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Liposuction

Liposuction is an excellent procedure for individuals with good skin elasticity and areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. Certain collections of fat are genetically prone to stay and may not respond to typical weight loss or exercise programs. Liposuction involves minimal incisions near the site of removal and very little downtime.
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What Areas Can Liposuction Treat?

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Abdomen

Excess fat around the abdomen can make it difficult to have the flat, lean belly you desire. If there is droopy or stretched skin and stretch marks from pregnancies or significant weight loss, many patients will need to consider a tummy tuck.

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Hips & Thighs

Unwanted fat accumulation around the hips and thighs can affect how your clothing fits. Patients with poor skin quality and no elasticity, especially on the upper inner thighs, may want to consider a thigh lift that removes fat and tightens the skin as well.

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Buttocks

Fatty tissue can cause your buttocks to lack the attractive definition and shape you desire. Many times, contouring the hip rolls, saddlebags, upper inner thighs, and triangle above buttock crease will enhance the look of the buttocks.

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Arms

Flabby arms can lack tone or definition, making you feel uncomfortable in many types of shirts and dresses. However, if you have very stretched skin and poor elasticity, the more appropriate procedure would be an arm lift to remove skin that does not contract well.

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Neck

Stores of fat under the neck can create a double chin, which robs you of a lean facial appearance. This is fine for relatively young patients with good skin tone. However, if you have prominent muscle bands and excess skin, the neck lift will attain more dramatic results.

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Back & Chest

Fat may obscure the definition along your back. Fatty tissue can create the appearance of breasts in men. However, in men with both fat and breast tissue, this is called gynecomastia and may require more than just liposuction.

Liposuction Process

Before Your Procedure

Before the procedure, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Do not take any anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) for at least two weeks
  • Refrain from smoking for at least two weeks (long-term smokers, even when they stop, have a higher rate of complications with healing)
  • Refrain from drinking alcohol for at least one week (excessive alcohol consumption can slow blood clotting and may result in more bruising or even hematomas)
  • Shower the morning of surgery, but do not apply any lotions or other moisturizers
  • Arrange to have someone drive you home after the procedure

While Undergoing Liposuction

Liposuction is usually performed on an outpatient basis with general anesthesia. Very minor touch-ups can be done under local anesthesia. With a specialized suctioning device, excess fat deposits are permanently removed through small incisions using a thin, hollow tube called a cannula.


Fat Transfer

Some liposuction procedures are performed to harvest fatty tissue for a fat transfer procedure. Fat transfer may be used in combination with liposuction to improve the appearance of cellulite. In other cases, fat harvested through liposuction can be used to restore volume to the face, improve the size of the breasts, and enhance the shape of the buttocks.


Your Transformation Is Under Way!

After a couple of weeks, swelling and bruising will subside and the contours of your body will be noticeably slimmer and more defined. Long-term results typically take four to six months for final contouring. The results of liposuction are generally permanent, and patients can maintain their results by following a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Remember that you can still regain fat in the areas suctioned since the remaining fat cells can enlarge with excess caloric intake. However, you don’t grow new fat cells.


Concerns

Recovery
After your liposuction surgery is complete, it is best to follow these guidelines to ensure you have the safest and most effective recovery:
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Wear compression garments to help reduce swelling and improve skin contouring over the new silhouette
  • Take prescribed medication
  • Limit physical activity
  • Schedule a follow-up appointment with your surgeon
Your surgeon will provide you with more detailed instructions to follow for after the procedure.
Cost
The total cost of liposuction depends on the number of areas treated and the amount of fat removed. Other factors such as anesthesia and facility fees can affect the cost of your procedure. Dr. Karp will provide you with a detailed quote during your consultation.
Scars
Dr. Karp places incisions in the natural creases of the body to mask any scars that may develop. The extent of scarring will vary depending on the incision required for your procedure and your body’s natural healing process. Scarring that may develop is generally mild and likely to fade over time.
Pain
You may experience some discomfort for several hours following your procedure. The pain can be controlled by using an oral medication prescribed by your physician. Most discomfort typically lasts a couple of days.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

    Ideal candidates for liposuction are close to their ideal weight with stubborn areas of fat that have been difficult to eliminate with diet and exercise. Liposuction candidates are in good overall health and do not have any pre-existing health conditions. It is important to have realistic expectations of the procedure and to understand that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure.

  • Will liposuction improve the appearance of cellulite?

    Although liposuction removes excess fat and usually provides the skin with a smoother appearance, it is not considered a standalone treatment for cellulite. Liposuction can sever the bands that attach to the skin and cause the dimpling (viewed as cellulite), but to maintain an improvement, you must fill these released dimples, typically by fat grafting (fat transfer). Together, the two procedures can achieve the best improvement for cellulite.

  • Will liposuction address excess skin?

    Liposuction addresses excess fat only. Body contouring procedures address excess skin on various areas of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, and arms. Liposuction is commonly combined with body contouring in patients who have excess fat and sagging skin. While in the office, you can have a discussion with Dr. Karp about the benefits of combining body contouring surgery with your liposuction.

  • How much does liposuction cost?

    The total cost of liposuction depends on the number of areas treated and the amount of fat removed.

  • Is liposuction covered by health insurance?

    Health insurance providers do not typically cover the cost of liposuction because it is considered an elective cosmetic procedure.

  • How long will the results of liposuction last?

    Liposuction permanently removes fat cells. However, the remaining fat cells in the treated area(s) can still increase in size with weight gain. Therefore, maintaining a stable weight by following a healthy diet and exercise regimen will preserve the results.