Liposuction

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Liposuction/Lipoplasty

Liposuction is a very popular body sculpting procedure. Stubborn pockets of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise can be removed from most areas of the body, giving you smoother, more desirable contours. Gawley Plastic Surgery recommends tumescent liposuction to qualifying patients.

Benefits of Liposuction

Liposuction is not an alternative to diet and exercise, but it can remove stubborn pockets of fat that have not responded to a healthy lifestyle. Areas that can be treated with liposuction include:

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  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Waist
  • Knees
  • Upper arms
  • Neck
  • Chin
  • Cheeks

Liposuction can be performed alone or to complement other procedures such as a face lift.

Liposuction is often part of a Mommy Makeover.

How It Works

Liposuction works by breaking up fat and suctioning it out of the body. At our office, we offer tumescent liposuction.

Tumescent liposuction involves injecting a “wetting solution” with a local anesthetic into the treatment area, which causes blood vessels to constrict. This minimizes blood loss and reduces postsurgical pain and bleeding. The fat is then broken up and suctioned out of the body. This technique is the standard of care when it comes to liposuction and offers beautiful, natural-looking results.

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Liposuction Candidates

Liposuction is a very effective way to sculpt your body, giving you the beautiful contours you desire. In order to be a good candidate for liposuction you should be:

  • In good overall health
  • Within 25 pounds of your ideal weight
  • Stable in your weight
  • A non-smoker

Liposuction is not appropriate for everyone. Gawley Plastic Surgery does not recommend liposuction for patients with the following conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Lung disease
  • Clotting disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Poor circulation
  • Obesity

If you have stubborn, unwanted areas of fat, please contact Gawley Plastic Surgery to schedule your initial consultation in the Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona area. You can learn more about liposuction by reading our Frequently Asked Liposuction Questions page.

How much fat can be removed at once with liposuction?

The amount of fat that can be removed with liposuction depends on your body type, weight, and amount of excess fat. Surgeons need to follow safety guidelines, the amount of fat that can be removed safely with liposuction at one time is about 5 litters.

What is tumescent liposuction?

Tumescent liposuction uses a solution made of lidocaine and epinephrine that is injected into the fat. This technique makes fat removal easier and less painful.  It can also help with bruising.

Are you put to sleep for liposuction?

Liposuction is the gold standard when it comes to removing stubborn pockets of fat. Some liposuction procedures can be done with the patient awake with only local or regional anesthesia. However, for larger liposuction areas or liposuction done at the same time as other procedures, for your safety and comfort you will need to be asleep under general anesthesia.

Can I get liposuction if I am overweight?

Yes, if you are overweight, you can have liposuction. To be the best candidate for liposuction, you should have specific problem areas. A good BMI calculator can be found here – www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/bmicalc.htm. A BMI of 30 or higher may indicate that you have internal fat (fat around your internal organs) and we cannot address that with liposuction. However, if you have a larger bony structure or have a lot of muscle, then you may still be a candidate.

Does fat come back after lipo?

Fat will not return and the result will remain intact if you are able to maintain a stable weight. Unfortunately, it is possible for fat to return after liposuction if you do not maintain your weight. The more weight you gain after liposuction, the less dramatic the result will be.

Does liposuction get rid of cellulite?

While liposuction is a wonderful solution for discrete unwanted fat collections that won’t go away with diet and exercise, it makes very little impact on cellulite. The best treatment for cellulite really depends on your physique. For mild cellulite, there are treatments offered through MDSkin that work although they need to be repeated. For more significant cellulite, a tummy tuck or left lift may be needed to really give you a smoother looking appearance.

Can visceral fat be removed?

Visceral fat, also called intra-abdominal fat, is fat that is located around the internal organs like the stomach, intestines and liver. This means it is behind the muscles and cannot safely be removed with liposuction.

Does liposuction really work?

Liposuction works, no question. It takes a few weeks for the swelling to settle and for you to really see the results. While the skin may lose some firmness as you age, liposuction results are generally long-lasting. Fat will not return and the result will remain intact if you are able to maintain a stable weight. Unfortunately, it is possible for fat to return after liposuction if you do not maintain your weight.

