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The Benefits Of Body Contouring With Awake Liposuction

/ Dr. Aric Aghayan
Awake Liposuction

If you’ve ever considered a body contouring surgery such as tumescent liposuction, you’re not alone. Interest in plastic surgery is higher than ever, with men and women achieving slimmer, swimsuit-ready bodies with amazing results. Après Plastic Surgery offers this advanced fat removal treatment for the abdomen, flanks, buttocks, and thighs so patients can have a more defined appearance.

During your private consultation, our plastic surgeons will determine your areas of concern to create a custom body contouring strategy. To make your recovery easier, our physicians have developed a technique that uses local anesthesia for your Portland liposuction treatment instead of general anesthesia.

To learn more about the benefits of this alternative method, reach out to our clinic in Portland, OR, to schedule an appointment.

What to know if you’re considering fat surgery

During an in-person exam, our plastic surgeons will listen to your goals and issues before coming up with the best treatment plan for your body. Anyone considering liposuction should speak with a trusted physician about the factors that affect cosmetic surgery, including age and weight, skin elasticity, and your overall health. Ideal candidates for liposuction fat surgery should also understand the procedure details before moving forward.

While liposuction is an excellent body contouring treatment, it should not be mistaken for a weight loss solution. Instead, fat surgery is appropriate for individuals close to their goal weight who struggle with trouble areas such as the abdomen and thighs. Since traditional liposuction and surgery only removes fat, we may also suggest surgery to tighten loose skin. Popular skin tightening surgeries include a Portland tummy tuck or Portland thigh lift to give you great results. Après Plastic Surgery & Med Spa will walk you through the process and give you realistic expectations about surgery.

Before committing to liposuction, patients should be prepared to maintain their results on their own. While liposuction does reduce the number of fat cells in your body, it is still possible to gain back the weight with a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle. Since pregnancy will also affect your results, you may want to wait until you have finished building your family before undergoing body contouring.

What is awake liposuction?

Over the years, cutting-edge advancements in cosmetic surgery have paved the way for patients to enjoy reduced recovery time with optimal results. One of the techniques we use at Après Plastic Surgery & Med Spa is called awake liposuction.

While still a surgical treatment, awake liposuction is performed with local anesthesia, allowing individuals to stay awake during the procedure. One of the advantages and benefits of awake liposuction, is that patients experience less downtime after treatment.

Our clinic understands that it sounds daunting to undergo surgery without general anesthesia, but the body contouring specialists at Après Plastic Surgery are some of the most skilled professionals in this method.

Patients won’t need to give up as much control when they are a candidate for awake liposuction, which is what normally happens when it comes to general anesthesia. Many individuals find that awake liposuction allows them to stay in control of their surroundings, making them feel safer and more comfortable. Here’s a quick summary of the benefits that come with undergoing awake liposuction.

  • Patients can move and provide feedback during treatment
  • Patients return home within a few hours
  • Minimal scarring, swelling, and bruising

About Awake liposuction procedure and recovery

To perform awake liposuction procedures , one of our physicians in Portland, OR, will administer local anesthesia and create a small punch-hole incision in the skin. The cannula is then inserted, breaking down the unwanted fat layers and suctioning them out of the body.

Once the fat has been eliminated, we will seal the incision. Surgery generally takes a few hours based on the treatment areas. Our helpful team will offer postoperative instructions to make your recovery time a little easier.

Awake liposuction is an outpatient procedure that does not require a lengthy hospital stay after surgery. Awake Liposuction recovery may take several weeks based on the amount of fat removed and the areas treated. Swelling and bruising are common for 1 – 2 weeks, so it is important to give yourself time to rest appropriately. Light walks are approved to increase circulation, but strenuous exercise is prohibited until you have been cleared by your doctor at Après Plastic Surgery.

While the awake liposuction will leave some scarring, we place the incisions in natural folds so they are not noticeable. A member of our team will review care instructions so your incisions will heal and fade.

Questions and Answers

Awake lipo

Can liposuction be done while awake?

The majority of liposuction procedures can be conducted using local anesthesia or light sedation, allowing most patients to remain awake during the entire process.

What is the recovery time for awake liposuction procedure?

Awake liposuction recovery is notably swift. In most cases, patients can be discharged within 1-2 hours and resume their regular activities in just a few days. This accelerated recovery owes itself to the utilization of less and minimally invasive, methods for fat removal and skin tightening.

What are the risks of awake liposuction procedure?

Awake liposuction is not intended as a weight loss solution and is not advisable for individuals who are significantly overweight. Risks associated with the benefits of awake liposuction encompass the possibilities of bleeding, infection, and uneven contouring.

How much fat can be removed during awake lipo?

The safe upper limit for fat removal through awake liposuction typically ranges from six to eight pounds (approximately three to four liters). Increasing the volume of fat removal raises the likelihood of complications.

How much does awake liposuction cost?

Awake liposuction cost may fluctuate based on various factors, such as the practice’s location, the surgeon’s level of experience, and the scope of treatment involving the size and quantity of areas addressed by surgical procedure.

What are the cons of awake liposuction?

Profound Discomfort: Certain patients may experience discomfort during awake procedures, with some finding them quite painful or even excruciatingly so. This not only has the potential to cause patient distress but can also affect the outcomes of the procedure.

Variability in individual sensitivity to anesthesia underscores the importance of involving a skilled anesthesiologist in the treatment plan for any significant procedure.

Risk of Toxicity: In certain instances, the quantity of local anesthesia administered to patients during awake procedures surpasses recommended guidelines. The consequences of deviating from recommended anesthesia levels can pose a toxic threat to some patients, potentially leading to severe recovery complications or, in extreme cases, patient fatality but patient safety if of the most importance.

Setting-Related Hazards: Numerous awake liposuction procedures take place within office settings, offering potential cost savings for patients. Nevertheless, it’s crucial for prospective patients to understand the risks linked to surgeries conducted outside of hospital environments. Physicians performing procedures in their offices may lack the requisite monitoring equipment and certifications. Even in cases involving exceptionally healthy patients, there remains a slight inherent risk of complications during surgery.

Should you encounter an adverse reaction to anesthesia or any other aspect of the procedure, being situated in a hospital or certified operating room setting equipped with the appropriate resources could be life-saving.

Is it better to be awake or asleep liposuction?

Modern treatments are sufficiently gentle to be carried out while the patient is conscious or under mild sedation. Staying awake during liposuction procedures offers numerous advantages, including a swifter awake liposuction recovery process.

Do you have awake liposuction before and after photos?

Yes. Please visit our liposuction before and after gallery.

Book Your Awake Liposuction Procedure Consultation

If you live in the Portland, Or areas, fat removal surgery at Après Plastic by board certified plastic surgeon Aric Aghayan, M.D. offers the chance to remove annoying fat with just one procedure. When diet and exercise are not giving you results, we can recommend various options based on your aesthetic desires.

We encourage you to contact our office in Portland, OR, to set up your private consultation. With extensive training and experience, our board certified plastic surgeon knows how to perform awake liposuction avoids more down time and enhance the body so you can enjoy a smoother, younger-looking appearance.



Embrace Your Evolution

Enjoy the pinnacle of cosmetic surgery expertise with board-certified Portland Plastic Surgeon Dr. Aric Aghayan at Après Plastic Surgery. With a legacy of over 1600 successful body contouring procedures, Dr. Aghayan stands as the foremost specialist in advanced body contouring technology and treatment options. Take the next big step on your beauty journey by scheduling a comprehensive plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Aghayan today.

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