- Spot reduce unwanted fat in the neck, back, upper arms, waist, hips, thighs, knees and calves. The breasts can also be treated.
- Smaller, rather than larger, areas may be treated.
- You won’t feel any pain or discomfort at all during your surgery, even though you’ll still be awake.
- Get back to work within three to seven days.
- See your results sooner than if you had gone under general anesthesia, with less discomfort, bruising and swelling.
- Resume moderate exercise in a week.
Only local anesthesia and oral sedation is required to obtain your desired results, which means you won’t have to endure any of the risks or side effects associated with general anesthesia, such as not being able to wake up, vomiting/nausea and feeling groggy. Coupled with the administration of pre-emptive anesthesia, you’ll enjoy a faster recovery that won’t be as intense or uncomfortable.
Dr. Gartner uses Smartlipo to perform your procedure. Smartlipo is a leading type of laser assisted liposuction device that first melts unwanted fat, making it far easier to suction out of your body with a microcannula. The laser energy seals blood vessels in the area so that there’s less bleeding and bruising. You’ll also experience a 15% to 40% tightening of the overlying skin in the area as you recover because the gentle heat delivered to the area promotes collagen and elastin production. In fact, according to Evaluation of skin tightening after laser-assisted liposuction, patients enjoyed an average of 26% skin retraction three months after their surgery.
You don’t need to come back to get your stitches removed, because Dr. Gartner uses sutures that will simply dissolve while you recover.
Liposuction under general anesthesia
If you require larger amounts of fat in several areas to be removed, general anesthesia is administered to increase your comfort and safety. Your surgery can be combined with other facial or body contouring procedures, such as blepharoplasty, a tummy tuck or breast augmentation.
- Get back to work within a week or less with less discomfort, bruising and swelling compared to other more traditional forms of liposuction.
- You may be able to have other treatments performed at the same time, so you only have to undergo one surgery and recovery period. Combining treatments can also be more cost effective.
- Experience a dramatic improvement of your body contour.
You can even use the fat removed from your body and put it back into another area to reshape or resize it, such as your breasts or buttocks.
Are you a candidate?
Liposuction can achieve a fantastic improvement of your appearance. However, it’s important to know that not every patient is a suitable candidate. These are some things that are considered when determining the suitability of the procedure for a patient:
- Your health: Liposuction, like any other cosmetic surgical procedure, is designed for men and women who are generally healthy.
- Areas you’d like to target: Liposuction can target localized fat deposits that cannot be eliminated with exercise and diet alone. These fat deposits should be located subcutaneously (below the skin). The surgery cannot remove fat this is located around your organs deep in your body. It may also not be able to remove fat that is in sensitive areas of your body due to the risk of complications, such as behind the knees.
- Why you want liposuction: The surgery may be an option for you if you’ve tried exercising and dieting but haven’t been able to get rid of your unwanted fat. However, liposuction may not be right for you if you are considering it as a method of weight loss.
- You aren’t taking anything that would increase the rate of complications: Some medications and supplements can make the surgery riskier. You will be asked to refrain from taking these a couple of weeks before and after your surgery. If you can’t stop taking these medications, then liposuction may not be suitable for you.
- It can achieve the improvement you want: You’ll be examined to make sure that liposuction can give you the results you want. In some cases, another procedure may be deemed more suitable. For example, if you have a lot of excess skin in your mid-section, a tummy tuck would probably be better for you. A successful outcome often relies on if you have good skin elasticity in the target area.
Do you think you’re a suitable candidate for liposuction? Call Dr. Gartner to book your private medical consultation to confirm.
What areas can be treated with liposuction?
- Double chin
- Upper arms
- Lower legs
- Waist / love handles
For your consultation about liposuction, you’ll talk to Dr. Gartner, a Double Board Certified plastic surgeon and general surgeon. Your liposuction consultation will give you:
- an overview of the liposuction procedure and how it can help achieve your aesthetic goals
- what type of anesthesia is best for you (local or general)
- the side effects and risks involved with the surgery
- information about Dr. Gartner and the surgical facility where your liposuction will be performed
- any alternatives that may be able to achieve your goals
The consultation is designed to give you vital information you need to make an informed decision about your surgery.
What you’ll talk about
About the liposuction procedure: Dr. Gartner has been performing liposuction for over a decade. Your consultation is an opportunity to have all of your questions and concerns addressed. Some questions you may want to ask include what method of liposuction would be best for you, how much fat you should have removed and what kind of recovery period you should expect.
