Do you exercise and eat healthy but still experience pockets of stubborn fat that won’t budge? Stubborn fat can linger even after a dramatic weight loss, after pregnancy, or as part of the aging process and a slowed metabolism. For some, stubborn fat can be difficult to get rid of without surgical help. Liposuction has remained one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for both men and women in the Tampa, FL area with the ability to not only remove stubborn fat, but sculpt the figure as well. Dr. Newman has perfected liposuction techniques in order to help his patients achieve the sculpted figure they’re looking for.

How is liposuction performed?

The liposuction procedure process is pretty simple. Liposuction involves the use of a thin, tube-like device called a cannula. Through very tiny incisions made over the treatment area, the cannula can be inserted and moved in a back and forth motion to dislodge the fat cells. At the same time, a suction mechanism is administered to remove the fat cells from the body. This is performed with the use of local anesthesia to numb the area, ensuring that you are comfortable throughout the process. There are many variations of liposuction techniques such as power assisted liposuction, using gentle vibration to assist the fat removal process.

Once these fat cells are removed, they can never return. This is due to the way we gain weight. When we gain weight, the fat cells do not multiply, but expand. So, when the fat cells are removed, they no longer have the ability to expand and can never grow back. However, it’s important to remember that your remaining fat cells can still gain weight, affecting your contour after liposuction. Maintaining a stable weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise can help ensure that the results of your liposuction treatment are long-lasting.

What is power assisted liposuction?

Dr. Newman uses power assisted liposuction, using a special cannula that offers more control of fat removal for enhanced precision. The device produces small vibrations to assist in breaking up the fat cells, making removal easier and more effective. This allows Dr. Newman to remove a larger amount of fat in a shorter time period. By using the power assisted liposuction cannula, smaller incisions and less force is needed to remove fat cells, leading to a safer procedure process, less bruising, and a quicker recovery.

Where can liposuction be used?

Stubborn fat can be present on virtually any part of the body. Fortunately, liposuction can also be used virtually anywhere on the body! The most common areas to receive liposuction are the abdomen, flanks, buttocks, upper arms, and thighs. These larger areas are often what patients focus on improving, however, liposuction can also be used in smaller, difficult-to-tone areas. These include above the knee, in the bra area, and under the chin. Liposuction can be used on multiple areas of the body for full-body recontouring in one procedure setting.

What procedures can be combined with liposuction?

Performed alone, liposuction does a great job of removing stubborn fat cells that are hiding your contour. However, the technique is one that is often utilized during larger procedures. For example, a tummy tuck can be performed to remove excess skin and hanging tissue from the abdomen, but if stubborn fat is present, liposuction will be used to put the final touches on the patient’s contour. This can be said for other lift procedures like the breast lift, thigh lift, and arm lift. Liposuction also plays a role in the breast reduction, removing fat to resize the breasts.

Liposuction techniques are also an essential part of fat grafting procedures such as the Brazilian butt lift, where fat is taken from one area of the body and placed in the buttocks to enhance its size and shape. Fat cells obtained through liposuction techniques can also be utilized during a natural breast augmentation, adding subtle volume to the breasts. Fat cells can also be placed in the facial features to restore volume loss and lift the cheeks.

How do liposuction techniques differ for men and women?

Liposuction is popular among both genders! That’s because both men and women want to feel confident and might have a difficult time toning their figure. However, when it comes to the actual concerns and goals of men and women, they often express differences. Women typically want to achieve an hourglass figure, with wide hips and a slim waistline. On the other hand, men want to achieve a more masculine figure and might use liposuction to contour the abdominal muscles or reduce breast tissue. Dr. Newman understands these differences and tailors each patient’s treatment plan to their unique body type, concerns, and goals.

How does liposuction compare to other body contouring techniques?

There are many nonsurgical body contouring techniques available to patients. CoolSculpting is one of the most popular techniques, using controlled cooling to freeze and destroy the fat cells. While CoolSculpting might be effective at removing some stubborn fat, it cannot provide the precise sculpting that liposuction can. Nonsurgical techniques like CoolSculpting also require many treatment sessions for noticeable fat removal, while liposuction can give significant improvements with just one treatment session.

How much does liposuction cost?

The cost of liposuction can vary greatly from patient to patient. The cost of your procedure will depend on the amount of fat removed, the size of the treatment area, and whether or not other procedures were combined. Dr. Newman will go over all of these factors during your liposuction consultation in St. Petersburg. He will also go over your financing options, as cosmetic procedures like liposuction are not typically covered by insurance.

Your liposuction consultation in St. Petersburg

When it comes to any surgical procedure, you’ll want to ensure that your surgeon is highly qualified and board certified. If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon in the St. Petersburg or Tampa, FL areas, you might consider Dr. Newman for your consultation. Dr. Newman is double board certified in both General Surgery and Plastic Surgery. With years of experience performing liposuction techniques, you can be sure that you will receive the safest, most effective care possible with Dr. Newman. To schedule your consultation in St. Petersburg and get started on your customized treatment plan, contact our office today.