasound-assisted liposuction or lipoplasty, laser-assisted liposuction or lipoplasty, power-assisted liposuction or lipoplasty, and water-assisted liposuction or lipoplasty.
Liposuction can be done alone or with other plastic surgery procedures such as breast reduction or tummy tuck (abdominoplasty). It can be performed on several areas of the body at once. Sometimes, liposuction is performed as the first step in a fat transfer procedure such as the Brazilian butt lift, fat grafting to the breast or a stem cell facelift. In these cases, fat is removed via liposuction, processed and then re-injected into another area of the body where it is in short supply.
Who Is a Candidate for Liposuction?
The first step toward determining your candidacy for liposuction is a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. George H. Pope, M.D. During this appointment or series of appointments, Dr. Pope will take a thorough medical history. He will also talk with you about your expectations to make sure they are realistic.
Ideal candidates for liposuction are women and men of relatively normal weight with isolated pockets of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. You should have a firm and elastic skin tone and excessive fatty deposits in certain body areas. Liposuction removes fat, not loose skin. Age is not a deciding factor, but it should be noted that many older people have less-flexible skin and may not get optimal results from liposuction. This will be discussed at your consultation.
There are some newer, non-invasive body contouring alternatives that may be options for removing smaller pockets of fat such as love handles, muffin tops or Cesarean section bulges. Ask Dr. Pope which treatment or combination of treatments makes the most sense for you. He will guide you to the right choice.
What to Expect After Liposuction
The suctioned areas will be swollen and uncomfortable for several days after liposuction. In some cases, the small incisions are left open temporarily during liposuction recovery so that fluids and residual fatty deposits can empty through inserted drains. You may be prescribed an antibiotic to reduce the risk of infection.
Usually the treated area is wrapped with an elastic bandage. Support hosiery may be worn over this to help control swelling and bruising. You may need to wear the bandage and/or support garment for several days or weeks.
Walking soon after your surgery will decrease the risk of developing potentially fatal blood clots that can occur from long periods of being sedentary. You will be allowed to return to work or your normal activities in a few days. Strenuous activity, however, is a no-no for at least three weeks.
Be patient. The final results may not be evident for up to six months, but they are permanent (assuming that your weight remains stable). Depending on how the procedure was performed, you may see some preliminary results in as early as one week.
Dr. George H. Pope, M.D. is a skilled and trusted practitioner of liposuction, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Pope will conduct your liposuction with the utmost safety and concern for your well-being. It is important to consult with him to go over which options are best for you. If you are interested in liposuction procedure, please contact us or call The Orlando Plastic Surgery Center at 407-857-6261 today!
About Orlando Plastic Surgery Center: Orlando Plastic Surgery Center is regarded as one of Central Florida’s premier plastic surgery centers. Dr. George Pope is one of Central Florida’s most sought after plastic surgeons (he was voted to the city’s list of best plastic surgeons by readers of Orlando Magazine three years in a row). Services range from rhinoplasty and nasal contouring, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty, revisionist surgery, and gynecomastia. Liposuction and tummy tuck surgeries are also offered. Dr. Pope and his staff also provide minimally invasive procedures such as laser skin resurfacing, Sculptra Aesthetics, Botox® injections, Latisse, Juvederm, and Restylane®. Visit georgepopemd.com for more information.