Liposuction in Jacksonville, FL
Bulges of fat that keep you from looking toned are not easy to reduce through exercise and eating right. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Obi, understands how this problem affects men and women in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach and surrounding areas of Florida. He offers liposuction as a surgical option to remove extra fat on your body.
What is a Liposuction?
Liposuction, also referred to as lipoplasty or lipo, is performed at Jacksonville Plastic Surgery by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Obi. The liposuction procedure is performed at our on on-site surgical facility, Jacksonville Plastic Surgery, on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with sedation. The time required to perform liposuction may vary considerably, depending on the size of the area, the amount of fat being removed, the type of anesthesia and the technique used. Jacksonville Plastic Surgery is an accredited ambulatory surgery center.
What are the Benefits of Liposuction?
The decision to have liposuction is a very personal one and some of the most common benefits include:
• Removing unwanted fat from specific areas
• Contouring the body for a more pleasing shape
• Balancing disproportionate areas of the body
• Correcting fatty areas resistant to exercise or influenced by genetics
Liposuction can enhance your appearance and self-confidence, in addition to giving your body a more balanced and pleasing shape. Liposuction can be performed alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery procedures such as a tummy tuck. Most people find liposuction to be a most rewarding and beneficial experience.
What Happens During Liposuction?
Liposuction involves creating a tiny incision into which a narrow tube or cannula is inserted and used to vacuum the fat layer that lies deep beneath the skin. The cannula is pushed then pulled through the fat layer, breaking up the fat cells and suctioning them out. The suction is provided by a vacuum pump or a large syringe.
Fluid is lost along with the fat, and it’s crucial this fluid be replaced during the procedure to prevent shock. For this reason, patients need to be carefully monitored and receive intravenous fluids during and immediately after surgery.
There are risks involved with any surgical procedure and the specific risks and restrictions after surgery will be discussed in detail at your consultation. Before the surgery, patients are advised to avoid smoking and taking any medications (aspirin, Vitamin E, etc.) that may affect bleeding.
What are My Options for Liposuction?
There are several liposuction techniques available to improve the ease of the procedure and to enhance outcome.
Tumescent liposuction involves a fluid injection in which a medicated solution is injected into fatty areas before the fat is removed. The fluid — a mixture of intravenous salt solution, lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and epinephrine (a drug that contracts blood vessels) — helps remove the fat more easily, reduces blood loss and provides anesthesia during and after surgery. Fluid injection also helps reduce the amount of bruising after surgery.
Large volumes of fluid — sometimes as much as three times the amount of fat to be removed — are injected in the tumescent technique. Tumescent liposuction takes significantly longer than traditional liposuction (sometimes as long as 4 to 5 hours). However, because the injected fluid contains an adequate amount of anesthetic, additional anesthesia may not be necessary.
The super-wet technique is similar to the tumescent technique, but lesser amounts of fluid are used. Usually the amount of fluid injected is equal to the amount of fat to be removed. This technique often requires IV sedation or general anesthesia and typically takes one to two hours of surgery time.
Ultrasound-Assisted Lipoplasty (UAL)
This technique requires the use of a special cannula that produces ultrasonic energy. As it passes through the areas of fat, the energy explodes the walls of the fat cells, liquefying the fat. The fat is then removed with the traditional liposuction technique.
UAL has been shown to improve the ease and effectiveness of liposuction in fibrous areas of the body, such as the upper back or the enlarged male breast. It is also commonly used in secondary procedures when enhanced precision is needed. In general, UAL takes longer to perform than traditional liposuction.
What is the Downtime After Liposuction?
There are physical restrictions immediately following the surgery, and usually patients are able to return to work or school within a week to ten days. Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least a month.
If You Look Good, You Feel Good. Schedule Your Consultation Today.
Liposuction has long been a way to remove pockets of fat from the body, and today’s techniques enhance patient safety and satisfaction while reducing downtime. In Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach and surrounding areas of Florida, men and women choose board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Obi, for their liposuction procedures. To learn more, contact Jacksonville Plastic Surgery to schedule your complimentary aesthetic consultation.