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Liposuction2020-05-07T14:47:57-07:00

Liposuction

There is only one way to immediately and permanently remove excess, unwanted fat—liposuction. If exercising and eating healthy hasn’t provided the results you are after, then it might be time to consider other options to remove the last of the stubborn fat pockets. Regular exercise and a healthy diet are important for overall health, but only the size of the fat cells is reduced. Fat cells form the adipose tissue in your body, and they are able to grow when you consume a surplus of calories and shrink when you are living on a calorie deficit. However, these cells can neither die off or multiply naturally after birth. The only way to remove them permanently is through procedures like liposuction.

Most of us would like to reduce the size of the waist, upper arms, or remove the bra bulge in the back. Liposuction gives an expert surgeon the ability to remove targeted fat quickly and permanently*. Once that fat is removed with lipo, it can never come back again. Patients at Spectrum Plastic Surgery often choose to combine liposuction with other procedures such as a tummy tuck, arm lift, or thigh lift. However, liposuction can also be its own standalone plastic surgery procedure.

Liposuction can remove fat of the:

  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Thighs
  • Arms
  • Breasts
  • Face
  • Submental area (chin)

How Liposuction Works

This procedure works by removing excess adipose tissue from the subcutaneous layer of the skin. Once these cells are removed, they cannot regenerate. This allows the board-certified surgeon and Spectrum Plastic Surgery to sculpt the treated area and give you the results you want. It’s important to note that this procedure’s ability to remove a large amount of fat often leads to the skin not being able to recover as quickly. This may lead to sagging skin after the procedure and it’s the reason that many patients couple liposuction with other procedures like a tummy tuck or an arm lift.

What to Expect During the Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction is a relatively minor procedure, and uses small incisions that will be nearly impossible to spot once they are healed. Anesthesia is used to ensure the procedure is painless, and this might involve local or general anesthesia depending on the area being treated. Incisions are then made on the body to allow access for the cannula, which is the device responsible of dislodging and suctioning the fat from the subcutaneous layer of the skin. The cannula is a tube with a sharp end, similar to a very large needle. After the procedure is over, the incisions are closed with sutures and the patient can begin their short recovery. Results are noticeable once swelling goes down, usually a few days after the procedure.

Liposuction | Spectrum Plastic Surgery, Scottsdale, Arizona

How Liposuction Works

This procedure works by removing excess adipose tissue from the subcutaneous layer of the skin. Once these cells are removed, they cannot regenerate. This allows the board-certified surgeon and Spectrum Plastic Surgery to sculpt the treated area and give you the results you want. It’s important to note that this procedure’s ability to remove a large amount of fat often leads to the skin not being able to recover as quickly. This may lead to sagging skin after the procedure and it’s the reason that many patients couple liposuction with other procedures like a tummy tuck or an arm lift.

What to Expect During the Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction is a relatively minor procedure, and uses small incisions that will be nearly impossible to spot once they are healed. Anesthesia is used to ensure the procedure is painless, and this might involve local or general anesthesia depending on the area being treated. Incisions are then made on the body to allow access for the cannula, which is the device responsible of dislodging and suctioning the fat from the subcutaneous layer of the skin. The cannula is a tube with a sharp end, similar to a very large needle. After the procedure is over, the incisions are closed with sutures and the patient can begin their short recovery. Results are noticeable once swelling goes down, usually a few days after the procedure.

What’s the Advantage of Liposuction vs. Other Treatments

If you have given exercise and dieting a chance and still can’t get the results you want, then you are likely looking at alternatives. The first thing you need to know is that there are surgical and non-surgical procedures to get the taut body you’ve been working towards. Among the most popular non-surgical treatments you will find CoolSculpting, which is perfect for patients who are near their ideal body weight and need a treatment for the final step of their body transformation.

Choosing to go with a surgical procedure gives you choices like Cellfina, BodyTite, and liposuction. If you are happy with your overall weight but are struggling with cellulite, then Cellfina might be the right procedure. BodyTite is less invasive that liposuction and uses radiofrequency to apply heat to kill off fat cells*.

A big downside of non-surgical treatments is the length of time it takes to see results, often needing months for full results to become apparent. This is where liposuction excels over these other treatments. Liposuction is only minimally invasive, with the procedure lasting up to a couple of hours and recovery being quite quick. Results from liposuction can be appreciated about a week after the procedure, once the swelling subsides.

