If you have localized areas of fat that do not go away with diet or exercise, you may benefit from liposuction in Philadelphia. Many people find that there is at least one area of their body with stubborn fat. This fat persists despite diet and working out. Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Ryan Hoffman of Philadelphia can perform liposuction to specifically target and remove stubborn fat.
Choosing Liposuction in Philadelphia: Who’s a Good Fit?
Men and women who have a stable body weight and localized fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise may with to consider liposuction. Liposuction can remove fat from certain problem areas of the body. Liposuction should not be used to cause significant weight loss, it can help contour the body. Liposuction, or lipoplasty, is the surgical removal of fat. Liposuction can remove fat where other methods have failed.
The main benefits of liposuction are selective removal of persistent fat, improved body contouring, and better proportioning of the body. Ideal candidates are healthy non-smokers who are not extremely over weight. The best results are achieved when the patient is in good health, but desires body-slimming in specific areas that don’t respond to diet or exercise.
Liposuction in Philadelphia: What to Expect
Liposuction can be preformed both in the office or in the operating room. In the office, liposuction is performed under local anesthesia. In the operating room liposuction is performed under general anesthesia. Liposuction is a multi-step process. First, the area being treated is infiltrated or infused with fluid. This tumescent fluid helps keep the proper balance of fluid in the area, since some fluids are removed along with fat. Then, small incisions are made, so that our plastic surgeons can access the targeted fat. The doctor will then use a series of thin tubes to suction fat out of the area being treated. After the proper amount of fat is removed, you will have your small incisions closed.
Liposuction Recovery and Results
Following liposuction in Philadelphia, you will need to rest and wear special compression garments that minimize swelling and promote skin contraction. You may need to care for your stitches and drains if liposuction is combined with other surgical procedrues such as abdominoplasty. During a follow up visit soon after surgery, your drains and stitches will be removed. Swelling and bruising is common, but these are temporary side effects. As the swelling subsides, you should see results of your liposuction procedure, this may take up to 3-6 months.
As long as your weight remains stable, your liposuction results should be long lasting. Fat will not return to the treated area after surgery. However, liposuction does not remove all fat cells from the area, so it is possible to regain weight in the treated area. For optimum results, you must maintain a good diet and exercise regiment.
Post Op Abdominoplasty
- For abdominoplasty patients with drains placed
Remain in Hospital Binder until drains are out
- ✔ 1st drain is removed approximately 3 days post surgical
- ✔ 2nd drain is removed approximately 5-7 days post
- After drains are removed, you may continue with hospital binder or switch to secondary garments. The following links are recommended for these garments:
It is fine to use Spanx at this time as well. Please be sure that whatever compression garment you choose to use that ALL the operated areas
For all Liposuction patients, follow the above instructions for after drain removal.
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