Does a tummy tuck remove fat?

In addition to removing excess skin, a tummy tuck will also remove excess fat and tighten the abdominal muscles. Most, if not all, of the fat from your belly button to your pubic hairline will be removed. Fat above the belly button and off to the sides can also be removed at the time of tummy tuck through liposuction. In fact, liposuction is an fundamental part of a tummy tuck for most patients and we include it in the procedure.

How can I avoid weight gain after surgery?

Gaining weight after surgery is, to some extent, normal. Fluid retention, swelling, inflammation, stress and limitation of activities can lead you to gain a few pounds in the first week. You can minimize this by drinking plenty of water, eating well (healthy diet with high fiber, whole grains and fresh fruit and vegetables while minimizing comfort foods high in fat or sugar) and walking short distances.

How do you shower after liposuction?

After liposuction, you will be able to shower normally within a few days. In the rare case where you have a drain after surgery, we ask that you wait until the drain comes out to shower. After that, you can remove any dressings or compression garments and shower like usual.

How does fat transfer work?

Fat transfer or grafting uses liposuction to take fat from one area where you don’t want it (for example the tummy or thighs) and adds it to another area of the body that you feel needs more volume such as your face, hands, breasts or buttocks. The fat is transferred in very small drops so that it can re-establish blood supply from the surrounding tissues. And, because it uses your body’s own fat, the extra volume is permanent and risks are low.

How can I lose tummy fat fast?

If there was easy way to lose tummy fat fast, no one would have any. Diet and exercise work, but take several months to lose any significant amount. Non-surgical options like CoolSculpting ® work, but are best for small amounts of fat. Liposuction, is the gold standard for losing tummy fat and if you don’t have any extra skin, this is the best option. However, if there is any lose skin, liposuction will only make that worse and you may be best suited with a tummy tuck that removes both fat and skin.

How can I reduce my stomach fat?

If there was easy way to lose tummy fat fast, no one would have any. Diet and exercise work, but take several months to lose any significant amount. Non-surgical options like CoolSculpting ® work, but are best for small amounts of fat. Liposuction, is the gold standard for losing stomach fat and if you don’t have any extra skin, this is the best option. However, if there is any lose skin, liposuction will only make that worse and you may be best suited with a tummy tuck that removes both fat and skin.

How dangerous is liposuction?

Liposuction is now the 2nd most common cosmetic surgery (breast augmentation is #1) in the US with over 250,000 people having it done every year. When liposuction is performed: 1) by one of our board-certified plastic surgeons with both training and experience in the procedure 2) on the proper patient (not everyone is a candidate for liposuction) and 3) in a safe surgical environment like our state certified North Scottsdale Outpatient Surgery Center, the risks of anesthesia, of liposuction and of surgical complications are low.

How does Lipo work?

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How do I prepare for liposuction?

First, don’t use any tobacco or nicotine products or take aspirin / drugs / supplements that increase the risk of bleeding. Second, try to get some exercise in the weeks leading up to surgery. Even just walking for 30-45 minutes can make a difference in your recovery. And finally, have patience. You and your surgeon will discuss what you hope to achieve with surgery. He will be able to see the result immediately at the end of surgery. However, it will take weeks before you can start to see the final result as you will have to wait for the swelling to subside.

How long do you drain after lipo?

If you are doing liposuction alone, you will not normally have a drain at all. If however, you are having liposuction with another procedure, for example a tummy tuck, then you will have drains. Also, liposuction of the back often requires a drain as that area tends to put out a lot of fluid. Drains typically stay in for a week or two and contrary to what you may have heard, really do not hurt much to have them removed when done properly.

How much fat can lipo remove?

Liposuction is a procedure that we do just about every day and you will be amazed at how much fat can be permanently removed. The maximum amount of fat that can safely be removed in an outpatient surgery is 6 to 8 pounds (3-4 liters). If you require more than that, it is safest to either divide the liposuction into separate procedures or stay overnight after surgery.

