Liposuction has become one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries requested in the South Florida and Palm Beach area and has now safely been performed on millions of men and women all over the world. Often called, lipo-sculpture or body contouring, this surgical procedure may be right for you if you have subcutaneous (underlying) fat which is resistant to diet and exercise.
As a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Brian Hass has offered his patients safe, tumescent style, power-assisted liposuction since 1995 when he began his practice in Palm Beach Gardens. Although other types of liposuction are marketed heavily (i.e. smart lipo, aqua or laser lipo) often they are performed by non-certified plastic surgeons.
In our office, power-assisted liposuction has always been the gold standard when it comes to getting quality body contouring in the safest way possible. In fact, Dr. B (as patients fondly call him) has a proven track record with his lipo techniques that combined with his artistic ability have earned him a reputation for giving the body conscious South Floridian the results they desire.
How is Liposuction Performed?
Liposuction is an out-patient procedure and peformed on-site in our Hass Plastic Surgery AAAASF operating facility. The procedure usually takes 1 to 3 hours and is performed under the IV sedation (not general anesthesia) in order to keep patients more comfortable and asleep. Incisions for liposuction are very tiny and inconspicuously placed in a crease or area of the body that might be covered by clothing. Tumescent solution (saline diluted lidocaine) is then placed into the fatty areas to be liposuctioned and then removed by a power-assisted suction tool (a cannula) which is used to vacuum fat out fat safely and artistically. It does not disturb the overlying skin, muscles or ligaments, nerves or vessels in between. There is no blood loss for the patient and no drains are used postoperatively. Patients wake up in a compression garment (a girdle) to cover the areas that were treated and this will be required for 2 - 4 weeks after. Sutures from the small incisions are removed at 1 week post-operatively. At our office it is common for liposuction to be safely combined with other surgeries such as breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck or even facial work to maximize recovery times.
Recovery from Liposuction?
Once you've recovered in our center, a family member or friend will need to pick you up and stay with you for at least 24 hours after surgery. There is usually some minor soreness after the surgery, but this is easily controlled with pain medication. Minor swelling occurs, but generally disappears rapidly over the next 1 to 3 weeks and will continue to get better over the next 3 months. Most patients will have little bruising and generally are resuming many activities within the first week, but certainly back to a normal routine in 4 weeks. Some of our patients even return to work the next day, however most will take a long weekend for their recovery.
Results after Liposuction
Lipo results can be quite dramatic and can help to give you the beautiful, balanced and propotioned body contours that only get better over the next 3 months. Most patients feel more confidence and certainly more comfortable in the way their clothes fit, however keep in mind this is not a weight loss promise even though liposuction results are long lasting as long as you work to also maintain your weight. If you should have weight gain patient do not tend to gain much in the lipo treated areas --- and certainly you will always look better than if you didn't do the lipo.
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Who is a Good Candidate for Liposuction
Areas that can be treated at Hass Plastic Surgery & MediSpa are the abdomen, or waist area, the flanks, upper and lower back, the buttocks, thighs and knees, male chest area, upper arms or even under the chin and neck area.