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What Is Liposuction?

Excess fat deposits tend to accumulate in various areas of the body as we age. Even still, the diversity of the human body merits that even young people have uneven and uncomfortable distributions of fat due to genetic predispositions. Everyone wants to look as good as they feel, and while some people are fortunate enough to eliminate their fat tissue through diet and exercise, others are not as successful. If you’ve been unable to reduce your body fat or have a few “trouble” areas where stubborn fat exists, then liposuction may be beneficial for you.

As one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the Tampa area, liposuction safely removes fat deposits from the body. The unique technology of liposuction allows it to target almost any area of the body, getting rid of unflattering “love handles,” “muffin tops,” a “double chin,” “bra rolls,” “man boobs,” and more.

The removal of fat from trouble areas can help reveal underlying muscle tone and definition while restoring firmness and tightness to your physique. Additionally, liposuction can give patients the ability to fit more comfortably in a wider range of clothes, adding to the happiness of their lives.

What Are the Benefits of Liposuction in Tampa, FL?

  • Targets body fat in almost any area
  • Allows patients to fit into clothes that are more flattering and comfortable
  • Encourages higher levels of self-confidence
  • Increases the visibility of underlying muscles and body tone
  • Harmonizes asymmetrical body fat distribution
  • Can be used to enhance other body contouring procedures

What Are the Treatable Areas for Liposuction?

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Upper Body (Chest, Arms, Upper Back)

The chest becomes more contoured and firm for men as embarrassing excess fat is removed. Women often target excess fat on the sides of their chest to enhance the appearance of their bust (especially when combining liposuction with breast augmentation). Loose fat on the upper arms can be removed to produce more defined arm contours. Fat on the back can also be eliminated to reveal more toned and smooth back contours.

Midsection (Abdomen, Waist, Lower Back)

The abdomen is one of the most difficult areas to eliminate stubborn fat from, and liposuction allows you to flatten that stubborn tummy pooch. Liposuction can also remove fat from the sides of the waist and lower back so you can have the more slender and defined midsection you’ve always wanted.

Lower Body (Hips, Butt, Thighs, Ankles)

“Saddlebags” on the outer thighs and jiggly fat on the inner thighs can finally be defeated with liposuction. This procedure can also produce more slender hips and a butt with uplifted, attractive contours. Fat on the ankles (“cankles”) can also be eliminated so you can show off your more slender legs.

What Are the Procedure Steps for Liposuction?

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Step 1: Preparation and Anesthesia

Prior to anesthesia, your surgeon will carefully mark the area to be sculpted. Once this is complete, you will be treated with numbing medication and options of anesthesia that include local, general, and intravenous sedation.

Step 2: Liposuction Incisions

Your surgeon will carefully follow along the marked areas that will be sculpted and create small incisions. These liposuction incisions will be made in inconspicuous areas and along the natural creases of your body as much as possible.

Step 3: Fat Removal

Patients will have their fat loosed as a cannula (a thin, hollow tube) passes through the incision points. A slow and controlled motion will dislodge and remove the fat deposits with a surgical suction device attached to the cannula.

Liposuction Recovery and Results

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What Will My Liposuction Recovery Be Like?

Liposuction is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning patients are expected to return home safely the same day of their surgery. Compression garments are often used to protect the treated area and minimize swelling and irritation. After two to three weeks, the inflammation should resolve and most patients return to their normal lifestyle. However, athletic and strenuous activities should be avoided for at least six weeks.

Recovery times may vary based on the amount of fat removed and the number of areas treated. Your surgeon will determine a precise timeline and recommendations for your unique recovery.

How Can I Speed Up My Liposuction Recovery?

There are several ways to make your liposuction recovery faster, easier, and safer. The most important tip for recovery is to follow the instructions of your surgeon in regards to cleaning your incisions and properly changing and removing your bandages/compression garment. Other tips for liposuction recovery include picking up your prescription pain medication prior to treatment, resting with a proper amount of sleep, and wearing loose, comfortable clothing. Eating a nutrient-rich diet and hydrating frequently with plenty of water is also known to speed recovery.

