Liposuction, also known as Lipoplasty, is a procedure that reshapes your body by permanently removing excess fat deposits. Even if you watch your diet and are physically fit, for a variety of reasons localized fat deposits can appear on your body causing you to look unnatural and out of proportion. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that has been used in the United States for almost 20 years and it is equally effective in both men and women. Good candidates for liposuction are patients who are of average weight for their height and have unwanted, specific areas of extra fat. During your initial consultation at Shine Cosmetic Surgery, after carefully evaluating your areas of concern Dr. Lin will help you determine whether liposuction is right for you. He will individualize the procedure depending on your needs thereby helping you achieve a more balanced and attractive body.
Through our advanced liposuction techniques at Shine Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Lin and his professional staff can safely and expertly enhance the appearance of almost any part of your body including your:
- Upper Arms
- Love Handles
- Upper Back
- Inner Knees
Most patients at Shine Cosmetic Surgery undergo liposuction surgery with intravenous (IV) sedation anesthesia. A soft tube will be placed in your airway for protection and you will be unaware of the procedure that is being performed. At Shine Cosmetic Surgery, all of our anesthesiologists are board certified and highly experienced, as we believe the choice of your anesthesiologist is as important as your choice of plastic surgeons. During your liposuction procedure, Dr. Lin will make a small, inconspicuous incision in your skin at the area that is to be treated. A tumescent fluid consisting of lidocaine and epinephrine mixed with saline will be injected prior to your procedure to minimize pain and reduce bruising. After infusing this sterile solution, Dr. Lin will utilize the basic liposuction procedure (tumescent liposuction) by suctioning out the fat using a hollow metal tube (cannula) that is passed through your fatty tissue.
Depending on the number of sites involved and the amount of fat removed, the procedure can last from 1-2 hours. After your liposuction, you will be fitted with a compression garment that you will wear approximately four weeks to reduce swelling and compress your skin to its new shape. The healing process for each patient differs but most are able to return to work 4-7 days after their procedure although it may take up to two weeks to resume exercise and normal activity. Complications after liposuction are rare and all of the potential risks involved will be discussed in detail during your consultation.
The result of your liposuction is a more shapely and firm physique, which can be permanent if you maintain a healthy weight. Most people report that liposuction inspires them to improve their overall fitness because of their new feelings of pride and confidence in their body. It is important to keep in mind that liposuction has limitations however as it will remove fat from under your skin but it will not eliminate fat that is inside your abdomen or under your muscle. Liposuction is designed to primarily target localized pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise and it is not intended as a method for overall weight loss. Liposuction offers significant physical and mental benefits so if you are interested in learning more about liposuction and how it can help you achieve your body contouring goals, please call Shine Cosmetic Surgery today.