Liposuction for Your New Body Shape
We are proud to offer patients our extensive experience and expertise in liposuction, the single most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S. today. When diet and exercise won’t melt off fat, liposuction sculpts the body by removing the undesirable fat from the abdomen, waist, hips, buttock, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks, or neck. While it’s not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle, liposuction can significantly enhance your results for a healthier figure and improved self-image.
At Dr. Frederick Watkins’ office, we take as much time as necessary during every preoperative consultation to learn what each patient wants out of liposuction and to recommend which technique is best. Every one of our patients enjoys highly customized care with our state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center.
Adavanced Liposuction Techniques
Liposuction not only offers the opportunity to slim and contour chubby areas of the body, but also prevents future fatty deposits from reaccumulating in the same area by removing the fat cells completely. Two different methods of liposuction are currently approved by plastic surgeons: suction-assisted lipectomy (SAL) and ultrasonic-assisted lipectomy (UAL).
Both methods start with the injection of a solution composed of saline, a local anesthetic called lidocaine, and a small amount of adrenaline to decrease bruising and bleeding. Depending on the ratio of injection fluid-to-fatty tissue removed, this process is called either the tumescent or super-wet technique. After injecting the solution into each area to be treated with liposuction, Dr. Frederick Watkins will make a small incision in an inconspicuous part of the body, depending on the area to be treated.
In a SAL procedure, a small tube called a cannula is inserted and moved back and forth beneath the skin, breaking up the fat layer and suctioning it out. In a UAL procedure, ultrasonic energy is used to liquefy the fat before it is suctioned out with the cannula. The total treatment time varies from about one to three hours based on the amount of fatty tissue that needs to be removed and the number of areas treated.
Recovering from Liposuction Safely
The liposuction procedure may last from one to three hours under either local anesthesia or general anesthesia, depending on the amount of fat being removed. After liposuction surgery, drainage tubes, compression garments, and antibiotics may facilitate the healing process. Our team will monitor your recovery and encourage you to begin moving and walking as soon as possible, even returning to work in a few days. Strenuous activity and exercise, however, should be avoided for about a month.
Enjoying the Results of Your Liposuction
After surgery, you’ll see an immediate change in your body shape, and improvement often continues during the first few months as swelling subsides. Scarring at the incision point will be small and inconspicuous.
When you choose a specialist certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery such as Dr. Frederick Watkins, surgical risks and side effects are rare. If they do occur, they may include the following symptoms in mild to severe forms:
- Fat clots or blood clots
- Fluid accumulation
- Perforation injury
Irregularities in final appearance (e.g., asymmetric or “baggy” skin, numbness, or skin pigmentation changes)
- Unfavorable drug or anesthesia reactions, such as lidocaine toxicity
If you have questions or concerns about whether liposuction can help you achieve the results you want, please schedule a consultation with our office today.