Liposuction in Tampa
Liposuction is a common procedure performed at Marcadis Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa. This surgery is performed to change your body contours to one that you find more appealing and in harmony with the rest of your body. Your goals should reflect realistic expectations as to what is possible to achieve with surgery that removes localized fatty deposits.
Having unwanted localized fatty deposits can develop over time or be inherited as a normal part of body anatomy. This condition can cause some to feel self-conscious and less confident about their appearance. Clothing styles or fabrics that accentuate or expose body contours can be difficult to wear. Liposuction can reshape fatty deposits that cause undesired contours and allow people to feel less concerned and more confident about their appearance.
Liposuction is a purely elective procedure and is not required for functional reasons. Areas of liposuction are different for each patient and is personalized to reflect your desires and anatomy. Some of the more common areas of liposuction include the abdomen, arms, back, chest, hips, buttocks, neck, chin and thighs.
Candidates for liposuction are healthy patients with a reasonable level of fitness that may still have localized fat deposits and have areas that are disproportionate with the rest of body. Liposuction can be done as a procedure by itself or can be used to enhance procedures such as a facelift, breast reduction (reduction mammoplasty) or even a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).
Tampa Liposuction Consultation:
During your consultation, Dr. Marcadis will listen to your concerns and the outcome you want to achieve. Dr. Marcadis will also discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the procedure and will go over the incision site and scars. We know that having liposuction is a very personal decision therefore, it is important that Dr. Marcadis understand your goals, desires, and expectations during your consultation. He will discuss the procedure and risks of undergoing liposuction. Depending on your goals, Dr. Marcadis may discuss combining other areas of liposuction or in combination with other procedures.
At Marcadis Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa, we take our patient’s health very seriously. During your pre-operative appointment, we will review the procedure, your goals, and expectations, and discuss your care after surgery. At this appointment, we will again review your medical history and perform routine preoperative laboratory testing.
Liposuction is an elective plastic surgery procedure that is done under a light general anesthesia. Each liposuction procedure is different and is personalized to reflect your desires and anatomy. To perform the surgery, Dr. Marcadis will inject a wetting solution under the skin through a small incision to minimize bruising and for fluid replacement. A thin cannula is then inserted under the skin and suction is used to break up and remove fat. The fatty layer is reshaped to obtain a uniform skin fold thickness that is similar to surrounding non-bulge area. Incisions are small and usually require one stitch to close. This procedure is performed in our Joint Commission (JCAHO) accredited surgical facility. Anesthesia is provided by board certified anesthesiologists with many years of experience and on staff at major local hospitals.
Recovery after a liposuction:
Immediately after surgery, a compression garment is placed on the area of liposuction. The compression garment will help the skin contract and limit bruising and swelling. This compression garment will be used for the first week and may be used as much as 6-8 weeks until the desired results start to become apparent. The full effects of liposuction are typically seen at 6 months post- op. You may resume all your normal non-strenuous activities as soon as discomfort allows. Most of our patients resume to their work about 3-5 days post surgery. Most swelling will gradually dissipate over 6 weeks. We will continue to see you during your follow up until healing is assured. All recovery expectations will be discussed during your initial consultation and at your pre-operative appointment. Call (813) 878-0089 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Marcadis to determine if liposuction is right for you. At Marcadis Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa, we pride ourselves with over 20 years of experience, professionalism and personalized patient care. Dr. Marcadis is one of the most experienced board certified plastic surgeon in the area; he is well known in the Tampa Bay area including Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and Orlando.
Procedure, Risks and Limitations
Purpose: Increase satisfaction with body shape by removing localized fatty deposits through surgery.
Goals: To change body contours to one that you find more appealing and in harmony with the rest of your body. Your goals should reflect realistic expectations as to what is possible to achieve with surgery that removes localized fatty deposits.
Condition: Body contours can have a significant impact on appearance. A surplus of subcutaneous fatty tissue can form a bulge that hides the preferred underlying muscle and bone contours and creates undesired secondary contours. Localized fatty deposits can develop over time or be inherited as a normal part of body anatomy. Undesired localized fatty deposits are usually at specific areas but can be located anywhere on the body.
Being unhappy about body contours can reduce one’s quality of life and can lead some to feel self-conscious and less confident about their appearance. Clothing styles or fabrics that accentuate or expose body contours can be difficult to wear. Some feel less comfortable in or avoid social, recreational, occupational or intimate activities. Liposuction can reshape fatty deposits that cause undesired contours and allow people to feel less concerned and more confident about their appearance. It can restore quality of life and well being in ways that are not possible by any other means.
Limitations, Tradeoffs and Side Effects: Results of liposuction may be limited because of factors we cannot change.
Liposuction is an excellent but a very specific way to thin the subcutaneous fat layer that is causing a bulge. If your appearance is due to any other reason, liposuction will be ineffective or only partially effective in achieving your goals.
Other causes of undesired contours include loose, saggy, or dimpled skin, poor elasticity, surface irregularities, bony prominences, thick muscles, poor muscle tone or laxity of the fascia. Liposuction will have no effect on any of these conditions.
Liposuction will not change a compact body type (endomorph) into a stretched out body type (ectomorph). For the best results skin must have good elasticity to be able to contract and conform to the underlying framework. Although the bulge may be improved, skin that cannot contract will have some surface waves. This would happen even if the area were made thinner by diet or exercise.
Liposuction involves surgery and the downside that is common to all surgical procedures. This includes use of anesthesia, bruising, swelling, pain, scars, recovery period, financial cost, risk of complications and possibly unpredictable results.
The results are not immediate and small amounts of swelling will be present for up to 3 months or longer. Loss of sensation in the operative area is usually temporary.
