Liposuction is one of the most effective cosmetic surgery procedures for fat reduction and body contouring. Dr. Jason Shapiro, board certified in internal medicine, and Dr. Jeffery LaGrasso, a board certified plastic surgeon, provide liposuction and other procedures to their patients in Miami Beach, South Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and other areas. Here is a list of FAQ on liposuction that should help address some of the common concerns and queries of patients with regard to liposuction.
What is liposuction surgery?
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure aimed at enhancing the body’s contour by suctioning out excess fat deposits in specific areas of the body. Unwanted fat pockets can accumulate between the skin and the muscle, even if the patient has an overall moderate weight. Such localized fat deposits can be stubborn and may not go away with diet and exercise. A plastic surgeon may recommend liposuction surgery to get rid of unwanted fats and regain a smoother and more attractive body contour.
Why does body fat occur?
Specific fat pockets in certain areas of the body such as hips, thighs, abdomen, neck, arms, calves, cheeks, and other areas may develop due to genetic factors, sedentary lifestyle or other factors. In case of women, these fat pockets may also occur following a pregnancy. The localized fats occur gradually, and they may not be resolved by dieting or exercise. This is where liposuction can prove to an effective surgery to restore a shapely and smooth contour.
What does the liposuction procedure involve?
Liposuction procedure may be performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation as an outpatient surgery. The procedure involves the application of a slim steel tube called a cannula. It is inserted through small skin incisions to dislodge the deeper layers of targeted fats. The unwanted fat cells are suctioned out through a specialized suction pump. The incisions are then closed with sutures, and an improved body contour is achieved.
What is tumescent liposuction?
Tumescent technique is one of the more popular surgical techniques to perform liposuction. The technique achieves conservative yet effective results with local anesthesia. It can successfully remove large amounts of unwanted fat with minimal or no blood loss. That makes it safer as well as less painful treatment approach with reduced downtime.
What other techniques of liposuction are available?
Liposuction procedure may be performed with the traditional suction technique, tumescent technique, or with the help of innovative support systems such ultrasound or laser assisted liposuction. The plastic surgeon will consider various factors such as the patient’s health condition, areas to be treated and their personal aesthetic goals before recommending the most appropriate treatment approach.
Dr. Shapiro and Dr. Shapiro will evaluate a candidate carefully and discuss the pros and cons of all treatment options with their patients in Miami Beach, South Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and nearby areas.
Are the results of liposuction long lasting?
In a sense, the results of liposuction are permanent because the fat cells that are once removed through liposuction will not grow back. However, liposuction is not a substitute for dieting and exercise, and results can be sustained for the long term when the patient maintains a healthy diet and exercise regimen.