What is Liposuction?
Liposuction or “Lipo” is a surgical procedure that removes unwanted fat from specific areas of the body, such as the abdomen, flanks, thighs, arms, and submental area. Oftentimes, patients refer to these areas as love handles, muffin top, double chin, etc. The procedure is performed using a small, hollow tube called a cannula, which is inserted into the targeted area through a small incision. The cannula is connected to a suction device that removes excess fat cells from the body. Liposuction is a highly effective way to contour and shape the body, but it is not a substitute for weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. It is important to note that while liposuction can remove excess fat, it is not designed to address loose skin or other structural issues. If you are interested in achieving a more toned and defined body contour, liposuction may be a suitable option for you.
Who can benefit from Liposuction?
Liposuction is an ideal option for individuals who have stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. While it is not a weight loss procedure, it can help patients achieve a more contoured and toned appearance by removing excess fat from specific areas of the body. Patients who are at or near their ideal weight and have good skin elasticity are typically good candidates for liposuction. It is important to have realistic expectations for the outcome of the procedure and be committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle after the surgery.
Liposuction is not a good treatment for cellulite and liposuction cannot remove loose or saggy skin. If there is excess skin, liposuction may be combined with another procedure (such as abdominoplasty) to achieve the best results.
LIPOSUCTION VS. ABDOMINOPLASTY (TUMMY TUCK)
Liposuction is best for removing unwanted fat, especially in troublesome areas that are not responding to diet and exercise. However, it cannot remove excess skin. An abdominoplasty involves removing excess skin from the lower abdomen. Not sure which option would be best for you? The best way to find out is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Elkins-Williams. After a thorough discussion of your goals and a physical exam, Dr. Elkins-Williams will discuss all of your options and will be able to help you choose the course of treatment that’s best for you!
WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR CONSULTATION
When you come in for a consultation with Dr. Elkins-Williams, you can expect a thorough discussion about your goals and expectations for the surgery. Dr. Elkins-Williams will also review your overall health, medical history, prior surgeries, medications, and drug allergies. We will ask about your goals & expectations and examine the area of concern. Dr. Elkins-Williams will work closely with you to determine the most appropriate surgical technique for your individual circumstances. His goal is to help you achieve your desired outcome while ensuring natural-looking and long-lasting results.
DECIDING TO SCHEDULE
During your consultation, you will receive a detailed surgical quote and any required clearance forms. If you choose to proceed with surgery, our dedicated Patient Coordinator, Julia, will guide you through the process of selecting a procedure date. To finalize your preferred surgical date, a non-refundable, non-transferrable booking fee of $500.00 will be required. A pre-operative appointment will be scheduled for at least two weeks prior to your surgery date. At the time of booking surgery, we will also schedule your first follow-up visit.
During your pre-operative appointment, you’ll have plenty of time to discuss your upcoming procedure in detail and have all your questions answered. Your pre- and post-operative care instructions will be reviewed with one of our nurses, as well as any medications you’ll need to take before and after surgery. You’ll review and sign the consent form for the surgery, meet with Dr. Elkins-Williams to revisit your goals, and your surgical quote balance will be due at the end of this appointment. Our goal is to ensure that you feel fully informed and comfortable with the upcoming procedure, allowing you to approach your surgery with confidence and peace of mind.
WHAT TO AVOID BEFORE SURGERY
To minimize the risk of bleeding and bruising, it’s important to avoid blood thinning medications and supplements for two weeks prior to your procedure. This includes aspirin or aspirin-containing products, as well as anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen (including Motrin, Aleve, and Advil). Additionally, supplements such as Vitamin E, multivitamins, and omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil and flaxseed oil) should be avoided. For a complete list of medications and supplements to avoid, please consult with your pre-op nurse.
Liposuction typically requires about 2-3 hours to perform under IV sedation. There are a few very small incisions, closed with sutures. You will have some pain and swelling immediately after surgery. Most patients will require pain medication for a few days. You will wear a compression garment under your clothes for several weeks after surgery, to help reduce swelling and smooth your contour. You will need to hold off on aerobic exercise for at least 2 weeks after surgery; Dr. Elkins-Williams will advise you when strenuous activity can be resumed. Swelling will gradually improve over a period of around 3 months. Though results are visible immediately, the final outcome will reveal itself over several months as the swelling subsides. Look forward to better-fitting, more comfortable clothing and enjoy improved confidence in your new body!