Posted By Palm Harbor Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Jay Ross, one of Palm Harbor Plastic Surgery Center's board certified  plastic surgeons has answered some of the common questions Bizymoms visitors have about Liposuction.




Q. What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a technique of removal of fatty tissue from the skin.  It has been a known plastic surgery procedure for many years.  There are many techniques used today.  The original technique of liposuction involved the injection of saline fluid and local anesthesia into the fatty compartment and allowing it to dwell.  The surgeon then places a thin canula or tube under the skin through a small incision and a vacuum is used to suction the fatty tissue out. This technique is called tumescent liposuciton. Another technique called ultrasound liposuction came along and it is involved in using heat to melt the fat cells and then suctioning out the fatty oils.  This is not used much today. Another technique that is new is called:  Smart Lipo.  This is a laser probe that goes under the skin and breaks the fat cells open.  The contents of the fat cells are then removed or allowed to become absorbed by the body. 

Q. Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

Each patient can be assessed to see if they meet the criteria. The patient must be healthy and under 60 years of age. The skin should have good tone and texture.  The patient must be in good overall health and be able to drink plenty of fluids after the procedure.  Time for recovery is needed also.

Q. What are the risks associated with liposuction surgery?

There are risks associated with all surgery procedures. The main risks involve fluid shifts in the body and possibility of dehydration and electrolyte disorders. 

Q. What technique will the surgeon use to perform the liposuction?

The technique the surgeon chooses depends on the equipment available and the training of that particular surgeon. 

Q. How long is the recovery period? 

The initial recovery period is usually about one week.  After the first week most patients can return to work and perform their daily activities. The results after liposuction do not become evident for many months. This is due to swelling of the tissues. Patients are instructed to wear a tight compression garment for many weeks after the procedure. 

Q. Are the results of liposuction permanent? 

Yes the results are permanent. The patient is born with a finite amount of fat cells and by removing some of the fatty tissue, the results are permanent. 

Q. How much does liposuction surgery cost?

The cost depends on the amount of fat to be removed and the time it takes to perform the procedure. A typical patient has 2-3 areas of liposuction done at one time.  The cost range is: $3000-6000.


For more information about liposuction and to contact us please go to our website WWW.BODYRESHAPING.COM


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