Are you struggling with stubborn pockets of fat that just won’t budge? Liposuction is an effective solution for eliminating unwanted fat from almost any area of the body for a slimmer and more proportionate figure.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a body contouring treatment to slim and reshape targeted areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits. Liposuction can be used on almost any area of the body, including the thighs, hips and buttocks, abdomen, upper arms, back, chest, cheeks, calves, and more! Liposuction is also often combined with other procedures to help further improve results.

Who is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Individuals who have localized areas of fat deposits that are the cause of a disproportionate figure often opt for liposuction. Ideal candidate will have good skin elasticity, be no more than 20 pounds over their goal weight and have a stable weight. Women who are planning on future pregnancies should wait until after childbearing to have liposuction, as pregnancy can negatively impact results.

It is also important to understand that liposuction is a not a weight loss solution for individuals who are obese. The best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is through a consultation appointment.

The Liposuction Procedure

During the liposuction procedure, cannulas are inserted through small incisions in the treatment area. These cannulas will be used to suction out targeted areas of excess fat. It requires the use of a “wetting solution” which is a local anesthetic mixed with another medication in IV fluids which is injected before surgery. This solution causes blood vessels to constrict, minimizing blood loss and reducing post-surgical pain.

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Downtime and Recovery

You will need to wear special compression garments to help reduce swelling and support your new body contours. Redness and swelling are the be expected, and any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication. Patients should avoid straining, bending, and lifting during their recovery period to help ensure optimal results.

While the recovery period may vary based on each patient, most individuals can return to work within a few days following liposuction. Full results can often be seen after swelling goes down. Because liposuction incisions are small, scarring is often insignificant. Be sure to follow Dr. Newman’s post-op instruction to help ensure a smooth recovery.

If you are interested in learning more about the liposuction procedure, contact our St. Petersburg office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Newman!

Liposuction FAQs

Are you put to sleep for liposuction?

In some cases, liposuction can be performed using a local anesthetic and sedation rather than general anesthesia. However, Dr. Newman will make sure you understand what to expect from your unique procedure.

Does fat come back after lipo?

Theoretically, the treated area can no longer expand with weight gain once the underlying fat cells are removed. However, its possible to still gain weight in other areas if you dont maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Does liposuction get rid of cellulite?

Although you may see improvement in cellulite after liposuction, you may need to explore other treatment options if cellulite is a concern. Cellulite is simply a result of the way your body stores fat rather than the fat itself.

Can visceral fat be removed?

No. Visceral fat is fat that exists between your organs and deep tissues, meaning it cannot be removed using liposuction. Visceral fat is best addressed using diet and exercise.

Does liposuction really work?

Liposuction is one of the most effective ways to remove stubborn fat and remains one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures every year. Most patients turn to liposuction because they struggle to find results with traditional diet and exercise.

How can I avoid weight gain after surgery?

Leading a healthy and active lifestyle is one of the best ways to avoid weight gain. This means regularly exercising and keeping an eye on your calorie intake. Managing your weight can mean you wont need an additional procedure.

How can I lose tummy fat fast?

There are few alternatives to regular diet and exercise when it comes to losing weight, but liposuction can be a great way to put the finishing touches on your weight loss. It can help remove stubborn deposits of fat that dont seem to respond to a regular regimen.

How do you shower after liposuction?

Dr. Newman will give you instructions to follow after your liposuction procedure, but generally, you can shower about 24 hours after surgery. Its important not to soak your incisions and to gently pat them dry after youre done.