People in South Florida have a reputation for living a healthy outdoor lifestyle. We frequent the gym, go to yoga and Pilates classes, and run marathons. We value a healthy lifestyle and often expect that with all this activity we will look the way we want.
Unfortunately the reality is that some fat just doesn’t go away. For some it's the outer thighs; for others, it's the flanks. Many people simply have a stubborn area. Liposuction removes this unwanted fat and improves the contour of the treated area. To find out if you are a good candidate, please call (561) 886-1002 to schedule a complimentary consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Bogue.
Improving Your Body Contour with Liposuction
Liposuction improves the contours of your body and your overall body proportions by removing stubborn, excess fat deposits. It is often combined with body contouring and mommy makeover procedures. Common liposuction treatment areas include:
- Breasts or Chest
- Love handles
- Upper arms
Liposuction is not a weight loss method. Instead, it's a way to improve the results of your healthy lifestyle by eliminating pockets of extra fat. Liposuction relies on the skin's ability to contract and re-shape over the area where the fat was removed. If the skin is sagging and excessive, then a lifting procedure such as tummy tuck or body lift may be appropriate.
Planning for Your Liposuction Procedure
As an experienced plastic surgeon personally committed to you, Dr. Bogue will make sure you know what to expect every step of the way:
Liposuction cost. 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.
Liposuction procedure details. Dr. Bogue begins the procedure by gently filling the fat to be removed with a type of saline known as "tumescent" fluid, which provides pain relief and significantly reduces bleeding and post-op bruising. Then the fat is removed via suction with a device called a "cannula. Multiple cannulas are used to ensure that the removal of fat is smooth and transitions beautifully with the surrounding areas. The goal of liposuction is to shape the body – hence why we sometimes call the procedure liposculpting.
Liposuction recovery. Liposuction is usually an outpatient procedure, so you will be able to return home without an overnight stay. You’ll wear compression garments for up to 6 weeks after surgery. The garments help contour and shape your new figure while reducing swelling and discomfort.
You'll need to take some time to rest and recover after surgery. Your downtime depends on which areas of your body were treated and the volume of fat removed. Most patients have 2 or 3 areas treated at the same time and recovery is usually 5 to 7 days.
Questions about Liposuction
Q: There are so many types of liposuction out there. What's the difference?
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 prior to removal. Regardless of how the fat is broken up, a suction device is always necessary to remove it from the body.
Q: Does the fat come back if I gain weight?
A: The fat cells that are removed do not come back. 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 very important 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.
To find out if you are a good candidate for liposuction at Dr. Bogue's Boca Raton practice, please call our experienced staff at (561) 886-1002 to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Bogue. We serve Boca Raton and all of the surrounding areas in Florida, including West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.