Liposuction is best performed to remove local collections of fat. Liposuction is not a replacement for losing weight. The most common areas that Dr. Jones and Dr. Loffredo treat are the arms, axilla (armpit), hips, thighs, back, and abdomen. Our surgeons at Cape and Islands Plastic Surgery also perform liposuction of the neck and jowls quite frequently. During the consultation, they will focus and identify with the patient the areas that are most bothersome. The better the skin tone, the better a patient is a candidate for liposuction.
Liposuction of the Body
When Dr. Jones and Dr. Loffredo perform liposuction on the body, the patient is under general anesthesia (you’re asleep). Unless the patient is having another procedure requiring an overnight (such as an abdominoplasty), you go home the same day. It is not painful, and most patients, partially depending on the extent of the surgery, describe the discomfort as moderate and well controlled with pain medication. Dr. Jones and Dr. Loffredo recommend patients take off two weeks from work for body liposuction. You do have to wear a compression garment (we provide these for you) or a binder (depending on the location of the liposuction) for at least three weeks. It is important to understand that the final medical result will not be complete until 6 months from the time of surgery.*
Liposuction of the Abdomen
Liposuction of the abdomen is a very different procedure when compared to an abdominoplasty. Liposuction is the surgical removal of localized fat deposits in the abdomen. It does not remove any excess skin at all. Traditional liposuction involves suctioning out localized fat deposits, through a cannulae (narrow hollowed out metal shaft). These fat deposits should be disproportionately large in an otherwise balanced figure. It is important that the patient have firm abdominal skin and good muscle tone. Liposuction of the abdomen can be combined with an abdominoplasty for total abdominal recontouring.*
*Individual results may vary from person to person.