Our favorite cosmetic procedure financing company, Care Credit, produced this great list of things you might want to know about Liposuction, courtesy of LocateADoc.com. We thought we’d pass it along to you…along with some facts about liposuction in Dr. Bowen’s office that might be useful to you!
Because of the popularity of cosmetic procedures, many people may consider themselves well informed about liposuction. Surprisingly, there are many facts and benefits that aren’t widely acknowledged. Take a look at 10 things you might not have known about this procedure:
1. The first lipo-like procedures were performed back in the 1920s, but the results didn’t turn out well. The procedures that are practiced today came about in 1982 by a French surgeon, Dr. Yves-Gerard Illouz. His modern techniques produced good results with less adverse effects.
Dr. Bowen completed a liposuction fellowship with the physician who perfected the procedure known as PureLipo. This innovative technique allows for more precise body contouring and less trauma than traditional lipo.
2. Liposuction goes by many different names. You may read about it as liposculpture, lipectomy, lipoplasty or just lipo, but it’s all the same procedure.
PureLipo does not depend on a particular device such as a laser (Smartlipo), ultrasound (VASER), vibration (NIL), or a simple syringe. Dr. Bowen may use several of these methods during the same procedure depending on the patients’ particular needs. Rather than looking for a particular technique of liposuction, look for a surgeon with proven results and the ability to customize the treatment to your needs.
3. It will remove undesirable fat, but you can’t expect it to remove all of it. This surgery is really intended for patients who are close to their ideal weight and only have a small, targeted area needing fat removal. If you suffer from obesity, you’ll likely have multiple areas needing attention; therefore, this won’t be the ideal procedure for you.
Most of our patients can expect to have 50-70% of the fat removed from the treatment area. This can result in a major change in your appearance!
4. Where does all the fat go? There are certain scenarios where your plastic surgeon may be able to transplant fat removed from one body area to another, maybe as a face filler or buttock enhancer.
Yes, it’s true; you can take fat from one area of your body and put it in another area. Dr. Bowen is experienced in fat transfer, particularly in replacing lost volume in the face. He is a member of IFATS (the International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics and Science) and has been published in this area of research.
5. People who suffer from an edema (swelling) condition throughout their body, due to certain lymph fluids collecting in the tissues of their extremities, can undergo liposuction to rid the problem.
Our office does not provide liposuction for this purpose.
6. Extensive surgery requires general anesthesia, which places the patient into a state of unconsciousness, but smaller procedures only require a local anesthesia, which leaves the patient awake. Patients could even be asked to stand up during the procedure.
Liposuction in Dr. Bowen’s office is a tumescent procedure, using a local anesthetic administered via fluid injection. Therefore, the patient is awake during the procedure, which leads to quicker recovery, less risk from anesthesia, and permits the patient to give feedback and reposition for best results.
7. Dry liposuction is not frequently used today. The more common procedures include injecting fluid into the treatment area. Your doctor will determine the amount of saline, anesthetic and adrenaline fluids to be used. Super-wet lipo is when the amount of injected liquid and fat removed is about the same. Wet lipo is when the fluid is less than the amount of fat. Tumescent lipo, which is probably the most popular choice, is when there is more liquid injected than the amount of fat being removed.
Tumescent liposuction breaks up the fat and makes it easier to remove, while also making the patient more comfortable. We measure and document the amount of fat removed versus the amount of tumescent fluid.
8. Although you should anticipate some post-surgery pain, it’s not excruciating. Many describe the treated spots as feeling like a bad bruise.
Most of Dr. Bowen’s patients are back to their regular activities in 3-5 days. There are no drains required. We recommend patients get up to walk the evening of their surgery and continue to be as active as their body allows.
9. As time and technology progress, patients can expect better results, including less risk, for liposuction and other plastic surgery procedures. The most recent innovation is the use of ultrasound to melt the fat on contact, which makes it easier to suction out. This method happens to work better on males because they tend to have more muscle.
Men do sometimes present unique needs. Their tissue tends to be more fibrous. This is when Dr. Bowen may decide to use a particular type of device to assist in breaking up the fat for easier removal.
10. It could take several months to see the results of a surgery, due to the swelling patients can expect afterward. The treated area should start to look less bulky after one month. If patients wish to maintain their results, it’s important for them to uphold their weight, have a healthy diet, and continue a regular exercise regimen.
We offer patients a series of special treatments in the week immediately after surgery that quickly eases any swelling that may have occurred. These treatments are included in the total price of your procedure. Patients return for “after” photos one-month post-surgery and the comparison to the “before” is easy to see!
To learn more about various liposuction procedures and their results, visit the resources section at LocateADoc.com.
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