If you’ve got a pocket of fat or two that you can’t seem to get rid of, you’re not alone. Most people carry extra fat around their lower body that can be resistant to diet and exercise, and it can be frustrating if you’ve reached your goal after a weight-loss journey. Liposuction can remove these fat deposits with minimal invasiveness, and can also be a great way to trim up your problem areas and jump start a new, healthy lifestyle.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical fat removal procedure that can reduce fat deposits in the following areas:
• Thighs, hips or buttocks
• Abdomen and waist
• Upper arms
• Inner knee
• Cheeks, chin and neck
• Calves and ankles
Liposuction can be performed alone or at the same time as other procedures such as a facelift, breast reduction, or tummy tuck because these procedures generally use the Liposuction technique. Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a a substitute for diet and exercise. Because cellulite is not the same as fat, Liposuction is not a treatment option for it, and Dr. Dodde can discuss your options.
Who is a Liposuction candidate?
Liposuction may be right for you if, despite being healthy and reasonably fit, you still struggle with stubborn fat deposits. Candidates should also be:
• 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
• Prepared with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring
It is common for candidates who are seeking an abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) to consider liposuction as well because they can easily be performed at the same time. Liposuction can thin out fat in the abdomen to provide better overall results prior to a tummy tuck. Dr. Dodde can help you determine the best treatment plan for your personal anatomy and expected results.
What Happens During Liposuction?
At the beginning of your procedure, you may be first given a local anesthesia to reduce bleeding and bruising. Then, a cannula (or thin tube) is inserted within the tiny incisions to loosen fat. The cannula ensures that all the desired fat is loosened using a sweeping, back and forth motion. The fat is then suctioned out using a surgical vacuum.
Results and Recovery
Following the procedure, Dr. Dodde will provide you with a list of recovery instructions. This may include managing compression garments and bandages, along with temporary drains to remove additional fluids. Patients are usually able to return to their normal, daily activities after one week, but should avoid exercise for the first 10-14 days. Bruising, discomfort, and swelling may occur, but should subside 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.