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Liposuction Most of us know how frustrating those exercise resistant fat cells on the stomach, thighs, hips and arms can be.  For those who are healthy, who exercise regularly, but just can't seem to get rid of that extra fat—tumescent liposuction is a viable cosmetic surgery option.

Liposuction improves the appearance of body areas that have concentrated amounts of visible fat. Through a vacuum-like process, the fat is removed, creating a smoother, more attractive body contour and better self image. Various liposuction methods include the standard tumescent liposuction technique, ultrasound-assisted (aka Ultrasonic Liposuction), and the most recent variations of liposuction including Liposelection and SmartLipo. 

With all the varieties of lipo available out there, not to mention all of the non-surgical cellulite removal treatments (Mesotherapy, VelaSmooth, and Endermologie to name a few), it's hard to know where to begin.  That's where a consultation with a certified liposuction surgeon comes into play.  Every surgeon has his or her own favorite technique based on the results they've had with their patients, but most importantly, based on each patient's unique case.  Any reputable surgeon should be able to explain their technique clearly and thoroughly enough to give you all the information you need to feel confident in your decision.

Surgical Lipo Techniques:

  • LipoSelection®-This form of lipo is exclusive to the Vaser System which uses ultrasonic energy to dissolve fat cells for a speedier recovery period with less discomfort.  Through ultrasonic energy, LipoSelection leaves surrounding tissue, nerves and blood vessels virtually intact.
  • Ultrasonic Liposuction - While theoretically the same technique as LipoSelection, ultrasound-assisted liposuction doesn't utilize the Vaser System.  Fat cells are broken down and liquefied through ultrasonic energy (sound waves) that are emitted at the top of the cannula.
  • SmartLipo™-Involves laser-assisted fat removal through a small cannula with an Nd:Yag laser placed inside.  Smart Lipo is used to firm up localized areas of fat, while also tightening the skin. Popular places for SmartLipo include the chin, waist, upper arms, inner/outer thighs.  It can also be performed without general anesthesia.
  • Tumescent Liposuction-The oldest version of liposuction being utilized today, tumescent liposuction is by no means obsolete.  Many doctors still refer to tumescent lipo as the tried and true method of liposuction and their preference when it comes to treating the majority of their patients. 
    Better technology has allowed for this standard suction technique to deliver proven results with little downtime, scarring or complications; however, your results will depend on the skill and precision of your surgeon.
  • Power-Assisted Lipo (PAL)-In a nutshell, the power-assisted liposuction technique requires less force on the part of the surgeon to remove unwanted fat cells.  Because the liposuction cannula is powerized, it moves in a very rapid back and forth motion that allows for ease of movement.  Also, PAL is not ultrasonic and therefore, no heat is generated that can harm surrounding tissues.  In effect, this method resculpts the body and creates more flattering contours.                                                          

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Typical Minimum Cost of Liposuction (based on national averages):
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Time Required for Liposuction:
It can take just an hour up to several to perform liposuction surgery. Time requirements vary quite a bit, depending on the size of the area being treated, the amount of fat being removed, and the technique being used such as tumescent liposuction or Smart Lipo.
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Is Liposuction an InPatient or OutPatient Procedure?
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What are the Side Effects of Liposuction?
Liposuction side effects may include temporary swelling, bruising, discomfort, numbness, and limited mobility.
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How Long do Liposuction results last?
Tumescent liposuction and all other lipo results are considered permanent, but do rely on the behavior of the patient. Healthy eating and a smart fitness plan need to be adhered to for liposuction results to last.
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What is the recovery time for Liposuction?
Day 1- From the day of your surgery until about a month afterwards, you will be instructed to wear a compression around the treated areas to assist with reduction of swelling.

Day 7-14- You will most likely feel comfortable returning to work about 1-2 weeks into the liposuction recovery period.

Day 14-2 Months- After liposuction, recovery from swelling and bruising usually takes about 2-4 weeks.

2-3 Months- Your final shape will develop over the 2-3 months following your liposuction surgery.
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Will my insurance company cover Liposuction?
Because of the cosmetic nature of liposuction, insurance is usually not involved.
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Is there much discomfort for Liposuction?
After liposuction, discomfort and moderate pain will be felt, which can be controlled with doctor-prescribed pain medication.  Most patients report feeling stiff and sore, like they do after a really intensive workout, or if they haven't exercised in a while.  After taking any prescribed pain medication for the specified period of time, patients often take over-the-counter pain relievers to eliminate any lingering discomfort and reduce swelling.
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What types of anesthesia is necessary for Liposuction?
The liposuction anesthesia of choice is usually general, though local anesthesia with sedation may be opted for, depending on the volume of work being done.
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What else can I combine Liposuction with?
For enhanced results, liposuction can be combined with:

  • Tummy Tuck
  • Thigh Lift
  • Buttock Lift
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Lift

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What else is Liposuction referred to as?
Lipoplasty. Suction Lipectomy, tumescent liposuction.
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Are there less invasive alternatives to Liposuction?




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