Liposuction or Lipoplasty has progressed significantly in the last decade. Today, the cannulas (tubes) used are much smaller, and energy-assisted technology makes the process of fat removal and skin tightening more effective. The tumescent technique uses a fluid that can not only numb the tissue but reduces bleeding.
While Liposuction is not intended to be a weight reduction surgery, it can significantly reduce the volume of the treated areas. It is meant to remove stubborn pockets of fat that have not been successfully reduced from diet or exercise. Dr. Clinton uses the technique much like a sculptor to contour your body for a smoother, slimmer silhouette. The best candidates are near their ideal weight.
Birmingham plastic surgeon, Dr. Clinton gives all of his patients a great deal of one-on-one attention. He’s a great listener and is empathetic to your concerns. Most importantly, he has the training and experience to evaluate your case carefully and create a unique surgical plan for you.
He received his plastic surgery training at Duke – one of the country’s most prestigious universities – and he spent years in trauma care before going into the field of aesthetics. He also performs many reconstructive surgeries every year. As a result, he has the experience to work on even the most complex of cases.
What Happens During Liposuction?
Liposuction is usually performed as an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia with sedation or a light general anesthetic if multiple areas are to be treated.
Very small incisions are made, and the cannula is inserted and attached to the liposuction device, which removes the fatty tissue. The incisions can usually be placed in easily hidden locations.
After the appropriate time in our recovery room, you can go home with the help of a friend or family member. You should not drive for 24 hours, due to the effects of the anesthesia.
What Can I Expect During Recovery from Liposuction?
We will send you home with written instructions for how to take care of yourself after your surgery. This will be a reinforcement of verbal instructions that you will receive on several occasions. You will also be evaluated no later than the day after your procedure and monitored during your recovery period. We encourage you to call us if you have any questions at all.
Some bruising, swelling, and discomfort are expected after surgery. Swelling is usually the last side effect to go away completely. The scars will improve over time, and we will give you instructions to speed their healing and optimize their quality.
If you experience pain, you can take oral medications. Non-prescription meds are usually sufficient, but if you need something stronger, please use the prescription provided.
Compression garments must be worn for one month full-time and for two more weeks half of the time. You must avoid heavy lifting and any strenuous activity or “straining” for one week.
Most patients return to office work within a few days, but we will discuss this with you based on your individual case. We will provide you with a post-operative plan to help you return to all normal day-to-day activities as soon as possible.
Results from Liposuction are long-lasting but can be affected by weight loss/gain, environmental factors, and the natural aging process.