Liposuction

Liposuction is a minimally invasive technique that improves contour and removes fatty tissues. Some areas just do not go down in spite of dieting and the best workout regimen! We target these areas of persistent fat, often located about the waist, tummy, love handles, back, thighs and above the buttock. Liposuction restores your silhouette.

We all believe in healthy and fit lifestyles. We are just not all blessed with the same genetics. That’s where liposuction comes in to help. When you look in the mirror at your problem spot, if you can pinch it, chances are that we can treat that area with Liposuction. For the most part, if you can take your thumb and index finger and pinch an inch, we can go after it.

For example, the belt of fat under your chin that keeps you from having that chiseled jawline on your social media? We can treat that with Lipo. How about the love handles that you don’t love? The saddlebags you don’t want? A pooch that won’t go away? Yes, we can go after all those with Liposuction.

Depending on how many areas we are treating, I can do this surgery under local anesthesia, with sedation, or under general anesthesia. We will go into more details in person.

 

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How is Liposuction surgery performed?

We perform this plastic surgery procedure routinely in our on-site surgical center. During surgery, anesthesia is used to keep you comfortable throughout the process. We remove the fat using a cannula (a hollow metal tube) on suction through a few small quarter-inch incisions. Multiple areas (abdomen, thighs, etc.) can be treated all at once for your convenience and expedient recovery.

During our consultation, Dr. Tannan discusses different options and helps you make the best decision for your specific needs. Dr. Tannan often performs Liposuction to feather or enhance your overall shape during other plastic surgery procedures. For example, Dr. Tannan performs Liposuction during Tummy Tuck, Breast Reduction, Mommy Makeover and in some cases of Breast Augmentation. She will discuss this with you to make sure that the surgical procedure meets your goals.

 

When is the right time for Liposuction?

Keep in mind that Liposuction is not indicated for major weight loss. Rather, this procedure restores your underlying shape and contour by treating fatty tissue deposits that don’t go away in spite of maximal exercise and dieting. Liposuction removes the deeper fatty layer of tissue under your skin. If this describes your needs, then Liposuction might be right for you.

We can achieve the best Lipo result if you are at your fittest. So if you have been using this time to be productive, working out regularly and eating well, well then, we salute you. Chances are good that you are ready.

For the rest of you, we recommend you reach peak fitness. Now before you throw your hands up in the air, we mean your personal peak fitness. That is different for different people. Only you know when you have hit your wall. When you have worked out as much as you can and managed your diet portions, you might be ready as well.

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How much does Liposuction cost?

Google search results for the total cost of a Liposuction procedure can be misleading or just plain wrong. For a more complete picture of the cost for Liposuction and other popular cosmetic surgery procedures, we recommend that you visit the Plastic Surgery Cost Calculator. This resource provides averages and a range of costs to help you plan for your consultation.

 

What is the recovery like after Liposuction?

We want you to know about Liposuction recovery so you can set yourself up for success. When performed in combination with other procedures, Liposuction recovery varies based on what all was performed. Learn more about Liposuction recovery and timelines to get back to your normal routine with our Cosmetic Surgery Recovery Calculator.

In general, Dr. Tannan recommends you wear compression full time for about 4-6 weeks. Compression garments are helpful at decreasing the swelling and improving the tightness of the skin earlier on in the recovery. You can expect some discomfort for the first few days but it becomes much more manageable after that. Most people are off narcotics within a few days.

For some difficult-to-treat areas, Dr. Tannan has you continue the compression gear for a bit longer. Obviously, when you have Lipo of the neck fat, it’s difficult to go out in public with that garment wrapped around your neck for 6 weeks. However, the longer you can work from home and wear the garment, the better for you in the long run.  We recommend avoiding strenuous activity for the first couple of weeks following surgery and then you can get back to working out.

The most important thing you need to know about Liposuction is who is doing it. You need a qualified, experienced professional who has your safety as the top priority. Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon with an accredited operating facility.

 

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