Power Assisted Liposuction
As men and women age, the body may begin to store fat differently. Oftentimes, even those who eat a nutritious diet and exercise regularly discover that they have isolated areas of fat that prove resistant to traditional weight loss methods. With liposuction, our plastic surgeon in St. Louis—Jeffrey Copeland, MD—can remove this excess fat to help patients attain a slimmer, more toned silhouette.
- What is Liposuction?
- Liposuction Candidates
- Liposuction Results
- Liposuction Procedure
- Liposuction Recovery
- Liposuction Cost
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure designed to target and eliminate areas of stubborn fat, improving the body’s shape and contours. This versatile procedure can be used to reduce fat at nearly any area of the body where excess fat has accumulated. It is important to know that liposuction is indicated for body contouring and not as a means for weight loss.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
Candidates for liposuction are typically women or men who wish to remove excess fat from one or more areas of the body. Common areas targeted with liposuction include the abdomen, flanks (love handles), hips, lower back, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, neck, and chin. Some men may also choose liposuction to reduce fat on the chest. Ideal candidates are already at or near their ideal weight and use liposuction as a means of addressing problem areas that have proven difficult to target with exercise. Candidates should also be in good overall health, avoid smoking for several weeks (both before and after the procedure), and have realistic expectations about the results liposuction can accomplish. Some patients may choose to combine liposuction with an additional procedure, such as abdominoplasty, to further enhance the results of the procedure. The best way to determine your candidacy for liposuction is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Copeland.
How Is the Liposuction Procedure Performed?
Depending upon the location of the target area, Dr. Copeland typically uses the power-assisted liposuction (PAL) technique to perform this procedure. PAL is highly effective in removing localized deposits of adipose (fat) tissue that are often responsible for an undesirable appearance. The PAL method uses small incisions at the target site and a hollow metal tube, called a cannula, that vibrates to loosen fat cells. This vibrating effect provides enough force to separate fat cells in the target areas without doing extensive damage to surrounding tissue. These fat cells are then suctioned out through the cannula which is attached to a vacuum source. The duration of the liposuction procedure using the PAL technique is usually abbreviated.
What Is Liposuction Recovery Like?
Power-assisted liposuction (PAL) is considered to be a gentler approach than traditional liposuction techniques, which require the surgeon to manually break up fat cells with vigorous physical effort. The traditional technique is more likely to damage surrounding tissue or cause significant blood loss. With PAL, there is typically less swelling and bruising which helps reduce the recovery time.
Dr. Copeland recommends that his patients wear a compression garment at the surgical site for several weeks after the procedure to facilitate the healing process. Most patients can return to work or their normal daily activities within a few days to one week, depending upon the volume of fat that has been removed. Patients should also avoid strenuous exercise for approximately four weeks to allow the body heal properly.
How Much Does Liposuction Cost?
Each liposuction procedure is custom designed by Dr. Copeland to help ensure each patient achieves his or her cosmetic goals. As a result, there is no fixed cost for the liposuction procedure. Many variables can impact the total price of liposuction, including which areas are being targeted, the number of treatment areas, and the volume of fat that is removed. At the conclusion of your initial consultation, Dr. Copeland can provide you with an accurate quote for the cost of your customized procedure. For patients who might benefit from a monthly installment plan, financing options are available to qualified applicants. To learn more about financing the cost of your liposuction procedure, please talk with a member of our staff.
Contact Copeland Cosmetic Surgery
To find out more about liposuction or to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.