To get the most benefit from your surgery you must set a broad enough target for your goals so that the surgery will be successful.
Other conditions: Not every undesired contour or bulge represents a subcutaneous fatty deposit that can be treated with liposuction. Prominent bone structure or thick muscles can cause bulges. Loose skin that sags and expands would require skin removal to treat. Loose muscle with poor tone can be firmed with exercise and may tighten some contours. Abdominal bulges from stretched abdominal fascia require an abdominoplasty to treat. Fatty tissue under the fascia inside the abdomen cannot be accessed with liposuction. Cellulite is a skin surface irregularity and is not due to localized fatty deposits.
Alternatives to liposuction: Liposuction is a purely elective procedure and is not required for functional reasons. Please consider the risks / benefits of liposuction carefully. You may decide that liposuction is not for you. Sometimes a change in clothing styles or undergarments, or a diet and exercise program may allow you to achieve your goals to some degree without surgery. These alternative treatments may improve your appearance but will not remove localized fatty deposits that are a part of your natural shape.
Operation: Each liposuction procedure is different and is personalized to reflect your desires and anatomy. Liposuction is an outpatient procedure and takes approximately 1-2 hours. A light general anesthesia or sedation is used. A wetting solution is injected under the skin through a small (5 mm or less) incision to minimize bruising and for fluid replacement. A thin cannula is inserted under the skin and suction is used to break up and remove fat. The fatty layer is reshaped to obtain a uniform skin fold thickness that is similar to surrounding non-bulge area. After surgery swelling contract resulting in a thinner fat layer and changed body contour. Incisions are small and usually require one stitch. A compression garment is used after surgery.
Post-operative period and Recovery: Liposuction results are not seen immediately because of bruising, swelling and the time it takes for skin to adapt to the underlying contour. Approximately 40% of the results are visible at 1 month, 60% at 2 months, and 80% at 3 months. A compression garment to help the skin contract and to limit bruising and swelling is used for the first week and as much as possible for 6-8 weeks until the desired results start to become apparent. Bruising and swelling may be large but most will resolve within 2 weeks to normal preop levels. Sutures will dissolve in several weeks. Scars though usually imperceptible are present and permanent after all surgery. Some bumps may be felt or become visible under the surface temporarily as the swelling subsides.
There are minimal restrictions on your activity after surgery. Get back to usual non-exertional activities including bathing as soon as possible. Soreness is expected to improve rapidly. Avoid running or strenuous exercise for 2 weeks at which time you can resume all activities. Massage therapy to loosen swollen tissues may be beneficial.
Predicting exact postoperative appearance with fine detail or precision is not possible after any operation. Setting a broad target for your goals will allow you to get the most benefit from your surgery.
Remember, the full effects of liposuction will not visible for at least 3 – 6 months
Risks and possible complications:
Although the complications associated with liposuction are uncommon, all surgery carries some uncertainty and risk. In extremely rare instances this may even include death, disability and deformity. Most complications that develop will improve without treatment or are treatable. Some complications may require additional surgery and cost to you.
The complications most specific to liposuction include but are not limited to:
Anesthesia risk – Administering of any type anesthesia required for surgery involves risk.
Skin irregularities – Waviness/dimpling – more common in those with poor skin elasticity.
Asymmetry – One side of your body will always be different than the other side before and after the operation. Asymmetry from uneven removal can be sometimes improved with secondary surgery.
Pigmentation of skin – Usually temporary but may take 6 months or longer to improve.
Numbness of skin – Occurs in everyone to some degree-usually temporary.
Fluid / Blood collection – May accumulate under the skin and rarely require surgical drainage.
Undercorrection – Excess fat may remain after surgery and may require a touch up procedure to obtain best results.
Overcorrection – Fat may be removed that is needed for natural body contours and to help prevent skin irregularities. Treatment, if desired, may require fat re-injection or other revisional surgery.
Infection – Uncommon – requires antibiotic.
Injury to skin, blood vessel, or other organs – Rare occurrence when performed by a well trained plastic surgeon.
Blood clot or fat embolism – In legs or lungs is a potentially life-threatening problem that can occur with any surgery. More likely when extensive liposuction is combined with other major surgery. May require additional treatment including hospitalization.
Transfusions – Blood transfusions may very rarely be necessary for extensive liposuctions. Doing large liposuctions in two stages is preferred.
Unhappy with result – Your body contour after surgery may not meet your preoperative expectations. This may be due to inherent limitations of your anatomy such as prominent bone or muscle structure, thick muscular tissue, poor skin texture or elasticity, remaining fatty deposits, or unrealistic expectations as to what can be accomplished with liposuction. Sometimes additional surgery is desired to improve the results. Broad appearance goals allow you to get the most benefit from your surgery.
* It is very important that during the preoperative consultation you are certain about the expected result and ask for additional information if you are uncertain.
* Even though the risks and complications noted above occur infrequently they are the ones that are specific to liposuction or are of the greatest concern. Other unforeseen risks and complications can occur.
* Any complications that develop can result in additional surgery, time off work, hospitalization, and expense to you. Additional surgery including touchups, revisions, or complications requiring an operating facility would incur additional facility fees.
* Insurance does not cover cosmetic liposuction. Treatment of complications may or may not be covered by insurance.
* No guarantee – The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science; although good results are expected, there cannot be any guarantee, or warranty, expressed or implied, by anyone as to the results that may be obtained.
Do not take anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxin, herbal medications or diet pills for at least 2 weeks before and after surgery to help avoid bleeding problems. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is permitted. If you are unsure about your medication, please check with us.
NO SMOKING or other tobacco or nicotine products for at least 2 weeks before and after surgery.