Changes to your exercise routine, stress levels or eating habits can create unwanted fat deposits around the body. Liposuction can help sculpt stubborn areas and improve your self-confidence. Located in Jupiter, FL, Koger Cosmetic Clinic and Medspa led by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Koger, performs liposuction for Palm Beach County residents, including West Palm Beach, Vero Beach and Wellington.
For men, common sites include under the chin and around the waist. Liposuction may also be used in the reduction of enlarged male breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia.
To be a good candidate for liposuction, you must have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for you. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Dr. Koger.
Individuals considering liposuction often feel a bit overwhelmed by the number of options and techniques available today. However, Dr. Koger can help you decide which is the right treatment approach for you. Dr. Koger will consider effectiveness, cost, and appropriateness for your needs.
Through a tiny incision, a narrow tube or cannula is inserted and used to vacuum the fat layer that lies deep beneath the skin. The cannula is pushed then pulled through the fat layer, breaking up the fat cells and suctioning them out. The suction action is provided by a vacuum pump or a large syringe, depending on the surgeon’s preference. If many sites are being treated, Dr. Koger will then move on to the next area, working to keep the incisions as inconspicuous as possible.
The basic technique of liposuction, as described above, is used in all patients undergoing this procedure. However, as the procedure has been developed and refined, several variations have been introduced.
- Fluid Injection, a technique in which a medicated solution is injected into fatty areas before the fat is removed, is commonly used by plastic surgeons today. The fluid, a mixture of intravenous salt solution, lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and epinephrine (a drug that contracts blood vessels), helps remove the fat more easily, reduces blood loss and provides anesthesia during and after surgery.
- Tumescent liposuction, typically performed on patients who need only a local anesthetic, usually takes significantly longer than traditional liposuction. The injected fluid contains anesthetic. Therefore, additional anesthesia may not be necessary. Large volumes of fluid (sometimes as much as three times the amount of fat to be removed) are injected. The name of this technique refers to the swollen and firm or “tumescent” state of the fatty tissues when they are filled with solution.
- The super-wet technique is similar to the tumescent technique, except that lesser amounts of fluid are used. Usually, the amount of fluid injected is equal to the amount of fat to be removed. This technique often requires IV sedation or general anesthesia and typically takes one to two hours of surgery time.
- Ultrasound-Assisted Lipoplasty (UAL) requires the use of a special cannula that produces ultrasonic energy. As it passes through the areas of fat, the energy explodes the walls of the fat cells, liquefying the fat. The fat is then removed with the traditional liposuction technique. UAL has been shown to improve the ease and effectiveness of liposuction in fibrous areas of the body, such as the upper back or the enlarged male breast. It is also commonly used in secondary procedures when enhanced precision is needed. In general, UAL takes longer to perform than traditional liposuction.
If you live in or around West Palm Beach, Wellington, Vero Beach or anywhere in Palm Beach County, and are looking for a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform liposuction, contact Dr. Koger at Koger Cosmetic Clinic and Medspa in Jupiter, FL, today, to set up a complimentary consultation.