Liposuction

Despite strenuous exercise and careful control of their diet, many people are saddled with stubborn fat deposits that persist despite their best efforts. These hereditary fat pockets can be extremely discouraging, especially when they are discovered at the end of a large weight loss.

In many cases, they can lead to a disproportionate-looking body, which can have disastrous consequences for confidence and self-image. This is why the board-certified plastic surgeons at Masri Clinic for Laser & Cosmetic Surgery offer liposuction in Michigan.

Understanding Liposuction

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction, commonly known as “lipo”, is a medical fat elimination procedure that results in the contouring and reshaping of certain parts of the body. Depending on the type of liposuction, the procedure is done with a vacuum-like machine that “sucks” excessive fat deposits from targeted parts of the body, resulting in slimmer and more slender proportions.

Liposuction is a flexible surgical procedure that can be performed on a variety of different areas, including:

  • Waist and abdomen
  • Back
  • Ankles and calves
  • Thighs and knees
  • Buttocks and hips
  • Face area (neck, double chin, cheeks)
  • Upper arms
  • Chest

Liposuction is commonly performed with other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, including the mommy makeover, breast reduction, and facelifts.

Types of Liposuction

All liposuction procedures use the same basic method. Small incisions are made in the target area, and a thin, blunt tube called a cannula is inserted into them. Fat is removed through the cannula via suction from a vacuum or syringe. There are several additional techniques that can make the process easier, including methods for breaking up the fat during the procedure for safer, gentler surgery.

  • Tumescent Liposuction: One of the most common approaches is tumescent liposuction, which involves injecting a solution that numbs the area and constricts blood vessels in order to minimize pain and bleeding. This is especially appropriate for removing fat near the face.
  • Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction: Ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses a hand-held device to send ultrasound waves through the fat deposit, breaking up the fat cells. This method is particularly good for large deposits of dense fat, such as the deposits commonly found on the back.
  • Laser-Assisted Liposuction: Laser-assisted liposuction such as SmartLipo uses a laser to break up the fat cells. This method is ideal for small deposits around the neck or breasts, and it has the added benefit of an easier recovery since less force must be used to remove the liquefied fat.

Airsculpt Liposuction vs Laser Liposuction

As one of the latest types of liposuction to be developed, many patients ask about the AirSculpt liposuction technique and how it compares to our preferred techniques such as SmartLipo. Also known as the “lunchtime lipo” technique due to its quick procedure and short recovery time, the Airscuplt minimally invasive liposuction technique is much like the alternative lipo lasers, while incorporating the usage of air.

Unlike other laser lipo procedures that may require putting the patient under general anesthesia, AirSculpt avoids the general anesthesia by infusing air with a local anesthesia or numbing solution. This infusion is applied to the fat before it is melted by laser heat and removed with a cannula.

On top of avoiding general anesthesia, patients who undergo AirSculpt can also avoid stitches. Rather than the more common suture marks liposuction patients experience, AirSculpt patients can expect to take away only a small, freckle-sized mark; however, there is still a possibility of scars, as patients do experience a removal of skin.

While AirSculpt may sound like the ultimate non-invasive liposuction technique, it is important to note that there have yet to be any large studies performed on the effectiveness of AirSculpt, which is why it may still be recommended to opt for the more typical laser-assisted liposuction techniques which use intense pulse light, such as SmartLipo.

You and Liposuction: Is Liposuction Right for You?

Good Candidates for Liposuction

Unlike most other plastic and cosmetic surgeries, the liposuction procedure is never a case of “one size fits all”. Not just anyone is a viable candidate for liposuction, and those who are considering liposuction should be sure about their choice of procedure before taking it.

Many people confuse liposuction as being another weight loss procedure, however liposuction is generally unsuccessful when performed on most patients who are obese or overweight. This is because their fat is deeper in their systems, rather than right below the skin. An easy way to tell if you are a candidate for liposuction is to test the elasticity of your skin; if it is elastic, then your fat is right below the surface.

Individuals considering liposuction should be:

  • Nonsmokers
  • An adult who is no greater than 30% of their ideal body weight
  • Decent muscle tone with elastic but sturdy skin
  • Completely healthy, with no major medical conditions or illnesses that can make the procedure or recovery more difficult

Liposuction should be treated as a final resort rather than a first option, as there are many procedures and methods that do not require surgery that may help an individual before turning to liposuction. If you want to consider liposuction, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Have I tried dieting and exercising?
  • What are the other treatment options available to me?
  • Am I prepared for the possible risks, complications, and long recovery time?
  • Do I really need liposuction, or am I simply overweight or obese?
  • Does my skin have the right elasticity for liposuction?

