Liposuction in Palm Bay, FL
“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.
How Can I Prepare for My Liposuction Treatment?
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.
How Is Liposuction Performed?
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.
What is My Liposuction Recovery Like?
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.
When Will I See My Liposuction Results?
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.
Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction
Is liposuction a weight-loss solution?
No, liposuction is not a weight-loss option. Surgeons cannot remove massive amounts of fat with this procedure. In fact, the maximum amount of weight loss from liposuction ranges around 11 pounds at one time (equaling about one clothing size). Instead, liposuction is designed to contour your body by targeting specific areas. Patients with stubborn fat deposits around their waist, tummy, arms, hips, buttocks, thighs, and other problem areas can benefit from liposuction contouring. Some people also opt for facial contouring with liposuction for the chin, neck, or cheeks.
Am I a suitable candidate for liposuction?
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends that you be a healthy adult who is close to your ideal weight before undergoing liposuction surgery. It is also best that you be a nonsmoker. Good skin elasticity is another desirable feature for optimal outcomes. Finally, it is important that you have realistic expectations for your post-surgical results.
Liposuction is a procedure that removes excess fat; it does not tighten or remove loose skin. Patients with skin laxity should consider combining their liposuction with tummy tuck surgery, arm lift surgery, thigh lift surgery, or body lift surgery.
How soon can I see results from my liposuction surgery?
Initial liposuction results are typically achieved within one to three months post-surgery as swelling resolves within this time. Ultimate results are visible in six months to a year.
How long is recovery from liposuction?
With this outpatient procedure, you can go home the same day. You will be sore, swollen, and bruised and will need to rest and take it easy for a few days. Avoid vigorous exercise and heavy lifting. You can likely go back to work approximately three to 10 days after your surgery and resume normal activities in about two to four weeks.
Naturally, everyone heals differently and is impacted by many additional factors.
Does liposuction hurt?
You will receive local, twilight, or general anesthesia for the procedure. So, you won’t have pain during the surgery. Some discomfort is common after surgery, along with bruising, swelling, and some numbness. Pain medication, compression garments, and following Dr. Guy’s instructions and recommendations will help minimize soreness and support recovery.
Will I have liposuction scars?
Dr. Guy makes tiny incisions that don’t even need sutures—typically between one-eighth-inch and one-half-inch. These incisions are strategically and discreetly placed to be hidden—often between natural folds of your skin. With our skilled and experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, scarring should be nearly invisible.
Can my fat return after liposuction?
Liposuction permanently removes fat cells. So, if you maintain a healthy weight, you will enjoy the body contouring results of your surgery for many years. However, significant weight gain after surgery will result in more fat accumulation in the areas that weren’t impacted by liposuction.
What does liposuction cost?
Various factors impact the cost of your liposuction treatment. They include surgery time, areas treated, difficulty, lab work, plus the surgeon’s fee and standard fees for the OR and the anesthesiologist. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Guy for a personalized assessment and liposuction cost estimate.
Interested in Learning More?
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.