Liposuction is a popular surgical procedure in the cosmetic industry. The surgery is safe, effective, and permanently eliminates problem areas.
The most effective way of removing stubborn fat is through a hollow tube called the cannula. The results reshape common areas such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, or neck. With maximized safety and efficacy, you can eliminate stubborn fat and achieve the body you deserve.
How Does Liposuction Work?
The entire procedure lasts an hour or less, depending on suctioned areas. Using a specialized tube called a cannula, Dr. Brown removes stubborn fat from your target areas. Throughout the procedure, we want the experience to be comfortable. Some patients choose to have general anesthesia. And others may be fine with lighter sedation. Dr. Brown will help you decide what is best for you as part of your consultation.
Benefits of Liposuction
There are many benefits to patients when choosing this operation. It remains one of the most popular procedures for its ability to help patients finally reach their aesthetic goals.
Benefits after surgery include:
- Sculpted and contoured body shape
- Increased confidence and self-esteem
- Results are long-lasting
Am I a Lipo Candidate?
The first step to finding out if liposuction is right for you is to schedule a consultation. During your individual meeting with Dr. Brown, he will work with you to find the best way to reach your goals.
Below are some signs that you might be a candidate for liposuction:
- Overall physical good health
- Individuals who are within 30% of their ideal healthy weight
- The fat that does not disappear with diet or exercise
- Skin is firm and has elasticity
- Individuals with realistic body goals and expectations
Which Lipo Techniques Do We Use?
Dr. Brown uses state-of-the-art techniques, delivering optimal results every time. He individualizes his treatment for each patient, so the type of liposuction you receive depends on your needs and goals.
SAFE ensures a smooth contour while minimizing the potential for contour irregularities. This procedure uses power assistance, ultrasound assistance, or laser assistance for different purposes.
Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL)
We perform UAL on areas such as in the thighs and stomach. The ultrasound waves loosen and melt the fat into a liquid. This process is called “cavitation.” Surgeons then use a tube to extract the solution.
Laser-Assisted Liposuction (LAL)
LAL uses laser technology on specified areas of fat. It produces a burst energy that will loosen and liquefy the fat for removal. Laser lipo includes brands such as:
- Lipolite Laser
- ProLipo PLUS
We are also excited to offer patients VASER liposuction, a revolutionary style of fat-removal that is growing in popularity. While also ideal for women, this procedure also has unique traits that makes it exceptionally good for men. It uses the latest in cosmetic medical technology to deliver impressive results and stunning contours. If you have some tough and stubborn pockets of fat, then VASER could be just what you need. However, like traditional liposuction, it is important to remember VASER provides the best results for patients near their ideal weight.
What Is VASER?
Let’s start with what VASER stands for: vibration amplification of sound energy at resonance. This unique method uses ultrasound to further disrupt fat cells and make them easier to remove. At the same time, this usage of sound energy is less taxing on the body, and can work as a gentler option than traditional techniques.
For the most part, the procedure outline resembles traditional liposuction. We provide the right anesthesia for you and then conduct the procedure step-by-step. The main difference lies in the method of breaking down the fat for removal. Ultrasound is ideal for doing this while also putting minimal strain on your body’s other tissues.
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How Much Fat Is Too Much to Take Out?
We do not recommend removing more than 10 pounds of fat. Removing more than 10 pounds is considered high-volume liposuction. It increases the chances of complications from the surgery. Patients should be near their ideal weight before undergoing the procedure.
Is Liposuction Safe?
Liposuction is one of the safest weight loss procedures in the health industry. However, the best way to minimize risk is to have it performed by a board-certified expert.
Dr. Brown has extensive training and is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. His goal is to avoid complications and maximize safety for every one of his patients.
What Should I Expect During the Consultation?During your consultation, Dr. Brown and his team will determine the best option for you. You will also have a chance to fully express your goals and expectations. From there, we work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. During your consultation and following meetings, we will:
- Learn about your body goals
- Check your medical history
- Consider previous surgeries
- Evaluate your overall health
- Assess skin elasticity
- Take photographs
- Provide procedure options
How Do I Prepare for Liposuction?Taking steps before surgery can ensure your procedure to go smoothly. It can also dramatically improve the outcome of your recovery. Before your surgery, you should avoid:
- Wearing tight clothing
- Drinking alcohol
- Tobacco usage
- Blood-thinning medications
- Herbal supplements
- Losing more weight
Are the Results Permanent?Results can last for many years following surgery. If you follow a healthy diet and exercise program, your results stay for many years. 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.
Combining Liposuction With Other ProceduresOne of liposuction’s greatest benefits is it can be combined with other procedures. When you do so, you can create powerful and stunning results. For patients with good skin elasticity, there will be some skin tightening along with fat removal. Liposuction will not treat a sagging appearance in patients with preexisting excess skin. For improving skin texture with:
- Tummy tuck
- Thigh lift
- Neck lipo
- Arm lift
- Brazilian butt lift
What Is Recovery Like?
The length of the recovery depends on a few factors:
- Type of anesthesia administered
- Areas performed on
- The amount of fat eliminated
However, recovery time varies for each patient. Most patients may resume some regular activities within a week. Dr. Brown will provide you with complete instructions for your recovery period.
It is typical for patients to experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising. Most patients find that these symptoms are not severe and easily managed with medication.
You will get an examination after the procedure. We want to ensure that your body is healing well. Dr. Brown and the team will be with you every step of the way.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you are ready to finally reach your ideal body, call us today to schedule your consultation. Every step of the way, we work closely with each patient. From your first consultation to recovery, we provide you with all the help and resources you may need, delivering a top-tier experience. Call us Plastic Surgery in Tampa to learn more about getting started with liposuction.