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Our Top 7 Questions About Liposuction

Posted by Chad Deal on Jan 7, 2014 11:18:00 AM

thigh liposuctionQ. CAN LIPOSUCTION HELP ME LOSE WEIGHT?
A. Liposuction is not a weight loss surgery. We recommend being close to your ideal weight before any cosmetic procedure. Liposuction is for targeted fat loss to improve the contour of a problem area. It is better thought of as liposculpting to create beautiful shapes that are long-lasting despite minor fluctuations in weight loss or gain.

Q. WHAT IS SMARTLIPO?
A. SmartLipo is a newer procedure which uses a small laser fiber to melt and dissolve fat cells. It can be done by itself or in combination with traditional liposuction to maximize the amount of fat removed. Benefits include less bruising, skin tightening and overall better cosmetic results. In some cases, we can etch three-dimensional contours such as “abs” with this technology.

Q. WHAT BODY AREAS CAN BE TREATED BY LIPOSUCTION?
A. Common areas treated include the hips, “love handles”, back, thighs, abdomen, knees, ankles, arms, and neck.

Q. DOES IT HURT?
A. The pain varies depending on the treated area and the type of lipo procedure performed, but is usually mild with liposuction. Patients can expect a mild amount of soreness and bruising
which usually subsides within two weeks.

Q. HOW LONG DOES RECOVERY TAKE?
A. Recovery varies depending on the treated area and type of lipo performed. Patients can expect a mild amount of soreness and bruising which usually subsides within two weeks. Patients can return to work in 3-5 days and full physical activity after 4-6 weeks.

Q. HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?
A. The procedure usually takes between 1-3 hours depending on how many areas are involved.

Q. WILL I SEE RESULTS RIGHT AWAY?
A. Most patients see results 3-4 weeks after surgery and a significant difference in about 6-8 weeks as more swelling subsides. Full results are evident after 6 months. Final results may take 3-4 months for some patients.

To find out if liposuction is right for you, schedule you complimentary consultation today with Dr. Nease or Dr. Deal.

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Topics: Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon, Liposuction