Liposuction

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Liposuction is a minimally invasive surgery that removes unwanted body fat. Everyone has body fat. Unfortunately, even consistently maintaining a healthy lifestyle can’t target the unwanted fat that accumulates in certain areas of our bodies. Liposuction may be right for you if some areas of your body aren’t as tight and toned as you would like, even with a healthy diet and regular exercise. You are not alone! If you’re feeling self-conscious – liposuction is the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedure in the world.[1]  If you’re looking for an effective way to eliminate specific stubborn areas of fat, liposuction might be the answer. At the Optimization Centre in Boca Raton, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory Albert offers a variety of cosmetic and surgical procedures to ensure that all of his patients are able to achieve their aesthetic goals. Contact our office today at (561) 495-2700 or fill out our convenient online contact form to begin collaborating with Dr. Albert and create your pathway to a happier, healthier, and more confident you.

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About Liposuction

Liposuction removes deposits of fat from specific, pre-determined areas of your body through a simple, minimally invasive procedure. Liposuction is performed to eliminate fat from many areas of the body, with the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, flanks, and upper arms most commonly targeted.

Contrary to popular belief, not all body fat is bad. Instead, there are different types; some are beneficial and vital for your health. For example, essential fat plays a significant role in hormone regulation. But it is the stubborn, unwanted, and unnecessary fat that is targeted for removal with liposuction. First pioneered by European plastic surgeons in the 1970s[2], liposuction technology and techniques have rapidly undergone significant improvements to give us the full range of effective fat-removal abilities that surgeons utilize today. With these advances, patients are able to achieve smoother, sleeker, more toned, and youthful-looking bodies, with less discomfort and a shorter recovery than ever before

Benefits of Liposuction

Not only is liposuction extremely safe and minimally invasive, but the results are almost immediate and can last a lifetime. A more toned physique is within reach! Removing the layer of fat masking your muscles can finally reveal your hard-earned results from the gym. Increased self-esteem, more confidence, and a healthier body are just some of the benefits you will see from liposuction. 

What Kind of Liposuction is Best?

Dr. Albert uses PAL, which stands for power-assisted liposuction. There are several different liposuction technologies available today, such as Smart Lipo and laser lipo. Dr. Albert prefers PAL lipo because it gives him more control while he is contouring a patient. 

For example, laser liposuction uses heat to melt fat prior to removal. However, this does not give the surgeon a lot of control over the amount of fat being melted. Oftentimes, the fat surrounding the treatment area also becomes over-heated. This can create contour irregularities, as well as prevent skin from contracting smoothly.  Dr. Albert uses PAL because he feels it is the most accurate liposuction technology, the safest for his patients, and gives optimal results.

Dr. Albert Discusses Liposuction

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“When I started my plastic surgery career, surgeons were beginning to move away from simple suction liposuction and towards ultrasonic liposuction. Ultrasonic liposuction was the first generation of energy-based liposuction instrumentation. I was fortunate to get a lot of experience with ultrasonic liposuction since most of the older plastic surgeons were set in their ways and did not adopt the technology. At the time, it was considered state-of-the-art, as the fat was liquified and then suctioned out of the body.  

As laser companies were growing and trying to sell more lasers, smart liposuction was developed. This technology became extremely popular because lasers were considered

 a newer way to remove fat and they claimed it tightened skin. However, I began to see that my results were not only superior to the Smart Lipo technique, but I also saw a lot of complications from laser liposuction machines. After treating irregularities and liposuction deformities created by other surgeons, I developed a method to treat these problems. Liposuction revision has become a large part of my practice.

The latest advancement in liposuction is the development of power-assisted liposuction (PAL). I incorporated this technology about 5 years ago. My results have evolved further with this simple technology, with my liposuction revision cases from other surgeons getting even better than before. With PAL, I can remove and sculpt fat more efficiently. I use the technology to widely suction an area which allows me to get more skin retraction and tighter results while still using a non-energy-based device. An additional benefit is that the fat that I suction with the PAL system is perfect for fat grafting into the buttocks, chest, arms, face, and other areas.” 

Candidates

If you are wondering if you could be a candidate for this commonly performed procedure, the good news is that many people are! Healthy adults within 20-30 pounds of their ideal body weight are excellent candidates for liposuction. In addition, there is no maximum age limit for liposuction, if the patient is in good health, free from certain underlying medical conditions, and has good skin elasticity. However, it’s important to note that liposuction is a body contouring procedure, not a weight loss solution. 

Personal Consultation

A happy life doesn’t happen by accident, and scheduling your personal consultation with Dr. Albert is the first step on your journey to feeling more empowered and satisfied with your body. During your personal consultation, Dr. Albert will take the time to listen to your specific needs and goals and collaborate with you on a solution that best meets your desired outcomes. In order to determine whether you are a good candidate for liposuction, he’ll review your medical history and examine the areas that you’d like to treat. He’ll pay close attention to your skin in the targeted areas to ensure that it will be able to retract sufficiently once the excess fat is removed and that you’ll be able to enjoy smooth results. If he determines that you’ll be able to achieve your desired appearance with liposuction, he’ll explain the steps of the procedure and what it entails so that you’ll know exactly what to expect following surgery. Take the first step today by calling our office at (561) 495-2700 or filling out our convenient online contact form.

Preparation

At your pre operative appointment with Dr. Albert, he will give you detailed instructions on how to best prepare for your surgery. These general guidelines are important to keep in mind as you get ready:

  • Stop smoking prior to your surgery. More importantly, after your surgery to prevent coughing, bleeding and assure proper healing. Remember, that secondhand smoke can be equally harmful.  
  • You’ll need to fast as directed, and your instructions will depend on the type of anesthesia being used.
  • Stop taking aspirin, aspirin containing products and multivitamins for 2 weeks prior to your surgery. Medications that have been prescribed by your doctor can and should still be taken regularly.  
  • Limit exposure to sun and UV rays.
  • Make sure a responsible person takes you home and stays with you for at least 24 hours after your surgery.  Overnight nurses are available upon request. 

