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Find confidence with the body you want

Take control of your silhouette with liposuction in Gainesville. Many people work tirelessly to be healthy through diet and exercise. When you make healthy choices but your body doesn't look like it, you may experience low self-esteem and a lack of confidence.

If you're not seeing the results you want, then liposuction may be the answer.


What is liposuction?

Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a surgical procedure that slims and reshapes areas of your body by using suction to remove unwanted fat deposits. Dr. Nesmith frequently works with patients to remove fat deposits and contour areas like the hips, buttocks, and thighs.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were more than 200,000 liposuction patients in 2020 – making it the fourth most popular procedure.

Liposuction can be combined with other procedures like a tummy tuck or facelift. On occasion, Dr. Nesmith can use advanced body sculpting methods to relocate fat deposits to enhance curves that suit the natural shape of your body.
  • Removes fat deposits in the hips, buttocks, thighs, and more.
  • One of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.S.
  • Can be used to transfer fat deposits to other areas, enhancing curves and contour.
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For more than just your tummy and thighs

Dr. Nesmith uses liposuction to treat more than just the popular trouble areas like stomachs, hips, and thighs. We have also helped patients address stubborn fat deposits in their chins, necks, backs, arms, and legs.

Chin & Neck Liposuction: Removing excess fat from the chin and neck can reduce the appearance of a double chin and drastically improve the jawline. This often results in a more youthful face shape.

Back Liposuction: Corrects rolls of fat in the back, bulges of fat around a bra, and any other fatty lumps or deposits in the back that result in a disproportionate appearance. The result is a slimmer and more fitted back contour.

Upper Arm Liposuction: Removing excess fat from the inner and outer areas of the upper arm can reduce the appearance of flabby arms. The overall appearance of the upper arms becomes slimmer. If your skin does not have the necessary elasticity, an upper arm lift may be more suitable.

Calves Liposuction: It can be hard to target fat deposits in the calves and ankles with exercise alone. This procedure slims the calves and ankles so the leg tapers more attractively.

Determining if liposuction is the right fit

This is a great procedure for anyone with specific areas of unwanted fat. Liposuction may be a good fit for you if:
  • You have excess fat deposits that don't respond to diet or exercise.
  • You feel that certain areas of your body are out of proportion with the rest of your figure.
  • You are near your desired body weight, and just have a bit of stubborn fat in certain areas.

How does liposuction work?

Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that usually takes 1-2 hours, depending on how many areas you are working on. Longer procedures will require general anesthesia, but smaller areas can be treated quickly with a local anesthetic.

At the start of the procedure, Dr. Nesmith will make small, carefully placed incisions in the targeted area. The type of liposuction technique you choose will determine how the fat is removed. For example, power-assisted liposuction will use a vibrating cannula to break down fat cells before removing them with suction.

During your consultation, Dr. Nesmith will help you decide which technique is right for you.
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Gainesville Liposuction Procedures

Suction-Assisted Liposuction (SAL)

Nearly every liposuction procedure is a type of suction-assisted liposuction. Dr. Nesmith uses a cannula, which is a very thin and hollow needle, to loosen fat in the targeted area. The fat is removed through the cannula, which is connected to a vacuum-powered device.

Targeting smaller areas can be done without a suctioning device. Those procedures use a syringe connected to the cannula.

This technique uses laser energy to liquefy fat cells, allowing them to be suctioned away. This procedure permanently removes fat cells from the body, and it can enhance the healing process.

The energy emitted from the laser during the procedure actually seals off the blood vessels, greatly reducing swelling and bruising. SmartLipo procedures can be performed in less time than other techniques – and results can be seen almost immediately.


Tumescent Liposuction
A tumescent liposuction surgery begins with local anesthesia, saline solution, and adrenaline injected into the targeted area. This causes the area to swell, making it easier for Dr. Nesmith to create an incision and insert a cannula to suction away the fatty deposits.

The removal of the fat cells is permanent. This traditional liposuction is one of the more common procedures done at Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center and throughout the United States.


Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL)

PAL uses a cannula with a vibrating tip that breaks up fatty tissue in order for the fat cells to be suctioned out. PAL is frequently used in conjunction with tumescent liposuction procedures.

This method is successful in removing fat deposits while inducing little to no trauma to surrounding cells. This technique is safer and more effective than other types of procedures, and bruising and swelling are reduced.


