What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove excess or undesired fat and can be performed on most areas of the body. The aesthetic market for fat shrinkage/reduction is constantly changing however, liposuction has been around for years and is still one of the fastest and most efficient ways to remove unwanted fat from the body. The best candidates for liposuction are men or women who have attempted diet and exercise to improve areas with excess fat but have not been successful and have good skin quality/tone. 

There are various types of liposuction machines, but the techniques and results of liposuction are generally the same.  To access the fat, several small incisions (typically about ¼” in size) are made. A solution called tumescent is injected in the fatty deposits to help break up the fat, provide anesthetic (numbing of the area), and minimize bruising.  After the tumescent solution takes effect, the liposuction cannula is used to break up and remove the unwanted fat. Taking the appropriate amount of fat and blending it with the surrounding tissue is extremely important. This requires not only a highly qualified surgeon but an artistic eye to ensure you end up with a nice, even contour. 

The length of the surgery depends on the number of treatment areas.  The surgery is usually completed as an outpatient. Postoperatively you will wear compression garments.  These are an essential component of the surgery as they minimize fluid buildup in the surgical sites, which facilitates skin contraction, limits scarring, and speeds up the healing process.  These garments are worn for 4-6 weeks after surgery. You will see a nice improvement shortly after surgery, but the final results can take several months to become evident as your skin shrinks down to your slimmer body.

Liposuction can be combined with other forms of body-contouring surgery, including abdominoplasty, or performed at the same time with other aesthetic surgeries such as breast or facial surgeries.   If you are interested in augmenting another part of your body, for example the breasts, buttocks, or face, the removed fat can even be processed and injected into these areas for additional volume or contour enhancements.  This procedure is called Fat Grafting.  

Are you tired of those stubborn areas of fat?  Call today to set up your consultation and see how liposuction can work for you!  248-524-0620

Dr. Sarah Elswick,

Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery 

How to Regain your Pre-Baby Body!

Regaining your Pre-Baby Body!

Pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding are experiences that many women look forward to and enjoy. However, although you may be happy being a mother, there are some changes to the body that you may not be pleased with. The body changes quite drastically throughout the pregnancy and breastfeeding – the breasts and abdomen stretch, and the skin may lose elasticity which sometimes does not naturally return.

Women who have used all measures to lose weight often turn to cosmetic plastic surgery to achieve their desired goals. Typically, patients choose to undergo a combination of procedures in order to recapture their pre-pregnancy shape. The most frequently combined procedures include breast lift surgery or augmentation, traditional and/or laser liposuction and a tummy tuck, especially if their abdomen did not retract or if they underwent a C-section during delivery.

The combination of these procedures can be life changing as they help restore confidence and femininity by restoring the breasts to a more youthful shape and position, and tightening and flattening the abdomen. During a private consultation patients are able to discuss their needs and it will be determined if they are a candidate for the procedures; it is typically only advised to have the procedures if there is not plan to have more children.

Call 248.524.0620 for more information on the “Mommy Makeover” or other cosmetic procedures.

New trend in laser liposuction!

Laser liposuction is one of the newest technological advancement in the area of liposuction and a very exciting one! It utilizes laser energy to selectively reduce excess fat from different parts of the body. As we all know, we can’t always acquire the ideal results with diet and exercise alone; sometimes we have stubborn areas on our belly, thighs or on the under part of our arms, that need to be tightened up and fat removed for good.

SmartLipo by Cynosure is highly effective for eliminating unwanted fat from the body. The lasers energy destroys the fat cells and has the ability to tighten loose skin, thereby improving the body shape and contour. The dual functionality of laser liposuction is what sets it apart from other methods and adds to its popularity.

The plastic surgery field continues to change and the advances in technology and obtainable results are astounding.

Contact 248-524-0620 to set an appointment to discuss your options.