Thanks to genetics, aging, and pregnancy, your body may have stubborn pockets of fat that cannot be reduced with natural methods, like a weight-loss diet and exercise. Liposuction can effectively change your genetics by selectively remodeling fat from the most troublesome areas. This surgical procedure at Cosmetic Surgery Specialists in Langhorne, Bucks County, PA improves your body’s contours and proportions. Dr. Alan Brackup, who is double board-certified in cosmetic surgery and ophthalmology, performs surgical liposuction to remove excess fat and enhance your self-image. While most patients will lose weight after liposuction, this is not meant to be a weight-loss method. The best candidates for liposuction will be at or near a healthy, stable weight that they can maintain after their surgery. Liposuction can be done to areas such as:
- Hips and buttocks
- Abdomen and waist
- Upper arms
- Inner knee
"Life Altering! - I've been a patient of Dr. Brackup for several years for Botox and fillers so decided to finally talk to him about liposuction of my abdomen and other areas. My thick middle has bothered me for years. I'm not considered to be overweight but 3 children did a number on my mid area. The results are truly life altering...my stomach is perfectly flat...a total washboard like pre-kids! Dr. Brackup..."- P. / RealSelf / Apr 28, 2017
Tumescent liposuction, known as the "Super-Wet" approach, is a suction-assisted (SAL) technique that uses a solution and power-aided motor to help remove stubborn fat. The surgeon injects the solution, made of saline, lidocaine and epinephrine (to control bleeding), into the problem areas. The surgeon then inserts the cannula attached to the motor to remove fat cells from the body at a controlled speed. The motor helps surgeons remove anywhere from several ounces to a few pounds of fat.
Another surgical technique commonly used is the ultrasound-assisted (UAL), or ultrasonic, approach. Surgeons perform this dual process on denser areas of fat, such as in the thighs and stomach. During this technique, ultrasound waves loosen and melt fat into a liquid. Surgeons then use the cannula to extract the solution. This surgical method is more popular among men wanting more defined and contoured muscles.
Laser-assisted liposuction uses laser technology on specified areas of fat to burst energy that will loosen and liquefy the fat for removal. LAL liposuction includes brands such as SmartLipo, SlimLipo, Lipolite Laser Liposculpture, LipoLite, and ProLipo PLUS.
Liposuction is an out-patient procedure performed under general anesthesia at a hospital or surgery center. The procedure lasts about 30 minutes for each body part. It can be a stand-alone surgery, or combined with other procedures. However, the surgeon may suggest performing the surgery over a period of time for the safety of the patient. After surgery, patients are required to wear a compression garment to help the body adjust to its new shape. Bruising and swelling will subside within 1 week, but patients will not see final results for several months. Liposuction does leave a small scar, but it fades over time.
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Is it Safe?
While today’s surgical techniques are safe, patients can experience poor results from inexperienced surgeons. It is important for patients to do their research, and find an experienced surgeon that can help them achieve the best, most natural-looking results.
The results of liposuction can be seen for many years following surgery if the patient follows a healthy diet and exercise program. Removed fat cells do not come back, but patients can still gain weight if their remaining fat cells grow.
Too Much Fat?
Yes, there can be too much fat. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons does not recommend removing more than 10 pounds of fat for the safety of the patient. Removing more than 10 pounds is considered high-volume liposuction, which increases the chances of complications from the surgery. Patients are advised to be near or at their ideal weight before undergoing liposuction.
While liposuction removes fat and improves contour and shape, it does not address sagging or drooping skin. If skin laxity is a concern, patients can talk to the surgeon during the consultation to discuss their options for improving skin texture, such as a tummy tuck, thigh, neck, arm or butt lift.