Want to get Liposuction in Newport Beach? Orange County patients trust Dr. Rob Kessler for their lipo procedure. Liposuction removes fatty deposits on your abdomen, buttocks, cheeks, chin, hips, knees, neck, thighs, upper arms, and waist. It’s not meant as a replacement for diet and exercise, but instead as a solution when diet and exercise haven’t helped.
Not every man or woman is a good candidate for liposuction. Ideal candidates do not have an excess amount of loose skin, but the amount of fat on their body isn’t proportionate. Finally, they want a sleeker, more defined body but have realistic expectations of what liposuction can do. The best candidates are within 30 percent of their ideal weight, do not smoke, are healthy, and the skin elasticity and muscle tone are good.
Liposuction techniques include the super-wet technique, tumescent liposuction, and ultrasound assisted liposuction. Super-wet and tumescent liposuction both involve the injection of a medicinal solution into the areas where fat is being removed. The fluid includes an anesthetic, epinephrine, and saline. The difference between these two methods is that less fluid is used with the super-wet technique, so it takes less time. Ultrasound liposuction uses ultrasound energy to melt fatty deposits before they are removed.
With all three techniques, tiny incisions are made in areas where they are not noticeable. A cannula is inserted into each incision and pushed back and forth to loosen the fatty deposits. The cannula has a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the other end. With that vacuum or syringe, the excess fat is removed.
Each liposuction is different. The length of time involved depends on how much fat you have removed. Following liposuction, the affected areas may be wrapped in bandages or compression garments. Sometimes, doctors use drains in some of the incisions to remove extra blood and fluids. Your doctor discusses how you must care for yourself once you’re home, medications you should take, and when to arrange a follow up appointment.
Expect to remain at Kessler Plastic Surgery for a few hours while the medical professionals monitor your recovery. Once you go home, you will be told to rest for a few days. You can walk around, but make sure you walk slowly and don’t overexert. Swelling and bruising are normal. Swelling usually subsides after a couple days, and bruises disappear within 7 to 10 days. You’ll return to have stitches and any drains removed within a week.
After your stitches are removed, you can usually get back to your usual routine. It’s important to maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise following liposuction to maintain your new contour.
LIPOSUCTION RECOVERY GUIDE
Following a liposuction procedure, you should expect a short period of recovery that will likely include swelling, redness, and bruising around the treatment areas. Your body will gradually adapt to the changes made during your procedure, although you may experience some pain and discomfort. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to help you manage these symptoms as you heal.
Most patients’ recovery from liposuction begin with two days of downtime, then one to two weeks with restrictions on their activities and plenty of rest. You might be able to return to work after about a week, but you will most likely be unable to engage in most strenuous exercises and vigorous activities for a little while longer. The terms and duration of your liposuction recovery will depend on what areas (and how many) will be treated, so consult with your plastic surgeon to get a better idea what your recovery will look like.
How to Prepare for Your Procedure
Planning a successful and smooth recovery from your liposuction procedure begins in the days and weeks leading up to your surgery. In order to have a smooth recovery, you must first make sure that you stay healthy enough for surgery. Your body’s health will carry you through your recovery process, minimize your risks for complications, and boost the results you see from your surgery. Take the time to eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and maintain your weight, while avoiding anyone with obvious symptoms of illness and washing your hands frequently. Avoid losing large amounts of weight before your procedure and, if you do plan to lose a few pounds, clear this with your surgeon first.
You may also need to stop taking certain medications, supplements, and herbal remedies in the days leading up to your surgery. Pay close attention to the instructions your plastic surgeon gives you at your consultation and follow them carefully. By keeping your body in good condition for surgery, you’re increasing your chances for a smooth liposuction recovery.
How to Plan Your Recovery Right
You should also take steps to get ready for your recovery period before you head to the clinic for your liposuction. Establish a special place in your home that can become your Recovery Area. Typically, patients prefer to set up their space on a couch or in their own bed. Choose a spot wherever you’ll be the most comfortable and start thinking about what you’ll want to have close by during your first 48 hours of critical recovery time. You won’t be able to get up and down much, so create a space that is comfortable, filled with pillows and blankets, and loose-fitting clothing.
