Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that works best for patients who have fat deposits that cannot be addressed by proper diet and exercise. Fat can be removed from the stomach area, back, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, neck, chin, cheeks, or upper arms. This is truly body contouring and not a method for overall weight loss. It is important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise plan after surgery to maintain your results.
Many different techniques are available with liposuction. Dr. McCormack will spend time discussing these options during your consultation to help guide and educate you about terms you may be familiar with such as SmartLipo™, Lipodissolve, liposculpture, tumescent technique, and mesotherapy. She will discuss the benefits and downside of each to help you make an educated decision.
Liposuction is commonly combined with other procedures such as tummy tucks or breast surgery. We commonly find that patients have small pockets here or there that never seem to go away no matter how hard they exercise. It is usually fairly simple to add a small amount of liposuction to another procedure since you are going under anesthesia anyway. Larger liposuction volumes are usually not removed in conjunction with other procedures so that we can minimize your surgical risks. Safety is the number one priority for any procedure.
The swelling can last four to six weeks, while complete healing from the liposuction surgery takes about three months. Dr. McCormack advocates the use of lymphatic massage following liposuction. Lymphatic massage stimulates lymph flow to more rapidly remove fluid, proteins, and toxins from around the cells back into the bloodstream. The end result is less bruising and less edema to help speed the liposuction recovery process. It is normal to have some numbness in the areas that liposuction took place. This is temporary but may take a full year to become normal again. This is one surgery we do where we encourage some activity soon after surgery. The incisions are tiny and therefore do not take long to heal. Bruising is common but temporary.
Patients are required to wear a compression garment (a girdle like garment that is worn under normal clothing) for 6 weeks. This helps minimize swelling and contour deformities.
We are often asked whether patients will gain an inordinate amount of weight elsewhere after liposuction. The answer is generally no. However, some patients find that they do not gain as much weight where the liposuction was performed and therefore, if they gain weight overall it will show in other places first. We stress the importance of maintaining your weight following liposuction to minimize this.
Liposuction Before & After Photographs
If you are interested in liposuction, we invite you to view our results gallery which features many of our Reno liposuction patient results. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. McCormack to discuss your options for body contouring, please call us at (775)284-2020 or fill out our online contact form.