In today’s world, a fit and well-proportioned body is considered by many as a sign of health, vitality, and attractiveness. But often, despite our best efforts, we may still have a body with disproportionate contours due to localized fat deposits. These “problem areas” are often due to heredity rather than a lack of diet and exercise, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. There is a solution, and it’s liposuction.
The liposuction procedure should always be performed with the patient’s unique anatomy and individual goals in mind. At Partington Plastic Surgery, Dr. Partington brings his medical and technical expertise along with his artistic skills to create a shape as beautiful and unique as you are.
Liposuction surgery is an outpatient procedure that involves the careful removal of unwanted fat from the face or body using a cannula to loosen the fat and a vacuum to suction it out. There are a number of different liposuction techniques for fat removal that have been developed over the years, but the specific body contouring techniques we perform at our clinic are tumescent liposuction and S.A.F.E liposuction.
Tumescent liposuction requires an infusion of saline solution with a numbing agent and “twilight” sedation prior to the removal of excess fat. The tumescent fluid helps to loosen up the fat so it’s easier to remove. Compared to traditional liposuction, the tumescent liposuction technique has fewer risks and offers better results. This method can be used to reduce localized fat deposits in these areas:
- Upper arms
- Breast or male breast
- Abdomen and waist
- Hips and buttocks
- Inner and outer thighs
- Calves, ankles, and knees
S.A.F.E. Lipo is a three-step process. It starts with fat separation (S), then continues with aspirating the fat (A), and then finishes up with fat equalization (F, E). Most forms of liposuction may cause some degree of tissue damage, irregularities on the surface, and dermal adhesion. However, S.A.F.E. Lipo offers you dramatic but natural-appearing results without these issues. Dr. Simeon Wall Jr. came up with this method initially for revisional liposuction procedures.
S.A.F.E. Lipo-trained and board-certified plastic surgeons can help you achieve natural and smooth body contours.
Liposuction is commonly performed as a stand-alone procedure, but it can also be combined with other procedures like a facelift, breast reduction, breast augmentation, breast lift, or a tummy tuck. For example, when liposuction is combined with a tummy tuck, unwanted fat and excess skin can be removed in one treatment session.
Please remember that liposuction is not considered a weight loss solution or a replacement for proper diet and exercise. Liposculpture through liposuction is also not a treatment for cellulite or other irregularities that appear on the thighs, hips, and buttocks.
Before your procedure, we’ll have a consultation where we’ll discuss:
- The goals you’re looking for
- What your expectations are
- Your medical history
- What liposculpture will not do for your body, such as remove or shrink sagging skin
All our cosmetic surgeries are performed in our state-of-the-art, accredited surgical facility in our Kirkland clinic. We avoid general anesthesia, preferring to give ‘twilight sleep,’ which allows you to breathe on your own and ensures you can drive yourself home afterward. Dr. Partington will carefully follow the surgical treatment plan he has set forth with you, using the safest technique to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure and satisfied with your results afterward.
Are you put to sleep for Liposuction?
Liposuction is usually performed under general anesthesia, but local anesthesia or twilight/IV sedation are options for some patients.
Does fat come back after Liposuction?
Liposuction permanently removes fat cells. It is possible to gain weight in other areas, however, if you do not keep up with a healthy lifestyle.
Can I get Liposuction if I'm overweight?
Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure and is best for those who are at or near a healthy weight.
Does Liposuction get rid of cellulite?
Liposuction is not generally a suitable option for cellulite.
Can visceral fat be remove with Liposuction?
Visceral fat, which is deeper within the body, cannot be removed using liposuction.
Post-operative pain varies with each patient, and recovery is usually 7 to 10 days for most. Some patients can return to work within a few days, while others prefer to take more time off. Your estimated time to take off work will be given to you on the day of your consultation and will depend on the areas we are treating.
There are scars associated with liposuction, and patients scar in different ways. For most patients, scars start out red and eventually fade into inconspicuous marks that can be hidden underneath everyday garments like underwear and bras. The vast majority of patients feel that the faded scars are a worthwhile trade-off for the improvement in their body shape, confidence, and self-image.
Liposculpture is a surgical technique that removes fat from small areas of the body. While liposuction works on larger areas, liposculpture refines smaller areas. This surgical procedure helps create the toned and defined figure that you desire.
Liposculpture is minimally invasive and removes stubborn fat deposits from areas including the arms, abdomen, breasts, buttocks, chin, neck, thighs, and love handles.
There are different forms of liposculpture, including laser-assisted liposculpture, power-assisted liposculpture, and ultrasound-assisted liposculpture. Laser-assisted liposculpture uses lasers to melt excess body fat away. Power-assisted liposculpture uses a vibrating device to separate fat cells into smaller pieces for removal. Ultrasound-assisted liposculpture uses ultrasound waves to break up fat cells to aid in removal. Candidates for liposculpture include individuals who are near their ideal weight, in good health, have healthy elastic skin, and want to sculpt their body shape.