Did you know?
The procedure was revolutionized in the 1980s by Dr.
Jeffrey Klein, a dermatologist. He developed the tumescent technique
which makes liposuction a safe outpatient procedure without the danger
of hospitalization or general anesthesia.
Approximately 70% of all problem cases occur in hospital settings
under general anesthesia.
Dermatologists have been shown to be five times safer than plastic
surgeons for not only the reasons listed above.
Dr. Drugge was trained in liposuction in his residency and has been
performing this safe technique for over 15 years.
Liposuction is the most popular cosmetic procedure for both
men and women.
Finally, dermatologists perform more cases of liposuction, liposcultpure and
lipoplasty per year than plastic surgeons.
Effects of Future Weight Gain
The current belief is that once fat cells have been removed from the
body they do not grow back. Future weight gains tend to be distributed
more evenly over the body, as weight gain is the result of existing
cells swelling. Obviously liposuction removes some of those cells, so
weight gain in the treated areas is proportional to the increase in
size of remaining cells.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction was developed in the 1970’s by Georgio Fischer, M.D.
of Italy for the removal of fat deposits located in areas that are resistant
to diet and exercise, or that are naturally subject to fat deposition.
While not a treatment for generalized obesity, this procedure is ideal
for the removal of unwanted fat deposits in the face, chin, neck, hips,
buttocks, abdomen, knees, calves, chest and breasts.
The Best Candidates for Liposuction
To be a good candidate for liposuction, you must have realistic expectations
about what the procedure can do for you. It's important to understand
that liposuction can enhance your appearance and self confidence, but
it won't necessarily change your looks to match your ideal or cause
other people to treat you differently.
The best candidates for liposuction are normal-weight people with firm,
elastic skin who have pockets of excess fat in certain areas. You should
be physically healthy, psychologically stable and realistic in your
expectations. Your age is not a major consideration; however, older
patients may have diminished skin elasticity and may not achieve the
same results as a younger patient with tighter skin.
Liposuction carries greater risk for individuals with medical problems
such as diabetes, significant heart or lung disease, poor blood circulation,
or those who have recently had surgery near the area to be contoured.
Preparation, Surgery and Immediately Afterwards
Planning and discussion of liposuction may require one or two consultations
before an appointment for the procedure is made. A consent form will
be signed by the patient prior to treatment. Prior to having the surgery,
patients should refrain from taking any aspirin, (it can interfere with
proper blood clotting for at least 10 days).
On the day of the surgery, you may go about your usual routine, eat
a light breakfast if the surgery is in the morning or a light lunch
if it is in the afternoon. Avoid drinking large quantities of liquid,
as the procedure may take 1-3 hours. Be on time for your appointment
and wear comfortable loose-fitting clothes. Pre-operative digital photographs
will be taken prior to the procedure.
At the surgery, the doctor will mark the areas to be treated and inject
local anaesthetic into the areas where he plans to make incisions. Small
incisions are then made through which saline and numbing solution will
be injected using a blunt-tipped needle. Some discomfort may be felt
initially as the solution starts to go in, but that should soon fade
as the anaesthetic takes effect. The doctor will inject the solution
across the entire area to be treated. (Patients report a feeling more
of pressure than discomfort or pain during this). Then, the doctor will
insert the instrument (cannula) and start to remove the fat through
You will work with the doctor during the procedure and he will ask you
to stand up to assess the smoothness of your new contours (fat lies
differently in different positions).
If the procedure is on the buttocks, legs or abdomen, we request that
you have someone to drive you home and also recommend taking it easy
for the first 24 hours, but there is no need to stay completely sedentary.
In fact, light activity will help to stimulate healing. Post-operative
bruising and discomfort is usually minimal and may be treated with low
grade pain-killers such as Tylenol.
A follow up visit two days later is scheduled. You should not expect
to be fully able to assess the results for a few months, as the skin
recontours to the reduced fat layer. In a month, additional photographs will
be taken to compare to the pre-operative photos.
What is the cost of liposuction?
|Abdomen, upper & lower
|Chin, Cheeks, Jowls, Neck
|Ankles & Knees