There is nothing more frustrating than eating right and working out regularly and still being left with unwanted lumps and bumps or fatty areas that won’t reduce. Liposuction is the ideal procedure to resolve stubborn fat deposits that resist your best efforts with diet and exercise. Best of all, the results last decades, or a lifetime, as long as you continue to maintain a stable weight.
Liposuction is a body contouring technique; it is not about weight loss. In fact, most patients do not lose a significant quantity of weight with liposuction. The benefit is your clothes will fit better, as the contour of your waist to your hips to your buttocks or other body area will be more attractive, and in proportion.
Dr. Robert Whitfield offers his patients the full range of liposuction options:
Each option removes fat, yet each performs differently, and is appropriate for certain body areas and quantities of fat. The right type of lipo for you is going to depend on your anatomy, amount of excess fat, and the areas to be sculpted.
Regardless of the device or technique, Dr. Whitfield performs what is called tumescent liposuction.
With this technique, a solution of lidocaine, epinephrine and saline is injected into the subcutaneous fat in the area to be contoured. This helps to numb the area, making the procedure easy to experience without the need to be put under general anesthesia unless extensive work must be performed. The volume of the lidocaine causes has the advantage of causing the fatty area to become swollen and firm, and fat easier to remove.
The tumescent technique not only delivers a safer, better-looking outcome, but there is significantly less post-op bruising. This is a huge plus for all patients as it means that you can more quickly return to your daily life.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Whitfield will do a full physical exam. He will listen to your desires and discuss your lifestyle. Together you will come up with a body sculpting plan that is best suited for you.
Body contouring with liposuction under local anesthesia can be great for smaller, isolated areas of fat, such as the love handles or bra line. For patients who are want to re-contour the entire torso, Dr. Whitfield prefers to perform the procedure under general anesthesia. Only with this control will it be possible to beautifully re-sculpt the waist, abdomen, and flanks.
While liposuction can be effective alone, Dr. Whitfield may also combine it with another body contouring procedure such as BodyTite™, a new radio frequency-assisted lipolysis technique designed to improve skin tightening. In addition, the procedure is often done as part of a mommy makeover or in conjunction with a tummy tuck.
Recovery depends on the patient, the area treated, and the technique used. While most patients can return their usual activities in just a few days, expect to be bruised and sore for several weeks.
You will need to wear a compression garment 24/7 for at least a month. In general, most patients will be back to full physical exercise in four to six weeks – with a more elegant figure, free from excess fat.
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