Liposuction (liposculpture, lipoplasty) is a surgical technique designed to safely and effectively eliminate persistent fatty deposits that are often the result of genetics (as opposed to insufficient exercise), and have proven resistant to traditional weight loss efforts. Liposculpturing procedures can be performed wherever there is surplus fat on the body; however, the most common treatment areas include the: buttocks, abdomen, thighs, waist, flanks, arms, neck, chin, cheeks, back and chest.
Although liposuction can be implemented as an individual surgery, it is often performed in conjunction with other cosmetic body contouring procedures, such as an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), thigh lift, or breast reduction. Liposuction is a highly efficacious method of removing unsightly pockets of body fat, but it is not an optimal method for addressing issues of cellulite or stretch marks, and should not be performed in lieu of a healthful diet and exercise regimen.
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While the majority of liposuction patients are women, the desire for a lean, sculpted physique transcends gender boundaries, and over the past decade the number of male liposuction surgeries has continued to increase, with 23,000 male liposuction procedures performed in 2012 alone. Liposuction surgery requires a high level of accuracy and expertise, and should only be performed by a skillful, Board Certified plastic surgeon such as our board certified plastic surgeons at Tribeca Medaesthetics, located in beautiful Miami Beach, Florida. In the experienced hands of our surgeons, you will be able to sculpt, tone, and tighten any stubborn problem areas of your body that you would like to improve upon, and attain a lean physique you will be proud to show off on the beautiful beaches of Miami.
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LIPOSUCTION PROCEDURAL DETAILS AND RECOVERY
The duration of your liposuction surgery and the type of anesthesia used (general, local, or IV sedation) will depend upon the extensiveness of the procedure and whether or not you are having other surgeries performed at the same time. During your liposculpture procedure, our surgeons will first infuse the designated treatment area with a tumescent solution comprised of saline, anesthetic, and epinephrine, which minimizes bruising, bleeding, and discomfort and allows for more precise fat removal. He will then insert a cannula (thin, hollow tube) through a series of very small incisions and loosen the excess fat before using a syringe or surgical vacuum attached to the cannula to suction the dislodged fat out of your body. In some cases, our surgeons may elect to perform power-assisted liposuction, which uses the same tumescent technique but employs the use of a cannula with a tip that vibrates at a high rate of speed, gently breaking up the fat cells so that they may be suctioned away with little disruption to the surrounding tissue.
Following your liposuction procedure, our surgeons will firmly wrap the treated area to reduce bruising and swelling, and will provide you with a compression garment to wear for 3-4 weeks. The first 7-10 days after your surgery it is normal to experience some degree of bruising, swelling, and fluid drainage, and you will be given antibiotics and pain medication to lessen your discomfort and prevent infection during this time. Most patients return to work within a few days after surgery, and slowly resume all of their normal activities when it is comfortable to do so. Your liposculpture results will become apparent after the swelling and post-surgical fluid retention subsides. In order to preserve the appearance of your newly enhanced physique, you will be advised to maintain a healthy lifestyle and to avoid gaining a large amount of weight.
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At Tribeca Medaesthetics, we make it a priority to keep abreast of the latest technological advances in the field of cosmetic body surgery, and our skillful surgeons employ these cutting edge techniques to ensure safe procedures and beautifully natural-looking results. Our board certified plastic surgeons at Tribeca Medaesthetics believe that having well-informed patients is vital to the success of every liposculpting procedure, and will take the time to thoroughly review all of your liposuction surgical options and procedural details. As with any form of surgery, there are potential risks related to liposuction surgery; however, in the care of Dr. Shapiro and the Tribeca Medaesthetics staff, you can rest easy knowing that your safety is our first priority, and that we will take great care to minimize your discomfort and to reduce potential complications during and after your procedure.
If you would like to sculpt, tighten or otherwise enhance the appearance of your body, or if you have additional questions about undergoing a liposculpting procedure at Tribeca Medaesthetics, please contact our office today. We look forward to speaking with you, and to scheduling your initial consultation with Dr. Shapiro.