- Procedure: Outpatient
- Anesthesia: General or local anesthesia with sedation (for smaller areas)
- Duration of Procedure: About 90 minutes, depending on how many areas are treated
- Initial Recovery Phase: About five days
- Results: Apparent immediately, but continue to improve for several months
Do you follow a healthful diet and exercise regularly but still have stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to your healthy lifestyle? If this sounds familiar, you might benefit from undergoing liposuction surgery with Louisville’s premier cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Sean Maguire.
Dr. Maguire, a Louisville liposuction expert, performs this procedure to remove localized fat deposits from nearly any area of the body, including the lower legs, thighs, hips, buttocks, abdomen, back, upper arms, neck and chin. The result is a slimmer profile throughout the treatment area. To view Dr. Maguire’s patients’ neck liposuction results, visit our liposuction of the neck gallery.
Is Liposuction Right for Me?
Liposuction is not intended as a tool for major weight loss because removing a massive volume of fat during a single procedure can cause serious surgical complications and may impede the skin’s ability to contract after surgery, leaving patients with loose excess skin. Also, although the fat cells that are removed with liposuction will not grow back, gaining a substantial amount of weight (generally 10 percent or more of one’s bodyweight) can cause the residual fat cells to grow larger or new ones to develop either within or outside the treatment area.
For these reasons, suitable liposuction candidates are at or just slightly above their ideal bodyweight and feel they can maintain their weight after liposuction surgery. Overall, appropriate liposuction candidates generally include individuals who:
- Have stubborn fat deposits that are resistant to healthy lifestyle habits
- Have good skin elasticity (Patients with poor skin elasticity might be better candidates for another body contouring procedure that involves skin removal, such as tummy tuck or arm lift surgery.)
- Are in sound physical and mental health
- Have made the independent decision to undergo the procedure
- Seek aesthetic improvement, not necessarily perfection
- Understand and accept the potential drawbacks and advantages of liposuction
What Are the Different Liposuction Techniques?
Dr. Maguire has extensive experience performing a range of liposuction techniques, including:
- Tumescent liposuction, which involves injecting tumescent solution (i.e., saline, lidocaine and epinephrine) into the treatment area before removing fat, causing the blood vessels in the region to swell, thereby minimizing blood loss
- Laser-assisted liposuction, which involves using laser energy to liquefy fat cells in the treatment area, for easier removal (This technique is best for patients with dense and fibrous fat deposits.)
During consultation, Dr. Maguire evaluates patients’ physique including skin health, listens to their aesthetic concerns and recommends an appropriate treatment plan.
What Can I Expect During Liposuction Surgery?
Our Louisville Liposuction procedure is an outpatient surgery, performed under either general anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation, depending on the volume of fat to be removed and the complexity of the patient’s surgical goals.
Dr. Maguire makes one or more small incisions in the treatment area, placing them in the natural folds of the body or in areas that can be easily hidden with clothing, so they are inconspicuous. He then inserts a thin, hollow tube called a cannula through the incision(s), through which the unwanted fat is suctioned out.
What Is the Liposuction Recovery Period Like?
The treatment area(s) might be swollen, bruised, tender, numb or sore, but these are expected symptoms that will gradually improve over time. Taking oral pain medication as instructed by Dr. Maguire will help relieve any discomfort.
You should expect to take three to five days off of work or your everyday routine following liposuction. During this time, you should rest as much as possible and avoid vigorous activity until Dr. Maguire lets you know it is safe to return to your normal routine.
What Face and Body Areas can be Treated with Lipo?
Liposuction can treat a wide range of areas on your face and body, including:
- Chin (double chin)
- Upper arms
- Bra strap area
- Flanks (love handles)
- Outer thighs (saddlebags)
- Inner thighs
Women interested in liposuction often want excess fat removed from their abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, buttocks, cheeks and neck. Men who choose lipo tend to have the fat removed from their chin, neck, “love handles,” abdomen and breasts (gynecomastia treatment).
How Much Fat can Lipo Remove at Once?
Liposuction is a fat removal procedure but not a solution for weight loss. Lipo candidates need to be near their goal weight with stubborn areas resistant to diet and exercise. The maximum amount of fat removed with liposuction is around 10 to 11 pounds. Eliminating more than the recommended amount of fat can increase your risk for complications and compromise safety. You may find that you lose additional weight after liposuction because you’re dedicated to maintaining your new body shape.
The amount of fat removed with your liposuction will depend on the treated area and your cosmetic goals.
Does Liposuction Leave Scarring?
The lipo procedure uses small cannulas to surgically remove the unwanted fat, and these thin tubes require incisions that may leave tiny scars. The visibility of liposuction scars will depend on your skin quality and the treatment area. These small marks often fade over time.
How is Liposuction Different than a Tummy Tuck?
Liposuction removes fat via a cannula through tiny incisions and involves a shorter recovery than other more invasive plastic surgeries. Lipo eliminates unwanted fat but won’t address loose skin tissue or stretched abdominal muscles from massive weight loss or pregnancy. Laser liposuction may offer some skin tightening benefits for those with minimal loose skin.
The focus of a tummy tuck is to remove excess skin and fat and tighten loose muscles in the abdominal wall. The procedure is more invasive than lipo and involves a larger surgical area and incision. However, the two are often combined with breast surgery for a mommy makeover to restore a pre-pregnancy figure.
What If I Gain Fat Back After Lipo?
The fat cells in your body grow and shrink with weight gain and loss. Lipo permanently removes fat cells in the treated area(s), but the remaining fat may expand if you regain the weight. However, you are likely to gain weight more proportionately after liposuction. The best way to maintain your results is to lead a healthy lifestyle with a well-balanced diet and regular exercise.
What is the Cost of Liposuction?
The price of your liposuction will vary depending on the face or body area you’d like to treat with lipo and the number of locations. This fat removal procedure is often combined with other plastic surgeries, which will also influence the cost. Dr. Maguire will give you a detailed cost estimate for liposuction during your consultation at the Physician’s Center for Beauty, including surgical facility expenses and other fees involved in the procedure and follow-up care. Our office may be able to help you with financing options.
Dr. Maguire has extensive experience in liposuction and is a highly respected plastic surgeon in the Louisville, Kentucky, area.
Say Goodbye to Bothersome “Problem Areas”
Patients in Louisville wanting liposuction can finally get rid of their bothersome “problem areas.” To schedule a consultation with Dr. Maguire and learn more about liposuction, contact Physician’s Center for Beauty.