Liposuction or Lipoplasty has progressed significantly in the last decade. Today, the cannulas (tubes) used are much smaller, and energy-assisted technology makes the process of fat removal and skin tightening more effective. The tumescent technique uses a fluid that can not only numb the tissue but reduces bleeding.
While Liposuction is not intended to be a weight reduction surgery, it can significantly reduce the volume of the treated areas. It is meant to remove stubborn pockets of fat that have not been successfully reduced from diet or exercise. Dr. Clinton and Dr. Pearce use the technique much like a sculptor to contour your body for a smoother, slimmer silhouette. The best candidates are near their ideal weight.
Birmingham plastic surgeons, Dr. Clinton and Dr. Pearce, give all of their patients a great deal of one-on-one attention. They are both great listeners and are empathetic to your concerns. Most importantly, they have the training and experience to evaluate your case carefully and create a unique surgical plan for you.
Dr. Clinton received his plastic surgery training at Duke – one of the country’s most prestigious universities – and he spent years in trauma care before going into the field of aesthetics. He also performs many reconstructive surgeries every year. As a result, he has the experience to work on even the most complex of cases.
What Happens During Liposuction?
Liposuction is usually performed as an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia with sedation or a light general anesthetic if multiple areas are to be treated.
Very small incisions are made, and the cannula is inserted and attached to the liposuction device, which removes the fatty tissue. The incisions can usually be placed in easily hidden locations.
After the appropriate time in our recovery room, you can go home with the help of a friend or family member. You should not drive for 24 hours, due to the effects of the anesthesia.
This procedure can be combined with other plastic surgery treatments. Fat grafting is a common addition to liposuction as it uses the extracted fat to contour and shape other areas of the body.
What Can I Expect During Recovery from Liposuction?
We will send you home with written instructions for how to take care of yourself after your surgery. This will be a reinforcement of verbal instructions that you will receive on several occasions. You will also be evaluated no later than the day after your procedure and monitored during your recovery period. We encourage you to call us if you have any questions at all.
Some bruising, swelling, and discomfort are expected after surgery. Swelling is usually the last side effect to go away completely. The scars will improve over time, and we will give you instructions to speed their healing and optimize their quality.
If you experience pain, you can take oral medications. Non-prescription meds are usually sufficient, but if you need something stronger, please use the prescription provided.
Compression garments must be worn for one month full-time and for two more weeks half of the time. You must avoid heavy lifting and any strenuous activity or “straining” for one week.
Most patients return to office work within a few days, but we will discuss this with you based on your individual case. We will provide you with a post-operative plan to help you return to all normal day-to-day activities as soon as possible.
Results from Liposuction are long-lasting but can be affected by weight loss/gain, environmental factors, and the natural aging process.
Liposuction in Birmingham, AL: Frequently Asked Questions
What Areas of the Body Can Liposuction Treat?
If you have unwanted fat, this treatment may be the option you’re looking for. Liposuction targets your stubborn fat pockets, wherever they are located. Commonly treated areas include love handles, muffin tops, bra back rolls, and fat underneath the chin.
Will I Have Scars After liposuction?
Liposuction incisions are very small, usually only a couple of centimeters long. They are carefully placed so any scarring that does develop is hidden in natural folds and creases. Most patients are delighted by their new appearance and find that scarring is very minimal.
Will I Lose Weight from Liposuction in Birmingham, AL?
Liposuction isn’t a weight-loss treatment; the goal of this procedure is to shape and contour the body. You may lose a few pounds, but most patients find their weight remains stable while their stubborn pockets of fat are reduced. You may not lose weight after your treatment, but you will see big changes in your body contours. Removing those stubborn fat pockets can have a dramatic impact on your appearance.
Do I Need to Quit Smoking Before Liposuction?
Dr. Clinton and Dr. Pearce highly encourage all patients to stop smoking before their procedure.
Can I Pair Liposuction with a Tummy Tuck?
Liposuction is often paired with other body contouring treatments like abdominoplasty, or a tummy tuck. If you’re interested in combining treatments, let Dr. Clinton or Dr. Pearce know during your consultation and he can recommend complementary treatment options that will enhance your results. This is a fantastic way to see the best tummy tuck, liposuction, and laser lipo results in Birmingham, AL.