Why Should You Get Liposuction?

Aside from the obvious benefit of having unwanted fat removed from the body, there are many ways that an individual can benefit from liposuction.

  • Problem Areas: Liposuction typically targets “problem areas” in the body when it comes to fat. Areas that you may have struggled with all your life, such as the thighs and the hips, can be melted away with liposuction
  • Fatty Tumors: Liposuction has been known to also eliminate lipomas, or benign fatty tumors that are found are the body
  • Better Habits: Patients who undergo liposuction usually pick up and maintain better lifestyles and habits after the procedure, such as proper diet and exercise
  • Overall Health: Liposuction patients lose an average of 10 pounds after the procedure, and this weight loss does wonders towards improving the body’s overall health
  • Male Breasts: Men with gynecomastia, or male breasts due to excess fatty tissue in the breasts, can experience significantly slimmer breasts after a liposuction
  • Healthier Mentality: Liposuction patients generally report a healthier and brighter disposition and self-image after the plastic surgery procedure. A slimmer body can be easier to love and maintain, especially for patients who have struggled with certain areas for years
  • Excessive Sweating: Excessive sweating can be a huge issue for some people with too much fat in certain areas. Liposuction dramatically reduces fat stores, solving excessive armpit sweating as well as chafing between thighs and other body parts
  • Immediate Results: Unlike other procedures, patients don’t have to wait weeks or months before seeing significant results. Liposuction produces immediate results, so patients can feel better about themselves right away
  • Long-Lasting: On top of immediate results, patients can also expect results that will last for years after the procedure, as long as they maintain their healthy habits

Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck

The question of “Which is better for me, a liposuction or a tummy tuck?” is one that potential patients often ask, however the answer isn’t as simple as choosing one over the other. In fact, the liposuction procedure and the tummy tuck procedure are actually regularly combined to produce optimal results.

So what is the tummy tuck procedure? The tummy tuck procedure (abdominoplasty) involves the removal of excessive abdominal skin, while also restoring the abdominal muscles for an abdominal skin tightening effect. Surgeons who offer tummy tucks almost always offer liposuction, as some patients greatly benefit from having stubborn fat deposits sucked out during the process of skin removal.

While both the liposuction and the tummy tuck are successful methods to improving the appearance of your stomach, it should be noted that they are not weight loss procedures, but rather fat elimination or fat reduction procedures. Consult your doctor as to whether or not a liposuction for excess fat or tummy tuck for excess skin is right for you.

The Liposuction Procedure

Before – Consultation and Preparation

Consultation for a liposuction procedure generally revolves around ensuring that liposuction is the right treatment for the patient, as many patients find that there are other treatments they may decide to try first. Your chosen surgeon will discuss with you your goals and expectations, any existing conditions you may have or medications you may be on, and your surgical history.

To be certain of your expectations and the results of the procedure, be sure to ask the following questions:

  • What are the possible complications during and after the procedure, and how would we handle them?
  • Do you have pictures of previous patients available?
  • What are the different liposuction techniques, which one is best for me, and why?

When preparing for your liposuction procedure, it is important that you avoid smoking, blood-thinning medications like aspirin, and follow any medication instructions from your surgeon for at least a week before the procedure.

Patients should also prepare their ride home. Preferably, a friend or family member should be around to help them get home, and they should also prepare comfortable clothing, dark towels for leaking fluids, pillows, crackers and bottled water.

During – Step-by-Step Procedure

  1. Anesthesia: After the patient is prepared on the operating table, anesthesia is administered to them. Patients can choose from local anesthesia, general anesthesia, and intravenous sedation.
  2. The Cuts: The targeted area is given small incisions, and depending on the type of liposuction being performed, the excess fat is loosened. In most cases, the surgeon uses a cannula to loosen and break up the fat by moving it within the incision.
  3. Vacuum: After being dislodged, the fat is then vacuumed out with a suctioning device. In some cases, surgeons may opt to use a cannula with an attached syringe to remove the fat (this depends on where the liposuction is being performed).

After – Recovery Time & After-Care

You can expect to experience swelling and bruising for several weeks. There may also be mild leaking from the incisions for a few days, although drains may be placed to help alleviate this. These drains will be removed during a follow-up visit after your body sculpting surgery. You will be given a compression garment to wear for up to six weeks in order to aid the formation of smooth new contours.

Most patients experience some discomfort but no extreme pain; medication will be prescribed to manage this. For the first few days, you should take it easy but move around throughout the day in order to maintain good circulation and minimize blood clotting. You should keep the affected body part elevated as much as you can, which may mean using pillows to support it while sleeping.

