Eating a proper diet and getting regular, vigorous exercise is essential to maintaining a toned, trim body. But if, after doing the right things at the dinner table and the gym, you still have troublesome deposits of body fat, for patients in Cleveland liposuction should be considered.
A skilled, trained, and experienced plastic surgeon will use a suction technique involving a cannula (a thin metal tube) to remove stubborn fat cells from targeted areas of your body, resulting in sleeker, more toned contours.
Liposuction is among the specialized procedures we proudly offer our patients at Plastic Surgeons of Akron, and we offer it to all of metro Cleveland, OH. We invite you to schedule a consultation to learn more about the benefits and advantages of liposuction.
Our Personalized Procedures
Liposuction works by breaking up stubborn, unwanted fat and suctioning it out through a cannula. Depending on the type and extent of the procedure selected, we use either general anesthesia or localized sedation for liposuction.
Fat cells can increase in size and volume. Liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in specific, targeted areas, including your:
Liposuction can also reduce fat deposits in your chin, cheeks, and neck.
Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity and is not considered a weight-loss alternative. Nor is it a substitute for a healthy diet and proper exercise.
Because liposuction completely removes fat storage cells in your targeted areas, your results will be permanent if your weight remains stable.
Liposuction can be performed alone, or combined with other plastic surgeries, including facelift, breast reduction, or a tummy tuck. Liposuction is also done as part of a breast augmentation procedure that involves using the fat removed from other areas of the body to enhance your breasts. This type of augmentation is commonly known as a fat transfer breast augmentation.
Are you a candidate for Liposuction?
Liposuction is available to both women and men. Patients who may have too much fat in specific areas but otherwise have a healthy body weight typically achieve the best results from liposuction.
Candidates should generally be in good health, with no existing conditions that could present surgical complications.
Your Safety is Always Our Top Priority
Partnering with the right plastic surgeon is the most critical decision you will make in optimizing the safety and results of your liposuction.
Dr. John C. Pedersen, the founder of Plastic Surgeons of Akron, has more than 18 years of experience as a Cleveland board-certified reconstructive and plastic surgeon. Dr. Pedersen is a fellow of The American College of Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He and his team are committed to our patients' long-term comprehensive care and complete satisfaction.
Your surgeon will carefully review your medical history. The doctor may direct you to stop some supplements and medications you are taking, and you may need specific lab tests before your procedure.
If you smoke, you will need to stop for a specified period before and after your surgery, as recommended by your doctor.
Depending on the amount of fat needing removal, your liposuction may either be done in a hospital and could require an overnight stay or as an outpatient procedure, allowing you to go home the same day. In either case, arrangements should be made for someone to drive you home after the procedure and stay with you for at least a night.
Your skin is cleaned thoroughly to prevent infection in preparation for the surgery. Then, you’ll receive your prescribed anesthesia. Once sufficiently sedated, the target areas are injected with a series of medications that will break up your fat cells. Your surgeon then selects one of many lipo techniques based on your goals and which area(s) of your body require treatment. Lasers or ultrasound technology may even be implemented as a part of the chosen technique.
The most common liposuction procedure involves using a cannula inserted into tiny incisions made to the skin in the treatment area. The cannula connects to a vacuum device that suctions unwanted fat from areas of the body you’d like the fat removed.
Your Care Continues!
Following your surgery, vital signs are monitored in a recovery area while your body clears the effects of your anesthesia.
During your home recovery, some swelling, bruising, and soreness tends to linger for several weeks, depending on the areas treated and the amount of fat removed. Therefore, wearing compression garments around the clock (except for showering) for up to three weeks will be recommended. Patients can typically get back to work within a week and are encouraged to start moving around the day after treatment.
You Will Like What You See!
Fat cells that get suctioned from your body are permanently removed.
After removing stubborn fat cells, they cannot return or “grow back.” However, you can still gain weight and fat in untreated areas. A majority of patients will see about 90 percent of the outcome they desired within three months of the surgery. It may take up to six months for your treated area(s) to completely heal. After healing is complete, you can have long-lasting results as long as you maintain a healthy weight. Recent survey results indicate more than 90 percent of liposuction patients are satisfied with the results achieved.
Many women and men have found that liposuction surgery has improved their appearance, their outlook, their self-esteem, and their quality of life. If you’re looking into permanently removing unwanted fat with liposuction Cleveland area plastic surgeon, Dr. Pedersen can answer all of your questions or any concerns you may have during a consultation. Schedule one today!
Is liposuction painful?
Most patients report mild to moderate discomfort for up to two weeks following surgery. Over-the-counter analgesics are often sufficient to manage this discomfort, but your doctor will also prescribe pain medication as indicated and appropriate.
Will my insurance pay for liposuction?
Since liposuction is almost always considered a cosmetic procedure, it is improbable your insurance will pay for your treatment. The cost of your liposuction will vary according to the scope of your procedure. Discuss costs with your doctor before treatment.
Will my scars go away?
They will fade, and the use of over-the-counter scar treatments can often hasten the pace of that fading. But, no, your scars will never completely disappear.
How much weight can you lose with liposuction?
As stated previously, liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. However, a doctor can remove a substantial amount of fat during a lipo procedure. You can expect to lose between 1 to 10 pounds of fat at most. While it is possible to remove a more considerable amount of fat (and therefore weight), it carries an increased risk of complications. Because of this, plastic surgeons generally limit the amount of fat removed to no more than 10 or 11 pounds.
What is better, lipo or a tummy tuck?
Liposuction and a tummy tuck are two different procedures that attempt to produce two different results, so neither is necessarily better than the other. With liposuction, you are simply removing fat through tiny incisions. Tummy tucks are more involved, and intensive procedures involve reconstructing the abdominal muscles and removing excess skin, requiring large incisions.
Are there risks and side effects?
Like any surgery, liposuction comes with risks including but not limited to:
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