Floridians have a reputation for loving the sunshine and outdoor lifestyle. Many of our South Florida patients practice yoga, go to the gym, and even run marathons. That healthy lifestyle doesn't always translate into your ideal body shape. Everyone has one or more areas of unwanted fat that don't seem to go away with proper diet and exercise. Liposuction is a fat reduction plastic surgery that removes the stubborn fat to improve your contour. Whether it's your thighs, "love handles," upper arms, or another body part, lipo can eliminate fat in your troublesome areas.
If you're interested in liposuction or another body contouring procedure, contact Dr. Bogue in Boca Raton today at (561) 886-1000 to schedule your consultation. Dr. David Bogue is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in face, breast, and body procedures. He serves clients in the surrounding areas of South Florida, including Fort Lauderdale, Delray Beach, and West Palm Beach.
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Our board-certified plastic surgeon has helped countless patients reach their ideal contour through liposuction. Here's what you need to know about the lipo procedure, recovery, and more:
- The Liposuction Procedure
- Body Areas for Liposuction
- How to Qualify for Liposuction
- Preparing for Liposuction & Recovery
- Combining Liposuction with Other Plastic Surgeries
- Liposuction FAQ
- Choosing a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
- Schedule Your Liposuction Consultation
The Liposuction Procedure
Liposuction is also called liposculpture or liposculpting because the primary purpose for this popular plastic surgery is to sculpt the body by removing pockets of fat. The procedure improves your contour and overall body proportions and removes subcutaneous fat found just beneath the skin using a hollow tube or "cannula," using small incisions. Multiple cannulas are often used to ensure that the removal of fat is smooth and transitions beautifully with the surrounding areas.
Dr. Bogue performs tumescent liposuction and begins the procedure by filling the fat to be removed with a type of saline known as "tumescent" fluid, which works as an anesthetic as well and causes the fat cells to swell and firm up, making them easier to remove via suction. The tumescent fluid also significantly reduces bleeding and post-op bruising.
General anesthesia is used during liposuction, but it is an outpatient procedure, which means you can return home the day of your liposuction to rest and begin your recovery. Learn more about the liposuction surgery in the video below.
Body Areas for Liposuction
Liposuction can be performed on nearly any area of the body. Many patients have liposuction on multiple areas at once, depending on the location and amount of fat removed. Common liposuction treatment areas include:
- Upper Arms
- Breasts or Chest
- Bra Rolls
- Flanks (Love Handles)
How to Qualify for Liposuction
Liposuction is not a weight-loss method. It's a way to improve the results of your healthy lifestyle by eliminated pockets of extra fat. Depending on the quality of your skin, Dr. Bogue may recommend another body contouring procedure such as a tummy tuck or body lift if you have loose, sagging skin in the area. Lipo relies on the skin's elasticity or the ability to contract and re-shape over the treated area. Sagging, excessive skin is best treated with a lifting procedure, but the two can be combined for optimal results.
The ideal liposuction candidates meet these criteria:
- Lead a healthy lifestyle
- Are close to or at their goal weight
- Do not have a medical condition that could cause complications or increase risks
- Have stubborn areas of subcutaneous fat
- You are committed to the pre- and post-operative steps necessary for liposuction
- Have realistic expectations for what liposuction can accomplish
- Have time available to commit to the recovery process
- Do not take or are willing to stop taking certain supplements and over-the-counter medications such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen
Most men and women who are interested in liposuction can qualify for the procedure, and Dr. Bogue will discuss your body goals during your thorough, one-on-one consultation at our Boca Raton plastic surgery office.
Preparing for Liposuction & Recovery
Dr. Bogue is an experienced plastic surgeon who is personally committed to his patients. He will make sure you know what to expect every step of the way and has an outstanding reputation among our Boca Raton patients. As lipo is an outpatient surgery, you will need to enlist a family member or friend to help you on the day of your liposuction to drive you to and from the surgical facility and see that your recovery goes well for the first 24-48 hours.
You may need to stop or avoid certain medications, supplements, or treatments before and after your plastic surgery. Blood thinners, Aspirin, and similar drugs should be avoided or discontinued, and there will be a fasting period before your surgery time where you avoid food and drinks. Follow Dr. Bogue's instructions for preparing for liposuction.
