Liposuction, often referred to as liposculpture, is a procedure that slims and reshapes the body’s contours by removing excess fat. It has proven to be an effective cellulite removal technique and can be used on several areas of the body including the neck, chin, arms, stomach and abdomen, hips, thighs, flanks and buttocks. Liposuction has also been used successfully on calves, ankles and the back. The procedure works best on areas that have not responded to diet and exercise, helping to sculpt the body from within by removing stubborn fat deposits.
Liposuction is a long-lasting technique that can be used in conjunction with other cellulite treatments, like a tummy tuck, as well as facelifts or breast surgery.
The Liposuction Procedure
You will receive either local, general or sedation anesthesia to enhance your comfort during your liposuction procedure. Both traditional and laser liposuction procedures are done through small incisions that will heal with little scarring. In traditional liposuction, a thin hollow tube called a cannula is inserted through these small incisions and is used to loosen excess fat. Once the fat has been loosened, it is removed by using a surgical vacuum or syringe.
In laser liposuction, low-energy laser waves liquefy the fat before it is removed from the body via the surgical vacuum.
The incision sites will be closed with sutures or surgical tape and you will be able to notice the results of either procedure as soon as swelling subsides.
Ideal Candidates for Liposuction
Liposuction is an ideal way to sculpt the body and remove cellulite for adults who are within 30% of their ideal weight. The best candidates have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone. All of this helps the skin and body to recover from the procedure and conform to your new shape.
Recovery times for liposuction will vary depending on the part of the body that was worked on and how well you follow your recovery instructions. Recovery ranges from a couple of weeks to several months.
After your surgery you will need to wear a compression garment or bandage. This helps minimize swelling and aids in compressing the skin to your new contours. There may be small incisions in the skin to help drain excess fluids from the procedure site. You’ll be sent home with instructions on how to care for the site and medications to aid in healing and prevent infection.
Cost of Liposuction
The cost of liposuction varies depending on the amount of liposuction needed and the target areas. Dr. Lombardo offers a free in-office consultation and customized price quote after assessing your individual needs and goals. To schedule your free consultation, call: (760) 610-8990.
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