How long do you need off work after liposuction?

It usually takes about a week to fully recover from liposuction. Depending on your job and the extent of the liposuction, you may be able to return to work in just a few days. More extensive liposuction, or when it is combined with other surgeries means you will need to be off for a week or two again depending on what it is you do. And you will need to avoid heavy physical labor / exercise for 3-4 weeks. You should expect bruising, swelling and soreness for at least a week after liposuction and your surgeon may require you to wear a garment for 3-4 weeks after surgery to minimize the swelling.

How painful is liposuction recovery?

The amount of liposuction performed will determine the level of discomfort experienced in the first few days after the procedure. Small amounts or small areas results in less post-operative pain and rarely requires medication other than Tylenol. Larger areas and larger volumes of liposuction can result in more intense discomfort that requires prescription pain medication (we will prescribe that). The pain is greatest two to four days after the procedure and gradually lessens. Tenderness at the area will eventually fade and gentle compression helps to expedite this.

How much does it cost to get liposuction on your stomach?

The cost of liposuction varies greatly depending on how much fat you want removed and how many different areas you want treated. Our prices are all inclusive: the consult, all pre-operative visits, the surgery, anesthesia and surgery center, as well as all post-operative visits and garments. It ranges between $5,000 for one area to $20,000 for 360 lipo (lipo of the front and back). We pride ourselves on an unsurpassed patient experience, natural results and clinical excellence. Please call us or click here to contact us regarding a private consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons as we look forward to meeting you soon.

How much does liposuction cost without insurance?

Insurance will not cover cosmetic liposuction. The cost of liposuction varies greatly depending on how much fat you want removed and how many different areas you want treated. Our prices are all inclusive: the consult, all pre-operative visits, the surgery, anesthesia and surgery center, as well as all post-operative visits and garments. It ranges between $5,000 for one area to $20,000 for 360 lipo (lipo of the front and back). We pride ourselves on an unsurpassed patient experience, natural results and clinical excellence. Please call us or click here to contact us regarding a private consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons as we look forward to meeting you soon.

Is it easier to lose weight after liposuction?

Yes and no. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure and you can only safely remove a few pounds at a time. It is meant to address problem areas that simply will not respond to diet and exercise. By treating those stubborn areas that you have been working so hard on, you may find yourself motivated to maintain or even improve your new look with a renewed enthusiasm for a healthy lifestyle. The refreshed commitment may even see you lose a few more pounds.

Is Lipo permanent?

Yes, the results of liposuction are permanent. The fat cells are permanently removed with lipo and do not grow back. However, you can gain weight after liposuction as the remaining fat cells can get larger. Typically, this happens in different areas of your body where the number of fat cells has not been altered. To minimize this and maintain your results long-term, follow a diet with lots of lean protein, fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy. And of course, exercise regularly.

Is liposuction an outpatient procedure?

By far, the vast majority of liposuction is done as an outpatient procedure in our state certified and accredited outpatient surgery center, North Scottsdale Outpatient Surgery Center. We prefer out patients to have the highest level of comfort during their procedure and for our surgeons to be able to do their best work. This means a general anesthetic. There are rare occasions where we will perform large volume liposuction cases and these will require an overnight stay.

Is there a weight requirement for liposuction?

No, there is not a specific weight requirement for liposuction. Lipo is a tool to address focused, stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. It is not a weight loss tool. You can expect an easier recovery and better, more noticeable results with a healthier pre-operative weight (BMI

Who is good candidate for liposuction?

The ideal candidate for liposuction is a healthy, non-smoker with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind that they want to achieve with lipo. Individuals with firm, elastic skin, good muscle tone that are within 30% of their ideal body weight will see the most dramatic and satisfying results. That said, if you are bothered by excess fat deposits anywhere on your body that don’t respond to diet or exercise, liposuction may still be right for you. Come and see one of our board-certified plastic surgeons so they can help you realize your new look.

What do they do with liposuction fat?

