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Liposuction offers a way to eliminate stubborn areas of fat in just one visit. Residents of Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, can rely on Michael Van Vliet, MD, FACS, and Daniel Westawski, MD, FACS, of Luminary Dermatology for outstanding liposuction services. Begin the process today by calling to schedule a visit or booking from the online scheduling page. 

Liposuction Q & A

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a minimally invasive surgical treatment that uses carefully controlled suction to remove fat cells from your body permanently. It’s one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures available, largely because it offers reliable results with a low risk of side effects. 

The process begins with anesthesia to keep you comfortable from start to finish. Depending on your preferences and the volume of fat being removed, options include an injection of local anesthetic, intravenous sedation, or general sedation. 

Next, your practitioner begins by making a small incision to gain access to the deeper layer of your skin. A small hollow tube called a cannula enters your body through the incision and helps loosen the targeted fat cells. 

Gentle suction created by a syringe or medical vacuum device then removes those fat cells from your body. Once your practitioner is pleased with your refined contouring, they remove the cannula and close the incisions. 

What areas of the body respond well to liposuction treatments?

Liposuction is a great option for virtually any area of your body where fatty deposits linger even after your best diet and exercise efforts. Some of the popular treatment areas include:

  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Upper arms
  • Upper thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Beneath the chin
  • Hips
  • Calves
  • Ankles

While liposuction permanently eliminates fat cells, it isn’t a weight loss treatment or an alternative to a healthy lifestyle. Gaining a significant amount of weight after liposuction will mar your results. 

How can I ease my recovery process after liposuction?

Your provider explains your role in the recovery process, giving you all the information needed to help you navigate the days after your procedure. Adhering to these guidelines is the best way to support your body as it adjusts. 

You’ll experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the days following your treatment. Follow your provider’s advice on how to ease discomfort and what to look for during the healing process. If you notice any signs of infection or other troubling changes, call the office immediately to schedule a visit. 

It can take several months for the swelling to fully subside. At that point, you’ll see the full results of your liposuction treatment. 

To book an initial consultation, call the office to check availability or try the easy online booking tool.