Liposuction

“Beauty Through Mastery” Serving Miami, Boca Raton, Florida and surrounding areas

FAT REMOVAL & BODY CONTOURING WITH EXPERT LIPOSUCTION

Liposuction is the removal of deposits of fat within tissue in order to enhance the shape and contour of a particular area of the body. The techniques for liposuction have evolved considerably over the years, making it much safer and effective method for body shaping and contouring for men and women.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR LIPOSUCTION?

The most ideal candidates for liposuction are younger patients with good skin quality who have stubborn deposits of fat in certain areas of their body that are resistant to diet and exercise. Despite strong efforts to lose fat in certain areas, some areas of the body are simply resistant to fat loss, despite one’s best efforts.

Commonly, in women, these areas include the:

  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Knees
  • Abdomen
  • Chin, along the jawline and neck

Commonly, in men, these areas commonly include the:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips, or “love handles”
  • Chin, along the jawline and neck.

The best candidates for liposuction have a normal body weight, and youthful skin that is capable of contracting following the removal of fat. While younger patients are more inclined to have skin that contracts after liposuction, many patients over 50 who have good skin quality and normal body weight are excellent candidates for liposuction.

Dr. Paul N. Afrooz will examine your skin and discuss your body contouring goals to determine if liposuction will help you achieve them.

WHAT ARE THE GOALS FOR EXPERT BODY SHAPING?

The goals of liposuction are to remove and contour fat in certain areas of the body in order to create a more beautiful contour. It is important to realize that fat often contributes to a beautiful aesthetic contour, and more removal of fat is not necessarily better. In fact, sometimes fat may be removed from certain areas and added to other areas to create the most aesthetic contour. An example of this is the removal of fat from the abdomen, love handles and lower back. While reduction of fat in this area accentuates the waist, the fat that has been removed can then be used to create or enhance curvature of the buttocks or hips. Likewise, fat can be used in other areas of the body such as the face and breasts, to restore volume, reduce wrinkling, and improve overall skin quality.

LIPOSUCTION PROCEDURE

Prior to your liposuction procedure, Dr. Afrooz will discuss the goals and realistic results of liposuction with each individual patient. On the day of the procedure, thorough markings are made prior to the procedure. This facilitates an additional opportunity to communicate the goals and expectation for the procedure.

After the markings have been made, the liposuction is performed under general anesthesia by a board-certified anesthesiologist using state-of-the-art monitoring equipment in our private surgical facility. General anesthesia allows maximum patient comfort, sterile technique, and thoroughness of the procedure.

Small incisions are made adjacent to the areas where the liposuction will be performed. These incisions are usually between 2-4 mm in length. After the incisions are made, a small cannula between 1-2 mm in thickness is inserted through the incision into the areas of intended liposuction. A solution is injected through the cannula into the areas of fat in order to numb the areas, and provide constriction of the blood vessels. Furthermore, the fluid helps to expand the fat layer, which helps with removal.

After the fluid has been injected, a liposuction cannula is inserted into the area. These cannulas are generally between 2-4 mm with small holes designed to remove fat. The cannula is attached to a tube and a machine that provides constant and controlled suction. Once the cannula is placed into the area, suctioning is begun, and the cannula is passed back and forth in the targeted area to achieve the desired contour. Several different cannula types are used to achieve the desired contour. Large cannulas are typically used for the deeper fat layer and larger volumes of removal, while finer cannulas are used more superficially for finesse and precise refinements. Finally, basket cannulas are also utilized to ensure a smooth, and uniform final contour.

At the completion of the liposuction and contouring, the small incisions are closed with absorbable sutures that do not require removal. A compression garment is placed to provide uniform compression during the healing phase. This compression helps minimize swelling, and enhances the smoothness and uniformity of the final result.

LIPOSUCTION RECOVERY

After surgery, there is generalized soreness of the treated area that lasts for approximately 2 days. Oral pain medication is provided to alleviate this soreness. Mild soreness may persist for up to one week. If bruising occurs, it usually resolves within two weeks. Patchy numbness in the treated areas is typical and generally lasts for a few months.

Walking is encouraged as soon as possible after the procedure, and preferably in the afternoon or evening of surgery. It is advisable to wear the compression garments for 3 to 6 weeks following surgery. The compression garments minimize swelling, soreness, and enhance the final contour of the treated areas.

If you desire to shape and sculpt your body with liposuction, please call our office at 305.854.8828 to schedule your confidential consultation with Dr. Paul N. Afrooz.