Liposuction in Scottsdale, AZ
What is liposuction?
Today’s liposuction performed by Dr. Admire is far different than the procedure that originally came over from France in the 1980s. Those early liposuction procedures were pretty violent where a large cannula had to be moved back and forth quite aggressively under the skin to break loose and suction away fat pockets. This caused extensive bruising, tissue trauma, and blood loss. Patients needed to be under general anesthesia.
Today, liposuction with Dr. Admire is so much easier. The procedure is typically performed under sedation or “twilight” anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. He uses the tumescent technique, where a saline solution containing lidocaine is first injected into the target areas to minimize the pain and firm the fat, making it easier to remove. The solution also contains epinephrine to constrict the blood vessels, limiting blood loss and bruising. A cannula is then inserted to suction out the fat and liquid. The cannulas used in modern liposuction are much smaller, so the corresponding incisions needed to access the fat pockets are very small, usually not even requiring stitches.
Some patients want fat removed from some areas, such as the back, that is more constricted. In these procedures, we’ll often add ultrasonic energy to the liposuction cannula. This ultrasound energy breaks up and partially liquefies the fat, making it even easier to remove.
Candidates for Liposuction
The ideal candidate for liposuction is someone who is in good overall health and maintains a healthy lifestyle but has one or more problem areas with unresponsive fat deposits. It is also important for patients to have realistic expectations, and remember that liposuction cannot be used as a means for major weight loss. It is instead used to remove localized areas of stubborn fat after the patient has attempted other natural weight loss methods.
Some people mistakenly think liposuction is a weight-loss procedure. It isn’t. Liposuction is a body-contouring procedure. This is intended to target and remove stubborn pockets of fat in areas where it is resistant to changes in diet and exercise, such as the lower abdomen. Liposuction is not meant to provide widespread fat removal; removing too much fat in a single procedure can actually be dangerous.
To be a good candidate for liposuction with Dr. Admire, you need to be within 10 percent of your ideal body weight, and your weight should have been consistent for a period of time. You need to still have good elasticity in your skin so that it can tighten down over the slimmer contour once the fat is removed.
Liposuction can be used to treat localized fat deposits within the:
What are the benefits of liposuction?
Liposuction is the most effective method for removing stubborn pockets of fat that accumulate on areas such as the lower abdomen, outer thighs, upper arms, flanks, and even along the bra line area. Just about everyone, regardless of their level of physical conditioning, has these pockets of fat. Because of their location, these pockets are almost immune to your attempts to get rid of them through dietary changes or exercise.
Liposuction with Dr. Admire…
- Removes stubborn fat pockets
- Slims the contour of the target areas
- Does not create any noticeable scarring
- Involves only a short recovery
- Is not overly painful
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This procedure may be performed alone or can be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as a facelift, breast reduction or tummy tuck, to achieve maximum results.
How is liposuction performed?
There are several different techniques currently available for patients seeking liposuction treatment. New technologies have improved the accuracy of this procedure for both patient and doctor, and allow patients to achieve their desired results through a much less invasive procedure. Liposuction is performed through a tumescent technique, and may also include the assistance of ultrasound imaging or laser energy.
Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. Your doctor will make several tiny incisions and inject a local anesthetic into the area to help expand and firm the fat, making it easier to remove. The cannula is then inserted through the incisions to suction out the fat. No stitches are needed after liposuction since the incisions are small enough to heal on their own.
In laser-assisted tumescent liposuction, a laser is used to liquefy the targeted fat before it is removed, allowing for easier and less painful removal. The laser may also be used to tighten the skin in the treated area after fat is removed. Similarly, ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses ultrasound energy to liquefy fat before it is removed for a smoother removal process.
What is involved in recovery after liposuction?
After the liposuction procedure, patients may experience mild swelling, bruising and discomfort in the treated area. Compression garments or elastic bandages may be used to help reduce these symptoms while the area heals. Patients can return to work and other regular activities as soon as they feel comfortable, which is usually after a few days. Exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for a few weeks.
Your doctor will give you special instructions on how to care for your treated area and reduce any complications after the procedure. The results of the liposuction procedure may not be visible until after swelling and bruising subside. This may take several months, and results will appear gradually throughout this time.
Following your procedure, the areas treated will be wrapped to reduce swelling, bruising, and pain. Compression garments are an important part of liposuction recovery. They will need to be worn on treated areas for one month following your liposuction. This not only reduces swelling but also helps the skin and tissue adapt to their new contours. There will be some bruising and swelling that will take up to 10 days to clear. Most patients can return to work in two or three days unless they have had multiple areas treated. In those cases, you may need a week off work. In most cases, scars are so small as to be virtually invisible.
The results of liposuction can be permanent, as long as patients maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. If substantial weight is gained after this procedure, the results may be altered.
What are the risks involved with liposuction?
Although liposuction is considered safe, there are certain risks associated with any type of procedure. Some of these risks may include infection, scarring, allergic reactions, hematoma or unsatisfactory results. Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures and is almost always performed with no serious complications.
Liposuction is an invasive procedure, and it involves the typical risks involved with surgery, such as bleeding, infection, and reaction to the anesthetic, but these are rare with modern liposuction. Complications specific to liposuction are:
- Contour irregularities — The treated area can appear bumpy or wavy. If the patient has inelastic skin, this is more prevalent.
- Numbness — Any numbness in the area is usually temporary, but it can endure.
- Fluid accumulation — Temporary pockets of fluid (called seromas) can form. These may need to be drained.
You can minimize potential risks by choosing an experienced doctor and by following his/her instructions before and after your procedure. To learn more about the liposuction procedure, we encourage you to call us today and schedule a consultation.
How much does liposuction cost?
As you would assume, the cost of your liposuction with Dr. Admire is contingent upon the area or areas you seek to address. Smaller areas, such as the jowls, can be treated more quickly, so they cost less. Larger areas, such as the flanks, take more time and cost more.
During your consultation with Dr. Admire, he will get a better idea of your goals. Then we can give you an estimate of what your liposuction will cost.
Schedule a Consultation
If you’re interested in learning more about liposuction, please contact us for a consultation at 480.946.3155, or fill out our contact us form here. We will discuss your needs/concerns, and determine your best course of action.