Your options: Sometimes, liposuction isn’t the best solution. For example, if the fat you have is located around your vital organs rather than directly under your skin, then liposuction cannot help you. Non-surgical alternatives may also be offered.
The side effects and risks: The only way you can make an informed decision is to understand the side effects and risks associated with liposuction.
It’s a good idea to write down any questions you have so you won’t forget to ask them during your consultation. You’ll have plenty of time to talk to Dr. Gartner, since we want you to feel as comfortable as possible with the surgery and Dr. Gartner.
How to prepare for your surgery
A successful outcome from liposuction surgery depends not just on the expertise of your plastic surgeon, but also on what you can do to adequately prepare for your surgery. You’ll get preparation guidelines from Dr. Gartner, and some things that you’ll be asked to do may include the following:
- Stop smoking and drinking alcohol two weeks before your surgery. If you don’t, your surgery may need to be rescheduled or cancelled.
- Stop taking anything that would promote bleeding, such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen, two weeks before surgery.
- Start taking Arnica tablets, if recommended by Dr. Gartner, about two weeks before surgery to facilitate your recovery.
- Make sure to have someone you trust drive you home from our surgical facility and stay with you for the first 24 hours after your surgery. You won’t be able to go home alone.
- Avoid drinking or eating anything eight hours before your surgery, including water.
- On the day of your surgery, take a shower using anti-bacterial soap. You may wear makeup unless the area to be treated is your face.
- You may want to bring a bucket or bag to take with you in the car, just in case you feel nauseous after the surgery. This is more of a concern if you have general anesthesia.
To make your recovery a more comfortable one, you may also want to get your home ready by doing the following:
- Arrange for childcare.
- Clean your home.
- Do all the laundry.
- Get a good supply of comfortable clothes (jogging pants, loose shirts).
- Set up the area in your home where you’ll spend the most time, making sure to have towels, tissues, pillows, blankets, books, and anything else required easily accessible.
- Stock up on medical supplies, such as bandages, anti-bacterial soap, cold packs and hot water bottles. You should also fill your prescriptions obtained from Dr. Gartner for pain relief and to help fight infection.
- Prepare some food so you won’t have to cook in the days after your surgery.
By adequately preparing for your surgery, you’ll feel better about the whole experience and improve your surgical outcome.
1. Pre-emptive anesthesia is administered right before your surgery, then local with oral sedation or general anesthesia is administered.
2. One or more incisions are made in the the target area. These incisions are just a few millimeters.
3. Fluid may be added to reduce bleeding and discomfort.
4. A cannula is inserted into the incision to suction out the desired amount of unwanted fat, using a gentle back and forth motion.
5. The incision is closed with sutures and dressed.
Recovery for liposuction is relatively quick, but bruising and swelling can remain for a few weeks. You may need to wear a compression garment as you recover for a few weeks. The garment is designed to control swelling and help your skin retract to your leaner body contour, as well as minimize the risk of developing a seroma or hematoma.
How you'll look while you recover
You’ll most likely be swollen as you recover, which will make you look larger than you’d like. You may even think that you look worse than you did before your surgery. As the swelling subsides, however, the true results of your surgery will gradually appear and you’ll love your new look.
When you can go back to work
You’ll probably be able to go back to desk work within three to seven days.
When you can get back to the gym
Moderate exercise can be resumed after one week, depending on the size of the area and how many areas are involved.
The changes following liposuction are similar to what you would expect if you lost an equal amount of localized fat through dieting and exercise. You’ll enjoy a leaner body contour that is more proportionate and smoother. It is recommended to maintain a healthy lifestyle after the procedure to ensure long-term results.
Complications and risks associated with liposuction
Hematoma and seroma: The collection of blood or fluid trapped under the skin is a risk that may need surgical drainage to resolve.
Infection: Although Dr. Gartner follows strict infection protocols, they may still occur. You should follow your post-surgery incision care instructions to help minimize the risk of infection as well as avoid smoking for at least two weeks before and after surgery. Early detection makes resolution easier.
Necrosis: This can be caused by infection or superficial liposuction techniques.
Embolism: This refers to loosened fat that enters the blood vessels. It can be fatal.
Numbness: Although this is usually temporary, it can be permanent in rare cases.
Burns: This is a risk associated with laser-assisted liposuction.
Undesirable results: Sometimes, contour irregularities including depression and wrinkling of the skin, can occur. Treatments are available if these problems occur. Please note that liposuction is not a treatment for cellulite, although some patients will notice an improvement in the visibility of cellulite after the procedure.