Fat deposits in the deepest layer of the skin are the most resistant to diet and exercise. Unmoving pockets of fat often obscure the idyllic body contours our patients work hard at the gym to showcase. For this reason, they come to Jolie Plastic Surgery's office in Miami for liposuction. While it is not a weight loss surgery, liposuction can remove stubborn fat from your problem areas in just one session! Our board-certified surgeons recommend the best liposuction techniques for your body type and beauty goals.
Liposuction, also known as lipo or liposculpture, is a surgical procedure that uses suction to remove stubborn fat deposits in the subcutaneous fat layer (the deepest layer beneath the skin). If you are looking to tone up or slim down stubborn body areas where diet and exercise have not prevailed, liposuction is your answer. Lipo reshapes and contours the body's form in just a single session. Contrary to widespread assumption, liposuction is not incredibly invasive. During this procedure, a qualified surgeon creates tiny punctures in the skin, loosens the fat under your skin through different methods, and suctions it out with a thin tube called a cannula. A liposuction procedure can take under an hour or 2+ hours, depending on the number of treated areas and fat density in each. Lipo yields permanent results with a brief downtime making it one of the most highly requested procedures at Jolie Plastic Surgery in Miami.
Liposuction is suitable for removing fat cells from nearly any area of the body. Women more commonly undergo lipo since they have less fibrous fat than men; they also experience more dramatic body changes after childbirth. However, while male-centric liposuction does not receive as much public notice, men regularly visit our Miami plastic surgery center requesting a more sculpted look. With liposuction, men and women alike can safely and effectively remove fat cells from body areas such as the:
If you are dealing with problem areas that do not seem to improve with diet and exercise, Jolie Plastic Surgery can create a customized liposuction plan to target your needs and fulfill your aesthetic desires. Schedule a free consultation with our board-certified surgeons at (305) 262-8347 to embark on your beauty journey!
Tumescent Liposuction: The term tumescence means "to swell," indicating how this liposuction technique is performed. During a tumescent liposuction procedure, the surgeon makes small incisions in the skin and directly applies a sterile anesthetic solution into the fatty area. This tumescent solution not only numbs the region but also binds the fat cells, making them swell and stiffen. Once firm, a slender medical tube called a cannula is inserted into the fat to absorb it from the area. This method removes more significant amounts of fat compared to other liposuction techniques.
Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL): Power-assisted liposuction utilizes a specialized cannula that vibrates to disintegrate and suction out the fat tissue. This liposuction technique is significantly faster than its counterparts and is excellent for sculpting around sensitive areas such as the chest, thighs, and belly button. There is often less bruising and increased precision with power-assisted liposuction since it does not require as many manual movements on behalf of the surgeon.
Laser-Assisted Liposuction or SmartLipo: Unlike traditional liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction is performed under local or general anesthesia according to the amount of fat extracted. SmartLipo is a type of laser-assisted lipo that uses highly concentrated laser light to soften or liquefy the fat, making it easier to remove with the cannula. In addition to melting fat, the laser also tightens the skin and seals blood vessels, alleviating bleeding, swelling, and bruising. This versatile lipolysis technique is performed on various body areas like the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, buttocks, etc.
Ultrasonic Liposuction or VASER lipo: VASER liposuction is a type of ultrasonic liposuction initiated by pressured ultrasound waves. Like laser-assisted lipo, ultrasonic lipo liquefies fat so that it may be smoothly suctioned from the body. Yet, it does so using ultrasonic energy instead of laser light. A special cannula vibrates rapidly, giving off ultrasound energy that melts the fat so the surgeon can easily vacuum it. This liposuction technique allows for heightened precision that works best for intricate body areas such as the face, neck, chin, arms, thighs, or delicate parts of the back. Ultrasonic lipo is not as invasive as more traditional liposuction methods. However, it does not typically remove as much fat in one session.
While deciding which liposuction technique works best for you, there are several factors to consider, such as:
To receive a personalized liposuction plan, schedule a free consultation with the board-certified surgeons at Jolie Plastic Surgery. Call (305) 262-8347 to start your beauty journey today.
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Liposuction is a same-day procedure that can be safely performed using local anesthesia or intravenous sedation, depending on the scope of work. While it is minimally invasive and has a rapid healing time, liposuction requires some preparation beforehand. Your surgeon may ask you to get a physical or undergo lab testing before having lipo. You must quit smoking at least one month before your liposuction surgery. Also, avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements for at least one week prior since they increase bleeding. Make sure to fill your pain medication prescription the day before your surgery and stock up on low sodium, high protein foods. Healthy foods to eat after lipo include:
Fix a meal plan of easy-to-prepare foods and store water in places accessible to you. Hydration is fundamental to achieving optimal results. Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you back home and care for you after your liposuction surgery. If you do not have friends or family nearby, the staff at Jolie Plastic Surgery can recommend some aftercare options.
Liposuction recovery times depend on the size of the treated area and chosen liposuction technique. On average, it takes a week to return to routine tasks and approximately 4-6 weeks before bruising and swelling subside. During the first 72 hours, patients must wear their compression garments 24/7 to accelerate the drainage of anesthetic fluid. We often recommend wearing the body garment for the first 3-6 weeks, depending on the procedure and extent of surgery. Wearing the body garment reduces pain and swelling while also improving the body's contour and final appearance.
Other tips for managing pain and swelling include:
Liposuction is generally considered a low-risk procedure. However, since it is a surgery, complications are possible during and following the procedure. Patients can have an adverse reaction to anesthesia or slight burns and nerve damage from the equipment during the procedure.
Risks following the procedure include:
Since this is not a comprehensive list of risks, it is essential to disclose your entire medical history to your surgeon at your initial consultation. By doing so, you will receive individualized counsel before your liposuction surgery that will help avoid certain complications.
As soon as the swelling goes down, you will begin to notice your liposuction results. Depending on how many areas were treated and the fat index of each, it can take up to a full year after surgery before you notice the final liposuction results. Smaller areas with less fat removed will typically reflect final results 2-3 months after the procedure. Since swelling reduces considerably around this timeframe, some patients assume that they have seen their final results, only to notice more streamlined results several months later.
Liposuction works best for individuals with sufficient skin elasticity. Patients with loose or hanging skin should opt for a tummy tuck instead, seeing as skin must be able to mold into new contours after lipo. Individuals must be over 18 and in good general health to undergo liposuction. We recommend patients be within the range of their ideal weight to avoid safety hazards or having to repeat sessions. Potential candidates should refrain from smoking at least four weeks before the procedure to help the body heal and recover quickly. Patients with blood circulation problems, diabetes, coronary artery disease, or a weakened immune system should speak to their surgeon before undergoing liposuction.
The cost of liposuction varies depending on the areas treated and elected techniques. Generally, smaller areas with less fat cost less than more extensive areas. The American Society of Plastic Surgery states,
"The average cost of liposuction is $3,637, according to 2020 statistics… This average cost is only part of the total price – it does not include anesthesia, operating room facilities or other related expenses."
At Jolie Plastic Surgery, the average cost of a liposuction procedure ranges from $2,500 to $7,000USD per area. We do provide financing plans to help manage this expense. Jolie offers an in-house layaway plan that requires a minimum deposit of $500 at a 0% interest rate! This plan allows you to lock in the price for up to two years through low monthly payments. Patients can also seek pre-approval from providers we accept, such as Care Credit, Alphaeon Credit, and United Medical Credit. Call Jolie Plastic Surgery at (305) 262-8347 to learn more about your liposuction financing options.
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