Liposuction is a procedure used to improve the body’s contour by removing stubborn fat deposits that have failed to respond to diet and exercise. It may sound simple, but it actually requires considerable training and technical skill on the part of the surgeon, as well as an artistic sensibility. Its other name is “liposculpture” for a good reason.
Dr. Kevin Tehrani has performed countless successful liposuction procedures on his patients. Every procedure is highly customized for you based on your anatomy and how you wish to look. He evaluates you carefully and devises a surgical plan that uses the technology of liposuction to recontour your face or body.
Note that while liposuction removes the fat cells from the treated area, it is not a substitute for weight control or exercise. If you gain weight after liposuction, however, the fat will be distributed more uniformly throughout your body. It will not accumulate disproportionately in the same areas.
The most frequently treated areas in women are the chin, abdomen, thighs, hips, knees, arms, back, buttocks, calves, and ankles. Men typically have liposuction performed on the neck, chin, abdomen, “love handles,” and chest/male breasts (gynecomastia).
Who is a Candidate for Liposuction?
If you have a double chin or localized pockets of fat on your body that have not budged despite exercise and weight loss efforts, you might be a good candidate for liposuction. A good candidate is of relatively normal weight with one or more areas of fat deposits and with good skin elasticity.
Liposuction: Before and After Photos
The Liposuction Procedure
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that can be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation, depending upon the technique used and the extent of the procedure.
Prior to your appointment date for surgery, Dr. Tehrani may request that you visit your medical doctor for a checkup and for any necessary lab work and x-rays. Precise preoperative instructions will be provided, and all necessary prescriptions will be given to you. All aspirin, aspirin-containing products, and anti-inflammatory products must be stopped at least ten days before and for ten days after your surgery. You will also be given a list of vitamins and homeopathic preparations to take prior to and after your surgery to promote healing and limit bruising.
Dr. Tehrani makes small incisions in inconspicuous locations to insert a hollow tube called a cannula into the skin. Using the popular tumescent liposuction technique, fluid is added to reduce bleeding and pain. The cannula is attached to a clear plastic tube and connected to a vacuum device. Excess fat is then removed in layers until a pleasing improvement is made.
Types of Liposuction
Besides traditional liposuction, Aristocrat Plastic Surgery offers two less invasive techniques that we use in most cases:
- Ultrasonic-Assisted Liposuction (UAL) uses patented VASER® technology and the advanced LipoSelection® technique to make it less invasive than traditional liposuction. Using state-of-the-art ultrasound technology to gently reshape the body, VASER LipoSelection is able to specifically target the fat while conserving other surrounding tissues. There are limits with this technique, but it is appropriate for many patients.
- Laser-Assisted Liposuction (Laser-Assisted Lipoplasty (LAL) or SmartLipo) is an innovative procedure for both removing excess fat and firming loose skin. It is minimally invasive and uses a single laser fiber that is introduced through a small cannula that has been inserted into a small incision.
- Water-Assisted Liposuction (Body-Jet) is a technique that also uses a cannula and suctions out the unwanted fat, but in this case, the removed fat cells are harvested so that they can be transferred/grafted to another part of the body, such as in a buttock lift. Using a gentle spray of sterile salt water to isolate and remove the fat cells, this method allows 80% of the removed fat to be grafted, compared to approximately 60% with traditional techniques.
Recovery from Liposuction
Dr. Tehrani may prescribe a lymphatic massage to some patients. A lymphatic massage is the best way to ease swelling, bruising, and discomfort after surgeries.
After surgery, you are fitted with an elastic garment after surgery that you must wear for two to three weeks. You can go home a couple of hours after the procedure in the care of a friend or family member. We can arrange for a private nurse at your request.
Most patients describe the pain following liposuction as mild. Pain medication will be prescribed, and you can expect some post-surgical bruising and swelling. The bruising will resolve within a week or so, but the swelling may take two weeks to go down completely. Most people take no more than a week off from work, and exercise should be avoided for at least two weeks.
We will encourage you to walk short distances for the first several days after your procedure, and we will, of course, monitor your healing progress.
Real Patient Results
*Individual results may vary
Every patient is unique and at Aristocrat Plastic Surgery, we strive to create a personalized experience to help each patient feel and look their best. For information on pricing and financing, please contact us at 516-498-9790.