After losing that last bit of weight, certain areas of the body may still be disproportionate to others. Some people also have more than the usual amount of fat on their thighs, buttocks, or abdomen and find it difficult to eliminate through diet and exercise. Liposuction is a means of eliminating fat in problem areas and can be performed safely by Dr. Steven Carp for patients in Akron, Cleveland, Canton, Beachwood and Green, OH.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to provide shape and contour to the body by getting rid of excess fat from specific locations, such as the buttocks, thighs, belly, knees, hips, chin, neck, cheeks, and upper arms. Throughout the past 10 years, liposuction procedures, which are also known by Canton and Akron patients as “suction lipectomy” or “lipoplasty,” have undergone a number of improvements. A variety of new techniques, such as power-assisted liposuction, ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL), and the super-wet and tumescent techniques, enable Dr. Carp to give his patients better results with less downtime.
While liposuction is not meant to replace regular exercise and a healthy diet, it is helpful for removing unwanted body fat that won’t respond to healthy lifestyle practices. If you’re thinking about having liposuction, please read the rest of this page and speak with Dr. Carp so he can address any questions you may have and provide a professional recommendation that suits your particular needs.
The Best Candidates for Liposuction
A good liposuction candidate should have realistic expectations for the procedure’s outcome. While it can enhance your appearance and bolster your self-confidence, it won’t make you become a different person. It’s important to think about your expectations carefully and discuss them with Dr. Carp, who serves the residents of the Akron and Canton areas, so you can come to a mutual understanding of your goals.
Liposuction is best suited to individuals of a healthy weight who have isolated areas of excessive body fat. Age isn’t a major consideration, but some older individuals can have a loss of skin elasticity and may not see the same results as younger people with tighter skin. If you’re diabetic or struggle with lung, cardiovascular, or circulation problems, Dr. Carp may advise against surgery. He will go over your medical history thoroughly to make sure you are a good candidate for liposuction.
Planning for Liposuction
During your initial consultation, Dr. Carp will assess your health, determine where pockets of excess fat are located, and evaluate your skin condition. He will also describe the body-contouring methods that may suit you best. For instance, many people come to the office for their consultation thinking they need liposuction on their abdomen when they really need a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, which removes excess skin and tightens the abdominal muscles. In other cases, a combination of liposuction methods may provide ideal results.
It’s important to be straightforward when telling Dr. Carp about your expectations. He will be honest and frank about the details of your procedure.
Men and women in the Akron and Canton areas who are thinking about liposuction often feel overwhelmed by the variety of techniques and options available. By using the surgical judgment he has honed through years of experience and training, Dr. Carp can decide the treatment method that works best for you.
For quality advice and information regarding liposuction, you can count on the guidance of Dr. Carp, who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). By choosing a surgeon certified by the ABPS, you can rest assured knowing your doctor has graduated from an accredited medical school and undergone at least five additional years of residency. This typically consists of three years of general surgery and two more of plastic surgery. To achieve ABPS certification, a doctor must also practice surgery for two years as well as pass extensive oral and written tests.
Preparing for Your Liposuction
During your consultation, you will be provided with specific preparation instructions, including advice on drinking, eating, and avoiding certain medications and supplements. If you smoke, it’s necessary to quit prior to surgery to lower your risk of complications and ensure optimal results. Make sure to let Dr. Carp know if you develop any kind of infection or illness, as this may require your treatment to be postponed.
While preparing for your surgery, ask a friend or loved one to drive you home following your procedure. This person will also need to stay with you for at least the first day to monitor you and help around the house.
Anesthesia for Liposuction
Different kinds of anesthesia can be used for liposuction. You and Dr. Carp will work together to choose the anesthesia that offers the greatest safety, effectiveness, and comfort for your particular surgery.
For small quantities of fat in a limited number of body parts, Dr. Carp typically recommends local anesthesia. In many cases, this is provided along with IV sedation so patients can feel relaxed and comfortable during their surgery. If large quantities of fat are being removed, or if the patient would rather sleep through the procedure, general anesthesia is a good option. In this case, an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist will be there to monitor you.
The Liposuction Surgical Procedure
During your liposuction surgery, isolated fat deposits are removed to recontour lumpy or bulging areas such as saddlebags, love handles, and other areas of unwanted fat on the back, thighs, belly, hips, and buttocks. Dr. Carp also performs liposuction for facial contouring by minimizing fat in the neck and cheeks.
Dr. Carp inserts a narrow tube known as a cannula through a tiny incision and then vacuums the layer of fat underneath the skin. This tube is moved back and forth to break up the fat cells, making them easier to remove. If several areas are being treated, Dr. Carp will go from one area to the next, making sure the number of incisions is kept at a minimum and that they’re as inconspicuous as possible.
Liposuction Technique Variations
Dr. Carp offers a variety of liposuction methods for his cosmetic surgery patients in the Akron and Canton areas.
Dr. Carp uses this method frequently, which involves injecting a medicated solution, called tumescent fluid, into fat deposits prior to removal. This fluid is a mix of IV saline solution, lidocaine (local anesthetic), and epinephrine (for blood vessel contraction). It facilitates easier removal of fat tissue, minimizes bruising and blood loss, and offers greater comfort.
Tumescent liposuction, which is usually done for patients requiring only a local anesthetic, can take up to five hours when removing large quantities of fat. “Tumescent” refers to the firm, swollen state of the fat tissue when it’s injected with the fluid. Dr. Carp also performs a variant of this called the super-wet technique, which uses less fluid and generally takes less time.
Ultrasound-Assisted Lipoplasty (UAL)
This liposuction method uses a specialized cannula that emits ultrasonic waves. As it is moved through the fat tissue, these waves destroy the walls of fat cells, effectively liquefying them. This fat can then be removed easily using a traditional liposuction technique.
UAL has been found to enhance the effectiveness and simplicity of liposuction in fibrous parts of the body, like the upper neck or enlarged male breast tissue. It is frequently used in secondary procedures when fine-tuning is required. Generally, this method takes longer than the traditional method.
After Your Liposuction
Following your surgery, you should expect some fluid drainage from the incisions. In some cases, a small, temporary tube may be placed under the skin to prevent the fluid from accumulating. To minimize swelling and help your skin adhere to your new contours, you may need to wear a special elastic garment over the treated area for a few weeks. Dr. Carp may also prescribe a preventative course of antibiotics.
You shouldn’t expect to feel completely normal immediately after your procedure. Although newer liposuction methods can minimize post-surgical discomfort, you may still experience some burning, pain, swelling, temporary numbness and bleeding. These can be controlled by using a prescription or over-the-counter pain reliever.
It’s normal to feel somewhat depressed or anxious in the days and weeks after your surgery. Fortunately, this will go away as you begin to feel better and your appearance improves.
How Much Does Liposuction Cost?
Liposuction is considered to be elective, so most insurance providers won’t cover the costs. To help make liposuction affordable and accessible for everyone, Carp Cosmetic Surgery Center offers financing options. We also accept cash, personal checks, and major credit cards. Contact us today if you have any questions about the cost of liposuction.
Advances in the way liposuction is performed make this procedure more appealing than ever since less downtime is required than in years past. Find out about the benefits of liposuction by contacting Dr. Steven Carp, M.D., F.A.C.S., at his Green or Beachwood, OH clinics, which also serves patients in and around Akron and Canton.