What Will My Liposuction Results Look Like?

As your body heals, your more slender and attractive contours will become noticeable. Patients often find sleeker, more refined angles that shape proportionally and harmoniously with the rest of their physique.

How Can I Maintain My Liposuction Results?

An essential aspect of your liposuction results is their ability to be maintained for years to come. Liposuction results can last for several years through a healthy amount of exercise and nutritious, fat-fighting diets. Not only does this help prolong the lifespan and visibility of your results, but it can also enhance the quality of your life by helping you feel as good as you look.

Liposuction FAQs

  • The cost of liposuction depends on the number of areas being treated as well as the amount of fat being removed. The cost of liposuction is also altered by anesthesia fees, surgical facility fees, post-surgery garments, prescriptions for medication, surgeon fees, and location.

    The true cost of liposuction can only properly be determined during your consultation. Because liposuction is such a versatile and flexible procedure, we at PREMIERE Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Tampa, FL, will meet with you to customize the procedure to fit your needs and your budget.

  • Insurance providers do not typically cover the cost of liposuction, as it is generally an elective procedure.

  • Ideal candidates for liposuction are in good overall health. Liposuction is a great tool for both men and women looking to improve the contour of their body, reveal the tone of muscles, and get rid of stubborn fatty deposits. For women who have experienced an increase in unwavering fat deposits due to pregnancy, liposuction can be a great option for restoring the body to an attractive silhouette.

    Although liposuction typically provides fulfilling results, individuals need to have realistic expectations about the outcome and not view liposuction as a means of weight loss, removing cellulite, eliminating excess skin, or improving skin quality.

  • While some skin contraction may occur after liposuction, this will depend on the quality of your skin. Loose skin without much elasticity may appear worse after the fat is removed, leaving sagging, hanging skin on the target area. If you have excess skin, your surgeon may recommend a body contouring procedure such as a lower body lift, an arm lift, or a tummy tuck to remove skin and further enhance your contours.

  • The results of a liposuction procedure are intended to be long lasting since liposuction permanently removes fat deposits from the body. While liposuction has the ability to provide permanent results, the fat cells that remain in the treated area can grow through an unhealthy lifestyle. Diet and exercise should be continued in order to fully maintain optimal results. Additionally, pregnancy may cause an increase in fat deposits as well, making liposuction ideal for women who have already given birth to all their children.

  • Local, general, or intravenous anesthesia is administered for liposuction to prevent any discomfort during the procedure. Although patients can expect some pain and discomfort during the first few days after their liposuction procedure, prescribed medication will alleviate these symptoms. Your surgeon will provide proper instructions on how to care for the incision sites in order to prevent excess swelling and help you reduce the possibility of infection.

  • The small instrument (cannula) used for liposuction leaves scars that are small and discreet. Because liposuction is such a unique procedure for each patient, the number of scars that may appear will be based on the number of incision points needed to address each problem area. Visibility of scarring also depends on whether the patient’s skin quality is thin or thick. During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss your liposuction incision locations and the ways in which they can minimize the appearance of scarring. Your surgeon will also provide you with specific instructions on how to alleviate the visibility of scars with topical cream and other products that help with scar fading.

  • Patients who plan on having children before they have liposuction may experience their previous liposuction results diminished, as pregnancy is known to alter a woman’s shape and body fat percentage. Like Mommy Makeover patients, liposuction patients may want to consider getting treatment after they have all their children. While liposuction will not prevent a patient from having future children, patients are more likely to maintain their results if they do not experience a subsequent pregnancy.

  • For decades people have wished they could take fat from one area of their body and transfer it to another. With a fat grafting procedure known as the Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), your surgeon can use the removed, purified fat cells to reshape and add volume to your butt.

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