Also known as lipoplasty, liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits, improving your body contours and proportion, and ultimately, enhancing your self-image.
Despite good health and a reasonable level of fitness, some people may still have a body with disproportionate contours due to localized fat deposits. These areas may be due to family traits rather than a lack of weight control or fitness.
Liposuction surgery can be used to treat stubborn fat pockets in many parts of the body, including the thighs, arms, neck, hips, waist, back, inner knee, chest, cheeks, chin, calves, and ankles. In some cases, liposuction is performed alone, while in other cases it is used with plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift, breast reduction, or a tummy tuck.
Laser-assisted liposuction is an FDA-approved, minimally invasive procedure for ablating and melting unwanted fat. The technique involves the use of laser energy delivered to the targeted fatty tissue. The laser is tuned to a frequency that melts fat cells and also stimulates tightening of the skin. Laser-assisted liposuction requires the use of tumescent local anesthesia, and does not require general anesthesia, although some patients choose to have some additional intravenous sedation. There is minimal downtime and recovery takes only a few days.
After researching various equipment which performs laser-assisted liposuction, we have selected Sciton’s ProLipo Plus laser for its versatility and power to achieve the best overall results. In addition to ablating and melting fat, Pro Lipo Plus also tightens skin through its collagen remodeling and neoformation effects.
Laser liposuction can be used to treat the following areas:
- Chin, cheek and jowls
- Underchin and neck
- Back of neck
- Upper arms
- Upper back
- Upper and lower abdomen
- Flanks and sides
- Hips and waist
- Inner and outer thighs
- Banana folds
- Male chest
If you have been considering liposuction surgery, now is the time to take the first step toward a more beautiful you. Schedule a private consultation at Coastal Plastic Surgery Institute in Panama City Beach, FL, today by calling 850-233-7674.
How much fat can be removed during a treatment session?
Depending on the amount of targeted fatty tissue, a few liters of fat can potentially be removed during a treatment session.
Is fat removal permanent?
As with all lipotreatment modalities, destruction of fat during a treatment session is partial, not complete. Removal of all fat in the fat space would juxtapose skin directly over muscle. Obviously, if an individual gains weight, the fat will more likely accumulate in areas not treated. The best way to maintain results following a Pro Lipo treatment session is to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
How is Pro Lipo performed?
It is most safely performed using the tumescent anesthesiologic technique. This technique involves injecting dilute local anesthetic solution containing epinephrine into the targeted fat space. Once the fat space is completely numb, a cannula containing a laser fiber is passed through small openings in the skin. When the laser system is fired, the laser energy is absorbed by the targeted fatty areas resulting in destruction of the fat cells. The laser also produces skin tightening through its remodeling and neoformation of dermal collagen. A treatment session usually takes 2-4 hours to perform, and routinely involves some method of fat suctioning.
What is the recovery process?
Patients usually experience only mild pain and bruising following their treatment session. Tylenol and oral narcotic analgesics for a couple of days provide adequate postoperative pain relief. Compression garments are worn for the first two weeks to decrease swelling, bruising, and discomfort, followed by a lighter compression for a variable amount of time. All patients are able to resume their normal activities within a few days following a ProLipo treatment session, including return to work.
When are results apparent after the procedure?
Results are immediate if significant fat suctioning treatment modalities were also used during the treatment session. Shrinkage, tightening, and compacting of the fat space occurs over several weeks. Remodeling and neoformation of collagen to produce skin tightening occurs slowly over weeks to months.
How many treatment sessions are possible?
The number of focal areas of adiposity comprising distinct body treatment areas for Pro Lipo ranges from 1-2, to as many as 6 or more. Much depends on whether Pro Lipo treatment areas can be consolidated into one treatment session, or several treatment sessions are required. Staged treatments usually require a 3-6 month recovery period before a second Pro Lipo treatment session is performed on a given body treatment area.
Is it covered by insurance companies? ProLipo treatment sessions are cosmetic in nature, and not covered by any insurance companies.
Treatment Session Costs
Prices for Pro Lipo are usually based on the number of body treatment areas, the amount of localized fat, and whether other lipotreatment modalities will also be performed during a Pro Lipo treatment session. Patients will receive a price quote in writing before undergoing a Pro Lipo treatment session.
Liposuction surgery is not a treatment for obesity and is not a replacement for regular exercise and good eating habits. People with stubborn areas of fat and who exercise regularly are the best candidates for this procedure.
The results of liposuction surgery are usually long-lasting, but they may be affected by weight gain, aging, pregnancy and lifestyle factors.
Schedule a Liposuction Consultation Today
The experienced plastic surgeons at Coastal Plastic Surgery Institute are committed to helping their patients look and feel their best. They use the very latest and safest liposuction techniques to ensure a safe procedure and a quick recovery process. To learn more about liposuction surgery in Panama Beach, contact the practice today at 850-233-7674.
NOTE: If you are a smoker, it is recommended that you stop smoking well in advance of the surgery. Smoking can affect your ability to heal. Certain medications that increase the risk of bleeding such as Aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and some vitamins/homeopathic regimens should be discontinued prior to any elective surgery.