Koger Cosmetic Clinic & Medspa offers liposuction for men and women in Palm Beach County, including West Palm Beach, Vero Beach, Wellington, and the surrounding areas of Florida.
Liposuction, also called suction lipectomy or lipoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that removes excess fat. By targeting fat in areas like the thighs, buttocks, stomach, hips, chin, knees, cheeks, neck and upper arms, the body can be shaped and contoured in an attractive way. Recent advancements have made liposuction a better procedure than it was even ten years ago. New techniques, including power-assisted surgery, ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL) and super-wet and tumescent techniques, enable the procedure to be performed with less downtime and better results.
About the liposuction procedure
During liposuction, fat deposits on isolated parts of the body are removed. This can be done to shape bulging areas like love handles, to remove other areas of unwanted fat or even to contour the face by strategically removing neck and cheek fat. During the procedure, Dr. Koger makes a tiny incision and inserts a cannula, a small tube that vacuums out layers of fat under the skin. The tube moves back and forth to break up fat cells and ease removal. If working on more than one area of the body, Dr. Koger makes multiple incisions, always making sure to be as minimally invasive and inconspicuous as possible.
Before and After
Benefits of liposuction
Liposuction removes pockets of stubborn fat from the body. After liposuction, the area appears more contoured and toned.
Candidates for liposuction
While liposuction effectively removes fat from targeted areas, a candidate must have realistic expectations. The procedure can improve appearance and thus give a boost to your self-esteem, but it cannot make you a new person. Patients should know their expectations and be able to discuss them with Dr. Koger so that he can properly advise on the options available.
Patients with a healthy weight but isolated areas where excess fat persists make the best candidates for liposuction.
Planning your liposuction procedure
When you first visit Dr. Koger for a consultation, he will go over a few different things with you. Dr. Koger will look at your overall health, your skin condition, and where any pockets of fat exist. Using his expertise, Dr. Koger will describe what body contour procedure would benefit you the most.
It is important to be honest and straightforward with what you expect. This will allow Dr. Koger to tailor the procedure to your needs and also allow him to be honest about what results you should anticipate. Those thinking of liposuction can find the process overwhelming. They may think they need abdominal liposuction when they need a tummy tuck instead. They may not know what to expect from the procedure, but Dr. Koger possesses many years of training and experience and will be able to offer suggestions. By meeting with him, Dr. Koger can walk you through the right treatment for your needs.
Where your liposuction procedure is performed
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that is performed in a surgical suite. You will go home the same day, so someone will need to drive you after the procedure.
Type of anesthesia for your liposuction procedure
Dr. Koger works closely with patients to determine the right kind of anesthesia for them. Different types of anesthesia can be used during the procedure according to the patient’s needs and medical history. You will work with Dr. Koger so that he can pick the anesthesia that will prove effective and safe.
If the procedure is small and localized, Dr. Koger will typically recommend local anesthesia. This often takes the form of an IV that allows the patient to relax throughout the entire procedure. If a larger amount of fat is to be removed or if the patient desires to be unconscious during the procedure, general anesthesia may be the better option. Regardless of which type of anesthesia is used, an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist will monitor you throughout to ensure safety.
- Tumescent liposuction – Involves the injection of tumescent fluid into fat before removing it. This fluid helps make the removal of the fat easier. Tumescent fluid is made up of saline solution, lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and epinephrine for blood vessel contraction. This type of procedure is normally only performed for those patients who have opted for a local anesthetic. A variation of this technique, called super-wet technique, uses less fluid. Tumescent liposuction may take up to five hours, depending on the amount of fat removed.
- Ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL) – Uses a cannula that also makes ultrasonic waves. While Dr. Koger moves the cannula around, the waves break down and destroy walls of fat. The liquefied fat becomes much easier to remove, making the procedure more effective. It especially aids in removing fat from the more fibrous areas of the patient’s body, including from the upper neck and breast area in men. It may also be used to perform precision work as a secondary procedure.
After your liposuction procedure
You should expect to wear a special elastic garment to keep the skin around your new contours tight. Depending on the need, over-the-counter or prescription medication can be taken to reduce any discomfort.
Getting back to normal after liposuction
Downtime after liposuction varies based on the area that is treated and the extent of the procedure. Dr. Koger provides post-surgery instructions during the consultation.
Your new look after liposuction
Swelling is typically minimal after liposuction, but it may take some time before you are able to see the full results of the procedure. We recommend that you continue with exercising and eating right to keep the area looking toned.
Paying for your liposuction procedure
After the complimentary consultation with Dr. Koger, we discuss the cost of your procedure. Koger Cosmetic Clinic & Medspa offers financing should you be interested in making affordable monthly payments.
Dr. Koger is a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers liposuction for residents of West Palm Beach, Vero Beach, Wellington, and the surrounding areas of Palm Beach County. Contact us to schedule a consultation.