The short answer is, it depends. Oftentimes, patients that too much fat in one area do not have enough in another. The best example is the Brazilian butt lift (BBL) where fat is taken from the abdomen and upper/lower back and then injected into the buttocks. Another example is fat injections for breast enlargement / enhancement. It’s a win-win in that you take it from where you don’t want it and use it where you do. If not being re-injected, the fat is labeled as medical waste and disposed of according to county and state regulations.

What can you eat after lipo surgery?

To help maintain your results after liposuction, consider adding more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein into your diet, while reducing the intake of sugars, simple carbohydrates, and saturated fats. Intermittent fasting or eating several smaller meals throughout the day or two different options will help maintain your energy levels and keep you from feeling deprived between meals. Drink plenty of fluids as it helps control hunger, maintains a healthy metabolism, and aids in digestion. Protect your investment by incorporating healthy eating habits and choosing a healthy lifestyle and youll enjoy your new look for a long time.

What is ultrasonic liposuction?

Before the fat is removed with lipo, it can be treated by a variety of techniques and devices. Ultrasonic assisted liposuction or UAL, is one of the most common methods and uses ultrasonic waves to liquefy the stubborn fat in your problem areas. It is particularly useful in areas like the knees, neck and ankles. One down side is that the fat is damaged and cannot then be used to be injected into other areas like the breast or buttocks.

What is Lipo Laser?

Before the fat is removed with liposuction, it can be treated by a variety of techniques and devices. Laser lipolysis or lipo is a common device and uses heat from various wavelengths to melt the stubborn fat in your problem areas. It is particularly useful in areas like the knees, neck and ankles. There are several machines including SmartLipo ®, iLipo®, TriSculpt ®, Zerona ®… but essentially, they all do the same thing. One down side is that the fat may be damaged and not ideal to be injected into other areas like the breast or buttocks.

What is the best type of liposuction?

The most important choice in liposuction is choosing the right surgeon and not so much the right device and our surgeons are board-certified with almost 30 years of combined liposuction experience. Tumescent liposuction is considered the gold standard for removing fat and reshaping your body with liposuction. Your surgeon injects a sterile solution of salt water, lidocaine and epinephrine into the fat before removing it. This enhances the safety of the procedure, decreases bruising and swelling, reduces discomfort and minimizes downtime. That is why it is our preferred technique.

What types of liposuction are there?

There are three parts of liposuction. Whether or not fluid is injected first. Dry liposuction (no fluid) has fallen out of favor. What you do before you remove the fat? You can inject local and epinephrine to minimize bruising - tumescent liposuction. You can attempt to melt or destroy the fat with a laser – laser liposuction or ultrasound – ultrasonic liposuction UAL). And finally, how you remove the fat. You can use a traditional vacuum – suction assisted liposuction (SAL), a cannula that moves rapidly – power assisted liposuction (PAL), or one powered by hand. High definition liposuction (HDL) refers to the technique of selectively removing fat in some areas and adding it to others to enhance underlying muscular definition.

What is AirSculpt Lipo?

AirSculpt® Lipo is essentially laser liposuction with one main difference. At the time the tumescent fluid (local anesthetic) is injected to numb the area to be treated, air is also injected. What the exact benefit of this is, is unclear and as yet unproven / unpublished. Best case scenario, it works similar to laser liposuction. Worst case scenario, it may damage the fat more limiting the ability to use that fat to be re-injected into other areas. While our doctors pride themselves on being cutting edge, they also don’t experiment with unproven technology and so we do not currently offer AirSculpt® liposuction.

What is ultrasonic assisted liposuction?

Ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses a special cannula that vibrates rapidly. The cannula is passed through the fat cells and the ultrasonic energy liquefies the fat cells. A regular liposuction cannula can then remove the liquefied fat leaving the important other structures intact.

What is laser assisted liposuction?

Laser assisted liposuction takes advantage of the power and technology associated with medical laser beams. The cannula is passed through the fat cells and the laser energy liquefies the fat cells. A regular liposuction cannula can then remove the liquefied fat leaving the important other structures intact.

Can liposuction get rid of belly fat?

