Liposuction can enhance your appearance and your self confidence, but it wonít necessarily change your looks to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.
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Beauty for life:
Despite good health and a reasonable level of fitness, some people may still have a body with disproportionate contours due to localized fat deposits. These areas may be due to family traits rather than a lack of weight control or fitness. Liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits, improving your body contours and proportion, and ultimately, enhancing your self-image.
Liposuction techniques may be used to reduce localized fat deposits of the:
In some cases, liposuction is performed alone, in other cases it is used with plastic surgery procedures such as facelift, breast reduction or a tummy tuck.
What it won’t do: Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise. It is also not an effective treatment for cellulite, the dimpled skin that typically appears on the thighs, hips and buttocks, or loose saggy skin.
What to expect during your consultation
The success and safety of your liposuction procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.
Be prepared to discuss:
Dr. Foley may also:
Preparing for surgery
Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:
Special instructions you receive will cover:
Dr. Foley will also discuss where your procedure will be performed. Liposuction may be performed in our accredited office-based surgical center or a hospital.
You’ll need help
Step 1 – Anesthesia
Step 2 – The incision
Step 3 – See the results
Important facts about the safety and risks of liposuction
The decision to have liposuction is extremely personal and you’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. Dr. Foley will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.
Possible risks of liposuction include:
Important facts about the safety and risks of liposuction
Is it right for me?
Be sure to ask questions: It’s very important to ask Dr. Foley questions about your liposuction procedure. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of preoperative stress. Don’t be shy about discussing these feelings with Dr. Foley.
Once your procedure is completed, a compression garment or elastic bandages may cover treatment areas. These help to control swelling and compress the skin to your new body contours.
You will be given specific instructions that may include: How to care for the surgical site(s), medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with Dr. Foley.
A special note: Secondary procedures may sometimes be recommended to reduce excess skin. Special considerations are needed when large amounts—usually more than 5 liters of fat—are suctioned.
Be sure to ask Dr. Foley specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.
When you go home
The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.
The results will be long-lasting
It may take several months for the swelling to fully dissipate. As it does, your new contours and enhanced self-image should continue to develop.
The fulfillment you feel from the initial results of liposuction should continue as long as you control your weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. A significant weight gain can reverse your results. Following liposuction, your slimmer and better-proportioned body should more accurately reflect the healthy and active life you lead.
How much will liposuction cost?
Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery. Prices can vary greatly depending on the extent of the procedure, the combination of multiple procedures, and the time involved. You will receive a detailed quote following your consultation. Talk with the Foley Plastic Surgery Center staff about your payment options.
Cost may include:
Your satisfaction involves more than a fee
Most health insurance does not cover cosmetic surgery or its complications.
Words to know
Breast reduction: Also known as reduction mammoplasty, reduction of breast size by surgery.
Cannula: A Thin, hollow tube used during liposuction to loosen excess fat.
Facelift: A surgical procedure, also known as rhytidectomy, to reduce sagging of the mid-face, jowls and neck.
General anesthesia: Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.
Hematoma: Blood pooling beneath the skin.
Intravenous sedation: Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.
Lipoplasty: Another term for liposuction.
Liposuction: Also called lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, this procedure vacuums out fat from beneath the skin’s surface to reduce fullness.
Local anesthesia: A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.
Suction lipectomy: Another term for liposuction.
Sutures: Stitches used by surgeons to hold skin and tissue together.
Tumescent or super-wet liposuction: Involves an infusion of saline solution with adrenaline and possibly anesthetic prior to removal of excess fat.
Tummy tuck: A surgical procedure, also known as abdominoplasty, to correct the apron of excess skin hanging over your abdomen.