With minimal scarring and life-changing results, liposuction has become one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures undergone within the United States today. It the preferred method for removing fat from areas of the abdomen such as the thighs, hips, and buttocks, fat from the lower arm, and fat from areas of the face and neck.
It is important to note that liposuction is not an alternative to weight loss from diet and exercise, and instead should be employed only as a last resort to fat accumulation unresponsive to these methods. However, so long as patients maintain a healthy weight, they can expect long-lasting results.
If you are interested in liposuction in Bloomington IL and surrounding areas, contact Twin City Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation.
Who is a good candidate for liposuction?
Some people have the misconception that liposuction can be used as a weight-loss procedure, vacuuming away all of their unwanted fat. That’s not true at all. 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 at Twin City Plastic Surgery, you should be within 15 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.
The best results with liposuction actually occur if the patient is at or near his or her ideal weight because this creates the most sculpting when the stubborn pockets of fat are removed.
What are the benefits of liposuction?
Every year, liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the U.S. This makes perfect sense considering just about every one of us has stubborn pockets of fat on areas such as the lower abdomen that are impervious to dietary changes and exercise. Liposuction removes these pockets of fat and slims the contour of the area.
When liposuction first came to the U.S. in the 1980s after being developed in France, it was quite a different procedure than it is today. It used to be a somewhat violent process where a large cannula was moved about under the skin very aggressively to break loose and suction out the fat. That created tissue trauma and bruising that could linger for months.
Liposuction performed by our board-certified plastic surgeons at Twin City Plastic Surgery is now quite an easy procedure to recover from. Cannulas used are small, plus we use power-assisted liposuction to help break loose the fat cells.
When our patients combine liposuction with a healthy lifestyle, they enjoy their slimmer contour for the rest of their lives.
Where is liposuction commonly used?
Again, the goal is to access isolated pockets of fat and suction them away. These are areas where Drs. Randolph, Tattini, and Holt can use liposuction:
- Lower abdomen
- Upper thighs
- Bra line area
- Male breasts
- Inner knees
- Double chins
Today’s techniques allow our surgeons to be very precise in areas we are targeting with liposuction.
How Does Liposuction Work?
The basic technique of liposuction involves the removal of fat via a hollow metal tube (cannula) that is passed through the fatty tissue. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Twin City Plastic Surgery serving Bloomington, Champaign, Springfield, Peoria, and Decatur, IL, utilize a procedure known as power-assisted liposuction (PAL) which involves the aspiration of fat by attaching a motor on the cannula that causes the cannula to vacillate back and forth, performing much of the “work” of liposuction, known as power-assisted liposuction (PAL).
How long does liposuction take?
The time it takes for these procedures varies depending upon what area or areas we are working on. The usual timeframe is under three hours.
What Can I Expect from Recovery?
Fortunately, scarring from liposuction is minimal. Often, patients struggle to find the incision scars when asked to point them out! Additionally, any pain or discomfort patients may experience after surgery is easily lessened through prescribed medication (some patients find that over the counter pain relievers, such as Tylenol, are more than enough to relieve discomfort).
In addition, patients will be required to wear a compression garment after surgery, generally for the first three to four weeks. This garment is easily concealed under regular clothing. Patients can expect to return to driving and an office work environment after only a weekend of recovery. Light exercise may be resumed while wearing the compression garment after the first week. In regards to returning to normal activity, a good rule of thumb is: ‘If it hurts, don’t do it.’
How long after my liposuction procedure will I see my results?
You’ll instantly notice the difference. Of course, you will have some swelling and bruising, and you’ll be wearing compression bandages or garments. Still, you’ll be able to see the difference immediately. You’ll notice your slimmer contour on the areas we have treated. Plus, these results will continue to get better and better as your swelling resolves and your skin tightens down and firms over your slimmer contours.
How long do the results from liposuction last?
These are permanent procedures. The fat removed by your Twin City surgeon is gone for good. Most people within normal weight ranges have a set amount of fat cells. These cells enlarge and shrink with moderate weight gain and loss. By removing fat cells permanently, decreases the ability of your body to store fat in the area, as there are fewer fat cells to swell with weight gain.
Bottom line? If you don’t gain a bunch of weight, and if you follow a healthy diet and incorporate some exercise into your life, you’ll enjoy your slimmer contours for the rest of your life.
Is liposuction painful?
As mentioned above, modern liposuction has come a long way from its original methods. Techniques have evolved dramatically. At Twin City, we use a very thin cannula, so insertion incisions are small enough to not require stitches to close. The tumescent solution firms the fat, making it easier to break free. Power-assisted methods make it even easier for tighter areas. This leads to far less tissue trauma. Plus, the tumescent solution has lidocaine in it, helping to anesthetize the entire treatment area. Most patients equate the pain to more of an aching feeling. While it is available, most patients don’t require pain medication beyond over-the-counter options.
What are the Risks of Liposuction?
In addition to the common risks that are associated with any surgical procedure, risks associated with liposuction include:
- Loose or rippled skin
- Worsening of cellulite
- Contour irregularities
- Pigmentation irregularities
When a large amount of fat is removed, surgery to remove the excess skin may be needed.
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