Are you bothered by unwanted fat deposits in places like your abdomen, thighs, arms or back? Unfortunately, sometimes diet and exercise are just not enough to remove extra fat in certain areas of the body. This is where liposuction can help. If you’ve answered yes to the first question, or struggle with remaining fat in specific parts of the body, then you might be a good candidate for liposuction.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, liposuction was one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in 2013. Furthermore, liposuction is a common procedure for both men and women.
Also known as lipoplasty, or lipo, liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes unwanted fat from the problem areas of the body. The fat is removed through a narrow, hollow tube that is inserted just below the skin surface and moved back and forth through the fat. A suction machine creates a vacuum that draws fat through the tube out of the body. Several technologies such as ultrasound, laser, and mechanical vibration have been linked to liposuction machines to assist the fat removal.
Liposuction removes fat to slim down your silhouette, but it will not tighten any looseness. So if you also have loose skin or muscles, then liposuction alone will not solve your problem, and you might need a surgical tailoring or tucking procedure (such as tummy tuck) to remove excess skin and give you a firm, smooth result. Also, liposuction only removes fat from under the skin and cannot remove internal (or visceral) fat from within the abdomen. Liposuction is ideal for specific parts of the body that seem unaffected by changes in diet and exercise. It is not intended to treat obesity, or as a weight loss method. Additionally, liposuction does not remove stretch marks or cellulite. As a matter of fact, if your skin shows too much dimpling or waviness (due to skin looseness), then liposuction might actually worsen the appearance, since removing fat could leave the overlying skin looser. Good skin elasticity will allow your skin to heal smoothly over your new trimmer shape.
The key factor in deciding if you are a suitable candidate for liposuction is your skin tone overlying the fat deposit. This is why your surgeon’s experience, judgment, and honesty are so important for evaluating you and determining if liposuction is right for you.
Before you undergo liposuction, Dr. Schwartz will mark the problem areas being treated and the small incision sites through which the suction tube will enter. Liposuction can be performed just using a local anesthetic for relatively small areas, or more commonly under IV sedation or general anesthesia for multiple or larger areas. The length of surgery, from one to a few hours, depends upon how many areas are treated and the amount of fat to be removed. Medical guidelines may limit the amount of fat that can be safely removed at one procedure. After surgery you will need to wear a compression garment to limit swelling and help the skin redrape smoothly over your new, trimmer silhouette. For the best result, you should wear the garment and limit exercise for 3-4 weeks.
Experience has shown that patients who achieve the best results from liposuction or any body contouring surgery are those who maintain an active lifestyle, eat a healthy diet, and exercise regularly.
For over 25 years, Dr. Richard Schwartz has been practicing plastic surgery in West Palm Beach, Florida. To check out some of his liposuction results, please visit our before and after photo gallery page.
Whether you are looking to remove excess fat from your stomach, back, thighs, arms or any other part of your body, Dr. Richard Schwartz is the surgeon to trust. As a board certified plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Richard Schwartz is renowned for his surgical artistry and natural appearing results. We encourage you to visit our Meet Dr. Schwartz page to learn more about Dr. Richard Schwartz’ background.
For more information on the liposuction procedure, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz, please call (561) 232-3120 or request a consultation online.