Fighting the Stubborn Bulge
You have done the hard work to reach your target weight on the scale, but your new shape is still not quite what you were expecting. Instead of the smoother, leaner contour you were hoping for, you have small, stubborn bulges that have not gotten much smaller with exercise and diet. Perhaps you have managed to maintain a healthy weight throughout your life, but somehow, those isolated areas of fat have still managed to make an appearance. Fortunately, there is a permanent method to eliminate those fat deposits and create a smoother, more aesthetically pleasing body contour.
Can liposuction help me reach my body contouring goals?
Liposuction is a surgery that helps you say goodbye to stubborn, localized fat deposits that wouldn’t budge with your efforts;. This customizable procedure can be performed on nearly any area of the body where fat might accumulate. Some patients may opt to have the removed fat cells prepared for augmentation to other locations of the body like the buttocks to provide a double benefit in their fat removal process. Liposuction is the perfect option for putting the finishing touches on your weight loss efforts, by smoothing and slimming your body profile.
Are you a candidate for liposuction?
Liposuction may be optimal for you if you have achieved a stable weight but have isolated deposits of fat you would like to eliminate to sculpt your body further. Good skin tone and elasticity are also essential to ensure the dermis conforms smoothly to the newly created contour. If skin laxity is a problem, a surgical procedure like a tummy tuck or thigh lift will remove excess loose skin and produce a better result overall.
You should be relatively healthy and have realistic expectations of what this procedure can do. While liposuction is not as invasive as many other surgical procedures, you will still need to schedule time off work to give yourself time to recover and heal from your treatment. Dr. Mordkovich will cover the details of this procedure so you know what you can anticipate from the surgery and the recuperation process afterward.
Options in Liposuction
One of the most attractive features of liposuction is its ability to address so many different problem spots on the body. Treatment areas might include:
- Inner and outer thighs
- Behind the knees and the calves
- Abdomen and waistline
- Upper back (bra line)
- Lower back and sides (love handles)
- Hips and flanks
- Upper arms
- Neck and chin
Dr. Mordkovich offers different liposuction techniques that allow him to address a broad range of concerns and treatment areas. Rest assured that no matter what area you choose to have treated, your results will be smooth and natural.
Your Liposuction Procedure
Tumescent liposuction is the most common choice for standard treatment areas like the abdomen, hips and thighs. This procedure begins with Dr. Mordkovich drawing guidelines on the treatment area to show precisely where the reduction will take place. General anesthesia will be used for the procedure so that you will be comfortably asleep for the entirety of the procedure. A tumescent solution is used to fill the treatment area and make the fat cells easier to remove.
Micro incisions are made to insert a narrow cannula directly into the fat deposit. The cannula is gently moved back and forth to loosen fat cells for more efficient elimination from the body. Suction is used to collect the fat cells for disposal or to be used for augmentation of a different area. After the fat is eliminated, compression bandages are placed over the incisions that are too small to require sutures and will leave little or no scarring afterward.
What to Expect from Your Recovery and Results
After your liposuction surgery, you will be given compression garments or area-specific bandages to wear that will help you manage post-operative swelling and discomfort. Recovery from this type of liposuction usually takes seven to 10 days before you will feel ready to resume your usual schedule. You will need to postpone your strenuous workouts for a few weeks to ensure the treatment area has time to heal fully.
Your full results will be evident once your swelling and bruising subside. The treatment area should look smoother and more slender. Since the fat cells are permanently removed, your outcome should also be permanent. However, if you gain weight after liposuction, remaining fat cells in the area could enlarge and interfere with your results. If that occurs, you may need to undergo additional liposuction to regain your positive contour.
Liposuction is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures requested today, due to its ability to produce positive, long-lasting results on nearly any area of the body. If you want to learn more about your options in liposuction, schedule your consultation with Dr. Mordkovich at Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery by calling us at 201-751-9490.