Joseph M. Brown M.D, F.A.C.S
PLASTIC SURGEON IN TAMPA
Despite strict discipline in following a healthy diet and exercise, some areas of the body will retain “stubborn” areas of fat that just won’t go away. The most effective way of permanently removing stubborn pockets of fat is through a procedure called liposuction. Dr. Brown utilizes state-of-the-art techniques to permanently remove stubborn fat pockets in order to safely maximize your final contour while avoiding complications. While this treatment is not meant to improve upon obesity, cellulite, or stretch marks, it can make a dramatic change in the right patients.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves the use of metal cannulas or tubes, that are placed through very small incisions in order to directly remove fat from the chosen areas of the body, arms, thighs, or neck. Dr. Brown utilizes a special technique, called SAFE liposuction to ensure an even contour is left behind while minimizing potential for contour irregularities. This procedure can be done with power assistance, ultrasound assistance, or laser assistance for different purposes.
Another surgical technique commonly used is the ultrasound-assisted (UAL), or ultrasonic, approach. Surgeons perform this dual process on denser areas of fat, such as in the thighs and stomach. During this technique, ultrasound waves loosen and melt fat into a liquid with a process called “cavitation.” Surgeons then use the cannula to extract the solution.
Laser-assisted liposuction uses laser technology on specified areas of fat to burst energy that will loosen and liquefy the fat for removal. LAL liposuction includes brands such as SmartLipo, SlimLipo, Lipolite Laser Liposculpture, LipoLite, and ProLipo PLUS.
Is it Safe?
If performed in the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon who has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, liposuction is a very safe procedure and can be done under local anesthesia in the office in some cases. There are health risks associated with this procedure, particularly when being performed by non-plastic surgeons.
The results of liposuction can be seen for many years following surgery if the patient follows a healthy diet and exercise program. Removed fat cells do not come back and other areas of the body do not “bulk up” as a response to the missing fat cells. However, patients can still gain weight if their remaining fat cells grow.
Too Much Fat?
Yes, it is possible to remove too much fat. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons does not recommend removing more than 10 pounds of fat for the safety of the patient. Removing more than 10 pounds is considered high-volume liposuction, which increases the chances of significant health complications from the surgery. Patients are advised to be near or at their ideal weight before undergoing liposuction.
Removing too much fat can also compromise the cosmetic result of liposuction. If too much fat is removed from one area, it can create a contour irregularity that can only be fixed with more surgery.
For young patients with good skin elasticity, there will be some skin tightening along with fat removal. However, liposuction will not treat a sagging appearance in patients with preexisting excess skin that lacks elasticity. If skin laxity is a concern, you can speak to Dr. Brown during your consultation to discuss options for improving skin texture, such as a tummy tuck, thigh, neck, arm or butt lift.
We provide the top specialized liposuction procedures in the Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Westchase and Brandon region at Tampa Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery.
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