Although there are many cosmetic practices promoting innovative fat reduction procedures, surgical liposuction remains the most reliable and effective body contouring treatment available today. The methods have evolved since the introduction of the basic liposuction technique, but the principle remains the same: Create a slimmer shape by physically removing excess fat cells.
As one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures at our Naples, Florida practice, liposuction results continue to amaze patients. One great thing about the procedure is its flexibility. Fat removal can be performed on many body areas including:
- Upper thighs
The contouring potential of liposuction is especially helpful for patients who have tried diet and exercise and are at a relatively healthy weight before treatment.
Board-certified Naples plastic surgeon Dr. Manuel Peña does not perform liposuction in the facial area because of the risk of irregularities in the results. However, the neck, especially in younger patients, can be treated with liposuction in many cases. During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to review before and after photos of other patients with similar body characteristics to see what kind of amazing results you can expect.
Types of Liposuction
Liposuction options offered by Dr. Peña include:
To begin your tumescent liposuction procedure, Dr. Peña will inject a saline solution into the treatment area. The injection also includes lidocaine to numb the area for more comfort during your procedure.
Tumescent solution works to enlarge your fat cells and make them easier to remove. Once you are sufficiently comfortable, Dr. Peña will make tiny incisions in inconspicuous locations through which he will insert a small cannula to remove the enlarged fat cells.
After your procedure, you will be wrapped in a compression garment to aid the healing process and keep the swelling to a minimum. You may experience swelling and bruising, but they are only temporary effects of the treatment. Within three months, you will be admiring your final results.
Power Assisted Liposuction
Power assisted liposuction is similar to tumescent liposuction, except that the fat is liquefied with sound waves before it is suctioned out. During ultrasonic liposuction, Dr. Peña will numb the treatment area with anesthetic. Then he will break up the fat cells with high-frequency ultrasound waves. Using a vibration cannula, fat is "shaken off the tissue" and suctioned out. At the end of the procedure, the shaking cannula can "knock off" some fat cells which are allowed to remain there. This helps to smooth out the Post-Operative contour.
Recovery from power assisted liposuction varies from patient to patient, but you should be able to return to work within a week or two. Like tumescent liposuction, you may experience bruising and tenderness in the treatment area, but these will be temporary.
Liposuction Alternative - Exilis
Exilis is a targeted fat reduction technique that is not as invasive as liposuction. This non-surgical procedure uses radiofrequency and can reduce your deposits of unwanted fat, just like liposuction, but without the risks that may accompany a surgical procedure. It is an affordable alternative that requires no downtime to recover, however, it is not a direct substitute for liposuction. Additional liposuction alternatives available at our Naples office include:
Be sure to ask Dr. Peña about these and other techniques during your initial consultation to help determine which one can best help you achieve the results you are looking for.
Are You a Good Candidate?
Liposuction is used to remove deposits of fat in different areas of your body to give you a slimmer, sleeker look. But it is not right for everyone. You may be a good candidate for the procedure if you:
- Are close to your ideal weight (liposuction is not an effective weight-loss tool)
- Are in good general health but have areas that are out of proportion with the rest of you
- Have stubborn areas of fat that aren't responding to diet and exercise
- Have skin with good elasticity
- Are over 18 years old
- Have realistic expectations for your results
For liposuction to be most effective and provide lasting results, you should be at a stable weight. If you are still losing weight or planning to become pregnant, you may want to wait for your liposuction procedure until you settle into the healthy weight that you can maintain.
If you have lost a significant amount of weight from diet and exercise or pregnancy, you may benefit from having a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) with your liposuction to tighten your entire abdominal area. Breasts are often areas of concern in these cases as well. You should consult with Dr. Peña about which cosmetic surgery procedures are right for you to achieve the look you desire.
What to Expect from Your Liposuction Procedure
To help you decide if you are ready to undergo liposuction, our Naples liposuction team makes sure you know exactly what to expect during the process. During your initial consultation, Dr. Peña will go over important medical information and encourage you to ask as many questions as you want. Your safety, comfort and peace of mind are important to every one of our staff members, and we will not schedule the surgery unless we feel you have made a confident decision.
Lipo is an invasive surgical procedure that will require you to follow pre- and post-operative instructions carefully. Your liposuction procedure includes:
- Undergoing a comprehensive physical examination and health history review. Dr. Peña will ask you about your body goals and your surgery concerns. Once you have all the details that you need and make an informed decision to have liposuction surgery, your surgery day will be scheduled and Dr. Peña will let you know how to prepare.
- After you are anesthetized, Dr. Peña will make tiny incisions in the treatment area, in spots that are most inconspicuous. The areas to be treated are filled with an anesthetic solution.
- The small cannula, or fat removal tube, is inserted into the incision sites. Dr. Peña uses the cannula to remove targeted pockets of fat.
- You will be placed in a compressive garment.
- Post-operative instructions will be reviewed with you and your family members or friends.
- Dr. Peña will give you a timeline summary that explains when you can resume certain activities. Swelling and bruising will occur but are temporary.
- Sutures may be removed in about one week.
- Final results will take up to three months.
It is important to remember that procedural steps, recovery, and results vary from patient to patient. The best way to learn what you can expect is through a one-on-one consultation at our comfortable and convenient Naples, Florida office.
To schedule your liposuction consultation with our board-certified Naples plastic surgeon, please call 239-348-7362 today. We welcome patients from Estero, Ft. Myers, Bonita Springs, and all nearby areas of Florida.