Areas of unwanted, stubborn localized fat are a common concern for many individuals. These difficult to eliminate spots are often resistant to diet and exercise and can come in many forms including a stubborn stomach “pooch” post pregnancy and childbirth as well as in fat deposits around the thighs, abdomen, and back.
It’s easy to see why liposuction is one of the top performed and most popular cosmetic surgical procedures today. This surgery redefines the natural contours on your body by safely, effectively, and permanently reducing fat in the areas that are resilient to diet and exercise.
Many of us complain of fat deposits on our bodies that we can’t get rid of through diet and exercise. If your mirror shows bulging inner or outer thighs, love handles, a protruding tummy, thick arms, double chin or back rolls, you are likely a candidate for liposuction. These are the most common areas treated by this technique that removes fat through very small incisions to reshape and contour your body.
If you are considering liposuction, it is important to assess the condition of your skin. Patients who have poor skin elasticity, scars, or stretch marks may not be the optimal candidates for the procedure. Liposuction can be performed on patients of all ages– Dr. McLean will examine and assess you during your consultation and help you determine whether or not liposuction is a good option for your desired treatment area.
For a plastic surgeon, the best surgery would make their patients look great without any cutting. Liposuction qualifies for this because the incisions are so tiny. Properly done by a skillful surgeon, liposuction is also one of the safest procedures with the least amount of downtime – most people can return to work in a less than a week.
You come into our private clinic, go to sleep in the care of a qualified anesthesiologist, wake up in the presence of our smiling, caring recovery nurse, and go home to your familiar surroundings. At McLean Clinic we utilize the technique known as “tumescent liposuction”. It is the most proven liposuction technique, avoids potentially dangerous ultrasound or laser probes, and delivers safe, predictable results.
The cost of liposuction varies according to what you and Dr. McLean determine is required to give you the look you want with the best results. Your questions and concerns will be addressed personally by Dr. McLean and his team during an in-depth consultation.
Liposuction is the surgical removal of localized areas of fat that became popular in the 1980s. It involves the removal of excess fat through a cannula, a small tube that utilizes suction to remove fat cells to sculpt a slimmer body contour.
Localized fat is often an inherited trait and liposuction is usually the only way to eliminate it. You will realize good results from this procedure if your skin has the tone and elasticity necessary to achieve a smooth result following removal of the fat beneath it. Fat is removed through a small tube called a cannula inserted through tiny incisions close to the area to be suctioned. Incisions are very small – usually under a centimeter. Dr. McLean uses a technique that involves infiltrating the fat with fluid (“tumescence”) to assist in its removal.
Your surgical results will be visible within three weeks, but your final results will usually be visible until a year or more after your operation. This is because the body takes this time to heal and recover as the swelling subsides and for the tissue tightening process to be complete.
Once the swelling has dissipated, you can expect to see an improved body shape and contour, although this depends on the extent of your treatment. Your clothing may fit better. You should like your reflection in the mirror better. Our relationship with the mirror is interesting: when we like what we see we feel good about ourselves!
While liposuction can stand alone, it is also a technique that is used in conjunction with many procedures. It is often a component of face lifting, for example, where it may be used to reduce fat under the chin or in the neck. It is frequently used along with tummy tucks or breast reductions to enhance the results of these procedures. It is important to remember that liposuction removes only fat. If your skin is very stretched, you may also need to have a lift such as a tummy tuck or neck lift in addition to liposuction.
Liposuction allows for a relatively quick return to the majority of day to day activities, and you can expect to be able to return to exercise programs within two weeks. Immediately after the surgery, we recommend that you get as much rest as possible and not perform any strenuous activities. In the treated areas, it is normal to experience mild to moderate bruising that should resolve on its own with time. The treated areas may also feel sore, similar to the sensation to that of a bruise. Pain medication will be prescribed to you to help alleviate and manage pain post-surgery. A compression garment, similar to a girdle, is often recommended to provide comfort during the healing process that may also help shape your new contours.
Depending on your healing process and how well you tolerate pain, you may return to work in as early as 3 days. However, it is also normal to return to work one week post-surgery. You may also begin returning to light exercise one week after surgery.
All surgeries run the risk of potential complications. During your initial one on one consultation, Dr. McLean will provide a thorough review of the risk factors that are specific to you and your chosen procedure.
If you are considering liposuction, it is important to remember that liposuction is not considered a weight loss procedure. Liposuction is a common next-step for individuals who may have already lost a substantial amount of weight, either through bariatric surgery or through diet and exercise, as well as those who may wish to reduce the effects from pregnancy and childbirth.