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If you want to get rid of excess fat in specific target areas like your hips, chin, or arms, consider liposuction in Riverside at Rau Plastic Surgery. Over time, due to factors like the aging process, genetics, and lifestyle choices, stubborn excess fat may form in a number of areas. This fat is resistant to diet and exercise, but liposuction can effectively remove it.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure used to remove fat deposits and reshape areas of the body. Dr. Rau may perform liposuction alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures, such as lifts or reductive surgery. Liposuction is not recommended for weight loss, but a viable technique for areas where fat deposits won’t disappear.
Am I an Ideal Candidate for Liposuction?
If you want to get rid of the extra pockets of fat tissue that exercise can’t seem to melt away, then you are a good candidate for liposuction. You must have good skin elasticity before you undergo this surgical procedure, since poor elasticity can lead to insufficient retraction after lipo.
It is also advised that you are within 30% of your ideal body weight before undergoing this procedure. This is because changes in weight after liposuction may negatively affect your results.
If you are obese or a smoker, you may not be recommended for liposuction. This is specifically a fat-reduction procedure, not a weight-loss option. Smokers are not ideal for lipo because smoking increases the risk of complications while prolonging the recovery and healing process.
If you have excess sagging skin in the target areas, additional procedures may be suggested for best results. You should have realistic goals and a positive outlook for this body-contouring treatment.
During your initial visit at Rau Plastic Surgery, expect to have a physical examination of your target areas. This allows for a proper formulation of the best treatment approach for your concerns. Communicate your expectations and desired outcome, as well as any questions you may have about the procedure.
Your medical history will be discussed, including allergies and past procedures. Let Dr. Rau know about any underlying condition that may negatively affect your healing. You may also be given pre-operative instructions for the weeks prior to your surgery.
Regardless of the specific area being treated, the liposuction technique is generally the same. A small incision is made in a natural crease of the skin or some other inconspicuous place. A hollow, pen-like device, called a cannula, is inserted into the skin. The cannula is used to suck out the fat. In some cases, an ultrasonic probe is used to break up the fat into small pieces before it is sucked out with the cannula. A newer technique, called the tumescent technique, forces extreme amounts of water into the fat prior to vacuuming it out, making hard fatty deposits easier to remove. Depending on the extensiveness of the surgery, liposuction may be an outpatient or inpatient procedure.
Risks of Liposuction
Complications from liposuction are more serious than for most other cosmetic procedures. They include:
- Infections – which can occur after nearly any surgery but can be life-threatening if left untreated.
- Embolism – a piece of fat can get trapped in a blood vessel and can clog pathways to the lungs and brain, which is life threatening.
- Visceral Perforations – because physicians cannot see under the skin to where they insert the cannula, organs can be punctured requiring additional surgery to repair.
- Fluid Imbalance – a lot of liquid is used in liposuction for fat removal. This can cause an imbalance, which may lead to heart, lung or kidney problems.
- Skin Problems – in some cases, swelling on the skin above the area where the liposuction occurs remains for months. Additionally, the skin may “die,” change color and slough off.
Fatalities related to liposuction have been reported in as few as 3 in 100,000 cases and as high as 100 in 100,000 cases. However, many patients enjoy positive experiences with liposuction when conducted by a certified, experienced and trusted surgeon such as plastic surgeon Dr. Rau in Redlands.
Healing and Recovery
You may need some time for your healing and recovery after your liposuction procedure. Following your surgery, expect some bruising and swelling within the next few days. You may need to wear compression garments on your treated areas for up to one month. You may be given medication to address post-surgical pain and prevent inflammation.
Depending on your body’s natural healing process, you may be able to go back to work after several days. You may resume normal activities as soon as you are cleared by Dr. Rau. However, strenuous exercises should be avoided for several months to ensure proper healing. You will be asked to come back for follow-up appointments.
Cost of a Liposuction Procedure
The cost of your liposuction surgery depends on the extent of work done. The total price may be affected by the type of anesthesia administered, any additional procedures, and other surgical fees. The price of a liposuction procedure is about $5,000 to $7,000. If other procedure are included in your surgical session, they will affect the total cost. Find out more by scheduling a consultation or clicking our pricing guide.
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Learn more about how you can benefit from liposuction in Riverside. Call Rau Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation and find out about the advantages of this cosmetic procedure. Contact us today!