What is liposuction or lipo procedure?
Liposuction was first developed in the late 1970s to remove undesired fat from nearly all body areas, including the face, neck, arms, chin, breast, abdomen, hips, flanks (love handles), inner and outer thighs, buttocks, and knees. Developed by Dr. Kline, the tumescent technique revolutionized the liposuction procedure and make it possible to have the procedure performed in office setting. Tumescent liposuction provides local anesthesia to large volumes of subcutaneous fat and thus permits liposuction with minimal bleeding and a larger volume of fat removal. The use of tumescent liposuction allows surgeons safely and effectively remove deep and superficial layers of fat under local anesthesia with relatively little discomfort. If you are interested in liposuction, contact our office for further information.
What is the process during liposuction? How does it work?
Liposuction is the removal of excess fat with a small, straw-like instrument called cannula that is attached to a suction machine. The fat layer under the skin is converted to a network of tunnels, and the cannula is manipulated within the layers to remove unwanted fatty deposits, An elastic garment is then worn for compression and healing. The result is to sculpt and reshape the bulging areas into more attractive contours. Dr. Yuan offers power assistant liposuction for the purpose of Brazilian buttock lift procedure.
What are the main benefits of tumescent liposuction?
- Tumescent liposuction is safer than other liposuction techniques due to decreased blood loss.
- Tumescent liposuction results are similar to or better than general anesthesia techniques. The patient can cooperate with the surgeon during the procedure. This means 360° lipo can be performed more accurately.
- Tumescent liposuction allows the patient to return home the day of the procedure with minimum pain.
- Tumescent liposuction lowers the cost of liposuction procedures by allowing them to be done in the doctor’s office. Liposuction and fat transfer are more affordable for every single patient because of the technique.
Dr. Yuan performs tumescent liposuction with a unique protocol to further decrease intra-operative bleeding and intra-operative discomfort. Patients can communicate with our physician for their discomfort level during the procedure. Majority of the lipo and BBL surgeries can be done this way.
What areas can liposuction be performed?
- Abdomen central and lateral (love handles).
- Inner thighs. Outer thighs (saddlebags). Knees.
- Lower back
- Lower extremity
- Back of bra-line area
- Male breast (gynecomastia)
Several areas can be combined into one procedure. There are limitations on how much can be done based on each person’s condition. Dr. Yuan will give you an individualized plan based on the goal you want to achieve.
When is liposuction indicated?
Liposuction is most effective for removing localized fat deposits in body areas that do not respond to dieting or exercising. Liposuction will also performed before buttock lift or BBL surgery to harvest fat graft. Liposuction is not intended as a substitute for medical weight loss or bariatric surgery but rather is a contouring procedure. It is best utilized in a program of exercise and optimal weight maintenance.
Liposuction also has many valuable therapeutic applications and has been used effectively to treat medical conditions like non-cosmetic fat accumulation, such as gynecomastia (enlarged, male breast) and under some circumstance lipomas (benign fatty tumors).
What happens prior to liposuction?
Before surgery, a complete medical history is taken and an examination is conducted in order for Dr. Yuan to evaluate your condition. Some people will not be candidates for liposuction and buttock lift procedures. Alternative treatments should be considered. During the consultation, we will go over the procedure and what results might be expected. The doctor will review alternative treatment options and explain the possible risks and complications that may occur. Photographs are frequently taken before and after surgery to help evaluate the amount of improvement.
How is the office liposuction performed?
Liposuction can be performed in the doctor’s office facility, outpatient surgical suite or a hospital. If general anesthesia is not otherwise indicated, its potential complications can be avoided by the use of local anesthesia (often used with light sedation) via the tumescent technique. This breakthrough technique refers to filling the skin with local anesthetic in order to remove unwanted fat more efficiently.
With tumescent liposuction, large volumes of a solution containing dilute lidocaine (a local anesthetic and dilute epinephrine (a drug to shrink capillaries and prevent blood loss) are injected with minimal discomfort directly into areas of excessive fatty deposits. Once the liquid is injected, a small incision is made in the skin, and a tube connected to a vacuum is inserted into the fatty layer. Using a to and fro movements, the fat is drawn through the tube into a collection system. The tumescent method enables the surgeon to remove large amounts of fat more uniformly with fewer skin irregularities and less bleeding and bruising.
What happens after surgery?
