Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgeries—with good reason! It’s an effective way to sculpt your body and eliminate stubborn pockets of fat that don’t respond well to diet and exercise. At Perfection Plastic Surgery and Skin Care in Tucson, we thoroughly evaluate each patient to make sure they’re a good candidate for liposuction. During your consultation with Dr. Kay, please don’t hesitate to ask any questions you might have about the liposuction procedure.
Good Candidates for Liposuction
Although liposuction removes body fat, it’s important to realize that this surgical procedure is not intended as a primary method of weight loss. Rather, good candidates for liposuction are those who are already within a normal weight range for their height, but who are having trouble getting rid of stubborn fat bulges in specific areas. Good candidates for liposuction should also be:
- In good overall health
- Not pregnant
Areas That Liposuction Can Target
Liposuction is an incredibly versatile type of plastic surgery because it can target so many different areas of the body. Many of our patients undergo liposuction on the abdomen and love handles, but Dr. Kay can also perform liposuction on the following areas:
- Thighs and calves
- Upper arms
- Chest and back
- Chin and neck
What to Expect from the Procedure
Some patients may only need local or regional anesthesia. Others may require general anesthesia. Dr. Kay will help you choose an appropriate option, depending on the extent of the surgery. If you will stay awake during the procedure, you may be given a sedative via IV to help you stay calm.
Very small incisions are used to insert a thin tube, called a cannula, which will remove the fat from the targeted areas. The procedure may be completed within an hour, or it may take a few hours, depending on the areas you wish to target. You will need someone to drive you home afterward. Expect to wear a compression garment for about six weeks, which will minimize swelling, encourage skin tightening, and help you feel more comfortable.
Your Results After Liposuction
During the liposuction procedure, Dr. Kay will remove significant amounts of fat cells from your body. Our patients are typically delighted to learn that once removed, it is impossible for fat cells to regenerate or “grow back.” However, it’s still possible for the remaining fat cells to get larger. This means that in order to maintain your sleek, sculpted physique, you will still need to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
If you’re curious about whether liposuction would be a good choice for you, you can contact Perfection Plastic Surgery and Skin Care to request a confidential consultation with Dr. Kay. You can reach us in Tucson at (520) 314-9405.