The presence of excess fat deposits on the body often causes people to look physically unattractive. Of course, diet and exercise are usually the best solutions to reduce body fat and get a slimmer, more toned physique. However, there are times when even a healthy lifestyle fails to produce satisfactory results. To effectively eliminate stubborn fat tissue, many individuals often choose to undergo liposuction.
Liposuction can be performed on a wide-range of areas, including the:
The ideal candidate for liposuction is in good general health and has firm, elastic skin. Since liposuction is not intended to be a weight loss procedure, patients should already be at or close to their ideal body weight. Although liposuction typically produces great results, it is important that patients have realistic expectations about the outcome.
Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis with the patient under general anesthesia. Dr. Alexander makes tiny incisions in the targeted areas of the body that need improvement. He then inserts a cannula (thin hollow tube) through the incisions under the skin and gently moves the cannula back and forth to separate the fat deposits from the surrounding tissue. After a vacuum device permanently suctions out the fat, Dr. Alexander closes the incisions with sutures.
As soon as the procedure is complete, bandages will be placed over the incisions, and specialized compression garment will be applied to the treated area to reduce swelling and bruising. Some discomfort may be present during the first few days, but prescribed medication will help alleviate this symptom. Most patients are able to return to work within one week. To ensure a safe and speedy recovery, patients should avoid any strenuous activities and exercises for at least three to four weeks.
To schedule a consultation with South Florida plastic surgeon, Dr. Timothy Alexander, we welcome you to call (954) 589-0722 or conveniently fill out our online contact form today. Along with his friendly and experienced staff, Dr. Alexander looks forward to helping you get a body that you can feel good about for years to come.