Most activities can be resumed within 10-14 days, but avoid anything strenuous since it can increase swelling and bleeding. Minor swelling as a result of strenuous exercise can occur as late as six or more months after the procedure.

Sun exposure should be avoided while the scars heal since unprotected sun rays can lead to excessive pigmentation. As long as care is taken to avoid the sun, the incisions should become nearly invisible over the course of a year.

Possible Risks and Complications

Like any medical procedure, liposuction has certain risks such as bleeding, infection, hematoma, and poor reactions to anesthesia. There is also a possibility of change in sensation such as numbness or tingling, even though care is taken to avoid damaging nerves. Any change in sensation is normally temporary.

The primary risks of liposuction are aesthetic. In a few cases, uneven contours or a lumpy texture will occur. Correct use of your compression garment will help to reduce the chances of this, and in many cases, it will even out on its own over time. If it doesn’t, revision liposuction may be necessary to correct it.

Rippling or loose skin is also a possibility. This normally results from inelastic skin that is unable to mold itself to the new contours, and it can be treated by a tummy tuck or other skin-reducing procedure if the skin does not tighten on its own over time.

Choosing a qualified, board-certified liposuction expert will help to minimize these body contour risks and improve your likelihood of receiving optimal results.

Frequently Asked Questions: Liposuction

How much weight can you lose?

A typical liposuction procedure can help patients lose anywhere from 1-10 pounds, depending on the amounts of fat in the body and the area where the liposuction was performed. The maximum extraction limit that surgeons follow for all patients and body types is 11 pounds, or 5,000 milliliters of fat.

How dangerous is it?

Liposuction carries the same risk as any major surgery, such as anesthesia complications, excessive bleeding, and infection. However, with a trained and trusted surgeon, the dangers from liposuction can be minimized.

Is there a weight limit for liposuction?

While there is no magic number when it comes to weight or BMI limit for liposuction, doctors do advise that patients should be within 30% of their ideal body weight. Patients who are much heavier should look towards other options.

I’m considering liposuction and wondering if I’d look alright to go on vacation about one month afterward. Are there any lipo techniques that have an easier or shorter recovery?

Because SmartLipo™ is minimally invasive; it allows patients to see faster results while experiencing fewer complications and shorter recovery time. SmartLipo patients only need a local anesthetic, so the patient is not completely conscious during the procedure. SmartLipo™ carries much fewer risks than traditional liposuction and is performed in the comfort and privacy of Masri Clinic’s accredited surgical facility. Often, a patient can go back to work within a few short days, and results continue to become visible for up to 3 months.

Is it easier to maintain your weight after undergoing liposuction?

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question. For the most part, liposuction has a very high patient satisfaction rate. However, there have been reports of some patients finding it more difficult to maintain their weight following liposuction.

These reports have been largely anecdotal, so it is hard to say for certain whether this difficulty can be accounted for by other factors having nothing to do with their surgeries (lifestyle, stress, advancing age, hormonal influences, etc.) Patients who gain weight are those who do not continue their healthy lifestyle after liposuction.

How does the surgeon know when the right amount of fat has been removed during liposuction?

At the time of the procedure, the removed fat is measured by the liposuction surgeon.

I’m interested in reducing the size of my breasts but I am hesitant about the extensive scar. What are the circumstances where liposuction would be sufficient?

This method only works on breasts that have an excess of fat. Younger women often don’t meet the requirements for this type of surgery. Women who have already experienced menopause are the most likely candidates for breast reduction through liposuction. Some younger women who are overweight and have a larger amount of excess fat in their breasts may also be good candidates.

I’m a man and considering liposuction of the breast area. Can liposuction be performed just under the nipples rather than on the whole breast? I don’t like how my nipples protrude.

Yes, liposuction can be done only under the nipple area, however, if the protruding nipple is due to excessive glandular tissue then excision of that tissue may have to be included.

Why Masri Clinic is Michigan’s Top Home For Liposuction and More

For over 25 years, triple board-certified doctor and surgeon Dr. Haitham Masri and his team have provided holistic, patient-centric care for every Michigan plastic surgery patient we treat. There are few plastic surgery clinics as well-equipped and trusted for the liposuction procedure and more.

Contact plastic surgeon Dr. Masri and his excellent team to learn more about how we provide the most successful liposuction procedure in Michigan, and exactly how we can help you achieve your ideal body. Masri Clinic – for all liposuction Michigan needs. Schedule your consultation today.

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