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.
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.
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.
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.