If you have isolated pockets of excess fat, liposuction can effectively slim and reshape many areas of the body that are prone to carrying a little bit of extra weight. While liposuction is not a cure-all procedure for patients struggling with weight loss, it can help those who are at or near their ideal weight reduce deposits of excess fat and recontour areas resistant to dieting efforts and exercise. Since fat cells cannot regenerate, their removal with liposuction is considered to be permanent. Dr. Kevin Cook at Midland Plastic Surgery Center can help you attain your goals with beautiful results.
Benefits of Liposuction
Liposuction can eliminate stubborn, diet- and exercise-resistant fat pockets from a range of body areas, including the:
- Love Handles (Flanks)
Dr. Cook can custom-tailor each liposuction procedure to meet your unique needs and expectations. Liposuction can be combined with tummy tuck surgery, breast surgery, or other procedures to provide a more complete cosmetic makeover. To learn how liposuction can help you achieve your individual cosmetic goals, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Cook today.
The consultation process provides Dr. Cook with an opportunity to analyze your medical history, conduct a physical exam, and determine your liposuction candidacy. These one-on-one conversations allow him to carefully listen to your personal concerns and desires. Dr. Cook can then design a surgical plan to make your goals a reality. He values patient education, and will thoroughly discuss the potential risks and benefits of liposuction, empowering you to make well-informed decisions and feel confident about your treatment plan.
Liposuction is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, though Dr. Cook recommends that a friend or family member spend the first night with you so you may fully relax. During the operation, Dr. Cook will first break up, and then remove, excess fat from the target area with a surgical tool called a cannula. The procedure typically requires only a small incision that should not result in extensive scarring. Local or general anesthesia will be used, depending on the size of the target area and the volume of fat being eliminated.
Recovery And Results
After liposuction, patients typically experience some swelling or bruising at the target sites. Oral pain medication can be used to easily manage any post-operative discomfort. In addition, a compression garment is usually worn for several weeks following the procedure to aid in the healing process. Most patients return to work and their normal daily activities within one week. Depending upon the extent of your liposuction procedure and the number of target areas, Dr. Cook will recommend that you avoid strenuous exercise for four to eight weeks. Though the eliminated fat cells will not regenerate, remaining fat cells can still store fat. Therefore, regular exercise and healthy eating habits are essential to maintaining and optimizing your results.
For more information on liposuction and how this procedure can help you achieve your cosmetic goals, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cook, please contact our office today.