Liposuction has become exceedingly popular due to its remarkable ability to correct a common problem: areas of excess fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Healthy, fit men and women can reshape and refine their trouble spots and attain the shape they desire through liposuction. In Omaha, many people have entrusted the highly-qualified plastic surgeons at Aesthetic Surgical Images to sculpt their bodies and enhance their confidence through this procedure.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Liposuction is a contouring procedure to banish unwanted excess fat from specific areas of the body, especially the abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs and upper arms. It is a safe, effective way to achieve a sleeker shape that is in greater harmony with the rest of your body.
This procedure has become one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures. At Aesthetic Surgical Images, you can rest assured that our entire staff of caring professionals will treat you with personalized attention. In your initial consultation, one of our plastic surgeons will discuss your goals, address any concerns and even help you visualize realistic results using a state-of-the-art computer imaging system. Learn more about this procedure by reviewing our list of Frequently Asked Questions.
What is tumescent liposuction?
Your Liposuction procedure
The surgeons of Aesthetic Surgical Images perform liposuction in our operating room, under general anesthesia. We begin by making small incisions and injecting the fat with an anesthetic solution that improves comfort and minimizes bleeding. We then insert a specialized hollow tube called a cannula into the incision to break up and suction out the excess fat.
Compression Garments Following Surgery
Enjoying your results
You’ll see a noticeable difference in the shape of your body within 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. Once fat cells are gone, they should not return, but it’s important to note that liposuction does not get rid of all the fat cells in any given area. If you gain a lot of weight after procedure, the remaining fat cells can get bigger. By maintaining a healthy weight and exercising, your results should be long lasting.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then look no further than our before & after photo gallery to see the difference liposuction can make.
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- Does liposuction tighten loose skin?
- Should you lose weight before or after liposuction?
- Choosing the right Compression Garment after Liposuction
Liposuction is the removal of unwanted fat through incisions that are usually less than a quarter of an inch in length. Through these small incisions a device called a cannula is inserted. A cannula is a narrow tube of varying lengths and widths. The cannula is moved back and forth thereby breaking up the fat. The fat is then suctioned through the cannula, through a tube and into a container.
Liposuction of the abdomen removes only excess fat. A tummy tuck will remove excess fat, redundant skin, many stretch marks and will usually tighten the abdominal wall muscles. These muscles may have been stretched from pregnancy or significant weight gain. Your doctor can help determine which procedure will best achieve your goals.
On the day of surgery you will be marked in a standing position because we know that skin and fat shifts when you are laying down. Your surgeon will determine at that time approximately how much fat will be removed. You are then taken to the operating room and either general anesthesia or local anesthesia will be administered. The fat to be removed is first injected with a special fluid. The fluid contains epinephrine (adrenaline), saline solution and in some cases lidocaine (a local anesthetic). The fluid is intended to create pressure in the fat to reduce bleeding. In addition, the adrenaline will shrink the small blood vessels in the fat which also reduces any bleeding. A cannula is then placed through incisions less than a quarter of an inch in length. With a back and forth movement, the fat is broken up and suctioned into a canister.
Although there are exceptions to every rule it is very rare to see re-accumulation of fat in areas which have undergone liposuction.
The word tumescence means “tenseness.” In tumescent liposuction enough fluid is placed into the fat to make the fat feel quite tense and almost hard to the touch. This pressure in the fat will cut down on some bleeding that may occur during liposuction. The fluid may also contain epinephrine (adrenaline) which shrinks blood vessels and further prevents bleeding. It may also contain a local anesthetic in order to remove feeling from the area. Tumescent liposuction can be done under a local anesthetic or under general anesthesia.
Yes, general anesthesia is safe. Our anesthesia is performed by a physician who specializes in anesthesia and is skilled in taking care of the patient undergoing liposuction. We are fortunate to have the same anesthesiologists each day. With the focused experience they have in liposuction and other cosmetic procedures they are ideally suited to perform anesthesia.
In the first 24 hours after surgery you will need to be accompanied by someone who will stay with you throughout the day and the night. On the next day we will see you back in the office for a postoperative check.
During the first few weeks we will expect you to wear the compression garment we have selected for you. Compression is important because the cannula creates small hollow areas which we want to collapse and be molded into an optimal shape. You can shower with the garment on and blow dry it with a blow dryer on a low setting. At the end of the week we will see you and remove the few stitches you have in. You will then be expected to wear your compression garment continuously for those first few weeks.
This depends on the type of activity you plan to return to, the amount of fat removed and the number of sites liposuctioned. Going on a walk the next day should not be a problem. We recommend, however, that you refrain from aerobic exercise for approximately three weeks. Some people return to work the next day; many people however prefer two more days of recuperation before they return to their work place.
During the first week to ten days you will notice swelling. Following this the swelling subsides and your final result gradually unfolds. Everyone is different. Some people retain their swelling longer than others. In any event, you should notice a significant improvement a few weeks after the operation. We would expect continued improvement over the next 2-3 months.
As with any operation a risk of infection is present. This, however, is extremely rare in patients undergoing liposuction. Bleeding is also a risk which is equally rare. Problems with blood pressure can develop if too much fat is removed. At Aesthetic Surgical Images we closely adhere to the guidelines suggested by the American Society of Plastic Surgery. If a person for some unusual reason requires the removal of more fat it will either be done in a separate operation or possibly in the hospital with an associated hospital stay.
Yes. The number of areas to be liposuctioned is not as important as the total amount of fat removed. Many patients undergo liposuction with a total amount well below the upper limits of safety recommended by the American Society of Plastic Surgery. What this means, is that you can safely have your hips, thighs, buttocks and abdomen all contoured at the same operation. This cuts down on your recovery time and markedly reduces your cost.
Taking the next step
Request a complimentary cosmetic consultation with Aesthetic Surgical Images online or call (402) 390-0100 or (800) 331-5001 to learn how liposuction can improve your shape and body image.
Why Choose Aesthetic Surgical Images
- For almost 20 years, Aesthetic Surgical Images in Omaha has earned a reputation as one of the top plastic surgery practices in the Midwest.
- Dr. Edney completed his 5-year residency in general surgery at Creighton University and subsequently received his board certification in general surgery.
- Dr. Marie Montag has been in practice since 1997 and is a Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
- Dr. Bruneteau completed a fellowship in microvascular surgery at the University of California and a fellowship in craniofacial surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston; also, is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
- Dr. Biggerstaff completed his plastic surgery training at the University of California, Irvine; also, he is board eligible.