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Liposuction removes fatty deposits on your abdomen, buttocks, 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 gotten you the results you desire.
Not everyone is a good candidate for liposuction. Ideal candidates are within 30 percent of their ideal weight, do not smoke, are healthy, and the skin elasticity and muscle tone are good, but the fat on their body is localized to specific problem areas. It is a body contouring operation designed to achieve a sleeker, more defined body. Understanding this will help manage expectations of what the procedure can accomplish.
Liposuction techniques include the super-wet technique and tumescent 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.
With all techniques, tiny incisions are made in areas where they are not noticeable. A cannula is inserted into each incision and used to loosen and remove 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.
The length of time of the procedure depends on the number of areas to address and how much fat is present in each. Following liposuction, compression garments are used to minimize fluid collections and help minimize swelling. Dr. Kessler will review how you must care for yourself once you’re home, medications you should take, and when to arrange a follow up appointment.
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Most people experience discomfort as soreness, like after a vigorous work out. You can be up and about immediately after surgery but no exercising or cardio for a minimum of two weeks. 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 removed within a week.
Your Liposuction will be performed in Dr. Robert Kessler's surgery center located in Corona Del Mar.
After 10-14 days, you can gradually get back to your usual routine. It’s important to monitor your weight through diet and exercise following liposuction to maintain your new contour.
- 01 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.
- 02 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.
- 03 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.
- 04 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.
- 05 Where is the Liposuction procedure performed?
Dr. Kessler performs surgery at a nearby accredited outpatient Surgery Center.
- 06 What type of anesthesia is used during Liposuction?
Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia.
- 07 How long is a Liposuction procedure?
Depending on the extent of correction, a Liposuction procedure will take between one and three hours to complete.
- 08 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.
- 09 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.
- 10 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.
- 11 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.
- 12 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.
I went to see Dr. Kessler for jawline lipo and lower abdomen lipo and I can’t even explain how happy I am! Never been so happy with my face and tummy. I had gone to a couple other consultations but after speaking with him and seeing Kessler’s before and after photos I knew he was my surgeon. His staff at the office was very nice as well as the surgery center.