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Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in America. When used to contour and reshape, it is referred to as liposculpture. For millions of people striving to improve their bodies and appearance, liposuction can be a great solution because it can remove the fat that diet and exercise cannot reach. Everyone has “first on – last off” areas. No matter how many miles, sit-ups, weights, or laps you do, sometimes the fat remains. Liposuction can target those difficult areas and is appropriate for oversized hips, buttocks, thighs, bellies, and love handles, as well as fat deposits on arms, calves, knees, ankles, above the knees, above the breasts, and under the chin. In many cases, different areas can be treated during a single operation. Through a half-inch incision, a cannula (long, thin tube) suctions out unwanted fat.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is designed to extract excess fat that is resistant to diet and exercise, resulting in a slimmer and more defined contour in the treated areas. This technique can smooth fat bulges and reduce fat pockets in virtually any area of the body, offering a simple and fairly predictable method of selective fat reduction. For many patients, liposuction can be an excellent treatment to tone regions of the body that are unaffected by diet and exercise—the procedure requires tiny incisions and a relatively shorter period of downtime when compared to other cosmetic surgeries. However, liposuction is not intended for weight loss and should not be used as a treatment for obesity. The best candidates for liposuction are at or near their ideal body weight and have good skin elasticity.

What are the Benefits of Liposuction?

Unlike other fat reduction techniques, liposuction has the ability to contour many different areas, as well as larger treatment sites, in one procedure. Dr. Miller also has a greater degree of control in sculpting the targeted regions than with other non-surgical alternatives, allowing him the ability to reshape the area according to your aesthetic goals. The results can be seen immediately, with the outcome improving after bruising and swelling have fully resolved. Once the fat cells are removed, they cannot “regrow” and the final result should remain stable for a lifetime as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is a technique designed to minimize patient discomfort during and after treatment. By utilizing thinner cannulas to suction out excess fat cells, the incisions created during the procedure are smaller than those made in traditional liposuction and can lead to less noticeable scarring. Medications designed to numb the area and minimize blood loss are injected into the targeted locations, while unwanted fat is gently suctioned out to create a more even contour. Tumescent liposuction typically results in a smoother recovery process with less bruising and swelling than other approaches. It is commonly performed in accordance with other liposuction techniques.

Body Jet Liposuction

Miller Cosmetic Surgery Center is now offering Body Jet Lipo! This exciting new technology offers smoother shaping with less bruising and shorter down time. By using a gentle pulse of saline fluid to help dislodge fat, the system assists the plastic surgeon and allows for easier fat breakdown and suction, therefore, tissue is less damaged.

Body Jet Lipo WAL Steps:

Step1:

Infiltration. Saline spray is introduced into adipose tissue to loosen the structure and release adipocytes.

Step2:

Irrigation and aspiration. Treated areas are not “bloated” because the infiltrated solution is being simultaneously re-aspirated.

Body Jet Liposuction Compared to Traditional Liposuction

How is the Liposuction Procedure Performed?

Liposuction can be performed using local or general anesthesia. As an outpatient procedure, patients can return home soon after treatment with the help of a friend or loved one. During surgery, a half-inch incision is made near the area(s) planned for treatment. Dr. Miller places incisions discreetly in the natural contours of the body whenever possible. A narrow cannula is inserted through the incision and uses a rapid back-and-forth motion to loosen fat cells, making the fatty tissue easier to remove. Once the desired aesthetic has been reached, Dr. Miller will close your incisions. Depending on your needs, liposuction usually takes one to two hours.

What is Recovery From Liposuction Like?

A tight-fitting elastic garment will help contour and smooth the skin. Medication is provided for discomfort and numbness should fade gradually. Patients are typically up and around in a day or two, but strenuous activities are restricted for one to two weeks. Swelling and bruising should subside over a month or two. Skin dimpling (cellulite) present before surgery will likely be present afterwards. Occasionally, permanent sagging of the skin results when the amount of fat removed exceeds the ability of the skin to shrink. Overweight patients who have aggressive reduction of fatty areas must be willing to accept a greater chance of contour irregularities and less than ideal skin redraping in exchange for a remarkably improved figure in clothing.

Liposuction Results

The body contouring that results from liposuction can be dramatic for a variety of areas. “Saddlebags” may disappear. Legs and hips are often thinner and more shapely. Stomachs can become flatter, and double chins can be sculpted to reveal natural neck contours. While providing a multitude of advantages, liposuction is not a substitute for a good diet and exercise regimen. The best candidates for liposuction are at or near their ideal body weight. For individuals with deposits of fat resistant to diet and exercise, liposculpture may be the perfect way to rid the body of stubborn fat.

Dr. Scott R. Miller offers tumescent liposuction and body-jet® liposuction.

How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

The cost of liposuction will depend on the number of areas treated, the size of the targeted region(s), and the extent of your concerns. While we cannot determine an accurate cost estimate without knowledge of your unique needs, rest assured that our patient care coordinator will provide you with a personalized quote after your consultation with Dr. Miller. If you prefer to pay for your treatment in installments, our office accepts plastic surgery financing through CareCredit®— a trusted healthcare lending institution that allows qualified applicants to choose from an array of flexible payment plans with low- to no-interest rates. With options that can suit virtually any budget, CareCredit® can help approved patients make the cost of liposuction more affordable. If you have any other questions about liposuction or our accepted payment methods, please contact Miller Cosmetic Surgery for more information.