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Contour Your Body with Liposuction

Frequently Asked Questons

liposuctionGood fitness habits and a healthy lifestyle are often at the forefront of your personal goals.  Despite your best intentions, you may still have certain areas of your body that have disproportionate contours due to localized fat deposits.  You may have the stubborn “pooch” on the lower portion of your abdomen or excess bulges on your outer thighs.  Maybe you suffer from the “love handles” that you don’t love at all.  Unwanted and unshapely fat deposits can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance and affect how you look and fit in your clothes.  Liposuction, also known as Lipoplasty, can slim and reshape specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits.  Liposuction can improve your body contours and proportion and ultimately, enhance your self-esteem.

 

What Areas Can Be Treated with Liposuction?

Areas treatable with the Liposuction technique are:

  • Cheeks
  • Chin
  • Neck
  • Chest area
  • Upper arms
  • Abdomen
  • Waist
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Back
  • Thighs
  • Inner Knees
  • Calves
  • Ankles

 

Liposuction surgery may be performed under local anesthesia, depending on the area(s) to be treated.  Liposuction is also performed under general anesthesia and is often added as an adjunct to other body contouring procedures.

 

Special note: Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise.  Liposuction is also not an effective treatment for cellulite, the dimpled skin that typically appears on the thighs, hips and buttocks.  Substantial weight gain can alter an otherwise permanent result.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Liposuction right for me?

    If you are bothered by concentrated and localized fat deposits that may be a result of heredity and not a lack of weight control and fitness, then Liposuction may be the right procedure for you.  Liposuction is a highly individualized procedure and you should do it for yourself, not to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit any sort of ideal image.

     

    Good candidates are:

    • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
    • Individuals within 30% of their ideal weight
    • Individuals with firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
    • Non-smokers
    • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific yet realistic goals in mind for body contouring

     

    Special considerations may be necessary for individuals with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or previous surgery to the treatment area.  Please discuss these conditions with Dr. Vartany.

  • What may I expect during my personalized consultation

  • How will I need to prepare for my Liposuction surgery?

  • Where are the incisions made during Liposuction?

    Very small inconspicuous incisions are made in or near the area to be suctioned for insertion of an appropriately sized cannula.  In many cases, incisions may be so small that no stitches are required for closure.

  • What may I expect during my recovery?

  • Are there additional instructions for my Liposuction recovery?

    You will be provided with a compression garment on the day of surgery.  You will need to wear this garment, morning and night, for approximately 4 weeks after surgery.  The garment is designed to minimize swelling and support your new contours.

     

    You may shower 3 days after surgery.  Gently wash and pat the incisions dry.  Immediately replace your compression garment.

     

    You may not drive a vehicle until you have been permitted to do so.

  • How much time should I take off of work or school?

    You will need to allow 3-5 days off from work or school for this procedure due to swelling and discomfort.  Additional time may be needed for larger areas.

  • What are some procedures that may compliment Liposuction?

  • Important facts about the safety and risks of Liposuction surgery

    Dr. Vartany will explain, in detail, the risks associated with Liposuction.  It will be your personal choice in determining if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable.  You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks or potential complications.

     

    The risks include:

    • Uneven contours
    • Rippling or loose skin
    • Unfavorable scarring
    • Bleeding (hematoma)
    • Infection
    • Fluid accumulation or fluid loss
    • Poor wound healing
    • Skin loss
    • Blood clots
    • Fat clots
    • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation
    • Anesthesia risks
    • Skin discoloration and/or prolonged swelling
    • Irregular pigmentation
    • Fatty tissue found deep in the skin might die (fat necrosis)
    • Asymmetry
    • Pain, which may persist
    • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
    • Possibility of revisional surgery
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