If you are interested in Liposuction surgery, please call our office to discuss your goals and to find out why doctor Spence is the plastic surgeon that the Caribbean counts on for the best results in liposuction surgery procedures.
Plastic Surgeon Dr. Kenrick Spence is a board certified plastic surgeon whose office is based in Orlando Florida. Doctor Spence has been the go to plastic surgeon for patients coming from Jamaica and the Caribbean for many years. Traveling to Orlando Florida from Jamaica or from most places in the Caribbean is an easy flight and gives you access to one of the top plastic surgeons serving your area.
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.
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)
What Types Of Liposuction Are Offered?
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:
Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
Good candidates for liposuction are clients who have a moderate to significant amount of excess weight. These are often people who would not benefit from less extensive procedures, such as body contouring treatments or a tummy tuck.
Clients who seek liposuction have tried dieting and exercise without seeing the results they desire. They may carry extra weight around the midsection, buttocks, thighs, or upper arms.
Ideal liposuction candidates will be in good overall health, as liposuction requires going under general anesthesia. Before you can have liposuction surgery, you will need to receive a complete medical clearance from your regular physician.
To confirm that liposuction is the right procedure for you, you must have a consultation with a plastic surgeon beforehand.
What Are the Differences Between Liposuction and a Tummy Tuck?
Tummy tucks differ from liposuction in several ways.
Tummy tuck procedures focus on one area of the body: the abdominal region. Tummy tuck surgery aims to sculpt the midsection by removing excess loose skin and repairing underlying muscles. This procedure works best for clients who are within range of their ideal body weight and just looking to get more toned.
Unlike a tummy tuck, liposuction can be performed on almost any area of the body. The main goal of liposuction is to remove excess fat from problem areas like the stomach, buttocks, legs, arms, and back. Liposuction is intended for patients who have a greater deal of excess weight that they can’t lose through diet and exercise.
While tummy tuck procedures focus on only one area of the body, they often require a more extensive recovery process than liposuction. This is because tummy tucks alter the underlying muscles and remove excess skin from the body.
Patients may be required to wear a compression garment after their tummy tuck, which is not a requirement during the liposuction recovery process.
Does Liposuction Leave Scars?
Liposuction procedures do involve small incisions throughout your designated treatment areas. For most patients, this is some combination of the stomach, back, buttocks, thighs, and arms. Your surgeon will make every effort to create the most discreet incisions possible.
The incisions will be small in nature because the cannula used during liposuction is relatively thin. With that being said, there is still the potential for scarring at the surgical site. Your surgeon can provide you with aftercare instructions to help prevent scar formation during your recovery.
Will I Gain Fat Back After Liposuction?
Unfortunately for some, liposuction is not a permanent solution to weight loss. While liposuction will remove the excess fat currently there, it will not prevent you from developing new fat cells or regaining the weight you lose through the procedure.
Consequently, it’s essential for patients to adhere to a healthy lifestyle after their liposuction procedure. This includes following a well-balanced diet and getting regular exercise. Failing to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine can alter the outcome of your liposuction procedure and lead to new weight gain.
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
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.
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