Liposuction is safe and effective for permanent removal of fat. Common sites of fat removal are the back, waist, hips, thighs, buttocks, flanks, abdomen, and neck. Best results are achieved if your skin retains youthful elasticity. This is evaluated during consultation. Liposuction is performed under local anesthesia for single or small areas, and general anesthesia for several areas or larger amounts of fat removal. Recovery lasts days to weeks, and scars are minimal. Liposuction is not a procedure to lose weight. Because only fat is removed, liposuction does not correct sagging skin after weight loss or aging. For both skin AND fat removal, dermolipectomy (removal of both skin and fat) is recommended.
There are a variety of liposuction techniques available, but Dr. Laverson uses the tumescent technique. Tumescent means “to swell,” and this technique involves the injection of fluid into the targeted area to achieve a swollen and firm effect that will aid in the safe removal of fat. The amount of fluid injected can be up to three times the volume of the fat that will be removed. The tumescent technique works best for fatty deposits in well-defined, localized areas. Benefits include reduced blood loss, low risk of complications, and extended effects of the anesthetic, which can last up to 24 hours after the surgery, significantly reducing immediate pain and discomfort.
Dermolipectomy scars are longer than liposuction scars, but plastic surgical wound closure, advanced scar management techniques, and patience to allow healing minimize the visibility of dermolipectomy scars. Shape and proportion of the abdomen, breasts, thighs, and upper arms can be improved significantly. If weight control has been a problem for you, Dr. Laverson recommends 10x.diet for lifelong success. 10x.diet has helped many lose ten to fifty pounds or more, and keep it off. Sometimes, weight loss avoids the need for liposuction altogether. If you still have fat bulge(s) after achieving the body composition you like, liposuction often removes them nicely. Final result depends on the amount and distribution of fat, and your skin quality. Thermi-RF (radiofrequency skin tightening) works well to shrink small amounts of loose skin. At consultation, you’ll learn what’s best for you, and what to expect.
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, and Dr. Laverson will ensure your safety and comfort are the highest priorities. The procedure is comprised of three main steps:
Step 1: Marking the treatment area
Before the procedure begins, Dr. Laverson will confirm the treatment areas, using a three-way mirror for maximum accuracy as he marks your skin with indelible ink that will remain after sterile preparation in the operating room.
Step 2: Anesthesia
Depending on your health and the extent of the procedure, you might receive general anesthesia, administered by an anesthesiologist. If you are having a small volume of fat removed, you might only need local anesthesia administered at the surgical site. You will also have the option of receiving a sedative through an I.V. to help you relax during the procedure.
Step 3: The procedure
Once the treatment area is prepared and you’re settled and comfortable, Dr. Laverson will make a small incision within a skin fold. Then, he will insert a thin instrument into the fat so he can inject a mixture of epinephrine to minimize bleeding and anesthetic to further numb the area.
Next, Dr. Laverson will use a small hollow wand with a sharp tip, called a cannula, to suck out the fat with the help of a mechanical pump. With a gentle back and forth motion, the cannula tip breaks through the tough connective tissue within fat so it can be removed.
Cannulas are hollow tubes with openings near the tip. A variety of lengths, diameters, and tip styles are produced to extract fat in different situations.
After finishing with all the targeted areas, Dr. Laverson will close the incisions with fine stitches buried beneath the skin, and surgical adhesive and skin tapes will cover the areas until they heal.
UAL is a technology that uses ultrasonic energy to gently liquefy fat. As the cannula is passed through fat deposits, ultrasonic energy breaks open the fat cell walls. This allows fat to flow more freely, where it can be suctioned out and removed.
