Exercise and a healthy diet continue to be the best way of maintaining a slim, well-proportioned physique. However, diet and exercise are not enough to get rid of many troublesome fat deposits. If you have tried diet and exercise, and still cannot get rid of trouble spots around your chin, upper arms, waist, hips, thighs, love handles, or any other area of your body, then liposuction may be the ideal solution for you.
What is Liposuction?
One of the more popular procedures at our Connecticut facility is Liposuction. From Hartford to Stamford, patients receiving Liposuction have had amazing results. Liposuction involves the strategic removal of fat cells from specific areas of the body. Small incisions are made through which a suction device is inserted to remove these fat cells. There are a few variations of the technique, including Smartlipo, ultrasonic-assisted lipo, suction-assisted lipo, and SmartLipo Ultra. Using a laser and ultrasound combined may give you the best result. The technique most appropriate for you will be determined by Dr. Foster. It will vary on the amount of skin tightening you need.
Fat cells that are removed during liposuction will not return. However, the fat cells that remain will enlarge if proper diet and exercise are not maintained. Keeping your newly re-contoured physique will require that you continue to eat and exercise properly.
Ideal Candidates for Liposuction
The best candidates for liposuction are healthy, active individuals who eat a healthy diet and are at or near their ideal weight. It is important to note that liposuction is not an alternative weight loss method. In fact, Dr. Foster does not perform liposuction on individuals with serious weight problems. The risk of complications increases significantly when larger amounts of fat need to be removed. However, complications are very rare with patients who are in good general health and require minimal fat removal.
Your liposuction process will begin at your initial consultation with Dr. Foster. He will review your medical history and discuss your goals and expectations with you. With this information, he will be able to put together an individualized treatment plan that is right for you. Many prospective liposuction patients come to the consultation with only one or two trouble spots in mind. Sometimes removing fat from one area can cause asymmetries and look unnatural. If applicable, Dr. Foster will advise you on whether you should consider other areas in order to achieve a well-proportioned, natural-looking physique after surgery.
Most liposuction procedures are performed in the office. Local anesthetic and pain medication are typically all that is necessary, though general anesthesia is an option for more extensive procedures. The amount of time the surgery will take depends greatly on the amount of volume that needs to be removed and the number of locations that need attention.
Dr. Foster uses the “super wet” technique which lessens bruising and pain, and an ultrasonic liposuction or SmartLipo device which causes less tissue trauma and less bleeding than traditional liposuction. You should feel little to no discomfort whatsoever during the procedure itself.
Recovery After Liposuction
Some discomfort should be expected in the few days following your surgery. Medication will be prescribed for pain management. You will be sent home with a contour garment that is to be worn for four weeks to ensure proper healing. At the end of four weeks, most of the swelling will have gone down, though it can take a few more months before the swelling is gone entirely. You will notice immediate results following your surgery, but it is important to be patient, as it will take several months before the final result is apparent.
Moderate exercise is encouraged as soon as possible after surgery. This may be as soon as a few days. Exercise will aid in healing and reduce the risk of complications. Dr. Foster will give you detailed, individualized post-op instructions for you to follow so that you can help make your recovery time as short as possible.
The first stage of the process is to schedule a consultation with Hartford plastic surgeon Dr. Stanley Foster. At your consultation, Dr. Foster will explain the entire procedure to you in great detail, including how to prepare, the results you can expect to achieve, and any possible risks associated with your liposuction procedure. He will also review your medical history to determine the best way to proceed with your procedure. It is important to answer all of Dr. Foster’s questions as honestly as possible to ensure your procedure goes as smoothly and safely as possible.
For two weeks prior to undergoing liposuction, you will need to stop taking any medications which may interfere with blood clotting. These include:
- Ibuprofen and all other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Certain vitamins, herbs, and nutritional supplements, such as Vitamin E
- Certain birth control medications
You will also need to stop smoking at least 1 month before surgery, and refrain from smoking for 1 month after your liposuction has been completed. Smoking reduces blood flow to the skin, which can lead to circulation issues following surgery. It can also interfere with proper healing.
If you plan on losing weight before undergoing liposuction, make sure you can reasonably maintain your new weight after surgery. Significant weight gain following liposuction could negatively impact your results.
Other Considerations in Preparation for Liposuction
Please be aware of the following points when preparing for your liposuction procedure:
- Do not shave near the surgical region for at least 24 hours prior to your procedure, since shaving can lead to ingrown hairs following surgery, and infection
- Wear loose-fitting clothes the day of your procedure. You will find this type of clothing much more comfortable following surgery.
- Make arrangements to have someone drive you to and from the hospital on the day of your procedure, and make sure someone is available to stay with you the first day following surgery.
Before and After Photos of Liposuction Procedures
Click here to view the Liposuction gallery page from our Connecticut facility.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have been thinking about taking the next steps in exploring liposuction, call (203) 577-6550 to schedule a free consultation with top plastic surgeon, Dr. Stanley Foster at his office located in Middlebury, Connecticut.
Please see our SmartLipo complications page for a detailed discussion of liposuction risks.
During the lipo procedure, you will be anesthetized and should feel no discomfort. Most of the time, local anesthesia is used.
Lipo is a better procedure for people who are mostly concerned about fat in the belly area and have tight, elastic skin that is likely to retract after liposuction. A tummy tuck is good for people who also have excess skin and slack abdominal muscles that contribute to a sagging belly. SmartLipo may be a good compromise for people who have some excess skin.
No. There are many different variations on the liposuction procedure. Most commonly used is the tumescent liposuction technique, which is often described as “traditional liposuction.” In addition, recent innovations have included power-assisted lipo, ultrasonic lipo, and SmartLipo, which uses laser energy to facilitate the removal of fat and improve final results.
Dr. Foster is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been perfecting his craft since 1985. His extensive experience has taught him much about how to get the best results out of a lipo procedure. In addition, he is the only SmartLipo instructor in Connecticut, and has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the manufacturer of SmartLipo, Cynosure.