Liposuction surgery, often referred to as “lipo,” is a procedure that removes fat from targeted areas of the body, resulting in improved body contours. Liposuction surgery can treat your thighs, lower legs, hips, buttocks, upper arms, back, and chest.
Liposuction can also reduce fat deposits in your cheeks, chin, and neck. Lipo can be performed alone, or combined with other plastic surgeries including facelift, breast reduction, or a tummy tuck. Liposuction surgery is among the specialties of the surgeons at Southwest Breast and Aesthetics in Phoenix, AZ. Board-certified Drs. Tim Matatov and Joseph Zakhary are trusted and experienced plastic surgeons delivering patients with exceptional liposuction results in Arizona. Our patients consistently give our surgeons high marks for their communication skills and personal approachability. We invite you to schedule a consultation at Southwest Breast & Aesthetics in Phoenix, AZ to determine if liposuction surgery is right for you.
Liposuction surgery is not a treatment for obesity.
It is not typically considered to be a weight loss alternative. The procedure is not a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise. Nor is it a treatment for dimpled skin on the thighs, hips, and buttocks known as cellulite. Liposuction will not repair or remove stretch marks.
Liposuction uses a suction technique to remove fat from specific areas of the body. Liposuction is sometimes also referred to as lipoplasty. The procedure works by breaking up fats and suctioning them through a device called a cannula.
Depending on the patient’s particular procedure, liposuction surgery is performed using general anesthesia or localized sedation. The best results from liposuction surgery are achieved by patients who may have too much body fat in specific areas but otherwise have stable body weight. Your fat cells can increase in size and volume. Liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in specific areas. The procedure will produce permanent results in your body contours as long as your weight remains stable. Liposuction surgery is offered to both women and men.
Candidates should be in good health without conditions that could present surgical complications. A compromised immune system can increase surgical risks and side effects. Current smokers are generally disqualified.
Like any surgery, liposuction comes with risks including infection, bleeding, poor wound healing, and adverse reaction to anesthesia or other medications or materials used in the procedure. Surface irregularities may occur. You will experience bruising for up to four weeks following liposuction. Some patients also have some postoperative numbness that subsides over time.
Depending on the amount of fat to be removed, your surgery may be performed in a hospital and require an overnight stay, or in an outpatient setting that allows you to go home the same day.
In either case, arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you for at least the first night following your procedure. You’ll be prepped for your surgery with a thorough skin cleansing to guard against infection and your appropriate form of anesthesia will be administered. Once you are properly sedated, your target areas will be injected with three medications that help minimize discomfort and bruising.
Your surgeon will select one of several techniques based on your treatment goals and the area of your body to be treated. The surgical technique may involve ultrasound or lasers. In the most common liposuction procedure, your surgeon will make small incisions into your skin and insert a thin tube called a cannula. The cannula is connected to a vacuum that will suction fats and fluids from your body.
Your surgeon will carefully review your medical history. You may be directed to stop some medications and supplements you are taking. You may also need certain lab tests before your procedure.
Once you are home, some bruising, swelling, and soreness will linger for several weeks. Your doctor will prescribe medication to control pain and discomfort. You’ll need to wear compression garments around the clock (except for showering) for about four weeks. Most liposuction patients can return to work after a few days and resume normal activities in a matter of weeks.
The fat cells suctioned from your body were permanently removed. Most patients will see 90 percent of their desired outcome within three months after their surgery. It may take six months to a year for the treated area to heal completely. After that, your final results can be very long-lasting if you maintain a healthy weight. Survey data indicate that more than 80 percent of liposuction patients are pleased with the results.
The cost of your liposuction surgery will vary according to the scope of your treatment. The most recent analysis of liposuction costs showed that the procedure can range from $4,500 up to $12,000.
Since liposuction is a cosmetic procedure, it is highly unlikely that your insurance will cover any costs. Check with your medical provider about whether financing or payment plans are available. Many men and women have found that liposuction surgery has improved their appearance, their outlook, their comfort level, their self-esteem, and their quality of life.
The doctors and staff at Southwest Breast and Aesthetics in Phoenix, AZ possess the training, the experience, and the “personal touch” to help you maximize your results and satisfaction from your liposuction surgery. We invite you to schedule a consultation today!
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