Exercise and dieting can only do so much. Many people find themselves struggling to reduce small pockets of fat that seem resistant to a healthy lifestyle. Liposuction treatment can help remove these last bits of fat and help you achieve your ideal body!
Lipo surgery is a minimally-invasive procedure that removes difficult fat cells. At Clayton Plastic Surgery, our goal is to provide patients with procedures that help them obtain their best results. Our lead surgeon, Dr. Clayton, is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been practicing for over sixteen years. He has surrounded himself with staff that reflects his level of care and professionalism. With a qualified surgeon and expert staff, you will experience excellent care and safe practices at Clayton Plastic Surgery!
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a fat removal treatment that can be performed all over the body. However, liposuction is not meant to be a weight loss procedure. Liposuction is meant for small to moderate fat deposits found near the surface of your body, this fat is also referred to as subcutaneous.
The technique of removing fat with a suction device was developed in the 1970s and has evolved since then. Many different surgeons and doctors have made tweaks and improvements to provide the world with effective, safe forms of liposuction.
This traditional technique uses a suction device, called an aspirator, to remove unwanted fat cells. This classic method of removing fat has been updated and is still practiced by many surgeons today. Suction-assisted liposuction, or SAL, is an excellent technique to suction fat and remove those stubborn deposits. Liposuction can help you achieve your ideal body.
Liposuction can be performed all over the body, such as on the thighs, knees, arms, back, abdomen, cheeks, under the chin, on the hips, love-handles, and buttocks. These body liposuction techniques help to improve your natural contours and transform the way you appear.
With lipo surgery, you can slim down multiple problem areas quickly and effectively.
A liposuction procedure is an excellent opportunity for people who have a specific body goal.
There are many advantages to this treatment, the main benefits are that it is a minimally-invasive fat removal process and will quickly re-shape your body. This procedure is excellent for the man who wants a defined six-pack or for the women who want a slimmer waist. Women also commonly receive liposuction to regain their slimmer, pre-baby body.
Breast liposuction is common for both men and women. Liposuction will help diminish excess fat in either genders chests. This is a particularly sensitive concern for men and is handled discreetly at our clinic. Dr. Clayton is able to remove breast fat and sculpt the chest to help our male patients regain their masculine frame. Breast reduction using liposuction may also benefit women by reducing large breasts that may prove uncomfortable.
That most noted advantage of plastic surgery liposuction is that it is a diverse procedure that helps our patients achieve the appearance they desire. In one easy procedure, you can liposuction fat away!
Is Liposuction Right For Me?
Lipo surgery is a great solution for many people! This treatment is ideal for people who:
- Have moderate skin elasticity
- Have a healthy body weight
- Have stubborn fat deposits
- Have realistic expectations for this procedure
- Wish to see improvement in their body
Liposuction surgery is great for both men and women who would like to improve their natural contours and achieve their best appearance! Dr. Clayton is well experienced in liposuction procedures and will work with you to create a treatment plan that addresses your concerns and achieves your aesthetic goal. If you are interested in the many advantages of liposuction, we encourage you to reach out to our office today to schedule a private consultation today.
In your personal consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss your problem area(s) and desired appearance with Dr. Clayton. He will listen to you and examine the area you wish to change. Dr. Clayton will test your skin elasticity and take photos and measurements to better strategize your procedure. He will then ask about your past procedure, drug allergies, and current medications to gain a good understanding of your general health. This will help him determine if liposuction is an ideal solution for you. He may suggest an alternative or additional solution to provide your ideal results.
Dr. Clayton will discuss the liposuction procedure, potential risks, and expected outcome. We recommend our patients write down any questions they have and bring them to the consultation. Questions may include thoughts like:
- Do you have any before-and-after photos of this particular treatment?
- What is needed of me to ensure I achieve my best results?
- Where will this treatment take place?
- Will I be prescribed medications?
- How many days do you suggest I take off from work?
- How long will the recovery be?
- When should I expect to see my final results?
These questions will help guide you through the consultation and are meant to surface new queries or concerns.
Dr. Clayton will then discuss your liposuction options and, together, you will customize your treatment plan. A date and time will be chosen for your appointment and Dr. Clayton will instruct you how to best prepare for the surgery and recovery process. If you have any other questions that are not addressed or come to you after the consultation, please give us a call so one of our staff members can assist you!
To best prepare for liposuction, you will want to follow Dr. Clayton’s instructions.
Pick-up any medications prior to your appointment. Be sure to have extra pillows at home to help you adjust and help elevate the treated area. Elevating will help diminish swelling and improve your healing process.
The morning of your procedure we suggest you take a shower and dress in comfy clothes. Be sure your clothes are loose and will not apply pressure to the treated area. Arrive a few minutes early to ensure you find parking and have enough time to sign in and relax. Occasionally, liposuction is performed on an area that will inhibit your driving. In this case, we suggest you ask a friend or family member to drop you off and pick you up after the appointment.
When you arrive for your liposuction procedure, your treatment area(s) will be cleaned and marked for surgery. Local anesthesia will be applied to help ensure you have a comfortable experience. Once the local anesthesia has taken effect, Dr. Clayton will apply minuscule incisions in the predetermined area.
A cannula (a thin hollow tube) topped with an aspirator (a suction device) will be inserted into the incision to access the fat deposit. Dr. Clayton will gently move his wrist back-and-forth. This action will dislodge fat cells from tissues and allow easy removal.
Once the liposuction procedure is completed and Dr. Clayton has sculpted your body, he will close the incisions and apply bandages. This procedure can take anywhere from two to seven hours depending on the extent of work being completed.
When you leave your appointment, your treatment area will be swollen and bruised. Any discomfort can be controlled with medications prescribed by Dr. Clayton. A compression garment will need to be worn to help minimize swelling and help your body adjust to its new contours. Small tubes called drains may be placed in incisions to help remove excess fluids.
The drains will be attached to a receptacle that collects the fluid. Dr. Clayton or his staff will walk you through emptying the receptacles. The drains are temporary and will be removed after a few days in a follow-up appointment.
Follow-up appointments will help Dr. Clayton monitor your health and recovery. These meetings will give him the opportunity to make adjustments to ensure you are achieving your best outcome! In these appointments, you will learn when you can return to activities such as swimming, exercising and strenuous activities like lifting. Most patients are able to return to work after a few days.
You will immediately notice your improvements! The treated area will appear slimmer and will only improve in the following weeks as swelling and bruising decreases. Your final results will take a couple of months to set in. Once achieved, your results will be long-lasting. You can keep your results consistent with exercise and a healthy diet. Keeping a stable weight will help your results last for years!
How Much Does Liposuction Cost?
Liposuction procedures are personalized to your unique goals and anatomical features. Our customized approach will cause the cost of each lipo treatment to differ between patients. This hand-tailored approach provides our patients with a high level of care and attention they can be satisfied with. If you are interested in learning more about liposuction and how it will transform your body, contact our office at (801) 937-9650 to schedule your personal consultation.