Do you have stubborn pockets of fat that won’t budge despite hours of exercise and meal planning? You aren’t alone. Fat storage is often determined by genetics and sometimes doesn’t respond to a healthy lifestyle even if you are losing fat in other areas.
Liposuction can be a good way to target specific areas of stubborn fat and sculpt it into a more ideal shape. At Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we offer many different types of liposuction surgery including laser liposuction, 360 liposuction, ultrasound-assisted liposuction, and more. Our services are for patients who are unhappy with any stubborn pockets of fat in their thighs, buttocks, abdomen, arms, jawline, and more.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction surgery involves removing some of the fatty tissue in the target area with a cannula in order to smooth out and sculpt the body. This surgery is not a weight loss procedure. Rather, it is a body-sculpting procedure that allows us to remove small stubborn pockets of fat to make the body more shapely and well-proportioned.
During a standard liposuction surgery, the area is filled with Tumescent Fluid to numb the area, reduce bleeding, and make it easier to remove fat cells. Then the fat is removed using a cannula and very small incisions. Other techniques can be used such as Smartlipo™ and ultrasound-assisted liposuction for patients who want reduced recovery time or tightened skin.
What Types of Liposuction Surgery Are Available?
Vaser liposuction is an ultrasound-assisted liposuction procedure. During this surgery, a special fluid is placed into the fatty layer of the treatment area. Then an ultrasonic probe is placed into the area. This technology emulsifies the fat without harming any of the surrounding tissues. Then the liquified fat is removed using a cannula.
Laser Assisted Liposuction
A laser liposuction procedure or Smartlipo treatment uses a laser to both melt the fat in the treatment area and tighten the skin. This can be a great method for individuals who are worried about having loose skin after their liposuction treatment. During the surgery, a laser is inserted into a small incision and worked back and forth through the treatment area to melt the fat and tighten the skin. Then the fat is removed using a cannula. This treatment can also help with bleeding because its coagulation properties result in less bleeding for the patient.
What Areas Can Be Treated With Liposuction?
One of the most common areas to receive treatment area is the abdomen. During abdominal liposuction, we remove fat carefully and evenly from the abdomen to create a smooth and even appearance.
Fat can often collect on the upper arm and can use many people to feel self-conscious about wearing sleeveless shirts. Arm liposuction can be performed to give the arm a thinner shape and a better contour.
Genetic predisposition can cause excess fat to collect on the neck and chin which can result in a double chin, an invisible jawline, and a fuller neck. A neck liposuction removes fat from this area giving the patient a more defined jawline and a thinner neck.
If you are near your goal weight but stubborn pockets of fat are still clinging to your midsection, a 360 liposuction procedure can be used to give you a more shapely midsection. A 360 liposuction surgery is a procedure that takes fat cells from the entire midsection. During a typical 30 liposuction procedure, we will remove fat from the abdomen, flanks, back, and more. The result can be a much curvier body shape. During this and any liposuction surgery, you may have the option to transfer the fat to other areas where you want additional volume such as the buttocks or breasts.
Other areas can be treated including:
- Inner and outer thigh
- Knee, legs, and calves
- Bra rolls
- Love handles
- Chest and breast
How Much Is Liposuction?
The cost of your liposuction procedure will depend on the technique that is used. The average cost of our liposuction treatments is around $2,000. However, this will change based on how many areas you are having treated, which areas are being treated, which device is used, and whether you are interested in a fat transfer.
What Type of Anesthesia Is Used for Liposuction?
Liposuction can be done under a variety of conditions depending on what is comfortable for the patient. Some procedures can be done with local anesthetic since the Tumescent Fluid includes lidocaine. However, some patients are more comfortable under general anesthesia which is something that we also provide at our practice. Liposuction is typically an outpatient procedure.
When Can You Expect Results?
After liposuction treatments, you can expect to have swelling in the area which can make it difficult to see results. You will be asked to wear a compression garment to help to reduce swelling and shape the area. After 2 months you should be able to see the majority of your results. You may have to wait up to 6 months to see the full results.
Liposuction Procedures With a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Not all clinics offer liposuction procedures that are performed by a board-certified surgeon. Some practices only have cosmetic surgeons that don’t have the proper training. At our practice, Dr. Okoro is board certified and has performed more than 20 thousand liposuction procedures. You should always protect your safety by choosing a reputable practice that has expert doctors with the right credentials.
At Georgia Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we perform ten or more liposuction procedures every week. If you are considering this procedure and want to learn more about our process, contact us today to set up your consultation.