Liposuction is an effective way of removing stubborn deposits of fat from many areas of the body such as the tummy, waist, hips, thighs, buttocks, “love handles”, knees arms and the face and neck. Liposculpture treats your "problem areas", like saddle bags, while leaving your surrounding tissue (nerves, blood vessels) intact. Liposculpture is a liposuction technique meant to speed your recovery time and reduces the pain associated with traditional liposuction.
What is Tumescent Liposculpture?
The word tumescent means swollen and firm. Tumescent local anesthesia involves the injection of large volumes of very dilute lidocaine (local anesthesia) and epinephrine (constricts blood vessels) into subcutaneous fat. The volume of local anesthetic is so large that targeted areas literally become tumescent (swollen and firm). This technique produces profound and long-lasting local anesthesia of the skin and subcutaneous fat. Tumescent Liposculpture designates a form of liposuction that uses tumescent local anesthesia. By doing liposuction totally by local anesthesia one avoids the potential dangers associated with general anesthesia. This procedure has an unsurpassed record of patient safety.
Who is a good candidate for Liposculpture?
The best candidates for Liposculpture are in good health and have realistic expectations of liposuction. There is no specific age limit or weight limit for patients. Many patients are of average size but are concerned about localized accumulations of fat. It is important to emphasize that Liposculpture is not a treatment for generalized obesity, however some of the happiest patients have been individuals who are somewhat overweight.
What is a successful Liposculpture surgery?
Liposculpture surgery is a success when the patient is happy with the results. The surgeon’s goal is to obtain an optimal aesthetic result rather than to maximize the amount of fat removed. A common cause for disappointment in the results is the removal of too much fat, which can produce a disfigured or abnormal appearance. The cosmetic success of a liposuction surgery is often the result of removing an amount of fat equivalent to a half-pound of butter from a woman’s saddlebag area or from a man’s love handle area. While this amount of fat is relatively small compared to a person’s total body weight, it can
Will my skin be affected after the fat is removed?
Although irregularities of the skin are possible following any type of liposuction surgery, the risk of significant irregularities is minimized by tumescent liposuction due to the use of microcannulas. Recent laser technologies have also been used to provide additional skin tightening and collagen contraction in the deep dermis. If you need or desire additional tightening due to skin laxity, we will be happy to discuss this in more detail during your consultation. There is an add-on fee for additional skin tightening beyond what the Liposculpture procedure provides.
What are the areas treated by Liposculpture?
The most frequently treated areas for women are the abdomen, hips and outer thighs, inner thighs and knees, face and neck, arms, back, buttocks, and breasts. In men, the most commonly treated areas include the chin and neck, abdomen, breasts, and “love handles” or flanks.
How permanent will the results be?
Fat cells that are removed by liposuction do not grow back. As long as the patient does not gain excessive amounts of weight, the new, more pleasing silhouette is permanent. Of course after Liposculpture the clock keeps ticking and advancing age will produce the usual subtle changes of the body. Overall, the new body shape after Liposculpture is more or less permanent.
How soon can I return to work and other activities?
Because of the significant decrease in swelling and decrease in inflammation and pain after the surgery, patients are able to return to normal physical activities very soon after surgery. There is no limitation to physical activity other than what common sense would dictate. Some patients are able to return to jogging, golf, and light aerobic exercise within a day or two. Some patients do find the soreness after surgery more significant than others, but on average, most patients are quite surprised at how quickly they are able to return to normal activities.
How soon will I see results?
Patients can usually see dramatic improvements within 2 to 4 weeks after surgery, and they can expect to see 90 percent of the final result within 4 to 6 weeks. With older techniques, the ultimate results usually require 12-16 weeks to become fully apparent.