Achieving a slender and attractive silhouette is one of the most important considerations for patients wishing to enhance their physique from head to toe. However, many patients find themselves struggling with stubborn localized fat that compromises their body shape. Liposuction, also known as “lipoplasty,” is a surgical procedure that eliminates excess fat from almost any area of the body that is difficult to target with diet and exercise. Dr. Burnett will carefully sculpt a firmer, more toned body that will provide his patients with a natural and balanced physique.
Liposuction can remove fat from just below the skin to let your muscle tone show through. Your arms and thighs will look leaner, and practically any area of your body will have a stronger, more slender appearance. All the time you put in at the gym to remove those stubborn bulges will finally pay off as your new body conforms to its true shape.
Liposuction is designed to eliminate fat cells from problem areas of the body like the abdomen, back, flanks, buttocks, hips, knees, and ankles. Although this is not a weight loss procedure, liposuction can target stubborn body fat and reduce it to produce a slimmer appearance. Patients who opt for liposuction can enjoy a fitter-looking figure.
Liposuction is one of the most popular procedures because of its versatility. If you are feeling self-conscious, you will feel your confidence soar when you choose to enhance your body with liposuction. You’ll notice that your clothes will fit better, you will have more clothing options, and you will feel great showing off your new figure.
Before your liposuction surgery, make sure to stop taking certain medications that may increase the risk of bleeding or poor wound healing, such as aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin). You will also be asked to stop smoking at least two weeks before and after your surgery to reduce the likelihood of complications.
Depending on the treatment area, you may be advised to wear a compression garment during recovery, which will minimize pain and swelling. Getting plenty of rest and following postoperative instructions will also help to keep you comfortable. You will be asked to limit all strenuous activity for a few weeks and should be able to return to work one week after your procedure.
Most incisions are placed in easily concealed locations, and any scarring that does occur will fade over time.
The total cost of liposuction depends on the number of areas treated and the amount of fat removed. Dr. Burnett will provide you with a cost sheet during your consultation to determine the best payment option for your procedure.
You may experience some degree of discomfort after your surgery that can be managed with prescribed medications.
Ideal candidates for liposuction should be close to their ideal weight. Patients must also be in good overall health and not have any pre-existing health conditions. It is important to have realistic expectations and to understand that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure.
After a couple of weeks, swelling and bruising will subside, and the contours of your body will be noticeably slimmer and more defined. Your liposuction results are generally permanent, and you can maintain your results by following a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
Although liposuction can remove excess fat and usually provides the skin with a smoother appearance, it is not considered a viable treatment for cellulite.
Health insurance providers do not typically cover the cost of liposuction because it is considered a cosmetic procedure.
Patients who desire a non-surgical procedure similar to liposuction can opt for CoolSculpting®. CoolSculpting® can safely and effectively freeze unwanted fat cells by delivering controlled cooling to the target area, and it does not require any incisions.