Liposuction can be effective on people of varying weights and sizes. Results can be impressive, but actual outcomes will vary from patient to patient. Skin with good elasticity is more likely to adjust to the body’s new contours. Although age is not always a consideration, older patients tend to have less elasticity in their skin and, for this reason, will not achieve quite the same results as younger patients.
The most commonly treated areas in women are the inner and outer thighs, knees, hips (post iliac crests and flanks), abdomen, and arms, while men most often opt for treatment of their chin, waist, and stomach. Most of Dr. Delgado’s patients are looking for the treatment of multiple areas and, generally, these can be done in a single procedure.
Liposuction is performed at Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center, located at Sutter Marin County Community Hospital. The operating room’s proximity to the hospital enables Dr. Delgado to offer exceptional surgical care while optimizing patient safety and privacy.
Before your procedure, Dr. Delgado will first utilize a special felt-tip pen to precisely map out the targeted treatment areas while you are in an upright position. These markings allow him to make accurate adjustments during surgery to accommodate any gravity-related changes in fat displacement when the body is moved to a horizontal position. Once the surgical map is complete, anesthesia can be administered, and the actual treatment can begin.
Liposuction is typically performed under general anesthesia, ensuring that you will be comfortable throughout the procedure and that Dr. Delgado can give you the best results possible. At Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center, anesthesia is administered by an experienced anesthesiologist.
During the liposuction procedure, Dr. Delgado will inject the tumescent fluid consisting of saline (sterile water with body-identical salt content), lidocaine (local anesthetic), and epinephrine (a vasoconstricting agent that controls bleeding)—a process that distends the fat layer.
Next, Dr. Delgado proceeds to make tiny incisions in inconspicuous areas, such as the navel and the buttock crease, depending on the location of the excess fat. A thin cannula is then inserted into the tiny incisions. Dr. Delgado may use Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL) or Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction (UAL), depending on the customized plan for the patient. The device is attached to tubing extending to a machine that provides a vacuum.
The cannula is pushed back and forth through the fat layer. This breaks up the fat cells so they can be vacuumed out through the tubing to a canister on the machine. Once the desired contour is achieved, incisions are then closed with sutures, and a compression garment is placed over the treated area(s).
Are you put to sleep for liposuction?
General anesthesia, which puts the patient to sleep, is used for most liposuction procedures.
Does fat come back after lipo?
Liposuction permanently destroys fat cells. However, if you do not stick to a proper diet and exercise routine, you can gain back the weight.
Can I get liposuction if I am overweight?
Yes, you can get liposuction if you are overweight but treatment is often recommended for people within 30 pounds of their weight goal.
Does liposuction get rid of cellulite?
Liposuction is not a recommended treatment for cellulite.
Can visceral fat be removed?
Since visceral fat is found deeper in the body, it can only be removed through exercise and diet, not liposuction or other cosmetic surgeries.
Does liposuction really work?
Yes! Liposuction is known to be an effective treatment that permanently removes pockets of stubborn fat for many patients.
Does a tummy tuck remove fat?
Yes; a tummy tuck removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen for a more contoured appearance.
How can I avoid weight gain after surgery?
After surgery, avoid sugary and fatty foods and drink lots of water. As you heal, you can gradually become more physically active and eventually resume your exercise routine.
How can I lose tummy fat fast?
Eat a high protein, low-fat diet and cut back on carbs, alcohol, and sugary foods. You should also incorporate cardio into your exercise routine and try to reduce stress levels.
How do you shower after liposuction?
After liposuction, you should wait 48 hours for your incisions to close. You can then carefully shower but avoid taking baths for two weeks and do not remove your compression wraps when you shower. Carefully pat dry your incisions and try not to soak the bandages.
How can I reduce my stomach fat?
You can reduce stomach fat by incorporating exercise into your daily routine and stick to a healthy, portioned diet without sugary or fatty foods and drinks.
How does fat transfer work?
During a fat transfer, liposuction will be used to remove fat from areas of the body that are undesirable (abdomen, thighs, hips) and move it to the face, breasts, lips, or buttocks.
How dangerous is liposuction?
Like any surgery, bleeding, infection, blood clots, and anesthesia reactions are all risks of liposuction so it is important to receive treatment from a licensed, experienced doctor.
How does Lipo work?
During your liposuction procedure, a few small incisions will be made in places that are easy to conceal. A thin tube called a cannula will be inserted through the incisions and into the fat layer to break up and suck out fat.
How do I prepare for liposuction?
Before your liposuction procedure, you may need to get lab tested to check for underlying health conditions. You may also have to adjust your current medications and will have to stop smoking and avoid taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatory drugs that can increase bleeding.
How long do you drain after lipo?
Drainage should stop within three days after your liposuction procedure.
How long do you need off work after liposuction?
You should be able to return to work after a few days, but this depends on how large of an area was treated.
How painful is liposuction recovery?
Liposuction recovery is often described as a feeling of soreness rather than pain. This moderate discomfort will be treated with prescription pain medication for the first few days. After this time, the pain and discomfort should be minimal.
How much does it cost to get liposuction on your stomach?
Since prices can vary depending on the type of liposuction being used and the size of the area being treated, please speak to your provider to determine the cost of your liposuction procedure.
Is it easier to lose weight after liposuction?
Although liposuction is not a weight loss surgery, the confidence boost that comes from liposuction can make it easier for patients to motivate themselves and lose weight.
How much does liposuction cost without insurance?
Prices can vary significantly depending on the location of your doctor and the area being treated so please call your providers office for pricing.
Is Lipo permanent?
Yes! Fat is permanently destroyed during liposuction so results should not change as long as you stick to a healthy diet and exercise routine.
How much fat can lipo remove?
Liposuction removes an average of 6-8 pounds of fat but you can lose a maximum of eleven pounds during one treatment.
Is liposuction an outpatient procedure?
Liposuction is typically an outpatient procedure unless a large area has been treated and your doctor wants you to be more carefully observed.
Is there a weight requirement for liposuction?
Liposuction can treat people of any weight, but it is recommended you be within 30 pounds of your weight goal.
What is Lipo Laser?
Laser liposuction is a nonsurgical approach to liposuction that uses a laser to melt fat from under the skin. These fat deposits are then naturally filtered out by your bodys metabolic processes.
What can you eat after lipo surgery?
Stick to a diet of leafy green vegetables, lean meat, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.
What is the best type of liposuction?
The most popular type of liposuction uses a cannula to suck out fat. Although it is the most popular treatment, therefore effective for many people, every person responds differently to different types of procedures.
What do they do with liposuction fat?
After liposuction, the fat can be injected back into other areas of the body or medically discarded.
What is ultrasonic liposuction?
Ultrasonic liposuction uses ultrasonic waves to break up and liquefy fat with sonic vibrations. After the fat is liquefied, it will be sucked out with a cannula.
What is AirSculpt Lipo?
AirSculpt Lipo uses a laser to soften fat and then a cannula is used to gently pull out the fat, rather than suck it out like traditional liposuction.
What types of liposuction are there?
Tumescent liposuction is the most popular form of liposuction, but your doctor might also offer laser liposuction, ultrasound liposuction, AirSculpt liposuction, or power-assisted liposuction.
Who is good candidate for liposuction?
Liposuction is effective for a variety of people, but younger patients who are not obese are often the ideal candidates.