Liposuction is a procedure in which bulges of fat are reduced and removed in order to refine your figure. It is a safe and effective means of permanent fat removal, and can be performed on any area of the face or body where there is fat. Liposuction of the cheeks, liposuction of the jowls, and liposuction of the neck are popular office procedures. Liposuction of the waist, liposuction of the back, liposuction of the bra-line, liposuction of the arms, liposuction of the hips, liposuction of the flanks, liposuction of the abdomen, liposuction of the mons pubis and labia, liposuction of the thighs, liposuction of the buttocks, and liposuction of the legs are also performed as desired for bulges or extra fat in those and other areas. Fat removed during liposuction may be transferred to the buttocks as needed if enlargement and filling of the buttocks is desired. Before beginning treatment, we will listen to understand your vision of what you want, and explain the treatment plan that will accomplish your goals.
NO, liposuction is generally painless during the procedure with mild discomfort for several days or longer afterward. Depending on how much fat is removed, how many areas are treated, the size and location of each area, and whether or not that fat is transferred somewhere else, a variable amount of post-treatment pain may require narcotic or non-narcotic analgesics. Liposuction is performed under local anaesthesia for small areas like the face and neck, or small bulges elsewhere. General anaesthesia offers more comfort and safety for liposuction of large areas, large volumes, multiple areas, and for fat transfer. You will not feel any pain during liposuction (we specialize in painless liposuction technique), but because nerves passing through the treated area are affected, most men and women experience discomfort for days to even weeks after liposuction. Swelling of treated areas is normal, and dissipates over days, weeks, and even months after liposuction. Dr. Laverson supplies a custom fitted compression garment to smooth skin after liposuction. Gentle compression by the garment is recommended for ten days or so after liposuction. Some like the shape of post-surgical garments and the feeling of stability they offer, and wear them for longer during recovery from liposuction.
Liposuction is popular for both men and women. Liposuction is indicated for non-obese patients with localized bulges or fullness in specific body areas from extra fat. Liposuction is truly a body shaping, body thinning, and body contouring procedure. Skin quality influences the final result of liposuction. If large amounts of fat are removed from an area with loose skin, the skin in that area, after it is deflated by fat removal, may sag. The judgment of whether liposuction (fat removal alone) or dermolipectomy (removal of excess skin AND fat) is better will be part of the pre-surgical discussion.
No, liposuction is not a weight-loss method. It is a surgical procedure to balance and sculpt the body and best for those who are near their ideal weight, yet have one or more areas that do not respond to diet or exercise.
No. Liposuction removes fat and reduces some of the pressure on your skin, but in general, it is not an effective way to tighten skin. Many overweight people who have liposuction also undergo surgical procedures to remove excess skin.
This is our most common question, and the answer depends on your situation. We recommend a POWERFUL EFFECTIVE medical weight loss program that is guaranteed, provided you are otherwise healthy and follow the program. The best part: It’s not that difficult. Some details explained at 10x.diet. We’re available 24/7 for support. You should have the body you want, not only for your best appearance, but for your overall health. Excess fat is associated with chronic medical problems. Changes in your routine habits required to lose weight are well worth the effort. Weight loss is more a mental than a physical battle, and we’re here to help. Liposuction works best if you’re normal or near normal body weight. If you remain overweight after liposuction, you may not be happy. Patients who are overweight request liposuction in multiple areas. If you lose weight first, liposuction may only be needed in one or two areas instead of five or six, or maybe not at all!
Tumescent liposuction reduces post operative bruising, swelling and pain. Blood loss is minimized during tumescent liposuction due to the effects of medication in the tumescent solution. Tumescence indicates that excess fat is suffused with a large amount of sterile salt water containing medications during a preliminary step prior to removal of your fat by suction. Injected fluid swells fat compartments. They become firm, or “tumesced.” Expanded fat compartments allow the liposuction cannula to travel smoothly beneath the skin as fat is extracted. Benefits of tumescence before liposuction (the “tumescent technique”) include added precision in fat removal and body contouring, facilitation of larger volumes of fat removal, diminished blood loss, and with local anesthetic, extended pain relief after surgery. Dr. Laverson has evaluated several other techniques for liposuction. He prefers tumescent because of the predictability of results, his ability for both debulking larger volumes and for sculpting finer contours, and the improved safety profile by avoiding unnecessary discharge of ultrasound or laser energy beneath the skin surface near nerves, blood vessels, and organs that can be directly or indirectly affected.