After your procedure, you'll wear compression garments for up to six weeks. The garments help contour and shape your new figure while reducing swelling and discomfort. You'll need to take some time to rest and recovery. Your downtime depends on which areas of your body were treated and the volume of fat removed. Most patients have 2-3 areas treated at the same time, and recovery typically takes 5-7 days before returning to work. Routine activities such as exercise can be resumed in several weeks (typically 2-4) but depend on the amount of fat removal and treated areas as well.
There will be some bruising, tenderness, and swelling, and Dr. Bogue will discuss your pain relief options. Liposuction scars are small because the surgical instrument (cannula) is small, and depending on your skin quality, any resulting scars should heal well and minimize overtime.
Dr. Bogue will have you come in for several follow-up appointments to make sure you're healing well and happy with your liposuction results.
Combining Liposuction with Other Plastic Surgeries
Liposuction is often combined with other procedures to provide the desired results. One of the most common combinations is the Mommy Makeover for women who've gone through pregnancy and childbirth and wish to restore their pre-pregnancy body shape. The mommy makeover involves breast surgery, liposuction, and a tummy tuck and is customized to your individual needs. Some women may wish for breast augmentation with implants, while others want a breast lift or breast reduction. Liposuction and a tummy tuck are procedures that complement each other well. A tummy tuck removes excess, loose skin in the abdomen, and tightens stretched abdominal muscles.
Dr. Bogue will answer your questions during your consultation, but some of the most common he hears from clients include:
Q: How Much Fat Can Be Removed with Liposuction?
A: The goal of liposuction is to get rid of fat pockets in the desired areas and provide a pleasing figure. The amount of fat removed is relative to your body mass index, but typically the limit is around 11 pounds or 5,000 milliliters. Again, that depends on the treated area and your current weight. Lipo is not a weight loss procedure, which is why it's often referred to as liposculpture and is considered body contouring.
Q: Does the Fat Come Back if I Gain Weight?
A: The fat cells that are removed do not come back. However, you can gain weight in an area after liposuction (not every fat cell is removed), but typically, we see the weight go to other areas of the body first.
Q: Am I Too Old for Liposuction?
A: Candidacy depends more on your skin tone than your age. An important component of liposuction is the contraction of the overlying skin. Removing the fat is one thing, but if the skin does not contract, then the procedure can result in hanging, flabby skin. Thus, the elasticity of skin is critical to having a good result from the procedure. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, and thus the procedure gives less impressive results as patients age.
Q: What's the Difference Between the Many Types of Liposuction?
A: Liposuction techniques typically vary by how the fat is "broken up" before it's removed. The most common method is by simple mechanical disruption, in which the cannula is passed through the fat to break it up and suction it away. Some machines use lasers or ultrasound to help emulsify fat before removal. Regardless of how the fat is broken up, a suction device is always necessary to remove it from the body.
Q: How Much Does Liposuction Cost?
A: The cost of the procedure is highly variable based on the number of treatment areas, the amount of fat to be removed, and whether your liposuction is to be combined with other procedures. At the time of your consultation, our staff will provide you with a comprehensive quote that includes surgical fees, anesthesia fees, hospital fees, and garment costs. We accept CareCredit financing for those who qualify.
Choosing a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
If you're considering liposuction or another procedure, choosing your plastic surgeon is a critical decision. You need a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). That prestigious certification means he or she has gone through additional years of training, exams, and continues to learn and stay up to date on advancing techniques. Dr. Bogue is ABPS-certified and has an excellent reputation among his patients. He will take the time to get to know your goals for your face and body and help you determine the best way to accomplish them. During your consultation, you will get a price quote, and he will go over all the details of your liposuction.
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Schedule Your Liposuction Consultation with Dr. Bogue
If you're interested in liposuction or any plastic surgery, contact Dr. Bogue in Boca Raton today at (561) 886-1000 to schedule your consultation. Our board-certified plastic surgeon and skilled staff serve patients in surrounding areas of South Florida, including Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Delray Beach.