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Enjoy the Benefits of Liposuction

  • Permanently remove fatty deposits
  • Reshape your body contour
  • Eliminate problem areas like double chins, back rolls, cankles, etc.
  • Better fit into your clothes
  • Look & feel younger
  • Improve your confidence
  • Kickstart a healthier lifestyle
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Am I a candidate for liposuction?

Many patients at Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center have already attempted exercise and dieting to target areas with unwanted fat. Liposuction is not recommended as a weight-loss solution or as a cellulite treatment.

You may be a good candidate if:
  • You're in good health
  • You're at a healthy weight (and have a BMI of 30 or below)
  • You have realistic expectations for surgical outcomes
  • Your skin has good elasticity
For skin with poor elasticity, the removal of excess skin may be necessary to firm and smooth the area. Patients of advanced age may not see the same results as patients who are younger, as the skin can lose its elasticity over time.

Recovery time after liposuction in Gainesville

Your recovery time will depend on the amount of fat removed and if you elected to receive additional procedures at the same time. Multiple procedures can result in a longer, more uncomfortable recovery period. Dr. Nesmith will provide pain medication, but some patients may only need over-the-counter painkillers.

Most patients feel back to normal within a week. You should plan to take 3-7 days after surgery before returning to work. During recovery, you may experience some swelling, bruising, inflammation, or numbness. The treated area may feel firm due to swelling.

We recommend that all patients wear compression garments for up to two months following a procedure in order to aid the body’s healing. These compression garments help to:
  • Ease discomfort
  • Minimize swelling and bruising
  • Help the skin smoothly adhere to underlying tissue
  • Speed up healing
Dr. Nesmith will provide specific recommendations for how frequently you should wear a compression garment during your recovery.

How much does liposuction cost?

You can view pricing for all our cosmetic surgery procedures in Gainesville here.

Is liposuction safe?

When it is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Nesmith, liposuction rarely has any complications.

Some risks of this procedure include:
  • Hematoma: pooling of blood under the skin
  • Seroma: a pocket of fluid under the skin
  • Thrombophlebitis: when blood clots form in the deep veins
  • Changes in skin color or sensation
  • Rippling or loose skin
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How much fat can be removed with liposuction?

The total amount of fat that can be removed varies from patient to patient and will depend on your body mass index (BMI). Many patients can have up to 5 liters of fat removed.

The amount of fat removed does not correlate to weight loss. Although you may lose some weight from the procedure, liposuction is ideal for candidates who are already close to their goal weight. It is not intended as a weight-loss procedure.

How old do you have to be to get liposuction?

You must be 18 years or older to receive this procedure.

Does insurance cover liposuction?

While liposuction is very popular, it is usually considered by insurance companies to be an elective procedure. Our team is happy to answer your questions about financing your procedure without insurance.
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Is liposuction worth it?

Many of the liposuction patients at Nesmith Plastic Surgery have worked hard through healthy diet and exercise to reach their goal weight. But, areas of stubborn fat remain even in healthy bodies, and it can be incredibly frustrating.

Our patients report their clothes fitting better, feeling younger, and feeling more confident. The emotional benefits of finally looking the way you feel is a major reason this procedure is so popular.

Tummy Tuck vs Liposuction

If you are unhappy with your abdominal area, you may be considering a tummy tuck or liposuction. These procedures accomplish two different things – most notably, tummy tucks remove excess skin as well as fat. Liposuction removes fat cells and relies on skin elasticity to contour your body.

If your skin is already sagging in certain places, it may not have the elasticity needed to achieve optimal results with liposuction. A tummy tuck would remove not only the fat, but also any sagging and excess skin.
  • Liposuction is ideal for patients with good skin elasticity.
  • Tummy tucks are ideal for patients with sagging and excess skin.

Sometimes, patients are clear candidates for one procedure and not the other. Dr. Nesmith will help you define your goals and expectations for surgery, and he will recommend the procedure most suited to you.

How fast will I see results?

In some cases, you'll notice improved body contour right away, but your full results will likely be disguised by swelling. Any swelling will reduce dramatically after six weeks and will continue to lessen over the next several months.

It is not uncommon for skin to stay loosened in the area of a liposuction procedure for up to 6 months. Over time, your skin will naturally tighten and take shape to the newly contoured areas of your body.

How long will my results last?

The results of liposuction are long-lasting, so long as you maintain your body weight. Gaining weight allows fat cells in the treated area and other areas to grow larger. This could possibly diminish your results. Substantial weight gain develops new fat cells throughout the body.

It's important to keep up your healthy diet and exercise following your procedure. Although you will not be able to exercise immediately during your recovery, it is an important healthy habit that will help you maintain best results.

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