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.

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.

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