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.
Lipo 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 liposuction Omaha 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.
Chin Liposuction Recovery
Chin liposuction recovery varies from patient to patient and depends on a variety of factors. We generally recommend that patients take a week off from work following this procedure because of swelling and bruising. The majority of patients feel good in about 24 to 48 hours, but may not feel presentable for at least a week. Patients are able to resume most activities in about one to two weeks, but heavy lifting and strenuous activities should be avoided for at least 4 to 6 weeks following surgery.
In the post-operative period compression garments head elevation and low salt diets can minimize swelling. It’s also important to avoid heavy lifting and other activities that might elevate blood pressure and cause bleeding. In addition, it’s also important to avoid Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Motrin and other drugs that can cause bleeding. When these steps are taken bruising and swelling are minimized and recovery periods tend to be shorter.
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.
- Does fat come back after liposuction?
- What surgical options are available to achieve a flatter stomach?
- Does liposuction tighten loose skin?
- Should you lose weight before or after liposuction?
- Choosing the right Compression Garment after Liposuction
“After having two kids I had difficulty losing the weight in my abdominal region. I also had excess fat in my thighs. No matter how much I worked out I could not get rid of these areas. I then decided to interview different plastic surgeons in Omaha. I was thoroughly impressed with Dr. Edney and his staff. During the consultation Dr. Edney reviewed the procedure in great detail. His professionalism was superb. I then decided to go through with the procedure. In the weeks leading up to the surgery, I had excellent interactions with Dr. Edney’s nurse Katie and PA Betsy. Both Katie and Betsy put me at ease about the up coming surgery. I then had Liposuction by Dr Edney on the following areas: abdominal area, flanks, hips, inner thighs. The post op follow up was amazing. I returned for a follow up check up the next day, then 5 days later, then 2 weeks later, and 4 weeks later. I really appreciated that they cared how I felt after the operation and wanted to make sure I was satisfied. It took me about a week to feel better after the procedure. I went to work after a week and a half , however I advise people not to return to work until 2 weeks after the procedure. I firmly recommend Dr. Edney and his practice to anyone who is looking to have liposuction.”5 Stars
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.
Patients who undergo tumescent liposuction can expect swelling and discomfort following this procedure. In an effort to decrease swelling, most surgeons utilize compression garments in the post-operative period. Although each patient should be considered individually, we generally recommend three to four weeks of compression following liposuction.
Compression minimizes swelling and decreases post-operative pain. It helps to remodel the soft tissue by collapsing tunnels created by the liposuction cannula during the procedure. Compression contributes significantly to the contour improvement seen with this procedure.
Swelling and water retention following tumescent liposuction can be reduced with compression massage, exercise and low salt diets. These maneuvers ultimately improve the post-operative experience by minimizing swelling and discomfort following this procedure.
Lipo Recovery Process
Liposuction can be a very frustrating procedure for a lot of patients. Unlike most of the procedures we do as plastic surgeons, with liposuction you do not see your results right away. The swelling does not even begin to go down for at least 3-4 weeks. Expect to slowly see the swelling decrease for at least another couple of months. It can take anywhere from 3-4 months (or longer) to be completely gone. Sometimes it can help to massage any areas that are firm or swollen to help mobilize the tissue fluid. The pain is similarly frustrating. It is common for people to complain of discomfort off and on for a few months. At first, there will be operative pain, and then you will feel more burning, tingling pain as the nerves start to recuperate. All of this is temporary and does eventually resolve. A good sign that the swelling has subsided is if the nerves have fully recuperated and the tissue sensation is back to normal. Make sure you consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon if you are interested in liposuction.
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.
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.
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