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Liposuction

Sometimes despite all those hours in the gym and our best efforts with a healthy diet, we’re unable to obtain the body we want. Whether it’s a minor touch-up or a major transformation, liposuction may be the solution to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. With small incisions, hidden wherever possible, and use of both traditional liposuction and ultrasonic liposuction, your curves are refined to fit the overall proportions of your body with minimal recovery time. Smaller procedures are performed in the comfort of our office-based surgical facility under local anesthesia.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is the removal of fatty deposits from the body with the aid of a vacuum technique. Small incisions are used and the incisions are hidden to the extent possible.

Types of liposuction

There are many different types of liposuction including traditional liposuction, power-assisted liposuction, ultrasonic liposuction (e.g. VASER® liposuction), water-jet liposuction, and laser liposuction (e.g. Smartlipo™). Utilization of these technologies is greatly dependent upon the surgeon’s preference. Dr. O’Connell believes that liposuction techniques should emphasize not simply the removal of fat, but rather the creation of form.

Am I a candidate for liposuction?

The best candidates for liposuction are close to their ideal weight and have one or more areas of fat that they are unable to lose through diet and exercise.
In addition, patients considering liposuction should be:

  • In good general physical and mental health.
  • Accepting of the associated risks as well as the inevitable scarring and asymmetry that accompany the procedure.
  • Have realistic expectations about what liposuction can and cannot accomplish including an understanding that liposuction is not a weight loss technique.
  • Have good support and quality of the skin that overlies an area planned for liposuction.
  • Have no expectation of improvement in appearance of cellulite following liposuction.

Liposuction FAQs

  • What is tumescent liposuction?

    The term “tumescent technique” involves the injection of a large amount of fluid into a fatty area. By “wetting” the fat, easier removal is possible with smoother contouring and reduced bleeding. Many plastic surgeons utilize a form of this technique for liposuction, especially the “superwet” technique.

  • What areas are most frequently treated with liposuction?

    Most external areas of localized fat deposition in the body can be potentially treated with liposuction. Abdominal liposuction, along with liposuction for thighs and hips, arms, back and even the knees are the most frequently treated areas in women. In men the abdomen and flanks (“love handles”) are most popular. In both sexes, chin liposuction is commonly used to treat small fatty deposits.

  • What is fat grafting?

    Fat grafting, also known as autologous fat transfer, is a technique where harvested fat is re-injected into another area to enhance contour. At The Aesthetic Center we are pleased to offer fat grafting to our patients.

  • What about non-invasive fat removal?

    In recent years, non-invasive fat removal, especially Coolsculpting from Allergan, has experienced significant growth and increased market share. While Coolsculpting® now greatly exceeds liposuction in popularity at the Aesthetic Center, it’s important to note that liposuction remains the “gold standard” for fat removal because of it’s effectiveness and predictability. Nevertheless, the many advantages of Coolsculpting® when compared to liposuction, including lower cost, lower risk, faster recovery and no need for anesthesia, incisions or scarring, account for the great popularity of non-invasive fat contouring at our practice.

  • Are there liposuction risks?

    All surgery carries uncertainty and risk and a discussion of the alternatives and potential complications is an important part of your preoperative consultation(s) with Dr. O’Connell. Contour irregularities and asymmetry are among the most common complications following liposuction.