Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes deposits of fat in specific areas of the body that are resistant to weight loss and exercise. Very short incisions (usually less than a quarter of an inch long) are placed in inconspicuous locations near the problematic fat deposits. A fluid called tumescent solution is placed into each area to minimize bleeding and reduce postoperative pain. The fat cells are then removed using small suction tubes called cannulas.
Liposuction should not be thought of as a weight loss procedure, but rather a contouring procedure for areas that are resistant to weight loss and exercise. The ideal candidate for liposuction is a male or female who is close to their ideal or desired weight. It is extremely important to keep up good nutrition and an exercise program before, during, and after liposuction to ensure that optimum results are maintained.
There are many types of liposuction and Dr. Mason has used most all of them. After years of experience, Dr. Mason prefers to use the SAFE Lipo technique developed by his colleague and friend, Dr. Simeon Wall, Jr. This technique sculpts the treatment areas by removing fat while equalizing the thin layer of fat just below the skin. This improves the chances of having a smooth even contour of the skin’s surface after healing.
Dr. Mason also uses VASER liposuction, a technique that involves treating fat cells with ultrasonic waves before they are removed by suction. This technique is best for certain areas of the body where the fat is very dense and difficult to remove.
Liposuction is most commonly used for contouring the abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, neck and chin.
The final results of liposuction are not immediate although some improvement is noted immediately and in the first few weeks after surgery. Because the overlying skin has to shrink and smooth following fat removal, final results can be expected 6 to 9 months after the procedure.
While liposuction is not necessarily a “painful” procedure, you will feel bruised and some areas will remain tender for up to 6 weeks. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication.
The procedure is done under general anesthesia.
CoolSculpting non-surgical fat reduction can be a good non-surgical option for many patients.
This patient is 48 years old and has three children. She had a mommy makeover consisting of liposuction to her abdomen and flanks, plus a silicone breast augmentation. R: 300 L: 275 HP gel. 34DD before and after (only perkier now).
This patient had a combination of procedures including liposuction of the abdomen and a breast lift.
This patient is 41 years old. She had a combination of procedures including thighplasty, abdominoplasty, and liposuction to the outer thighs.
This patient had liposuction of the abdomen and the flanks.
This patient is a 52 year old male with liposuction to abdomen and flanks.
This patient is a 55 year old male with Vaser Liposuction to the abdomen and flanks.
This patient is a 44 year old male with Vaser Liposuction to the abdomen and flanks.
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