Liposuction

No matter what kind of shape you’re in, it’s likely you still have unwanted pockets of fat that are resistant. You may have tried targeted exercise. You watch what you eat. But the fat isn’t going anywhere.

That’s where liposuction with Dr. Reynolds comes in. Liposuction efficiently removes these pockets of fat, slimming your contour. Modern liposuction is minimally invasive and leaves little, if any, scarring. No wonder it has become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures year in and year out.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction was developed in France and first came to the U.S. in the 1980s. The idea was to create an incision and to insert a cannula (a tube with suction) to suction out unwanted pockets of fat. Those early liposuction procedures were pretty bloody because a large cannula had to be moved back and forth quite aggressively under the skin to break loose and suction away the unwanted fat. This caused extensive bruising, tissue trauma, and blood loss. Patients needed to be under general anesthesia.

Thanks to improvements in technology and the introduction of tumescent solution, today’s liposuction with Dr. Reynolds is a far cry from those procedures of the 80s. Dr. Reynolds performs these procedures with the patient completely asleep or under sedation or “twilight” anesthesia. These are outpatient procedures. Dr. Reynolds uses the tumescent technique, where a saline solution with electrolytes containing lidocaine is first injected into the target areas to minimize the pain and firm the fat, making it easier to remove. The solution also contains epinephrine to constrict the blood vessels, limiting blood loss and bruising. A cannula is then inserted to suction out the fat and liquid. Today’s cannulas are much smaller, requiring very small incisions that sometimes don’t even require sutures.

Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

First things first — liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. Liposuction is meant to remove unwanted pockets of fat that tend to accumulate in areas that are resistant to dietary changes or exercise. These pockets are common on the lower abdomen, the thighs, the back, the chest, and other areas on the body. Liposuction removes these pockets of fat, slimming the contour. This is a body-contouring procedure.

Excellent candidates still have good elasticity in their skin, so that the skin can tighten down to the slimmer contour once the underlying fat is removed. If the potential patient has sagging, stretched, loose skin liposuction alone is not the best procedure, as it will leave an area of loose sagging skin, albeit without fat underneath. In these cases, procedures that remove excess skin, such as a tummy tuck, are better options.

Otherwise, just about everyone, no matter what kind of shape they are in, has pockets of stubborn fat that they would like to remove. Liposuction is perfect for the job.

What are the benefits of liposuction?

Odds are you’ve worked hard trying to address those isolated pockets of fat on your abdomen, your flanks, or wherever. It’s not going anywhere. The human body is adept at storing fat in certain locations, and you’ve found them.

Liposuction is the way to remove the fat and slim your contour. You’ve heard of non-invasive treatments for removing fat, but they can’t compare to the efficiency of liposuction.

These procedures now are only minimally invasive, require little recovery, remove stubborn pockets of fat, and slim your contour. What’s not to love?

Where can I have liposuction done?

Techniques have become so refined that liposuction can be performed just about anywhere on the body. Dr. Reynolds performs liposuction on these areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Flanks
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Inner knees
  • Bra strap line
  • Chest
  • Jowls
  • Calves
  • Ankles

How is liposuction performed?

The first step in these procedures is for Dr. Reynolds to inject the tumescent solution into the targeted area. This solution is a mixture of saline solution, lidocaine, and epinephrine. The saltwater inflates the area; the lidocaine provides local anesthetic; and the epinephrine constricts the blood vessels for less bleeding and subsequent bruising. It also constricts the fat cells, making them easier to dislodge and suction out. In some areas where there is less room, Dr. Reynolds will use a cannula that also emits ultrasound energy to help break down the fat, making it easier to remove.

Once the tumescent solution is injected, the next step is to make a small incision and insert the cannula. This is moved around to break loose the fat and suction it away, along with most of the tumescent solution.

As the fat is removed, Dr. Reynolds pays careful attention to your contour, being sure to remove an even, uniform amount of fat. This is much easier today than with the larger cannulas used a few years ago. The cannula is then removed, and a bandage is placed over the small incision. It doesn’t usually require a single stitch. If you’re having more than a single area addressed, Dr. Reynolds then moves to the next location.

What is recovery like after liposuction?

Liposuction continues to evolve into a less and less invasive procedure. When your procedure is complete, Dr. Reynolds wraps the treated areas and will place you in compression garments. This compression reduces swelling, bruising, and pain, and it helps your skin tighten down to the slimmer contour. You’ll wear your compression garments for one month following your liposuction procedure.

Pain is not acute, more of a soreness. You will have some bruising and swelling; this will take up to 10 days to clear. Most patients can return to work in just two or three days, unless they have had multiple areas treated. Those patients may need a week off from work. Scarring will be virtually invisible.

Is liposuction safe?

Liposuction is safe but involves the typical risks involved with surgery, such as bleeding, infection, and reaction to the anesthetic, but these are rare with modern liposuction. These procedures have been performed millions of times around the world and have proven to be safe and effective.

Complications specific to liposuction are:

  • Contour irregularities — The treated area can appear bumpy or wavy. If the patient has inelastic skin, this is more prevalent. This is usually temporary.
  • Numbness — Any numbness in the area is usually temporary, but it can endure.
  • Fluid accumulation — Temporary pockets of fluid (called seromas) can form. These may need to be drained.

Overall, liposuction with Dr. Reynolds is a safe and very satisfying procedure for his patients, helping them slim their contours in areas that have been difficult to adequately target with dietary changes and exercise. Dr. Reynolds is a board-certified plastic surgeon, and his training and extensive experience ensures you’ll be happy with your liposuction and your new contour.

How much does liposuction cost?

As you would assume, the cost of your liposuction with Dr. Reynolds is contingent upon the area or areas you seek to address. Smaller areas, such as the jowls, can be treated more quickly, so they cost less. Larger areas, such as the abdomen, take more time and cost more.

During your consultation with Dr. Reynolds, he will get a better idea of your goals. Then we can give you an estimate of what your liposuction will cost.

Is liposuction covered by insurance?

These are considered to be elective procedures, so they are not covered by insurance.

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