Chin and Neck
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-Patient, Laguna Beach, CA *
Even men have needs and I was one of them. My job requires me to ‘wine and dine’ clients all over the country and my body showed it. I chose New Body MD after running into a client who was happy with her results. Having liposuction was the best decision I’ve made, having Dr. Bowen at New Body MD as my surgeon was the best choice I’ve made. Thank you New Body MD for my new body.
-Everett S. *
Suction-assisted lipectomy, also known as liposuction, fat suction, or suction lipectomy, is a technique to remove unwanted fat deposits from specific areas of the body, including the chin, neck, cheeks, upper arms, above the breasts, abdomen, buttocks, hips and thighs. Liposuction is not a substitute for weight reduction, but a method of removing localized fat that doesn’t respond to dieting and exercise.
If you’re considering liposuction, the following information can provide a basic understanding of the procedure and its applications. It will not provide a complete knowledge base because a lot depends on the individual patient and the surgeon. Be sure to ask your doctor about anything you don’t understand.
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that allows people to achieve their best look regardless of age, gender or size. Find out if this the right option for you today with our experienced surgeons in Stockton.
What is liposuction?
Also referred to as lipo, this procedure is a surgical method of removing excess fat deposits from the body between the muscle and skin. Liposuction can be conducted on various areas of the body, mostly where large fat deposits are stored, such as around the waist, along the hips and thighs and in the arms and back. This technique may be performed alongside other procedures for more complete results. You should understand how liposuction works, what it can and can’t do and what to expect if you should choose to undergo this process.
Who is a good candidate for liposuction?
A healthy person who is able to undergo surgery and needs to lose excess fat is a good candidate for liposuction. Both overweight and average-sized people are candidates for this procedure. It’s important to talk with a surgeon to determine if liposuction is the best option or if another technique would work best.
Does liposuction cause weight loss?
While liposuction does remove fat deposits, it’s not a weight loss method. It’s recommended for people who have specific areas where they cannot lose the fat cells even through healthy eating and regular exercise. It doesn’t cause permanent weight loss, and it’s not a substitute for living a healthy lifestyle.
Is liposuction a permanent solution?
Once the fat cells are removed, they cannot grow back. However, other fat cells can expand, which will make the results of the procedure only temporary. Liposuction is best used as part of a complete plan, which includes healthy eating and exercise.
What areas can be treated with liposuction?
This technique can be used on many areas of the body. Women who comprise the largest segment receiving this procedure often choose it for the abdomen, hips, breasts, outer and inner thighs, arms, knees, cheeks, buttocks and neck. Men focus more on the abdomen, breasts, chin and neck, as well as the love handles.
Are there any risks associated with liposuction?
As a surgical technique, it must be regarded with the same level of preparation as any other surgery. The most important aspect is not to do too much liposuction at one time or conduct too many other procedures at the same time. The most common complications associated with this procedure are infections, skin ulcerations and bleeding.*
What is the recovery process like?
Liposuction is usually performed on an outpatient basis with either local or general anesthesia. For local anesthesia, the patient is often ready to go home within an hour. With general anesthesia, it may be two to three hours before they can leave the clinic. Soreness is most noticeable for two to four days after the procedure. Some tenderness may be felt for up to four weeks, but the person should feel back to normal by eight weeks.*
What do liposuction results look like?
If a person has good skin elasticity, there should be very little visual evidence of the procedure. There shouldn’t be any scars because only a small incision is made.*
Liposuction can be an effective procedure to help you look your best and feel good about your body. Talk to a reputable surgeon who can help you decide if this technique is right for you.
The best candidates for Liposuction Plastic Surgery
Liposuction can enhance your appearance and self-confidence, but may not necessarily change your appearance to match your perfect image. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.
The best candidates for liposuction are of relatively normal weight but have pockets of excess fat in particular areas. You should be physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations. Most important, having firm, elastic skin will result in a better final contour. (Hanging skin won’t reshape to your body’s new contours, and may require an additional procedure to surgically remove the excess skin. This procedure will leave visible scars.)
Suction lipectomy is not recommended if you’ve had recent surgery on the spot to be sculpted, if you have poor blood circulation in that area, or if you have heart or lung disease. Liposuction by itself also will not improve the dimpled skin known as cellulite, though some plastic surgeons offer other techniques that may improve this condition.
All Liposuction Surgery carries some uncertainty and risk
Suction-assisted lipectomy is normally safe, as long as patients are carefully selected, the operating facility is properly equipped, and the physician is adequately trained in body contouring as well as general surgery.
Nevertheless, in rare instances, the procedure may cause severe trauma, particularly when multiple or very extensive areas are suctioned at one time. Other infrequent but possible, complications include fluid accumulation (which must be drained) and injury to the skin. Although serious complications are infrequent, infection or excessive fluid loss can lead to severe illness. You can reduce your risks by choosing a qualified New Body MD plastic surgeon who has been granted privileges to perform liposuction at an accredited hospital and by closely following his or her advice.