Some of the local anesthesia which was injected into the tissue will remain in the tissue for 18 to 24 hours following liposuction surgery, greatly minimizing postoperative pain and any bleeding. The rest of the fluid will come out of the skin through the tiny incision sites. Absorbing padding to catch the extra fluid and an elastic garment is then worn for compression and healing. People should take a light walk and massage the area in a downward motion allowing the extra fluid to come out. Generally, the person will drain for about three days and then they are done with draining. The aftercare is just as important as the surgery and instructions must be followed perfectly. With the tumescent technique, there is minimal bruising, and many patients do not require postoperative medication for pain. Depending on the type of job you have, most people can return back to work within one week. No heavy exercise or aerobic exercise for four weeks, but light exercise is recommended.
Are there any possible complications?
The tumescent technique of liposuction is a remarkably safe procedure with few significant side effects. Studies have been published in many journals that reported no significant complications. But as any other surgical procedure there are potential risks come from tumescent liposuction. The risks relate to total fat removed and patients’ general medical condition.
What are the limitations of liposuction?
Liposuction is not intended as a method for weight loss procedure. It is used as a shaping procedure for areas where hereditary fat deposits and fat deposits resistant to diet and exercise have accumulated. The best results from liposuction occur in body areas where there is reasonable muscle tone, where the skin has good elastic quality. In the case where there is a significant loss of tone and elasticity, superior cosmetic results may require a combination of both liposuction and surgical skin tightening to remove the excessive loose tissue. Dr, Yuan can address the need for additional treatments depending on the specific condition of your skin.
Interested In Liposuction & Body Contouring Services in Montgomery County, PA?
Saline and other ingredients in the solution are used to help control bleeding and reduce pain. Because Klein’s solution contains saline, epinephrine, and lidocaine, you should talk to our staff in King of Prussia, Pottstown, PA or Reading, PA if you have any allergies, aversions, or take medications that are contraindicated with any of these ingredients.
The tumescent technique for lipo is less likely to result in drooping or saggy skin, which is much more common in traditional liposuction techniques. Because it is overall safer and less painful, tumescent liposuction has become the most popular type of liposuction you’ll find our team providing for Montgomery County, PA. If you want to know more about the benefits of the tumescent technique, visit us in Collegeville, PA or King of Prussia. We’re happy to answer all of your questions.
Dr. Yuan Has Years Of Experience Performing Liposuction
The tumescent lipo procedure is also much slower than the traditional technique, and it can’t remove as much fat either. Let our team in Reading, PA or Collegeville, PA know if this is a concern for you. If for any reason the tumescent technique sounds like it might not be right for you, other options do exist. Let us know and we can make recommendations to others in Montgomery County, PA who can help you achieve your ideal body safely.
Remember that lipo is meant to aid in body contouring, not weight loss. Remember to continue to eat well and exercise even after your procedure. You can talk to our team, your doctor, or a nutritionist here in Montgomery County, PA if you have questions or concerns regarding your diet and weight loss or gain after lipo.
People all over Montgomery County, PA visit us at our various locations like Collegeville, PA and King of Prussia for many different types of cosmetic procedures. Common reasons for liposuction and body contouring include:
- Removing excess weight when diet and exercise aren’t enough
- Metabolic issues causing unwanted fat deposits
- Improved confidence and self-image
We know that liposuction, like any other cosmetic surgery, is a very personal decision. We’re not here to judge, only to help you do what’s best for your body and your health. If you’re considering this cosmetic procedure but not sure if it’s right for you can get in touch with our staff in one of our many locations including Collegeville, PA and King of Prussia.
Side Effects and Risks
Though side effects are less common with tumescent liposuction there’s always the risk. The chances are much less likely if you’re working with a professional in Montgomery County, PA, so you should have your liposuction done by a skilled cosmetic surgeon. Unwanted effects of the tumescent technique, and liposuction in general, include:
- Irregularities like lumpiness or dimples
- Damage to nerves, muscles, and abdominal organs
- Blood clots in deep veins
Be sure to discuss proper aftercare with our team in Collegeville, PA to avoid further complications. Because the tumescent technique is a less intense procedure there is less risk, but it never hurts to take extra precautions.
Should I Get Liposuction?
While popular, liposuction isn’t for everyone. Lipo is best avoided if you’re someone in Montgomery County, PA who:
- Is pregnant or nursing
- Has a blood clotting disorder
- Has severe heart problems
- Is a smoker
- Has diabetes
- Has a history of seizures
These are only a few examples of people who should avoid lipo. To learn more about how lipo and body contouring can affect you and your chronic health concerns, get in touch with us at our King of Prussia, Pottstown, PA or Reading, PA locations. You should also talk to your doctor before getting lipo.
We’re happy to announce that we’ve recently expanded our practice! Aside from Pottstown, PA, King of Prussia, and Reading, PA you can now find our team offering liposuction and body contouring in Wilmington, DE.