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Liposuction

“For that stubborn area that doesn’t go away regardless of weight loss, liposuction may be right for you.”

Common name – Lipo or Liposuction.  ​Technical name/also known as -​ Suction assisted lipectomy.

Benefits of Liposuction

This surgery is for women or men with localized areas of excess fatty tissue. This surgery is not intended for weight loss. It is also not indicated for areas with sagging skin which can get worse with liposuction. This operation removes stubborn fat deposits and can give better shape and contour to parts of the body.   Liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise, but the procedure can eliminate areas of fat that are unresponsive to typical weight-loss methods. Patients are healthy individuals who have certain areas of fat which do not respond to diet and exercise, such as the woman who inherited her mother’s thighs, or the man who inherited his father’s love handles. They are ideal candidates for liposuction.

How it is done: How lipo is performed

This procedure removes excess fatty tissue through small incisions using a cannula (think very skinny vacuum).  Fluid is first instilled into the area to be removed to help reduce bleeding, then the fat is removed with passes of the cannula to contour the fat removal to make the area more even in appearance with the surrounding fatty tissue. The end point is determined by both look and feel.

Upside

For stubborn fatty deposits, liposuction can provide improved contour and shape.  Patients report feeling better in bathing suits and clothing and increased self confidence.

Downside

Liposuction recovery can feel like an incredibly tough workout. Initially, the result will be obscured by swelling, and this can take many months to improve. It usually takes up to a year for the skin turgor to return to its presurgical feel. Sensory changes in the area suctioned are common as is bruising. People always ask if liposuction makes you gain weight elsewhere. It does not, but because liposuction permanently removes fat cells (we don’t grow more), if weight gain occurs after liposuction, the areas of fat surrounding the area treated may increase in size disproportionately compared to the area treated.  Areas of contour irregularity may be seen after swelling resolves and may need revision.

Who pays for this

This is a cosmetic procedure, paid for by the patient.

What to expect

Length of operation

1-4 hours (depending on extent and area of procedure).

Anesthesia used

General anesthesia, you will be asleep and monitored the entire time.

In or out patient

Outpatient if small volume, overnight if large volume or combined with a procedure requiring an overnight stay.

Time until final appearance

6 months to one year for swelling to completely resolve

Length of results

Long lasting with maintenance of diet and exercise regime.

Side effects

The surgery can leave you feeling as sore as your worst boot camp workout. Small scars are left behind. Swelling may persist for months after the procedure. Bruising is common. Sensation of the skin may be altered after the procedure. The appearance of the skin may not be completely smooth even after the surgery.

Risks of procedure

All surgery carries risk. I recommend patients carefully weigh the benefits of having surgery against the potential risks which may arise. Pain, bleeding, infection, damage to surrounding structures, need for other operations, contour irregularities, sensory changes, scar, worsening of the appearance of cellulite, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, death. A complete list of risks will be discussed with you before surgery.

If you smoke, it is imperative that you quit six weeks both before and after surgery.  To better understand why, please click this link:

Smoking and Plastic Surgery

“The best results are seen on patients who are otherwise healthy but just can’t get that stubborn area to respond to their best eating and activity habits. I think of this as a contouring or sculpting procedure.”

– Dr. Danielle DeLuca-Pytell

Your Next Step

Call or email us to schedule an appointment and find out if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure.

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Give our office a call Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5 pm, Friday 9am to noon.

248-273-7700

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When you come into the office for your appointment, you will be able to see more ‘before and after’ photos of this procedure including different options.

Side effects

The surgery can leave you feeling as sore as your worst boot camp workout. Small scars are left behind. Swelling may persist for months after the procedure. Bruising is common. Sensation of the skin may be altered after the procedure. The appearance of the skin may not be completely smooth even after the surgery.

Risks of procedure

All surgery carries risk. I recommend patients carefully weigh the benefits of having surgery against the potential risks which may arise. Pain, bleeding, infection, damage to nearby structures, need for other procedures, recurrence, dissatisfaction with the result, asymmetry, seroma, sensory changes including permanent loss of sensation, wound healing delays requiring wound care, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolus. A complete list of risks will be discussed with you before surgery.

If you smoke, it is imperative that you quit six weeks both before and after surgery. To better understand why, please click here:  Smoking and Plastic Surgery

Recovery time

If healing proceeds as expected:

Rest for the first two weeks following surgery, and gradually increase activity over the next month.

Return to full activity 6 weeks after surgery.

Returning to Work

This depends on the type of work that you do.   Many patients can return to sedentary work within a week or two, though not everyone is ready to return to work by then. Surgery affects different people differently. If your work is more strenuous, more time off work may be needed.

 

Time​ until final appearance

6 months to one year for swelling to completely resolve.

Length of results

Long lasting with maintenance of diet and exercise regime.

 

Other information

A compression garment will be placed after surgery to help reduce swelling and improve shape. This may be worn for up to a month or more.

Your appointment with Dr. DeLuca-Pytell

When you visit the office for your appointment, we will talk about the side effects and risks of this procedure. You will have the chance to ask any questions you might have.

Don’t forget:  it is your body! There is no such thing as a bad or silly question!

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Our phone number

  • 248-273-7700