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Liposuction in Jackson, MS

What is a liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses tiny access incisions to remove excess fatty tissue from problem areas that may include the abdomen, back, hips, buttocks, thighs, arms, legs, neck, or face. Liposuction results in an improved shape and contour to the area treated, creating an enhanced aesthetic appearance.

Is liposuction for me?

Liposuction is an excellent choice for those who wish to improve contour in one or more anatomic areas that have excess fatty tissue unresponsive to diet and exercise.

Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity, nor is it a substitute for weight loss. Individuals who are actively losing weight should continue to do so until they have reached their weight loss goals. Only then should liposuction be considered to fine-tune your body’s contour.

Liposuction does not treat excess skin. Excess skin requires excisional techniques such as tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift, or other body contouring procedures.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your contour and presence of excess fatty tissue, and you have realistic goals and expectations, liposuction may be right for you. Please call our office at Allure Plastics and schedule your appointment with Dr. Walker to learn how liposuction can help you achieve your goals!

Who is not a candidate for a liposuction?

While liposuction is a safe procedure for healthy individuals with appropriate goals and expectations, there are some conditions that can increase the potential of a poor outcome. These include:

  • smoking
  • bleeding or clotting disorders
  • conditions which result in poor wound healing capability
  • history of keloid scarring
  • continued fluctuations in weight
  • unrealistic expectations
  • previous abdominal surgery

Can you tell me more about the liposuction procedure?

Liposuction, also known as suction-assisted lipoplasty, is an outpatient surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess fat deposits through tiny skin incisions. Through these incisions, which are usually no more than one-quarter inch in diameter, cannulas are introduced into the fatty layers and passed back and forth in a controlled manner. Cannulas, which are thin, hollow metal tubes, are the main instrument used during the procedure. By attaching these tubes to a surgical vacuum, fatty tissue is removed from the body. At the completion of your procedure, compressive garments or dressings will be applied.

Additionally, laser-assisted methods and procedures can be used to achieve liposuction results. One or two types of lasers heat and liquefy the fat, which is then either removed through suction or absorbed back into the body. During your consultation, all procedure options and combinations will be explained and discussed in detail.

Liposuction may be performed using the tumescent technique, light sedation, or general anesthesia. With the tumescent technique, a diluted local anesthetic solution is injected into the fat under the skin. The area is ready for liposuction when it is swollen and firm.

There are limits to how much fat can be removed during a single liposuction procedure. The limitations will depend on your general health and the location and conditions of your procedure. Dr. Walker will discuss these limitations and options with you during your consultation. At Allure Plastics, we are dedicated to achieving excellent results while ensuring the safety of our clients.

Can liposuction be performed at the same time as a tummy tuck?

The exact answer to this question depends on the areas in question and varies for each patient. Liposuction can improve results with tummy tuck surgery, particularly in the flank and hip area. This combination of liposuction and tummy tuck is referred to as lipoabdominoplasty. While some areas may undergo liposuction at the time of the tummy tuck, it is not safe in all areas. We will discuss your problem areas during a consultation and develop a plan to help you achieve the goals you desire in a safe manner.

What should I expect in the recovery period after liposuction?

Liposuction is well tolerated by the vast majority of patients. Pain is mild to moderate and is well controlled by oral medications. Most patients are under observation for at least an hour and then go home the same day.

Prescriptions will include oral medications for pain and nausea. They may also include an antibiotic, particularly if small drains are placed during your procedure to assist with removal of excess fluid.

At the completion of your procedure, compressive dressings or garments will be applied to help limit swelling and prevent the accumulation of excess fluid. It is very important to continue wearing these garments as instructed in your post-procedure instructions.

Strenuous exercise should be avoided during the first few weeks following liposuction, but you are encouraged to walk starting the day of your procedure. During your postoperative visit, Dr. Walker will instruct you on when you may return to full activity.

What results are expected from liposuction?*

Following liposuction, you should expect to see a reduction in the amount of excess fatty tissue, resulting in an improved contour in the area treated. These improvements may not be immediately visible due to swelling, but will be more easily visualized as the swelling resolves.

You may notice loose skin following liposuction. The quality of your skin and its elasticity will determine the final appearance. In some individuals, this appearance is undesirable. You must remember that liposuction will not treat excess skin. A separate procedure involving the removal of excess skin by excision may be required to help you achieve your desired look.

Results from liposuction are considered permanent, but weight gain or fluctuations can alter the result. Necessary steps should be taken to maintain the desired weight.

Scars from the liposuction are minimal and are limited to the tiny skin incisions used for access. These incisions will be placed in inconspicuous locations. Scars will mature over the first year and will then fade over time.

*Individual results may vary

Is liposuction safe?

Liposuction is a very common procedure performed by plastic surgeons. During your consultation, Dr. Walker will perform a detailed history and physical exam. We will identify factors that may increase the potential for risk during your surgery, and together we will formulate a plan to help you achieve the results you desire in the safest manner.

Risks and potential complications of liposuction include the following:

  • Contour abnormalities
  • Asymmetry
  • Irregular skin pigmentation
  • Persistent changes in skin sensations
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac, and pulmonary complications
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Bleeding or hematoma formation
  • Bruising
  • Blood clots and pulmonary embolus
  • Fat necrosis
  • Infection
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Seroma formation
  • Undesirable appearance of excess skin
  • Damage to underlying structures and deeper organs
  • Burn to skin if technique involves use of ultrasound or laser
  • Need for further surgery

During the preoperative consultation, these potential risks will be discussed with you in detail. Should you have any questions or concerns, they will be addressed. Dr. Walker is dedicated to the education of his patients, and he will help you understand the risks, benefits, and potential alternatives of liposuction.

Dr. Walker’s take on liposuction:

Liposuction is a well-tolerated procedure that produces excellent results. Helping an individual restore an aesthetically pleasing contour and improving their self-image is a rewarding experience from a professional viewpoint.

There are multiple techniques available for liposuction, which may include the use of technologies such as ultrasound or lasers. The choice of which procedure is best for you is based on your individual anatomy and goals. We will discuss your goals during the preoperative consultation and together will develop a plan to help you achieve your desired look.

One of the more difficult aspects of liposuction is the management of an individual’s expectations. It cannot be stressed enough that liposuction is not a treatment for obesity, and it is not a substitute for diet and exercise. Individuals that obtain the best results from liposuction are those who are within approximately 30 percent of their ideal body weight and have one or more “problem areas” that are unresponsive to diet and exercise.

Choosing the right plastic surgeon is extremely important. Understanding your goals through in-depth conversation will allow us to formulate the best approach and treatment plan for you. Please call today to schedule your appointment. I look forward to meeting you, and I am looking forward to helping you achieve the contour you desire.

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I have been thoroughly pleased with Dr. Walker and the results I obtained. He explains every aspect of the procedure and answers all your questions. I have had more people tell me how nice I look or ask if I changed my make-up. The results are AMAZING! I will continue to use Dr. Walker to help me turn back the clock! Thank You Dr. Walker for making me feel good about me!

– Joyce, Union, MS

*Individual results may vary person to person.