Gainesville Liposuction Procedures
Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes unwanted fat from various areas of the body. The removal of excess skin may be necessary as well to firm and smooth the areas, and 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. The most common trouble areas for patients are the hips, buttocks, thighs, and abdomen, but liposuction can also be used to help tone the back, upper arms, and calves.
The liposuction procedure is an outpatient surgery. It begins with small, carefully placed incisions in the area where the procedure is being performed. A suction tube is inserted through the incisions and used to remove fat deposits. There are several liposuction procedures that can be performed, and a Gainesville plastic surgery consultation can help you and Dr. Nesmith determine how to get the best results.
Suction-Assisted Liposuction (SAL)
Nearly every liposuction procedure is a type of suction-assisted liposuction. The methods for breaking up fat cells and tissue vary, but the majority of liposuction involves rely on suctioning methods to remove the fat that has been broken up or liquefied. Dr. Nesmith uses a cannula, which is a very thin and hollow needle, to loosen fat in the targeted area. The fat is also removed through the cannula which is connected to a vacuum-powered device. Smaller areas targeted for liposuction can have fat cells removed without a suctioning device, relying instead on a syringe connected to the cannula.
SmartLipo is quickly becoming all the rage as the newest development in body sculpting and contouring procedures. This technique uses laser lipolysis to target fat deposits in the body. The laser energy liquefies fat cells which are then suctioned away. This procedure permanently removes fat cells from the body, and it can also enhance the healing process. The energy emitted from the laser during the procedure actually seals off the blood vessels, greatly reducing swelling and bruising that are common with liposuction. SmartLipo procedures can be performed in less time than other liposuction surgeries, and results can be seen almost immediately.
A tumescent liposuction surgery begins with local anesthesia, saline solution and adrenaline injected into the area targeted in the procedure. This causes the area to swell, which makes 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, and this procedure is one of the more common forms of Gainesville liposuction and throughout the United States.
Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL)
As a relatively new procedure offered, power-assisted liposuction has a few advantages over other, older forms of liposuction. PAL is a process in which a cannula has a vibrating tip that can break up fatty tissue in order for the fat cells to be suctioned out. This type of procedure is used in conjunction with the tumescent liposuction surgery, and is successful in removing fat deposits while inducing little to no trauma to surrounding cells. The procedure is safer and more effective than other types of procedures, and bruising and swelling are reduced.
Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?
At Nesmith Plastic Surgery Center, the health and well-being of our patients is always our top concern. Liposuction is an ideal procedure for patients who have unwanted fat deposits on localized areas of their bodies that are unresponsive to exercise and dieting. Liposuction is not a weight loss solution, and it is not recommended to be used as a first step in significant weight loss. The most successful liposuction procedures are performed on patients who are of a healthy weight and in good health both physically and emotionally.
While removing excess skin can help to tighten a specific area, such as the stomach, results are best when liposuction is performed on patients with skin that still holds elasticity and is firm. Patients of an advanced age may not see the same results as patients who are younger, as skin can lose its elasticity over time.
Gainesville Liposuction Recovery Time
Recovery time will vary for each patient depending on the amount of fat removed and whether additional procedures were performed at the time of liposuction in Gainesville, FL. Multiple procedures can result in a longer, more uncomfortable recovery period. The majority of patients will feel back to normal within a week, and some patients can even return to work after a few days. We recommend that all patients wear compression garments for up to two months following a procedure in order to aid the body’s healing. It is not uncommon for skin to stay loosened in the area of a liposuction procedure for up to 6 months, and over time the skin will naturally tighten and take shape to the new contoured areas of your body.