Liposuction

Liposuction removes stubborn fat that often remains even after a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Liposuction can be safely performed on the neck, back, arms, chest, abdomen, legs, hips, buttocks and thighs. Liposuction can contour the body into a sleeker and more proportional shape.


Who is an ideal candidate?

The ideal candidate for liposuction has a healthy body weight and is in general good health, with good skin elasticity.


Expected Results

Liposuction will improve body proportions and contour.


Liposuction Technique

Liposuction is performed under sedation or general anesthesia at the hospital. The duration is dependent on the of body areas being treated. Dr. Carpin performs liposuction using the SAFELipo® technique with tumescence, pioneered by Dr. Simeon Wall. Using small incisions, a small cannula is passed under the skin to first infiltrate tumescence fluid, which minimizes blood loss. Next, small cannulas are inserted under the skin to separate the fat. Liposuction is then performed to carefully remove deep fat beneath the skin and sculpt the body into a leaner shape. Finally, a cannula is then passed to ensure all the fat is evenly shaped. This process gives smooth contours, minimizes bruising and bleeding, and avoids thermal injury that can occur with laser or ultrasound liposuction. The small incisions are closed and then the patient is placed into a garment to help decrease swelling. Patients may require an overnight stay in the hospital, depending on the amount of liposuction performed.


Recovery

Liposuction patients typically need about 5-7 days free from work. Garments are continued for 4-6 weeks. To prevent blood clots, light walking is recommended early after surgery. Heavy exercise is permitted by 4 to 6 weeks. Swelling can take 3 to 6 months to completely resolve before the final contour can be appreciated.


Cost

The cost for liposuction depends on the number of areas being treated. Average costs range from $4,000 – $10,000. A consultation with Dr. Carpin is required to obtain a quote for surgery.


Risks

Patients most commonly experience pain, swelling, and bruising. Other risks include worsening skin laxity, contour deformity or uneven contours. Additional risks will be discussed during the consultation.


FAQ

Can I combine liposuction with other surgery?
Liposuction can safely be performed with a tummy tuck, breast augmentation, or even fat transfer procedures, where the fat removed during liposuction is used to enhance the shape of buttocks or breasts.
How long do liposuction results last?
With a healthy diet and regular exercise, liposuction results can be long-lasting. However, it does not provide complete fat removal, thus fat remaining in the area can increase with weight gain.
Will liposuction help with cellulite?
Liposuction does not decrease cellulite and in some patients with poor skin laxity, cellulite appearance may worsen after liposuction. Deep pits can be diminished by releasing the fibrous tissue and lipofilling.
What is a nonsurgical alternative to liposuction?
Cool Sculpting is a nonsurgical alternative that freezes away fat. Cool Sculpting is indicated more for discrete areas of fat reduction. Often multiple Cool Sculpting procedures are needed to obtain desired results. The benefit is less downtime compared to surgery. Liposuction, in general, is more effective for fat reduction.

Please schedule a consultation with Dr. Carpin to discuss if you are a surgical candidate, and to review the risks, benefits, alternatives, and expected outcomes of the procedure.


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