What is Liposuction?
Liposuction, sometimes referred to as “lipo” by patients, is the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in the United States and in the Greater Philadelphia area. Although it is often a common procedure for females, male liposuction is becoming an increasingly popular procedure, especially in our image-driven society.
Liposuction for men is most commonly performed on the chest, flanks, abdomen, neck and chin. It can also treat the following:
- Upper arms
Liposuction can help male and females remove stubborn areas of fat that hinder their appearance and keep them from achieving the youthful, toned look they desire. This procedure removes fat by inserting a small tube into the body and suctioning out the fat, leaving patients with a slimmer, sculpted appearance.
Treated areas look slimmer and more contoured, and in better overall proportion to the rest of the body. However, liposuction is not a method for losing weight, and is not effective in eliminating cellulite, or tightening loose and sagging skin.
Am I a good candidate for Liposuction?
The ideal candidate for liposuction is in good overall health, but has one or more areas of fat that do not respond to diet or exercise. Liposuction can be performed alone, or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, such as thighplasty and abdominoplasty.
Liposuction is also effective for treating gynecomastia, an enlargement of the male breast tissue from hormonal imbalance. This common condition can be treated through breast reduction surgery, but lipo often offers the same effective results with minimal downtime and practically no visible scarring. Many men with gynecomastia only have a small amount of fat tissue that needs to be removed and can usually benefit from liposuction.
Liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses a thin, hollow tube called a cannula to remove localized areas of body fat. The cannula is inserted through extremely small incisions, and then moved back and forth to loosen excess fat, which is suctioned out using a vacuum or a cannula-attached syringe.
Tumescent Liposuction Technique
One of the most common liposuction techniques is tumescent liposuction, which may get an assist from ultrasound or laser. It is performed on an outpatient basis. During tumescent liposuction, a solution comprising saline solution, lidocaine (an anesthetic) and epinephrine (a blood-vessel contractor) is injected into the area being treated. The solution causes the targeted tissue swell and become firm, which makes it easier to remove via the cannula. The advantages to this technique are that the anesthetic is built in, so there is no need for general or IV sedation, and blood loss reduces because the epinephrine constricts blood vessels.
Laser-assisted tumescent technique
In laser-assisted tumescent liposuction or SmartLipo®, a laser is used to liquefy the fat, which makes removing it easier. The laser can also tighten treatment-area skin after fat is removed. Dr. Claytor can perform the procedure in his AAAA Surgical Facility conveniently located in Bryn Mawr just outside of Philadelphia.
Combing a Tummy Tuck with Lipo
After lipo, patients experience mild swelling, bruising and discomfort in the treated area. Compression garments or elastic bandages are worn to help reduce these symptoms as the area heals. Patients can return to work and other regular activities as soon as they feel comfortable, which is usually after a few days. The patient should avoid exercise and other strenuous activities for a few weeks.
Results of the liposuction procedure may not be apparent until swelling and bruising subside, which usually takes a week; swelling should completely subside within a few months. Incisions are rarely sutured, and scarring is almost nonexistent, because the incisions used for the cannula are so small. The results of liposuction are long-lasting, unless the patient gains a substantial amount of weight.
Liposuction before and after
“The experience with Dr. Claytor has been nothing but excellent – both the people and the results.”
What risks are associated with surgery?
In addition to the usual risks associated with surgery, risks with lipo include the following:
- Loose or rippled skin
- Worsening of cellulite
- Contour irregularities
- Pigmentation irregularities
If Dr. Claytor removes a large amount of fat, surgery to remove excess skin may be necessary.
The cost of Liposuction
The cost for Liposuction will depend on several factors. Dr. Claytor must take into account your body’s personal needs and the specific goals you would like to achieve. The complete cost for a surgical procedure will include three different fees which vary based on procedure. There is the surgeon’s fee, the hospital or surgery center fee, and the anesthesia fee.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about liposuction and to see if you are a good candidate, call (610) 527-4833 to schedule a consultation with Main Line Top Doctor, Dr. Claytor. Our plastic surgery practice serves patients from Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr, Main Line and surrounding areas.