What Liposuction Techniques Are Available?
All liposuction techniques remove unwanted body fat using suction technology and a thin tube or cannula. However, this procedure is highly customizable and can be carried out in many ways. Dr. Goldschmidt offers his patients the following liposuction options:
- Tumescent Liposuction
- The more traditional liposuction method
- Involves injecting a sterile solution into the target area to minimize bleeding
- Ideal for smaller areas of localized fat
- Ultrasonic Liposuction
- Involves using an ultrasonic cannula to break up fat cells
- Appropriate for removing dense or large amounts of fat
- Ideal for male patients
How Is Liposuction Performed?
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that lasts between 30 and 90 minutes and is performed using general anesthesia. Small incisions are created around the target area or areas, and a cannula is used to loosen fat for removal. A surgical vacuum attached to the cannula removes unwanted fat via suction, and the contours are meticulously reshaped. During your consultation, Dr. Goldschmidt will develop a liposuction treatment plan that addresses your unique needs and goals.
How Long Is My Liposuction Recovery?
Liposuction patients usually experience the bulk of their discomfort, swelling, and bruising during the first 48 hours of recovery. However, Dr. Goldschmidt prescribes pain medication to alleviate discomfort. Most patients can resume working after a few days, but those whose jobs require heavy lifting will have to stay home for longer. Physical activity must be limited for several weeks.
When Will I See My Liposuction Results?
The final results of liposuction are visible once the swelling and bruising have subsided, which can be two to three months after surgery. The incisions created for this procedure are small and placed in discreet locations, but there is always a chance of scarring. Following all aftercare directions provided by Dr. Goldschmidt can help reduce the risk of developing visible scars. Significant weight fluctuations, pregnancy, and aging can affect the outcome of liposuction, but maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle will help preserve your results.
Are There Complications Associated With Liposuction?
Most liposuction patients do not encounter significant complications following their procedure. However, all surgeries come with potential risks, which may include:
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction?
Is liposuction an outpatient procedure?
Liposuction is typically performed as an outpatient procedure, and patients can go home the same day as their surgery. Because liposuction uses anesthesia, it’s required that you have a ride home and recommended that someone stay with you for the first night to observe you.
Is liposuction a weight-loss procedure?
It is a common misconception that liposuction is a weight-loss procedure. This procedure is limited in how much fat it can remove (roughly five liters, which translates to 10 pounds in ideal circumstances). Liposuction is recommended for patients who are close to their goal weight and only need some toning.
Is liposuction safe?
As is the case with any surgery, liposuction holds some minor risks. During your consultation, Dr. Goldschmidt will assess your current health condition and your medical records to make sure you are the right candidate for the procedure. At this consultation, you can ask the doctor about any concerns you may have about the surgery.
You should always use a surgeon who is experienced in liposuction procedures to minimize unnecessary risks. Dr. Goldschmidt is board certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.
Who is not a good candidate for liposuction?
If you are carrying a significant amount of weight, Dr. Goldschmidt may recommend that you lose some weight first with a healthy diet and exercise. After which, you may choose to get liposuction to help remove stubborn pockets of fat.
When can I exercise after liposuction?
Your doctor will likely recommend some light walking the day after the procedure to stimulate blood flow and speed up the healing process. Within a few days, you may be able to start up some light exercise. You can get back to your regular exercise routine in one to two weeks.
Can I combine liposuction with other procedures?
Yes, many individuals choose to combine their liposuction with other surgeries, such as tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty), arm lift surgery (brachioplasty), breast augmentation with implants, or breast lift surgery (mastopexy).
Combining procedures saves the patient on costs, only requires them to go under anesthesia once, and combines two recovery periods into one.
If you are interested in combining another procedure with your liposuction, make sure you talk to your doctor first.
Does liposuction require touch-ups?
Liposuction typically allows for fairly targeted fat removal. As a result, generally, less than 25 percent of patients ask for a liposuction revision or touch-up.
However, if you gain weight post-procedure, the results of your liposuction may be altered.
Will I have loose skin after liposuction?
If you had good skin elasticity before your liposuction procedure, you should not have a problem with loose skin afterward. If you already had skin laxity, Dr. Goldschmidt may recommend combining your liposuction with an additional body contouring procedure that removes skin.
Liposuction does not remove or significantly tighten skin.
How long do I need to wear the compression garment after liposuction?
Typically, patients will need to wear the compression garment for 10 days. This garment helps you heal and ensures optimal results.