Before liposuction, thigh area: case #1

Before liposuction, thigh and buttocks

After liposuction, thigh area: case #1

After liposuction, thigh and buttocks

Liposuction (or lipoplasty) is a body-sculpting procedure to remove excess body fat that hasn’t budged, in spite of a healthy diet and exercise  routine–and the stubborn extra so-called “bulges” around the hips, tummy area, thighs, chin, or arms can feel frustrating and uncomfortable.  Liposuction, in which incisions smaller than the length of a fingernail (and well-hidden, so as not to be noticeable), removes this excess fat through a tiny incision, a narrow tube or “cannula”to create a slimmer and better proportioned figure.

 As the author of several papers and a medical textbook chapter on liposuction, deme’s Head of Plastic Surgery, Kevin Cross, MD, is considered a national expert on the procedure, deploying the latest techniques to refine body sculpting and vastly reducing post-procedure swelling.

Before liposuction, tummy area: case #2

Before liposuction, tummy area

After liposuction, tummy area: case #2

After liposuction, tummy area

There are several different types of liposuction procedures, such as tumescent, ultrasound, laser liposuction (also known as “SmartLipo:), and non-invasive liposuction, that have developed as a result of recent advancements in new technologies.  Dr. Cross will conduct a thorough exam during your consultation to discuss with you in-depth about which method(s) are most appropriate and effective to your case.

Liposuction can be performed under general anesthesia, or under local anesthesia where the area is numbed and the patient remains conscious but in a state of “twilight,” recalling nothing of the procedure after it is complete and they fully “wake,” in a hospital setting.

If, however, the liposuction area, or the amount of fat to be withdrawn, is relatively minor, the procedure can be performed in our offices, using only local numbing and pain-reducing medicine, during which the patient remains fully awake.

Before liposuction, chin area: case #3

Before liposuction, chin and neck area

After liposuction, chin area: case #3

After liposuction, chin and neck area

New techniques allow for faster recovery from liposuction procedures.  The length of the recovery will depend on how extensive of an operation the patient undergoes.  A support garment is used for the first few weeks after the procedure.  Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated effectively with oral pain medication.  Patients are encouraged to walk the day of the procedure, resume most normal activities within a few days, and return to full exercising within two weeks.