Liposuction is one of the most common body contouring procedures performed in our practice for both women and men. Despite extensive diet and exercise, many individuals find themselves with resistant areas of fat. Other patients undergo liposuction simply because they want to look better both in and out of their clothes. Yet others require removal of much larger volumes of fat (large volume liposuction) as part of a staged body contouring procedure. All patients who undergo liposuction must be motivated to maintain their results through lifestyle modifications. Many liposuction procedures are performed on an outpatient basis at Dr. Spence's Orlando, Florida plastic surgery offices. Contact Hillcrest Plastic Surgery today for your consultation, 407-999-2585. Also, feel free to browse through our Liposuction Before and After Photo Gallery.
Evaluation for Liposuction in Orlando, Florida
During your consultation, Dr. Spence will pay close attention to your overall body proportions. Diagrams are drawn to show the areas to be addressed and photographs are taken. Dr. Spence will evaluate skin tone and elasticity, areas of cellulite, contours of underlying muscle, and bone structure to give you a realistic understanding of the results you can expect.
Preparation for Liposuction at Orlando Plastic Surgery
- Stop all blood thinning agents at least 2 weeks prior to surgery (e.g. aspirin, vitamin E)
- Stop smoking at least 4 weeks prior to surgery
- Get well hydrated prior to surgery (e.g. drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily for 3 days prior to surgery).
- Start a walking program prior to surgery (at least 20 minutes per day for 3 days)
Liposuction in Orlando, Florida
Dr. Spence offers two types of liposuction:
- Power Assisted Liposuction
- Tumescent Technique
Dr. Spence was the first surgeon to introduce the MicroAir power assisted liposuction to Orlando, Florida and has gained extensive experience with it over the years. Power assisted liposuction is a new technology for body sculpting. The tip of the liposuction instrument vibrates rapidly, with special contours to the tip to enable the efficient removal of fat from previously hard to get to areas, such as the flanks of men. This allows the surgeon to have more precise control for the efficient removal of fat; therefore, decreasing the amount of time you will be under general anesthesia.
Large volumes of fluid, called tumescent solution, are infused beneath the skin; this swells the fatty space and causes the small blood vessels to clamp down enabling the efficient removal of fat with minimal amounts of blood loss. This produces much less trauma to the patient, speeds their recovery, and lessens bruising. Since power assisted liposuction uses no heat to break up the fat pockets, there is much less risk of damage to the skin as seen with some other forms of liposuction. Dr. Spence uses fine cannulas, lessening the risk of skin irregularities with less trauma to the tissue, while shortening the recovery time. Because of the use of such fine instruments and the placement of the tiny holes for liposuction in areas hidden by the undergarments, these tiny holes are not closed and are allowed to drain immediately after surgery to help diminish swelling. Specially filled compression garments are placed right after surgery to help decrease swelling and support the elasticity if the skin.
Areas of Liposuction commonly addressed for women are:
Most common areas for men are:
What Can I Expect in my Recovery from Liposuction at Hillcrest Plastic Surgery?
For most patients, liposuction is done on an outpatient basis so you may return home that night. Patients undergoing large volume liposuction, greater than 5 liters, are kept in a monitored setting overnight and are discharged home the following morning. Tumescent solution, which is pink tinged, will drain from the tiny liposuction holes for approximately 24 hours. Patients will be up and walking within a couple of hours of completing surgery. It is advised to be up walking at least 3 times the night of surgery for 10 to 20 minutes each time. Walking helps to minimize any risk of clot formation in the legs. In the subsequent days, swelling goes down, and the skin overlying the areas of liposuction will remain numb. The underlying tissue will feel firm with knots, this is normal and will resolve over time. Massage is very important during this time. Patients are referred to massage therapy as needed. Significant differences will be seen as early as 2 weeks after surgery, but your final results will not be seen for several months. Dr. Spence will instruct you as to when you can return to your specific exercise regimen. Many patients require more than one garment because the first garment becomes insufficient as their swelling goes down and you lose inches. The success of liposuction is not measured in pounds; it is measured in inches. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure but is ideal for removal of resistant fatty deposits; it usually requires a healthy lifestyle to maintain your results. Contact us today for your liposuction consultation at Hillcrest Plastic Surgery, 407-999-2585.
What Can Help Me Heal Faster from My Liposuction?
Dr. Spence's practice provides a number of regimens to speed your recovery from liposuction, including:
- Oral agents such as Arnica Montana, Bromelain
- Topical agents for the skin to aid skin color in returning to normal if any bruising occurred.
- Bleaching creams to help fade the tiny holes from the liposuction scars
- Massage therapy to help speed your recovery
To schedule a liposuction consultation with Dr. Spence at Hillcrest Plastic Surgery, call 407-999-2585 or request a liposuction consultation online. Also, feel free to browse through our Before and After Photo Gallery for liposuction photos.
Risks of Liposuction
- Contour depression
- Clot formation in the legs
- Seroma - fluid collections beneath the skin
- Prolonged swelling
At the time of your consultation, Dr. Spence will discuss additional risks that may be unique to your situation.
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons News Release
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