“Liposuction is one of the country’s most requested surgical procedures.”
The struggle to get rid of unwanted body fat is common. Exercise and dieting may not be able to help you achieve your desired body shape. Roxanne J. Guy, MD, FACS performs liposuction to help patients achieve a slimmer body contour. Liposuction sculpts the body by removing stubborn fat from localized areas nearly anywhere on the body.
Consultation & Preparation
Liposuction can remove stubborn fat from the abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves, upper arms, chest, chin/neck, cheeks, and neck. Good liposuction candidates are in good physical and psychological health and are willing to quit smoking. Liposuction is not intended to replace a healthy lifestyle, and good candidates should have attempted traditional weight-loss methods before pursuing liposuction. The best candidates are at a normal weight and have firm, elastic skin but are bothered by the presence of stubborn fat in trouble areas.
During your consultation, share with Dr. Guy your goals and desires for improving your body. Dr. Guy will go over all the body contouring procedures that may be suitable for your needs. Once she determines that you are a good candidate for liposuction, Dr. Guy will determine which areas of your body she will target during the procedure and create a customized liposuction plan for you. Dr. Guy will give you instructions on how to prepare for your procedure, including guidelines for the use of medications and vitamins, what to eat and drink, and other recommended behaviors. You will need to arrange to have a companion drive you home after your procedure and remain with you at home for the first day or two of your recovery.
Liposuction is usually performed in an outpatient surgery center using general anesthesia. Dr. Guy may perform liposuction using one of the following methods:
- Traditional Tumescent Liposuction: Dr. Guy will inject a tumescent liquid to provide local anesthesia, assist in the removal of fat, and reduce bruising and blood loss. She will then make small incisions in the targeted areas and use a vacuum pump or large syringe to suction the fatty tissue out of the body through a thin metal rod. Depending on the number of areas needing treatment, the procedure may take two to four hours.
- VASERlipo® (Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction): Dr. Guy will make small incisions in the targeted areas and then use a long metal rod with an ultrasound probe to liquefy the fat cells. A vacuum pump or large syringe will then suction the liquefied fat cells out of the body. VASERlipo® is Dr. Guy’s preferred liposuction technique because it is associated with reduced bruising, bleeding, and tissue trauma. This technique takes longer than traditional liposuction and requires slightly larger incisions, but VASERlipo® makes it easier to remove the fat, particularly for large volumes of fat or fibrous areas.
Recovery & Results
After surgery, you may have some fluid drainage from your incisions. Patients often experience some discomfort, burning, swelling, numbness, and bleeding, especially during the first week of recovery. Prescribed pain medications can ease discomfort during this time. You should walk around often to reduce swelling and prevent blood clots. You may be given a compression garment to wear over the treated area for a few weeks after surgery. After about one to two weeks, you should feel much better and be able to return to work. You should avoid strenuous activities for two to four weeks. While most side effects will disappear within three weeks, be prepared for some swelling to persist for several months. Even if your swelling continues, you should witness noticeable improvements in your body shape soon after surgery. The incisions will be small and inconspicuous, and scarring will be minimal or unnoticeable. Your final results should be visible after about three months and will reveal a more slender body shape. Your results can be permanent if you maintain a sensible diet and exercise routine.
Dr. Roxanne Guy is a board-certified plastic surgeon and has performed many liposuction procedures to improve body contour. To schedule your personal consultation for liposuction with Dr. Guy, call (321) 727-1600 or complete our online contact form today.