Procedure

Liposuction is typically performed in under three hours, and Dr. Albert will be able to give you an estimation for your treatment time during your personal consultation. Patients may be given moderate to heavy sedation, combined with a local anesthetic. Depending on the extent of the procedure and the patient’s preferences, their liposuction procedure may be performed under general anesthesia, which will be administered by a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists in our state-of-the-art surgery centre. 

The Liposuction Procedure has Two Distinct Steps:

  1. The areas that you’ve chosen to treat with liposuction will be mapped out and marked ahead of time. This will help guide Dr. Albert during the procedure, and ensure that you receive smooth, symmetrical results that achieve your goals. Once the anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Albert will carefully inject a specialized solution into the treatment area. This liquid is called tumescent fluid and contains several important solutions that further numb the treatment area, constrict blood vessels to prevent unnecessary bleeding, and make the fat cells easier to remove. 
  2. The second part of the procedure involves inserting a long, thin tube with a hole in the center, called a cannula, through a minuscule incision into the targeted areas of your body. This cannula is attached to a small vacuum that will suck out the broken-down fat cells through the tube and out of the body. During a liposuction procedure, Dr. Albert will make steady, even passes back and forth with the cannula under the skin to help loosen and free the fat cells.  This ensures that the unwanted fat is evenly and efficiently removed and that the results are evenly balanced and contoured

Recovery

Depending on the type of anesthesia used, we may recommend that you stay with us overnight to ensure that you have recovered from the general anesthetic and that there are no complications from the anesthesia or the surgery itself. Swelling and some discomfort are normal and expected, and you will wear compression bandages to help control the inflammation and protect your incisions. You may also be given prescription pain medication to keep you comfortable and manage pain. Dr. Albert will provide you with specific instructions to follow during your recovery. It is essential to follow these instructions closely as they will help you heal and ensure that you achieve the best outcome from your procedure without complications. Complications from liposuction are very low, but evidence suggests that most complications that arise result from poor patient management before and after surgery.[2] Generally, you will need to rest for about a week after the procedure and wait 4-6 weeks before resuming physical activities and exercise.

Results

Healing times will vary based on each patient, and while it may take up to 12 weeks for the swelling to completely subside, most patients report seeing immediate results once the bandages come off. Once your healing is complete, your new, slimmer, sleeker, and toned silhouette will be clearly visible, and you will be on your way to fully enjoying your new shape.

Corresponding & Complementary Procedures 

Many patients combine surgeries to completely optimize their bodies and capitalize on combining recovery time. Some complementary procedures to liposuction include:

  • Tummy tuck: This procedure creates a tight, flat look by removing loose, excess skin around the abdomen and stomach.
  • Body lift: Usually an extension of the tummy tuck, this procedure rejuvenates and tightens the skin around the thighs and buttocks.

To learn more about the latest in aesthetic treatments and more about the services offered at the Optimization Centre, follow Dr. Albert’s blog!

Cost

During your personal consultation, Dr. Albert will collaborate with you to determine your target areas and any corresponding and complementary procedures you desire. Visit our Specials page to see our offers and promotions. Because of the individualized nature of each patient’s needs and procedures, the costs for liposuction will vary from patient to patient. Therefore, the best way to get an accurate picture of your estimated cost is to contact our office at (561) 495-2700 or by using our easy online contact form to schedule your personal consultation.  

FAQ

How painful is liposuction?

Before a liposuction procedure, patients are administered either local anesthesia and sedation, or general anesthesia. Once it takes effect, they will not experience any pain during the procedure. Pain medication is prescribed to manage any discomfort during recovery, but most patients find that they only need it for the first day or two after their procedure. 

What parts of the body can I have liposuctioned?

This common procedure can target many different trouble areas on the body, including: 
– Abdomen
– Arms
– Axilla 
– Back
– Breasts
– Chin and neck
– Flanks (love handles)
– Hips
– Knees
– Thighs

Is liposuction safe?

Liposuction is a safe, simple, and effective way to improve body shape and contouring. Because the liposuction cannula is so small and enters the body through tiny incisions, the procedure is minimally-invasive and carries a lower risk than other more invasive procedures.

Does liposuction leave scars?

As technology has evolved, so have the tools used to perform liposuction. The modern cannula is a very small and narrow instrument that leaves tiny scars unnoticeable to many. Most of Dr. Alberts patients have no visible scars after liposuction. Any redness will fade over time.

Is liposuction permanent?

To best optimize the results of your liposuction surgery, you must maintain a stable weight and lead a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise afterward. Fat cells removed via liposuction are permanently removed.

What is the difference between liposuction vs. tummy tuck or body lift?

Liposuction is minimally invasive with less recovery time than other cosmetic surgeries. While liposuction removes fat cells, it does not tighten excess skin from massive weight loss or childbirth. Liposuction is not considered a weight loss surgery. 

Does health insurance cover liposuction?

Because liposuction is cosmetic surgery, health insurance does not cover liposuction. 

References

  1. Atiyeh, B., Costagliola, M., Illouz, Y. G., Dibo, S., Zgheib, E., & Rampillon, F. (2015). Functional and Therapeutic Indications of Liposuction: Personal Experience and Review of the Literature. Annals of plastic surgery, 75(2), 231–245. https://doi.org/10.1097/SAP.0000000000000055
  2. Bellini, E., Grieco, M. P., & Raposio, E. (2017). A journey through liposuction and liposculpture: Review. Annals of medicine and surgery (2012), 24, 53–60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amsu.2017.10.024