Fat can be stubborn. No matter what kind of shape you are in, just about everyone has pockets of fat in certain locations that don’t respond to exercise or changes in diet. Liposuction with Dr. Shah can remove that fat, giving you the slimmer contour you’ve dreamed about.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction has been performed in the U.S. for around 35 years. Originally, the procedure was pretty violent, as the surgeon had to move the cannula back and forth aggressively under the skin to break up the fat pockets that were then suctioned out. This resulted in extensive bruising that could last for months and patients had to be under general anesthesia.
Advances in techniques and technology have changed all of that. Today, liposuction can be more precisely targeted and the procedure is much easier on the patient. Dr. Shah uses tumescent liposuction, accessing the target area with tiny incisions to remove the unwanted fat, slimming the patient’s contour. He uses two techniques — ultrasound-assisted liposuction, and power-assisted liposuction.
Am I a Good Candidate For Liposuction?
It’s important for patients to understand that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. Yes, you will lose the pounds of the fat that is removed, but removing too much fat is actually dangerous. The goal of liposuction is to remove isolated pockets of fat, say on the outer thighs or on the lower abdomen, that don’t respond to changes in diet and exercise. Pretty much every person can find areas with these kinds of stubborn fat pockets.
What Dr. Shah looks for in his liposuction candidates is that they have the following:
- Firm skin with good elasticity.
- Patients should be within 15% of their ideal weight
Firm, elastic skin is important so that the skin will slim down to its new contour once the fat beneath is removed. Dr. Shah is also looking for patients close to their ideal weight, having been consistent for some time.
Benefits of Liposuction Surgery
There are many benefits to receiving liposuction treatment. These benefits include the following:
- Great solution to stubborn pockets of fat that don’t respond to dietary changes or exercise.
In locations such as the outer thighs and the inner knees, there isn’t an exercise routine that can target, much less have any effect, on these areas. Removing the fat slims the patient’s contour.
- Effective in breaking loose the fat and not creating as much tissue trauma.
This means less bleeding, less bruising, and easier recovery. These techniques also allow Dr. Shah to be more precise in his fat removal.
Common Areas of Liposuction Treatment
Liposuction techniques have come so far that a better question would be where can’t I have liposuction. Dr. Shah uses liposuction to remove fat on the following areas:
- Lower abdomen
- Inner knees
Liposuction Before & After Photo
Liposuction Surgery Procedure
The method of anesthesia administered is dependent on the location of your liposuction treatment. If your treatment is being done at the office, it will be done under local anesthesia and if it is done at the surgery center then it is done under general anesthesia.
First, the area is injected with a saline solution that also includes epinephrine and lidocaine. This helps numb the area and the epinephrine constricts the blood vessels, limiting blood loss and bruising. Next, the cannula is inserted to suction out the fat, but the procedure differs between the following methods:
This liposuction method uses high-pitched sound waves to liquefy fat, making it easier to suction away. Here the cannula also delivers the ultrasound waves. When the cannula equipped with the sound waves comes into contact with the fat cells, they quickly liquefy and are easily suctioned out. The addition of the ultrasound waves enables Dr. Shah to treat areas with denser fat without needing aggressive back and forth movements with the cannula.
Power-assisted liposuction uses another special cannula that, in addition to suction, delivers rapid vibrations that break up the fat deposits so they can be suctioned away more easily. This also enables Dr. Shah to remove more fat in a shorter period of time, which makes for faster recovery times. It also eliminates the need to be more aggressive with the cannula movements.
Both the ultrasound-assisted and power-assisted methods enable Dr. Shah to effectively access more difficult areas such as the back. The incision locations are so small that they can usually be closed with just a bandage.
The Liposuction Recovery Process
Liposuction recovery has changed dramatically, and using ultrasound- and power-assisted methods help even more. No longer are months of bruising to be expected. Your recovery can take as few as a couple of days up to a couple of weeks.
Following your procedure, your treatment areas will be wrapped to reduce swelling, bruising, and pain. When those bandages are removed, you’ll wear compression garments over the treatment areas for at least one month. This reduces swelling, and it helps the skin adapt down to its slimmer new contours.
You will have bruising and swelling, but that should resolve in a week to 10 days. Unless you’ve had multiple areas treated, most patients can return to work in just two or three days. As for scarring, your incisions are so tiny you won’t be able to see them in a few months.
How Long Before I See Liposuction Results?
You will see immediate changes in the treatment areas, but your true results will show once your swelling has calmed down and your skin has firmed up. After 10 days or so, you’ll really start to see your changes and they will continue to improve.
How Long Does Liposuction Last?
The fat removed with liposuction is gone for good. The key to maintaining your new slimmer contour is to adopt a healthy lifestyle. If you put on a good deal of weight you can build new fat cells, but new fat is likely to build in locations apart from where you had liposuction.