What is liposuction? Liposuction, also known as “lipoplasty,” or “liposculpture”, is a non-invasive procedure that removes fat from various areas of the body using vacuum suction, through tiny access incisions.
Dr. Samson offers the following liposuction procedures in the Daytona Beach area:
Liposuction for men
Male breast removal
Best Candidates for Liposuction
Ideal liposuction patients are within 30 percent of their ideal weight, do not have sagging skin, do not have medical conditions that inhibit recovery, and do not smoke.
Those considering liposuction should note that the liposuction procedure is not a treatment for obesity, nor should it be considered a weight loss method. Liposuction sculpts areas of the body that cannot be improved through diet and exercise alone. Non-invasive liposuction also does not rid the body of excess skin and could actually lead to more sagging skin if enough fat is removed and if the skin is not very elastic. A tummy tuck, thigh lift, or upper arm lift will remove excess skin as well as fat from the body. These procedures are usually recommended if the patient has more than five liters of fat suctioned.
Before a consultation for liposuction in Florida, you should have specific goals in mind for body contouring. To get an idea of the results you can achieve with liposuction, view Dr. Samson’s liposuction before and after photos.
Techniques or Options
There are several types of liposuction available. Techniques with liposuction surgery have changed over time, but the same basic steps are common with all liposuction procedures.
Tumescent liposuction involves a wetting solution consisting of salt water, adrenaline, and a local anesthetic. The solution is injected, and the adrenaline shrinks blood vessels to minimize blood loss. The infusion causes the skin to become swollen and firm. This technique uses more fluid than other liposuction methods (two to six times more fluid as the volume of fat to be removed) and therefore takes longer to perform.
Laser liposuction uses laser energy to heat fat, thus making it softer and easier to remove. This technique was first introduced as “SmartLipo®,” or “smart liposuction.” A solution that includes saline, a local anesthetic, and epinephrine is injected into the skin to constrict blood vessels to minimize blood loss. After the laser energy is applied, the fat is suctioned out. The laser energy also heats skin cells and promotes the production of new collagen, which also improves the skin’s appearance.
VASER liposuction is an ultrasound-assisted liposuction system that uses sound waves to melt fat before removing it from the body. This allows for less damage to surrounding tissues and reduced blood loss, pain, and bruising.
Body Jet Liposuction
Body jet liposuction is water-assisted liposuction. Water is used to help loosen fat cells from connective tissue before removing them. Unlike other techniques, water-assisted liposuction does not destroy or break down the fat cells, and they can be “harvested” to enhance other areas of the body.
No matter the technique chosen, liposuction surgery involves the same basic procedural steps. You will have the choice between intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. A few small incisions are made in the area to be treated, and a sterile liquid solution is administered under the skin to reduce bleeding. A thin, hollow tube called a cannula is inserted to loosen any excess fat using vacuum suction. Any incisions are then closed with sutures.
Liposuction recovery time varies among patients, but most are up and functioning within a couple of days and remain sore for one to two weeks. If your place of work requires you to be physically active, you should plan to be absent for about two to four weeks. The final results should be apparent in three to four months. You will be given special instructions regarding how to care for any bandages or small drainage tubes. You may also be instructed to wear a compression garment that will reduce swelling and help your body adapt to its new shape.
Is liposuction safe? As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved with liposuction surgery.
Liposuction risks include the following:
Skin or nerve damage
Fat or blood clots
Fluid loss or fluid accumulation
Heat injury from the ultrasound-assisted technique
Change in skin sensation
Damage to deeper structures
Poor wound healing
Swelling in the legs
How much does liposuction cost? The cost of liposuction varies depending on the type of treatment you choose, the extent of the treatment, and other factors including anesthesia cost, cost of the surgical facility, and the cost of any medical tests and prescriptions you may need. Dr. Samson can give you an accurate cost estimate for your specific needs during a one-on-one consultation.
Commonly Combined Procedures
In order to achieve a more complete aesthetic appearance, many patients opt to have another cosmetic surgery done in conjunction with liposuction surgery. Such procedures may include a breast reduction, breast lift, breast augmentation, or gynecomastia (male breast removal) surgery.
If you are interested in these or other cosmetic surgeries in the Daytona Beach, FL area, schedule a consultation by calling 386-756-9400 or fill out our contact form.