Liposuction Surgery

What Is Liposuction?

If you have been frustrated by stubborn pockets of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise, you are not alone. Liposuction is a surgery that can get rid of unwanted fat deposits virtually anywhere on your body. Stubborn fat that persists despite a healthy lifestyle can be permanently removed from the body with liposuction.

The Benefits of Liposuction

  • Targets areas of stubborn fat all over the body
  • Offers proven results when diet and exercise fail
  • Achieves permanent fat removal
  • Tones and reshapes body contours to improve your figure
  • Boosts self-confidence

Achieved With Liposuction

Permanent Fat Removal

When you lose weight through diet and exercise, your fat cells shrink. However, if you do not maintain your weight and healthy lifestyle, your fat cells may one day increase in size and cause you to gain weight in the future. When you undergo liposuction, many fat cells are eliminated from the body. While your remaining fat cells can still increase in size, you will have a permanent reduction in the number of fat cells you have. This will help you to retain your slim body contours long term.

Customized Body Contouring

Typical weight loss cannot offer targeted body contouring. Weight does not shed evenly from all over the body, and some areas may hold on to stubborn fat even when the rest of the body is lean and toned. Liposuction eliminates stubborn fat deposits wherever they are. You can receive customized body contouring by getting liposuction for your thighs, abdomen, love handles, back, upper arms, knees, ankles, or even your neck. Liposuction can be tailored to meet your specific body contouring needs and sculpt your body to give you the figure you desire.

A Youthful Figure

Pregnancy, weight gain, and aging can all leave stubborn pockets of unwanted fat on various areas of the body. The abdomen, hips, thighs, and upper arms are especially vulnerable. When these areas pack on excess fat, they can cause you to look prematurely aged. Liposuction removes the excess fat from stubborn areas and restores sculpted and youthful body contours.

Your Liposuction Procedure

During liposuction, a cannula (small tube) is inserted through a small incision into the body to suction out the fat. The area is infiltrated with a special tumescent solution, and the fat is removed with suction. The details of the procedure differ by liposuction technique. Dr. Schlechter offers the following liposuction techniques to help patients achieve a leaner and more sculpted body shape.

Laser-Assisted Liposuction (Smartlipo®)

  • May be recommended for smaller or more precise treatment areas
  • Can be performed under local anesthesia or oral sedation
  • Begins with a tiny incision and the injection of tumescent fluid
  • The tumescent solution numbs the area and facilitates the removal of fat
  • A cannula with a laser tip is inserted through the incision
  • Laser energy is transmitted at varying wavelengths to melt the fat
  • The skin is heated, which shrinks collagen fibers and triggers more collagen formation to tighten the skin
  • The liquefied fat is suctioned out through the cannula

Water-Assisted Liposuction (AquaShape®/Body-Jet®)

  • Offers gentle fat removal
  • Is often used to transfer fat from one area of the body to another
  • Cannulas inject a continual flow of water as a flat, fan-shaped water jet to disrupt the fat
  • The fat is dislodged and removed through aspiration
  • The removed fat receives minimal damage, allowing it to easily be transferred to other areas of the body with volume deficiencies
  • The surrounding connective tissues are also less traumatized during the process

Traditional Tumescent Liposuction

  • The original liposuction technique
  • Highly effective and widely used in plastic surgery
  • Begins with a small incision and the injection of tumescent fluid
  • The tumescent fluid numbs the area and facilitates the removal of fat
  • The tumescent fluid also minimizes bleeding
  • A cannula is inserted through the incision into the fatty tissue
  • The fat is suctioned out of the body

FAQs

A good candidate for liposuction is within 20 pounds of his or her ideal body weight but has stubborn fat deposits on the abdomen, thighs, upper arms, and/or other areas. An ideal candidate has good skin elasticity so that the skin will be able to contract rather than sag after the fat has been removed. Candidates should have realistic expectations about the results.
Many people assume that, should they be overweight or obese, liposuction is the cure to all their weight problems. This is completely false. While it is true that liposuction can be a wonderful motivational tool to lose weight and get fit, liposuction was not actually designed for weight loss. Instead, the procedure was designed to contour areas throughout the body and provide a more even tone and appearance. The best candidates for liposuction are those who are relatively fit and have fat deposits in unwanted places that need to be removed. When this fat is removed from a fit individual, the body begins to take on a better shape.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends limiting fat removal to five liters, which is about 10 pounds. This is to maintain safety with the procedure.
The fees associated with liposuction tend to vary greatly due to a number of factors, such as the region, plastic surgeon, and area of the body. Patients should exercise great caution about trying to find the cheapest option, for as the saying goes, “You get what you pay for.” Choosing your surgeon and location based solely or primarily on the cost could mean a greater risk of complications, an unnatural appearance, incomplete results, and higher future costs. Dr. Schlechter is an experienced and skilled liposuction surgeon and can help you achieve the best liposuction results for a fair price.
Depending on your desired expectations and if you are going to transfer your fat to another area of your body, Dr. Schlechter will advise you as to which method of liposuction is best for you.
Liposuction does not address skin laxity, but there are other procedures that can help. Liposuction can generally be paired with another surgery, such as a thigh lift, tummy tuck, or even breast reduction, to remove unwanted fat bulges and tighten sagging skin in problematic spots of the body.
The recovery for each type of liposuction is quite similar. You can expect to come home wearing a compression garment on the treated areas. This garment is vital to your recovery and compresses the treated area to promote healing, ensure proper contouring of the tissues, and reduce swelling. You can resume your daily activities within a few days, but you should not do anything that will increase your heart rate or blood pressure, as this can increase the amount of swelling and bruising. Swelling and bruising typically last up to a week or so. Other than that, you should rest and take your antibiotic that is given to all surgery patients and any pain medications when needed.
Weight gain is still possible after liposuction, but it may be less likely and may not occur to the same degree that it would have if you had not undergone liposuction. With liposuction, you have fat cells permanently removed from your body, so you cannot gain weight as readily because there is a decreased number of fat cells. With that said, if you gain weight, your remaining fat cells will increase in volume; ergo, those areas will become larger. The treated areas may still “fill out,” but not to the degree they would have if the area had not been treated.
Liposuction permanently removes fat cells from the body. With a healthy lifestyle, the results can last for many years. However, if you fall into unhealthy habits and are not careful about your diet and exercise, your existing fat cells may grow, and you may gain weight. Liposuction can provide excellent motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid future weight gain.