If you have trouble shedding stubborn areas of fat, despite diet and exercise, liposculpting may present your best solution for body contouring. At The Pennsylvania Centre for Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia and Plymouth Meeting, PA, our board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Scott A. Brenman specializes in body contouring with liposuction and SmartLipo, to address those troublesome areas..
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure which improves your body shape. A tube and vacuum device are used. There are different techniques that can be used for this plastic surgery procedure, including tumescent technique and the laser-assisted lipoplasty. Liposuction can be performed in many places on the body. The most common areas are the abdomen, buttocks, hips and thighs, and upper arms. These are just some of the common places but you should consult with Dr. Brenman to find out what is best for you.
Candidates for Liposuction
Liposuction is most successful in people with good skin tone who are near normal weight but have localized fatty deposits. It is not a treatment for obesity, so candidates should already be following healthy lifestyles. It is intended to produce a more flattering figure by improving contours and proportions.
Ideal candidates should be within 20 to 30 pounds of their ideal weight and understand that liposuction does not lead to weight loss.
How Does It Work?
The procedure involves several small incisions through which a cannula or hollow tube is inserted. This tube is used to break up and remove the fat beneath the skin. Several areas can be suctioned at one operative setting, although Dr. Brenman may limit the amount that can be removed safely at one time. The fat is manually removed through the cannula and drained during the surgery.
Liposuction can produce a fair amount of swelling and bruising, so some patients may not see their results right away. However, the swelling usually significantly dissipates after two to three months. Patients may not see their final body contouring results until a year after the procedure.
Patients will need to take several days off of work, depending on where the liposuction procedure is performed. During the early recovery period, you may need to wear compression garments for several weeks to help reduce swelling. Most patients can resume normal physical activities within three to four weeks, based on Dr. Brenman’s feedback.
Take the First Step
Interested in learning more? Schedule your consultation at The Pennsylvania Centre for Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia or Plymouth Meeting, PA. Call (267) 687-2180 or fill out the form on this page to request a consultation.