The scars from liposuction are small and strategically placed to be hidden from view, even in a bikini. However, other cosmetic problems may occur, even if your surgeon is very skilled. They may include rippling or bagginess of the skin over the treated area, and pigmentation changes (such as brown spots) that may become permanent if exposed to the sun. Asymmetry (uneven contour or shape) may sometimes require a second procedure.
Planning your Liposuction Surgery
In your initial consultation, the surgeon will evaluate your health, determine where your fat deposits lie, and carefully assess your skin tone. Your doctor should explain any alternative body-contouring methods that may be appropriate, such as abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, and discuss the options or the combination of procedures that would be best for you.
Be frank in discussing your expectations with your surgeon. He or she should be equally frank with you, describing the procedure in detail and explaining its risks and limitations. Your surgeon should also explain the anesthesia he or she will use, the type of facility where the surgery will be performed, and the costs involved.
During this consultation, be sure to tell your surgeon about any large weight losses or gains you’ve had at any time. You should also inform your surgeon if you smoke, and if you’re taking any medications, vitamins, or other drugs.
Don’t hesitate to ask your doctor any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results.
Preparing for your Liposuction Surgery
If you’re having extensive liposuction, discuss the possibility of having blood drawn ahead of time with your doctor. Your own blood can be used to help replace the blood and other fluids you’ll lose during surgery if your doctor feels this is necessary.
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding vitamins, iron tablets, and certain medications. If you develop a cold or an infection of any kind, especially a skin infection, your procedure will have to be postponed.
While you’re making preparations, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and, if needed, to help you out for a day or two.
Where your Liposuction Surgery will be performed
Your suction-assisted lipectomy will be performed at the New Body MD Surgical Center on an outpatient basis.
The Liposuction Surgery
Suction-assisted lipectomy usually takes an hour or two, but the time required may vary considerably from thirty minutes to several hours, depending on the area and amount being suctioned.
To begin the procedure, the surgeon makes a small incision, just large enough to allow the insertion of a hollow tube called a cannula. The opposite end of the cannula is attached to a machine that creates a strong vacuum. The surgeon manipulates the cannula deep within the fat layers under the skin, breaking up the fat and suctioning it out. Sometimes additional incisions are needed to remove all areas of fat.
You’ll lose fluid along with the fat during liposuction, and it’s crucial that this fluid be replaced to keep your body from going into shock. You’ll be given fluids intravenously, and if needed you may also receive a blood transfusion (usually the blood you’ve donated in advance).
Liposuction Before and After Gallery
After surgery, a drainage tube may be inserted beneath your skin for one to three days to remove any fluid build-up that occurs. A snug elastic dressing, girdle, or body stocking must be worn over the treated area to control swelling and bleeding, and to help your skin shrink to fit your new contour. You may need to wear this garment continuously for two to three weeks, then just in the daytime for a few weeks more, depending on your surgeon’s instructions. Your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection.*
Don’t expect to look or feel great right after surgery. You’ll even be heavier for a while, because of the extra fluids you’ve been given. The suctioned areas will be swollen and bruised, and you may feel a burning sensation. The pain can be controlled with medications prescribed by your surgeon, though you may still feel stiff and sore for a few days. You may temporarily lose all feeling in the suctioned area; don’t worry it will return.*
It’s not unusual to feel depressed in the days or weeks following surgery. Try to keep in mind that this is normal and will subside as you begin to look and feel better.
Getting back to normal after Liposuction Surgery
Healing is a gradual process. Your surgeon will probably tell you to start walking around as soon as possible (to help prevent blood clots from forming in your legs), but to avoid more strenuous activity for two to four weeks. Any stitches will be removed in five to ten days or dissolve, and you can expect to be back at work between two days and two weeks after your surgery.* When you resume activity depends on the extent of your procedure, how you feel and what your doctor recommends.
While most of the swelling and discoloration will be gone a month or two after surgery, some swelling can remain for six months or more.* Your surgeon will schedule follow-up visits to monitor your progress and to see if any additional procedures are needed.
If you have any unusual symptoms between visits for example, heavy bleeding or a sudden increase in pain or any questions, don’t hesitate to call your doctor.
Your new look after Liposuction Surgery
Suction-assisted lipectomy is a highly effective technique for giving you a new body contour with very little scarring. The resultsare long-lasting, providing you eat sensibly and exercise regularly. If you do gain weight, you’ll probably gain it more uniformly throughout your body, not just in the former “bulges.” *
Most patients are very satisfied with the results of their liposuction they feel more comfortable in a wide variety of clothes, and more at ease with their bodies. As long as your expectations are realistic, you should be happy with your new shape.*
How to get started?
New Body MD’s staff and surgeons will be happy to discuss Liposuction (Lipoplasty) with you. Please call our office to schedule a private complimentary consultation.