Almost everyone is somewhat familiar with the basics about liposuction, including what it is used for, but you may be surprised to learn that liposuction actually has a long list of applications and benefits beyond the basics. When performed by a qualified, certified, and experienced plastic surgeon, liposuction can produce dramatic results that are unachievable otherwise. The exceptional team of board-certified plastic surgeons at Après Plastic Surgery are highly experienced in various liposuction techniques and enjoy helping their Portland-area patients enhance their physiques through liposuction and various complementary procedures.
To find out more about how liposuction can improve your look and boost your confidence, the first step is to schedule a consultation at Après Plastic Surgery. In the meantime, you can prepare yourself by learning a little bit more about the procedure itself, how it works, and the results that are possible.
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is the surgical removal of fat using a handheld wand, or cannula. The procedure is designed to eliminate small to medium pockets of stubborn fat and should not be considered a large-volume fat removal technique or a weight loss tool.
What are the main benefits of liposuction?
Liposuction can be a wildly beneficial and effective procedure when performed by an experienced and certified surgeon. Here are five key benefits of liposuction that you may not know:
Liposuction is a permanent fat removal technique: One of the most exciting aspects of liposuction is that the fat removed during the procedure will never return. However, patients must remember that surrounding fat cells will still swell or shrink with weight fluctuation, and new fat cells can also be generated. For this reason, men and women considering liposuction should be at a stable, healthy weight before undergoing the procedure and should avoid future weight fluctuations, including those associated with pregnancy.
Liposuction can be used in many places: When you think of liposuction, you may picture it as something that is used only on the abdomen. However, liposuction can be useful for removing small pockets of fat all across the body. Some of the most common areas where liposuction is used include:
- Back/bra line
Liposuction is used in fat transfer procedures: A lesser known application of liposuction is for the harvesting of fat to be used in fat transfer procedures. Also known as fat grafting, fat transfer procedures can help patients augment certain parts of their body using their own native fat that is extracted via liposuction, purified, and then injected into the target area. The highly popular Brazilian butt lift is an example of a fat grafting procedure that utilizes liposuction. The newly transferred fat will increase the volume of a patient’s rear end, and an added benefit is the trimmer contour in the area where the fat was extracted!
Liposuction is minimally invasive: For the most part, liposuction itself is a routine and minimally invasive surgery when performed on its own. During a liposuction procedure, the surgeon will make a very small incision through which the cannula is placed to extract the fat. At the conclusion of the case, the incision is closed, and patients will be instructed to wear compression garments to help reduce swelling and promote proper healing. The experienced team of plastic surgeons at Après Plastic Surgery is also proud to offer the convenient option of “awake” liposuction in some cases. This technique has patients undergo liposuction using local anesthesia rather than general anesthesia, cutting down on the length and cost of the procedure. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will determine whether or not you may be a candidate for awake liposuction.
Liposuction can be combined with other procedures: In a large number of cosmetic surgeries, liposuction is performed in conjunction with other procedures to enhance and/or complement a patient’s results. For example, a woman who undergoes a tummy tuck as part of a larger mommy makeover procedure may benefit from the addition of liposuction to eliminate fat from the abdomen after the excess skin has been removed. Liposuction can even be used to further enhance the results of a facelift by extracting fat around the neck and jowls.
How can I find the best liposuction surgeon in Portland?
As with any procedure, selecting a qualified and highly experienced surgeon is essential for a successful surgery and a satisfying outcome. The board-certified plastic surgeons at Après Plastic Surgery are extremely familiar with the many ways in which liposuction can be used to achieve stunning results from head to toe. Call our convenient Portland, OR office to schedule your consultation today, and learn more about how liposuction can help you achieve the figure you’ve always wanted!