Over 200,000 liposuctions are performed yearly in the US. Who doesn’t have a few extra pounds they wish they could get rid of, right?
Even with diet and exercise we still have problem areas; that’s why liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States today.
20-years ago liposuction was an expensive procedure limited to people with fat wallets. These days the procedure is affordable; from school teachers to models, businessmen to athletes. Thanks to technological advancements made in the area of plastic and cosmetic surgery are more affordable and less invasive than ever before; this means more and more people are getting liposuction as a weight loss option, mainly to deal with stubborn fatty areas.
A minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves permanent removal of fat cells. There are several types of liposuction available today:
- Tumescent liposuction
- Ultrasound-assisted liposuction
- Laser liposuction
Are You a Good Candidate?
Not everyone is a good candidate the procedure may be right for you if:
- You have stubborn deposits of fat in problem areas
- You have realistic expectations
- You have good skin elasticity
- You are in good health
- You are at your average weight or slightly above average weight
Your plastic surgeon will help you determine if this is the right procedure for you during your consultation. Many cosmetic surgeons will offer complimentary consultations.
Liposuction Costs & What to Expect
- Cost – Considered an elective procedure your insurance will not cover the cost of the procedure. The average cost of according to the ASPS is approximate $2000-$5000. The cost does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities and other related costs. The good news, most plastic surgeons, offer financing options, cash, checks, and credit cards. Fees will be discussed during your initial consultation.
- The Length of Procedure? The procedure takes between 2-6 hours, depending on the amount of fat removed.
- In/Out Patient – Performed outpatient procedure. It is always a good idea to bring a friend with you to surgery because you will likely be sore after surgery.
- Anesthesia – Depending on the number of areas addressed your doctor may choose to utilize a general anesthesia. Otherwise, the procedure is performed under twilight. Local anesthesia may also be an option depending on the technique utilized. Your plastic surgeon will review this during your consultation, so you know what to expect before and after surgery.
Any procedure comes with its set of risks and complications. Thankfully risks are somewhat rare with this type of procedure:
- Uneven shape or contours
- Skin discoloration
- Nerve damage
- Blood clots
- Ripples in your skin
- Blood or fat clots
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Tumescent Liposuction or Tumescent Body Sculpting involves injecting a tumescent fluid into your fatty tissue. The fluid acts as a local anesthetic numbing the areas being liposuctioned. It also reduces the amount of blood loss, is less painful and has a quicker recovery time. This type of procedure removes large quantities of fat cells using a special “micro” cannula or tube used to extract the fat.
This type of lipo uses sound waves to “liquefy” or emulsify fat cells which have a less traumatic effect on your skin. There is typically better skin retraction with this type of procedure; this is particularly useful when removing fat from fibrous body areas like a man’s breast tissue or back. Some surgeons may even use a combination of Tumescent and Ultrasound-Assisted Lipo depending on the areas you wish to be treated.
Smart Lipo involves a laser to melt away unwanted fat cells. Once the fat is melted, your surgeon uses a gentle suction vacuum to extract the fat from your body. This type of liposuction causes the least amount of swelling, dimpling or bruising compared to other methods. Plus, when it comes to precision body sculpting no other type of liposuction can compare, which makes Smart Lipo a preferred method for an increasing number of cosmetic surgeons.