Use a small basket or bucket to stock medical supplies, such as gauze, pain medication, vitamins, cold compresses, and other must-haves your surgeon may recommend. Discuss your after-care instructions with your surgeon in case you will be expected to change your dressings or care for the incision areas.A smooth recovery relies on you staying well-nourished too, so don’t forget to stash some healthy snacks and waters nearby. Consider these supplies as fuel for your body as it heals.
You’ll also want to make sure you’re not bored during recovery, as positive emotions can actually help your body to heal more quickly. Keep your mind active with books, magazines, crossword puzzles, or DVDs of your favorite shows. Take advantage of the downtime and give yourself the chance to relax and enjoy your mandated rest. It will all be worth it when you see your fantastic liposuction results.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure designed to eliminate excess fatty tissue in a targeted area, improving the body’s shape and contour.
How is Liposuction performed?
To begin the Liposuction procedure, Dr. Kessler will make several tiny incisions in the designated area. From here, a cannula (small tube) is inserted; then moving back and forth, the cannula will loosen the fatty deposits. Using suction, the fat is then removed through the cannula. Sutures will be used to close the incisions.
Is there more than one Liposuction technique are available?
There are three Liposuction techniques available. Which method is best will depend on the specific patient’s needs.
• Super-wet: A solution of anesthetic, epinephrine, and saline is first injected into the targeted area. Next, the cannula will loosen the fat and eliminate it through suction.
• Tumescent Liposuction: Performed the same way as the Super-wet technique, although the Tumescent method uses a greater volume of solution, therefore takes longer.
• Ultrasound Liposuction: Utilizing ultrasound energy, the fatty deposits are melted down before they are removed.
Who is a good candidate for the Liposuction procedure?
Both men and women, wanting to improve their physical contour, can make a potential Liposuction candidate. Not everyone is good fit for Liposuction, though. The best results are seen in patients with a high proportion of fat, but with taut skin and muscles, versus loose/lax tissues. At your consultation appointment, Dr. Kessler will discuss if Liposuction is best choice for your specific needs.
Where is the Liposuction procedure performed?
Dr. Kessler performs all of his Liposuction procedures at the nearby Star Point Surgical Center, or a local area hospital. Liposuction will be performed as an outpatient procedure.
What type of anesthesia is used during Liposuction?
Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia.
How long is a Liposuction procedure?
Depending on the extent of correction, a Liposuction procedure will take between one and three hours to complete.
Can Liposuction Contour the Face and Neck Area?
These days, more and more liposuction procedures are being performed on the face — specifically the area under the chin and on the neck. Chin and neck liposuction can create a more sculpted jawline and an elegant neck contour. Liposuction can be combined with a skin-tightening technology or treatment if needed to give the lower face and neck a more youthful contour.
Can Fat Removed During Lipo Be Transferred to Other Parts of the Body?
You might be surprised to learn that Dr. Kessler can liposuction excess fat from a problematic area of your body and transfer that fat to an area that has experienced volume loss. For example, he can remove fat from your abdomen or thighs and inject the fat into your buttocks to add shape and fullness. Since it’s your own fat, your buttocks will look and feel soft and natural.
Fat can also be transferred to other areas of the body. It can be used to boost breast size, either alone or combined with the placement of breast implants. Or, fat can be transferred to the face to add youthful volume and contours.
What can I expect from the recovery after Liposuction?
The recovery time after Liposuction will last about one week. Patients may have initial bruising, swelling, and temporary numbness. The state-of-the-art techniques utilized by Dr. Kessler lower the extent of bruising and swelling, as seen in years past. Patients may have a burning sensation or soreness in the treatment area, but appropriate mediations will be prescribed to improve comfort level.*
A compression garment is normally worn for several weeks after the Liposuction procedure, to promote the healing process. Strenuous activities and exercise should be postponed for four and six weeks after a Liposuction procedure.*
When can I return to work after Liposuction?
Patients are generally feeling well enough to return to work within five to seven days, after their Liposuction procedure.*
Will there be scarring after Liposuction procedure?
Liposuction will result in extremely small scars, although these are well concealed within the natural creases of the skin, therefore almost imperceptible.*
What are the risks involved with Liposuction?
Liposuction has been performed since the early 1970s; it is considered extremely safe and effective. It does carry the rare risk of complications though, these can include excessive bleeding, scarring, blood clots, and infection.*
Can I finance my Liposuction procedure?
Liposuction procedures can be financed through CareCredit. Contact Kessler Plastic Surgery for more information, or go to carecredit.com to apply online.
*Your Results May Vary