Best Doctors For Liposuction In Miami
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction also known as Lipoplasty, is a cosmetic procedure used to remove unwanted fat from specific areas of the body. This procedure reshapes the body’s silhouette. It is not an alternative to weight loss. Our doctors are specialists in the latest techniques including Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuctioning (UAL).
About Liposuction In Miami
Many men and women are troubled by persistent belly fat. If this has led you to consider liposuction, Florida based Miami Plastic Surgery® would like to offer some advice before beginning the process.
Lipo is used to remove localized fat collections from patients at an average weight, with healthy, elastic skin. For individuals that maintain a reasonable diet and exercise frequently but find that they still cannot get rid of fat in their midsection, liposuction from Florida based Miami Plastic Surgery® may be an option.
If, however, you suffer from obesity, cellulite, or loose sagging skin, liposuction would likely not help you. For obesity or cellulite problems, consult your doctor about exercise and other treatment options. For loose or sagging skin, a Miami tummy tuck may be an option.
- Liposuction is an outpatient procedure.
- Your surgeon may suggest intravenous sedation for anesthesia.
- There are various techniques for liposuction. Your surgeon will recommend which is best for you.
- Suction-assisted liposuction is the traditional method. A cannula is inserted through a small incision made through the skin. Fat is removed by vacuum pressure.
- Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) is a liposuction technique which uses ultrasound waves to break up and liquefy fat cells. The fat is then suctioned out.
- UAL is used where denser fat is present, or when larger volumes are removed.
Patient Financing options are available at Miami Plastic Surgery® and can be discussed in more detail during your consultation.
Am I An Appropriate Candidate For Liposuction?
The best liposuction candidates are those who have pockets of fat that aren’t eliminated with diet and exercise, are in good physical and emotional health and are within a normal weight range. At your consultation, your doctor will stress that liposuction is not to be used as a method to lose weight. In addition, your surgeon will explain in detail what the actual procedure will encompass. The goal is to ensure your complete comfort and confidence in our highly trained staff.
- You have localized fat unresponsive to diet and exercise.
- You are of normal weight.
- You are in good physical and emotional health.
- You have firm, elastic skin.
- You have realistic expectations.
What Can I Expect During A Liposuction Consultation?
During your initial consultation, you will meet with the plastic surgeon and staff. Your previous surgeries, your medical history, medications you are presently taking, and your overall physical and emotional health will be reviewed. Your skin quality will also be evaluated. Photographs may be taken for your medical record. Your surgeon will determine what you benefit from most and whether or not additional procedures will be necessary for you to achieve your desired results. Recovery time, risks and limitations associated with surgery will be also be discussed. The doctor’s patient coordinator will review surgical costs and scheduling with you.
What Can I Expect During My Liposuction Recovery?
Full recovery from your liposuction procedure may take about six weeks. Your doctor may advise you to reserve the first 72 hours to rest, with a little walking around the house several times a day. No heavy lifting or engaging in activities that increase your heart rate. You'll wear a compression garment at that time to help soothe tenderness, reduce swelling, and inhibit fluid buildup in the surgical site. For this initial recovery period, you may need to take prescription pain medication to remain optimally comfortable.
Near the end of your first week of recovery, you should be much more mobile and comfortable. However, bruising and swelling will still be present, and you may still need to take special care of your incision sites. It remains important to be mindful of your activity level, even one to two weeks after your procedure.
About three to four weeks after liposuction, you may feel back to your normal self. Your swelling, soreness, and tenderness should be nearly gone, and you can begin to increase your physical activity a little at a time. You may be given full clearance for all of your normal activities around six weeks post-op.
When Will I See My Liposuction Results?
You can expect to see positive changes in your shape right after liposuction. However, your full results can take several months to fully stabilize. This is because your skin will contract over your new contours over time and you may have a small amount of swelling that takes longer to resolve. This can be exciting because it means that your body contours may continue to get better for up to a year after your procedure!
When Can I Go Back to Work after Liposuction?
Every patient recovers at their own pace after plastic surgery, even liposuction. In general, we anticipate that you may be ready to return to work three to five days after your procedure. If you have very minor liposuction, it may take only a day or two for you to feel comfortable returning to work. Your doctor will discuss their recommendations based on the extent of your liposuction procedure, treatment area or areas, and the nature of your work. If your job is more physically strenuous, you may need to take one to two weeks off to allow your body to reach optimal recovery.
When Can I Exercise After Having Liposuction?
Your healthy lifestyle is integral to maintaining great liposuction results for years. That said, there is no benefit to rushing your return to the gym or other exercise arena. For the first six weeks after surgery, you may be limited to walking and other light activities. Exercise that increases your heart rate significantly should be avoided until you are cleared by your surgeon. Activity precautions are recommended because they can help you avoid post-surgical complications like excessive pain, poor wound healing, bruising, scarring, hematoma, seroma, and other side effects.