Every year hundreds of thousands of adults all over the country undergo liposuction to eliminate unwanted body fat deposits in pursuit of a slimmer body contour. Thanks to incredible advances in technique and technology, liposuction is a very safe procedure available today.
The experience and skill of the surgeon performing the procedure greatly influence the overall result. Contouring and defining areas of the body requires an eye for artistry and exceptional technical skill. Individuals seeking a liposuction surgeon with a keen eye and attention to detail in Scottsdale or Mesa consistently choose Dr. Genaro Valladolid, one of the area’s leading liposuction surgeons.
Candidates for liposuction want to eliminate localized pockets of fat that won’t respond to diet or exercise efforts and achieve greater definition in certain areas of the body. Liposuction is commonly used to contour the following areas:
Liposuction is not meant as a weight loss solution, and it is not recommended for individuals who are overweight or obese. Individuals who are already at or close to their target weight and in the routine of eating healthfully and exercising regularly will see the best and longest lasting results with liposuction.
The elasticity and quality of the skin are another important criterion for liposuction patients. Individuals with a lot of excess skin generally do not make great candidates for liposuction; removing excess fat in these cases can accentuate the sagginess. Candidates should have firm, elastic skin that can retract over the treated area for a smooth result.
Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis with general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Dr. Valladolid creates several small incisions in the natural creases of the skin in the target area. He inserts a thin, hollow tube called a cannula and moves it back and forth to break up the unwanted fat. Then, the fat is removed from the body using gentle suction. Dr. Valladolid works carefully to ensure a smooth, contoured result that looks proportionate to the rest of the body.
After surgery, a compression garment is placed over the treated area to help control swelling and help the healing tissues.
Dr. Valladolid speaks with liposuction patients at length about what to expect during recovery, including symptoms and aftereffects that are common, how to care for the incisions and when to return to the office for follow up.
Bruising and swelling in and around the treated area are common symptoms after surgery. The swelling is at its worst around 48 hours after surgery; after that, most should subside within two to three weeks. Wearing the compression garment at all times (except when bathing) helps control swelling.
Discomfort is common, although it usually feels more like soreness (i.e., like the aftermath of a tough workout) rather than pain. Medication is prescribed to alleviate discomfort, or over-the-counter pain relievers can also be taken.
Dr. Valladolid checks in with patients frequently during recovery to ensure they heal properly. He advises when to resume work, socializing and other activities. Most patients can return to desk jobs within a few days and light exercise within a few weeks.
Dr. Valladolid is pleased to now offer Renuvion, the latest technology in body contouring, as a follow-up procedure to liposuction surgery. While Dr. Valladolid will contour your body for an attractive shape during liposuction, some patients — particularly those who have more fat removed — will want a second procedure to provide a more toned, attractive physique. Using a combination of radiofrequency energy and helium plasma, Renuvion tightens the tissue beneath the skin with heat and boosts collagen production for ongoing improvement to the texture of the skin.
Liposuction is a safe procedure when performed by an experienced, qualified surgeon such as Dr. Valladolid. Some risks accompany any surgical procedure. During your liposuction consultation, Dr. Valladolid will determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction, explain any risks associated with your procedure and provide information to help ensure that you experience a comfortable recovery and achieve the results you desire.
Serious complications arising from liposuction are rare. Most patients experience some discomfort following surgery. This typically manifests as soreness. However, the pain can be easily managed with medications prescribed by your doctor.
Liposuction recovery varies from patient to patient but generally lasts about six weeks. It is important to get plenty of rest for the first few days after your procedure, as this is when you typically experience most of the soreness and discomfort. Most patients are able to return to light activities within several days of undergoing liposuction. It may take a couple of weeks to get back to your normal activity levels and exercise routine. Dr. Valladolid will work with you after your procedure to ensure a quick recovery.
Liposuction requires very small incisions. This means that typically, liposuction does not leave noticeable scars. There are many factors that determine the likelihood of scarring, such as the targeted liposuction area, skin quality, age and physiology, among others. Dr. Valladolid will consider these and other factors during your liposuction consultation in an effort to minimize scarring. By following all pre-operative instructions and guidance from your surgeon, you too can help to minimize scarring and ensure a more comfortable recovery. Additionally, it is vital to adhere to all aftercare instructions to further lessen the chance of scarring as you recover from liposuction.
The cost of liposuction depends on several key factors, such as the area of the body being treated, the type of liposuction being performed as well as any other procedures performed in combination with liposuction. The team at Valladolid Plastic Surgery will walk you through each cost factor to help you get an idea of the total cost of liposuction.
Liposuction is used to permanently remove fat cells from targeted, often stubborn, areas of the body. However, the procedure does not prevent your body from producing more fat and gaining weight in the future, meaning that unwanted fat can return to problem areas. Patients that tend to maintain a healthy lifestyle involving moderate diet and exercise experience the most lasting results from liposuction.
Searching for “lipo near me” may return a bevy of results, but since liposuction is such an individualized procedure, it is important to seek out a skilled surgeon with a reputation for consistently producing the type of results you desire. Dr. Valladolid is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience exceeding patients’ expectations. He offers a variety of procedures, including liposuction, at Valladolid Plastic Surgery. Contact Dr. Valladolid today by calling (480) 770-5015.