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What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to help individuals achieve a slimmer appearance by reducing unwanted deposits of fat in one or more regions of the body (depending on your individual goals). However, it is not a weight loss treatment—liposuction patients are usually at or near their goal weight.
Even with a strict diet and exercise routine, some women and men discover certain areas of the body that seem to be resistant to change. To help reduce these stubborn pockets of fat and create a more toned silhouette, liposuction has been an excellent option for many of our patients at Advanced Aesthetic Surgery.
- Liposuction Treatment Areas
- Liposuction Candidates
- The Liposuction Procedure
- Liposuction Recovery
- Liposuction Results
- Liposuction Risks and Side Effects
- Liposuction Cost
What Areas of the Body Can Liposuction Treat?
Liposuction is ideal for reducing fat in areas of the body such as the abdomen, flanks, (muffin top), thighs, back, and arms. It can also be used in the chin and jowl area to create a more defined jawline.
With liposuction, many of our patients have been able to reduce or eliminate fat in problem areas. Some additional benefits of liposuction can include:
Highlighting weight loss efforts by improving definition
More toned, athletic appearance
Can be combined with other procedures for improved results
To find out if liposuction is right for you, please contact us today to learn more, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lintner.
Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?
Ideal liposuction candidates should be in good overall health and close to their desired weight. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure — rather, it is intended to help individuals supplement their diet and exercise efforts. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle after the procedure is important, as well, since it is possible for patients to gain weight again after the procedure. If you are not a candidate for this procedure, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas Lintner will work with you to help you find an appropriate alternative treatment. Helping each patient achieve the best possible results while avoiding any unnecessary procedures is extremely important to Dr. Lintner, so if he feels liposuction is not the best way to accomplish your unique aesthetic goals, he will advise against it. In some cases, patients who have lost a significant amount of weight may also benefit from an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) or other body contouring procedures to help remove excess skin that can occur after weight loss.
I had found Dr. Lintner online and met with several other surgeons. As soon as I met him, I knew he was the right doctor. He really cares about his patients…I absolutely love my results.
H.M. Liposuction Patient, Atlanta GA
How Is the Liposuction Procedure Performed?
Performed under general anesthesia or IV sedation, liposuction is frequently done as an outpatient procedure, although certain cases require an overnight stay in the hospital for monitoring. Dr. Lintner customizes treatment for each of his patients, so the duration of the procedure can vary, depending on your individual treatment plan.
In a typical liposuction procedure, a small cannula is inserted into targeted regions of the body through very small incisions. The cannula is attached to a suction device, enabling it to carefully and strategically remove localized pockets of fat. During the procedure, a tumescent fluid (saline solution) is administered, helping to disrupt fat, as well as reduce bleeding and/or bruising. Use of tumescent fluid can also potentially limit discomfort during recovery.
What Is Liposuction Recovery Like?
After liposuction, patients may experience a small amount of swelling and/or bruising in the targeted areas, but this should fade over time. Dr. Lintner provides each patient with personalized aftercare instructions to ensure they achieve the best possible results. Any discomfort after surgery can typically be managed with medication, when used as instructed by Dr. Lintner. Most liposuction patients are able to return to their daily routines approximately one week after surgery, although strenuous activities should usually be avoided for about two weeks.
How Long Do Liposuction Results Last?
Body contouring results from liposuction are often noticeable immediately following the procedure, but final results should become more apparent over time as swelling goes down. Fat cells removed during the procedure are permanently eliminated from the body; however, future weight gain is still possible. Following liposuction, patients who continue living a healthy lifestyle should be able to retain their results.
Does Liposuction Have Any Risks or Side Effects?
Although there are some common temporary side effects of liposuction, such as swelling, redness, or bruising, some more serious risks are associated with the procedure, as well. Most of these concerns are similar to various other surgical procedures, such as infection, blood clots, fluid accumulation, irregular contours, and more. However, the chances of encountering complications like these can be minimized substantially when liposuction is performed by a skilled and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Lintner.
Dr. Lintner can discuss these risks in more detail during your consultation. Additionally, he will assess your overall health prior to the procedure, and advise against it if he believes it is unsafe for any reason.
How Much Does Liposuction Cost?
The average cost of a liposuction procedure can vary*, depending on the size and location of the treatment areas, as well as the volume of fat to be removed during the procedure. Other considerations that affect the overall price of liposuction include medications, anesthesia, pre- and post-operative testing, the surgeon’s fee, and more. To obtain a personalized price quote, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lintner. In your consultation, we can provide you with a more precise estimate, and can help you explore our plastic surgery financing options, if needed.
*Unlike many prices listed online, which only quote the surgeon’s fee, these average prices are inclusive of a multitude of expenses that are typically included in the final cost of liposuction.
Schedule Your Liposuction Consultation
If you are interested in liposuction for a more contoured silhouette, contact Advanced Aesthetic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lintner or to learn more about the procedure. In a one-on-one consultation, Dr. Lintner can address any questions or concerns you may have, and can help you determine if liposuction is the best procedure for your individual concerns.
*Individual Results May Vary