Liposuction may be right for you if, despite being healthy and reasonably fit, you have uneven contours because of localized fat deposits.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction can reduce fat deposits of the:
- Thighs, hips or buttocks
- Abdomen and waist
- Upper arms
- Inner knee
- Cheeks, chin and neck
- Calves and ankles
Liposuction can be performed alone or with other procedures such as a facelift, breast reduction or tummy tuck. Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity, a substitute for diet and exercise or a treatment for cellulite.
As a patient, you are first given a local anesthesia to reduce bleeding and bruising. Once the anesthesia kicks in, a cannula or thin tube is inserted in tiny incisions to loosen fat. Dr. Dodde will move the cannula back and forth to ensure loosening of all the fat that is desired to be removed. The fat is then suctioned out using a surgical vacuum.
Who is a Liposuction candidate?
You are a candidate for liposuction in Grand Rapids if you are:
- An adult within 30% of your ideal weight with elastic skin and good muscle tone
- Healthy, with no life-threatening illnesses or medical conditions
- A non-smoker
An individual with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for your body contouring
It is also common for candidates who are seeking an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck to consider liposuction as well. Liposuction can thin out fat in the abdomen to provide better overall results prior to a tummy tuck.
Results and Recovery
Following the procedure, Dr. Dodde will provide you with a list of recovery instructions. This will include compression garments and bandages along with temporary drains to remove additional fluids. Patients are able to return to their normal daily activities one week following treatment but should avoid exercise for the first 10-14 days. Bruising, discomfort, and swelling may occur, but should reside within a few days.
As the swelling subsides, you will be able to see your improved body contour. Dr. Dodde will also ensure that incisions are placed in discreet locations to hide scarring. If you are interested in Liposuction and are located in the Grand Rapids, Holland, or Saugatuck area, schedule your consultation with Dr. Dodde to see if this procedure is right for you!