What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that can remove excess fat and recontour nearly any area of the body for a slimmer look. While liposuction is not a cure-all treatment for patients struggling with weight loss, it can help those who are at or near their ideal weight achieve a smoother, leaner figure. Many patients desire liposuction to effectively slim and reshape fat deposits that are unresponsive to dieting efforts and exercise. Since fat cells cannot regenerate, their removal with liposuction is considered to be permanent.
With advanced liposuction techniques, our highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon—Kevin Cook, MD—can help you attain the physique you have always wanted. Each procedure is always highly customized based on a patient’s unique needs and desired outcome for optimal results. If you are interested in exploring liposuction and/or the other fat reduction options we offer, please contact Midland Plastic Surgery Center to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cook.
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.
Liposuction 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.
Since liposuction is a highly customized procedure that can be performed almost anywhere on the body, there is no fixed cost. The full price of your liposuction treatment with Dr. Cook will depend on a variety of factors including the:
- Area or areas being treated
- Volume of fat to be removed
- Complexity of the procedure
- Type of anesthesia required
- Post-operative medications
- Post-operative garments
At the end of your consultation with Dr. Cook, he will provide a comprehensive price quotation for your liposuction procedure. For those interested in financing the cost of their plastic surgery, we partner with a third-party company called CareCredit® to offer low-monthly payment options and low-interest loans to qualified applicants. Many of our patients are very pleased with the flexible plastic surgery financing options that CareCredit® provides. We also accept all major credit cards to make paying for your treatment more affordable and convenient.
Traditional liposuction techniques are not for everyone, which is why Dr. Cook offers other fat reduction alternatives:
Patients who are looking for a non-surgical, non-invasive approach to body contouring may be interested in CoolSculpting® treatments, which use cold temperatures to destroy fat cells without the need for incisions. Once the targeted fat cells are damaged through a process called cryolipolysis, the body sets to work breaking down the cells to be carried away naturally through the lymphatic system. CoolSculpting® is ideal for reducing small to moderate amounts of excess fat from the abdomen, flanks, thighs, arms, and chin.
Minimally-invasive laser-assisted liposuction is another fat reduction technique Dr. Cook performs to sculpt and remove unwanted fat. The ScitonPro Lipo™ system uses laser energy to essentially melt fat through a process called laser lipolysis. Once the fat is melted, it is easily removed from the body via suction. Laser-assisted liposuction can be performed almost anywhere on the body, even areas that are difficult to treat with traditional liposuction. Treatment with the ScitonPro Lipo™ system is also less damaging to the tissues than traditional liposuction, which can reduce post-procedure discomfort and recovery time.
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.