Yes, liposuction does get rid of belly fat. Specifically, it gets rid of the subcutaneous fat or fat that is just under the skin. If you pinch your belly, any fat you can pinch, liposuction can remove. Visceral fat on the other hand, also called intra-abdominal fat, is fat that is located around the internal organs like the stomach, intestines and liver. This means it is behind the muscles and cannot safely be removed with liposuction.

How long will my stomach be swollen after liposuction?

Swelling gets worse for 48-72 hours after surgery and wearing the compression garments we provide is critical during this time to minimize how long you are swollen for. After that, swelling starts to go down. it is typically a week before you are back to where you were before surgery, 2-3 weeks before you really start to see the result and 3 months before you can appreciate the final result.

Does Laser Lipo tighten skin?

Laser assisted liposuction takes advantage of the power and technology associated with medical laser beams. One type of laser lipo: the cannula is passed through the fat cells and the laser energy liquefies the fat cells. A regular liposuction cannula can then remove the liquefied fat leaving the important other structures intact. In the newer laser liposuction machines, laser energy is also delivered to the underside of the skin causing it to tighten. It does work, but in the wrong hands can cause extensive burning and scarring.

Does insurance cover liposuction?

Insurance will not cover cosmetic liposuction. The cost of liposuction varies greatly depending on how much fat you want removed and how many different areas you want treated. Our prices are all inclusive: the consult, all pre-operative visits, the surgery, anesthesia and surgery center, as well as all post-operative visits and garments. It ranges between $5,000 for one area to $20,000 for 360 lipo (lipo of the front and back). We pride ourselves on an unsurpassed patient experience, natural results and clinical excellence. Please call us or click here to contact us regarding a private consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons as we look forward to meeting you soon.

How much does laser assisted liposuction cost?

The cost of liposuction varies greatly depending on how much fat you want removed and how many different areas you want treated. Offering price ranges could be misleading. We pride ourselves on an unsurpassed patient experience, natural results and clinical excellence. Please call us or click here to contact us regarding a private consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons as we look forward to meeting you soon.

Does laser liposuction really work?

Liposuction (whether its laser liposuction, ultrasonic assisted UAL, power assisted PAL…) works, no question. It takes a few weeks for the swelling to settle and for you to really see the results. While the skin may lose some firmness as you age, liposuction results are generally long-lasting. Fat will not return and the result will remain intact if you are able to maintain a stable weight. Unfortunately, it is possible for the remaining fat to enlarge after liposuction if you do not maintain your weight.

How many inches can you lose with liposuction?

Liposuction can take off several inches depending on how much fat is present and where you are removing the fat from. However, lipo is a tool to address focused, stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. It is not a weight loss tool. You can expect an easier recovery and better, more noticeable results with a healthier pre-operative weight (BMI

How soon can I exercise after liposuction?

On the day of procedure, you will be up and walking. Within a few days, you will be pleasantly surprised how little downtime there really is. That said, you should not engage in any vigorous physical activity for at least 2-3 weeks after surgery: try to minimize lifting anything over 5 pounds. Short walks are okay in the first week. You could chip and putt (if you are a golfer) by the third week. And by week four you are almost back to normal.

What are the negative effects of liposuction?

When done by one of our board-certified plastic surgeons in our state certified surgery center, liposuction is relatively safe. There are risks. Some fluid accumulation and numbness in the treated area is common and normally resolves quickly. Some of the rare but possible negative effects include contour irregularities (bumpy / wavy skin), infection and blood clots. We take every precaution to ensure your safety: from pre-surgery IV anti-biotics, to custom machines that squeeze your calfs while you are asleep to minimize the risk of clots. We spare no expense to keep you safe and achieve the outcome you desire.

What are the side effects of cavitation?

Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) uses a special cannula that vibrates rapidly. The cannula is passed through the fat cells and the ultrasonic energy liquefies the fat cells = cavitation. A regular liposuction cannula can then remove the liquefied fat leaving the important other structures intact. The side effects, when done by one of our board-certified plastic surgeons are minimal. In the wrong hands, UAL has been known to cause burns on the skin and permanent scarring.

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