Cosmetic Dermatology

Cosmetic Dermatology

Body Contouring

Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction incorporates a diluted solution of anesthetic and other medications to fill the fatty layer of the skin before removing the excess fat. This results in the tissue becoming swollen and firm, and allowing for superior control during surgery. After the procedure the areas that were once bulgy become attractive contours.

Tumescent liposuction is an outpatient procedure, which avoids a costly hospital stay. The patient remains awake during the surgery and the dermatologic surgeon can ask him/her to change positions if desired, which ultimately leads to better sculpting of problem areas.

 
Before   After 


Tumescent liposuction has a remarkable safety profile and allows dermatologic surgeons to efficiently remove deep excess layers of fat.  This procedure offers a fast recovery with little discomfort. Patients who undergo Tumescent liposuction see fewer skin irregularities, less bleeding and reduced bruising.

Liposuction


Which areas can be treated with liposuction?

The most frequently treated areas in women are: abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks and beneath the chin. In men the most commonly treated areas are: love handles, abdomen, neck and chin area.


Who is a good candidate for liposuction? 

The best candidates for liposuction are those with fatty deposits that neither exercise nor diet have been able to eliminate.  Good candidates are those in good health and whom have realistic expectations of the liposuction procedure.  It is important to emphasize that liposuction is not a treatment for general obesity.
 

Are the results permanent?

Fat cells that are removed by liposuction do not return. As long as you do not gain exessive amounts of weight, the new and more pleasing silhouette is permanent.
Liposuction never removes all the fat cells and therefore it is possible for the ones left behind to expand a little, if weight is put on after your procedure.
 

What is considered a successful liposuction surgery? 

The cosmetic success of liposuction relies on removing inches rather than pounds. For example, removing an amount of fat equivalent to a half-pound of butter from each love handle area would result in a dramatic change in the silhouette; but, it would not significantly change the gentleman’s weight. This is why liposuction may also be referred to as liposculpture.  Dr. Sharata's goal with this procedure is to achieve aesthetically the ideal silhoutte. 

Abdominal and Thigh Liposuction - Post-Operative Care:

First 24-hours:

  • An elastic compression garment will be placed over the surgery sight and should be left in place for the first 24 hours.
  • It is advised that you rest in bed for the remainder of the day.
  • Use ice packs during the first 24-48 hours to reduce swelling and bruising.
  • Extra Strength Tylenol may be taken for discomfort or pain. If pain is not controlled with Tylenol, a prescription medication may be given.
  • As you may feel groggy for several hours after surgery, a friend or family member should drive you home and stay with you for the rest of the day if possible.
  • It is recommended that you drink water and eat as usual.

After 24-hours:

  • You may experience drainage from the incision site for several days after your surgery (this is from the saline solution that was injected into your skin during surgery). 
  • You may also experience numbness.
  • Remove the compression garment and cleanse the area daily with mild soap and water (showering is recommended).
  • The compression garment should be worn 8-12 hours a day for at least 4 weeks after surgery.
  • Excessive activity (most aerobic activities) should be avoided for 2 weeks, as it may promote bleeding and cause poor contouring. Short walks daily are encouraged.
  • Most people are able to return to work in 2-3 days after surgery.