WHAT IS LIPOSUCTION?
Liposuction is a body-contouring surgery performed by Dr. Serebrakian to remove excess fat cells and, ultimately, to improve the proportions of the body. If the excess fat cells that are detracting from your natural beauty have been resistant to your healthy lifestyle, liposuction may be the answer you’ve been looking for. Using meticulous technique, Dr. Serebrakian smooths the curves of your body to reveal a slimmer, more sculpted you.
COMMON AREAS TREATED WITH LIPOSUCTION
We perform liposuction on the following body areas:
- Flanks and hips
- Neck and chin
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR LIPOSUCTION?
Liposuction is an excellent procedure for adults who are generally healthy and interested in improving the shape of their body. This surgery intends to remove mild to moderate areas of fat. Patients should be within 20 or so pounds of their ideal weight prior to liposuction. It is important to also understand what is possible with this procedure, and have a strong commitment to weight management following treatment.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY LIPOSUCTION PROCEDURE?
During your planning process, you will be provided with a comprehensive guide to help you ready your body and your home for your body-contouring procedure and the subsequent recovery period.
It is important to disclose medication use, including supplements, as well as lifestyle habits, to our staff so we may make appropriate recommendations to facilitate the safest, most pleasant experience for you.
LIPOSUCTION SURGERY PROCEDURE
Dr. Serebrakian will first placemarks on your body with a marker, signifying the exact locations in which fat removal will occur. Once sedated, Dr. Serebrakian will commence by making tiny incisions in the area areas. These incisions are very small, about 2-3 mm in size. A tumescent solution of natural saline, epinephrine to help minimize blood loss, and lidocaine to numb the area is pumped into the fat removal area via the small incisions. Using a hollow tube called a cannula, Dr. Serebrakian will perform a back and forth motion to suction out the fat pockets.
Your incisions will be sutured with stitches, and your sites will not be noticeable once the body heals. Tight surgical compression garments will surround the liposuction site to help encourage the skin to retract around the treatment area. Most patients must wear compression garments for 4-6 weeks until the swelling resolves.
WHAT IS THE LIPOSUCTION RECOVERY PROCESS?
Recovery from liposuction is somewhat dependent on the extent of fat-removal that occurs during the procedure. Most patients experience mild discomfort and tenderness, which is manageable with pain medication. Post-operative pain does not typically inhibit a patient from walking as recommended within the first 24 hours following surgery.
Most patients are able to resume normal activities gradually after liposuction. Patients may return to work depending on the type of procedure in 24 hours to several days after the procedure. Mild swelling and bruising continually subside during the two-week period after surgery. After the second week, most patients are able to resume mild exercise. Keep in mind that a compression garment will need to be worn for several weeks. We will lift activity restrictions typically as early as one week or two into recovery.
IS LIPOSUCTION PAINFUL?
We perform liposuction under local tumescent anesthesia in a majority of the areas. In rare cases where a very large volume is needed to be removed, general anesthesia may be needed. The best description of post-operative pain is “sore but functional.” The most intense soreness is present for the first few days after surgery and lightens significantly after that time.
WHAT OTHER BODY CONTOURING TREATMENTS ARE THERE BESIDES LIPOSUCTION?
In recent years, we have seen a number of non-surgical body sculpting treatments become available. Some use heat or radiofrequency, while others melt fat with cold. Such procedures work in concert with the body’s metabolism of fat, reducing circumference gradually over time.
Liposuction is a safe and effective procedure that achieves more noticeable results in a shorter period of time and with just one procedure, versus the need for multiple treatments. It is more cost-effective than the majority of some alternative procedures and even with fewer complications.
CAN I GET LIPOSUCTION AND A TUMMY TUCK IN THE SAME SURGERY?
The procedure that is most often combined with liposuction is an abdominoplasty. This secondary procedure tightens the muscular structure of the abdominal wall so the appearance of the midsection is maximized through both reduction and sculpting. Because liposuction is performed in many more areas than the midsection, we also see this procedure combined with others, such as:
HOW LONG WILL MY LIPOSUCTION RESULTS LAST?
It is possible to remain in your sculpted body for several years after liposuction or even permanently. The longevity of results is largely in your hands. A healthy diet and exercise regimen combines to support weight on an ongoing basis.