The amount of fat that can be removed with liposuction is also a reason people choose it over other non-surgical treatments. It’s crucial to talk to your board-certified surgeon about your goals, as this will determine which option is best for you. Finally, non-surgical options often require multiple sessions to achieve results. Patients will opt for liposuction because they know that once the procedure is done, that’s it. The fat will be eliminated immediately and all at once.

Liposuction also has the advantage of being complemented with many other procedures like a tummy tuck, mommy makeover, arm lift, or even a facelift. Patients often combine these procedures to avoid any saggy skin that may remain after suctioning off large amounts of fat with liposuction. Combining these surgeries optimizes results and gives you the results you’re after.

Frequently Asked Questions
How do I prepare for liposuction?2020-04-27T08:59:18-07:00

Detailed guidance will be provided to you during your consultation. If you smoke, you’ll have to stop before your procedure. Certain medications, including many common blood thinners, also need to be stopped prior to liposuction (always check with your doctor before stopping prescription medications). Other recommendations include not shaving near the area you will have treated, as ingrown hairs can lead to infection of the incisions.

What happens during liposuction surgery?2020-04-27T09:00:22-07:00

General or local anesthesia is used for liposuction. The surgeon marks the areas to be treated and tiny incisions are made to allow the cannula into the area. The cannula is a tiny tube with a sharp end that loosens fat cells as it’s moved around in the treatment area before extracting them with suction. You will see results immediately after liposuction, but keep in mind you will be a bit swollen. Full results will be revealed over several months after the surgery.

How exactly does liposuction work?2020-04-27T08:55:46-07:00

Liposuction is a relatively minor that uses small incisions that allow the surgeon to introduce the cannula that vacuums out unwanted fat. During the procedure, the cannula is moved around in the subcutaneous layer to dislodge fat and allow the cannula to suction it out. Once the procedure has removed a safe amount of fat, the instruments are taken out and the incisions are sutured. The small size of the incisions allow them to become nearly invisible once they are fully healed.

Where can I have liposuction done?2020-04-27T09:01:09-07:00

Newer techniques and instruments have made it possible for liposuction to be available for a number of areas on the body, not just the abdomen. Liposuction is a procedure that looks to take larger amounts of fat, and is therefore ideal for the abdomen, back, thighs, arms, and breasts. Smaller cannulas allow for liposuction to also be performed on the face and under the chin to vanquish the dreaded submental fat.

Is liposuction better than CoolSculpting or Cellfina?2020-04-27T08:57:42-07:00

It’s true that liposuction, CoolSculpting, and CellFina are procedures that address excess fat. However, there’s no way to say which one is better as this depends on the patients and their goals. Liposuction is recommended for those looking to remove a larger amount of fat or who want their results to show quickly. CoolSculpting is a great choice for individuals near their ideal body and who don’t mind waiting a little longer for their results to show. Finally, Cellfina works to reduce cellulite in ways that liposuction and CoolSculpting can’t. Finding the best procedure or treatment for you is possible during your consultation with one of or board-certified surgeons.

Who’s a good candidate for liposuction?2020-04-27T08:56:33-07:00

Any adult man or woman who is healthy might be a good candidate for liposuction. It’s important to note that liposuction does have limitations on the amount of fat it can safely remove and may not be recommended for very obese patients. This procedure is recommended more often for patients who have stubborn pockets and as a body sculpting procedure.

Take the Next Step with Liposuction

If you’ve been dieting and exercising without seeing the results you want, don’t worry. Everyone is born with their own natural shape, number of fat cells, and unique fat cell distribution. Dieting and exercising can only reduce the size of fat cells overall while also building muscle mass and tone. The only way to truly sculpt the body and get rid of stubborn fat permanently is with liposuction. There’s a reason it’s been one of the most popular procedures around the globe for decades. It works, it’s fast, and it gives you the results you’ve always wanted.

To learn more about liposuction, schedule your consultation with one of our board-certified surgeons today. Learn more about how liposuction can be used to sculpt, shape, and contour the body or how it can optimize the results of other procedures like tummy tucks to thigh lifts. Liposuction allows you and your surgeon complete control of your aesthetics, making your body goals a reality. Even better, the downtime is shorter compared to other procedures and you can often schedule liposuction before a big event without worrying about a long recovery period.

Get the body you deserve with liposuction. Contact Spectrum Plastic Surgery today at (480) 579-2090 and learn more about how liposuction can change your life for the better.

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