Swelling and often some bruising are expected after liposuction. Dr. Laverson will measure your body in advance of your procedure, and order a high quality custom fitted compression garment to control swelling, stabilize the treated area, and facilitate smooth fat distribution for your best possible body shape. Wear the garment around the clock (except when showering) for two to three weeks following your liposuction procedure. Many patients see little difference, or are even larger during the first one to three months after liposuction. Between two and six months afterward, you will progressively see better results, provided you’re not gaining body fat from overeating. Improvement continues until about one year after liposuction when all of the swelling should be gone.
If you gain weight after liposuction, the treated fat cells and bulges will still be gone. Your new shape will remain, but your weight gain will be more evenly distributed. When you meet with Dr. Laverson, review before and after pictures of patients with similar body types and procedures. These photos will help you determine whether your expectations are realistic or not.
Liposuction is a body contouring procedure to improve the shape, size, and appearance of your body. This includes a smooth skin surface. Your age, skin elasticity, history of weight loss, the amount, area, and location on your body of liposuction all influence the final outcome. Dr. Laverson incorporates judgment and techniques to avoid “cellulite” and rippling, but as swelling resolves and the treated area deflates after liposuction, rippling, wrinkling, skin sagging, and surface irregularities develop. Often, this is mild, and not problematic. The development of loose skin over an area of liposuction can be difficult to predict, and even more so if ultrasound (e.g. VASER®) or laser energy (e.g. SMART-LIPO®) is performed. No promises can be made in advance regarding cellulite. Liposuction improves the overall shape of the body in addition to making it smaller, but if significant rippling and skin sagging develop, secondary procedures such as dermolipectomy (surgical removal of excess skin and fat) may be indicated.
There is no way to accurately predict your healing speed, but most patients will see 80% of their liposuction results within 1 to 6 months following surgery. Final results vary from patient to patient and depend on age, areas treated, and the amount of fat removed, as well as individual healing speeds. Some patients see immediate results that improve steadily while others have weeks of swelling. Both of these outcomes are normal.
You will have small scars wherever instruments were inserted, which will vary by the patient in their appearance. The area being treated can also potentially develop scar tissue. A good surgeon will take great care in making small, discrete incisions; however, potential scarring should be discussed with your surgeon prior to the procedure. If you have a large area or many sites being treated, he or she will have to pay extra attention to incision placement and size. Your skin type and pigmentation may make your scar thicken or more visible.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure and requires time for recuperation. Your stitches will come out approximately 7 to 10 days after your procedure. While most people can go back to work or school a few days after surgery, strenuous activity must be avoided for four or more weeks.
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Finding the right surgeon is the single-most important decision you will make. It is important to find a surgeon with whom you feel comfortable with and trust. Choosing a surgeon with extensive skills and experience and who communicates well with you is key to helping ensure successful results. Dr. Laverson is a sure bet. His standards, training, credentials, experience, knowledge, compassion, ethics, innate aesthetic sense, and commitment to value combined are truly unique, and unsurpassed.
Bring a list of questions to the office that are important to you. Dr. Laverson will answer them all honestly. He is not a salesman, but an artist who wants to produce for you the best possible result. If he can help you, he will let you know how. If he cannot, he will explain why.
The questions below are only a starting point. As you consider all aspects of the surgery, additional questions will occur to you. Remember, there are no silly questions. Be sure to bring a written list so all your questions are answered.
Your pre-op appointment is scheduled prior to your surgery date and is when Dr. Laverson gets a clearer picture of your situation, your desired results, and details of the procedure that will be required to safely and reliably achieve a good result. Take this opportunity to explain exactly what you want, and to ask additional questions.
Remember, following Dr. Laverson’s instructions will promote a successful outcome.