What Can Liposuction Surgery Do?
Liposuction is used to remove unwanted and stubborn fat from the face and body.
During the procedure, fat in the targeted area(s) is suctioned out of the face or body to leave patients with a smoother and more contoured appearance.
With regards to the face, liposuction can be used to create a more shapely and defined jawline (getting rid of a double chin) or to remove excess fat in the neck (to help correct a “turkey neck”).
Restore Lost Volume
Fat grafting (also known as fat transfer) is one of the most transformative procedures available. Many people find themselves suffering from sunken areas of the face, especially underneath the eyes and in the cheeks, lips, and along the jawline.
For this procedure, liposuction is used to remove fat from an area of the body. This fat is then processed and injected into areas of the body where volume loss has occurred. Fat transfer helps patients enjoy a more youthful appearance.
Many people who suffer from excess fat in their faces (or from volume loss in their faces) feel embarrassed about their appearance. This can cause them to cover their faces with hats, glasses, and other accessories. However, liposuction can help patients regain confidence in the way their faces and bodies look. No longer will they feel the need to hide themselves away from others. Instead, men and women can feel comfortable with others seeing them for who they really are.
The Liposuction Procedure Process
Your consultation with Dr. Butler is one of the most important aspects of your liposuction procedure.
During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to discuss your cosmetic concerns and ask any questions you may have. Additionally, Dr. Butler will:
- Examine your condition
- Review your medical history
- Discuss your desired goals for your liposuction
- Create a surgical plan for you
- Explain the surgical plan
- Give you any pre- or post-surgical instructions
Liposuction can be performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia; however, general anesthesia is generally reserved for patients who are undergoing more extensive liposuction procedures. Either anesthesia option will limit the pain and discomfort that you experience during your surgery.
Dr. Butler offers tumescent liposuction, which involves injecting a solution into the treatment area to expand the fat layer. The tumescent solution can help to relieve pain both during and after your liposuction procedure.
Once the anesthesia has been administered, Dr. Butler will make small incisions in your treatment area(s). A thin, hollow tube called a cannula is then inserted through the incisions and is used to loosen the excess fat. Once the fat is loose, it is vacuumed out of the treatment area through the cannula.
Along with increased comfort during the procedure, tumescent liposuction is generally considered a safer alternative to traditional liposuction and also does not require sutures to be used once the surgery is complete.
Is Recovery Time Needed After My Liposuction?
After your procedure, you will likely experience some bruising, swelling, and soreness; however, the tumescent solution may increase comfort and lessen bruising. These side effects generally last one to two weeks; however, you can expect to have swelling that lasts up to six weeks.
It is important to understand that you need to rest during your recovery period. Even though liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure, it is still surgery, which means that you need to allow your face or body time to heal itself. During your liposuction recovery, you should refrain from any strenuous activities.
Are there Scars after liposuction?
Besides offering patients transformative results, you should not expect to have any visible scars resulting from your liposuction surgery. This is due to the small length of the incisions. If you are left with any visible scars, they will fade over time.
When Will I See Results From My Liposuction?
Though you will see some immediate improvement to your treated area (whether it be fat removal or improved volume to your face or body), you should not expect to see your final results until three to four months after your surgery.
Once your liposuction results are settled, you can look forward to looking and feeling your absolute best while you show off your sleeker angles.
Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction
Am I a liposuction candidate?
Liposuction is a fantastic plastic surgery procedure for men and women who struggle with excess fat and/or areas of volume loss in the face. If you think that liposuction can help you achieve your cosmetic goals, then please schedule your consultation with Dr. Butler.
Liposuction candidates are non-smoking men and women who are at or near their ideal weight, are in good general health, and have realistic expectations for their results.
What procedures can be combined with liposuction?
Liposuction is one of the most versatile procedures available. That is because it can be used as a standalone plastic surgery procedure and can be combined with numerous other facial procedures. Some surgical procedures that liposuction can be combined with include facelift surgery and neck lift surgery.
How much is liposuction in Santa Monica?
Like with any plastic surgery or cosmetic treatment, liposuction cost varies for each individual and procedure. The cost is based on numerous factors, including the type of anesthesia used, the extent of the surgery, the number of areas being treated, and whether or not your liposuction is being combined with any other procedures.
What are the side effects of liposuction?
Every cosmetic surgery procedure includes some side effects. Liposuction side effects include:
Though rare, there are some complications associated with liposuction surgery, including:
- Lumpiness in the skin
- Allergic reaction to the anesthesia