Liposuction | Sculpting | Fat Transfer
Liposuction and Lipocontouring have undergone a number of significant changes since the procedure was first introduced in the early 1980’s. The operation permanently removes fat cells from specific areas of the body that enable the Plastic Surgeon to re-contour and improve the patient’s shape. Liposuction may be used to eliminate specific areas of diet resistant fat and in some mildly overweight individuals this may improve their metabolism. Though not an excuse for dieting, the procedure can shed significant inches and help your appearance and self esteem.
The key to the result is removing the correct amounts of fat in the proper areas to produce the proper contour. Liposuction is literally sculpting of the bodies insulating layer, the subcutaneous tissue, by discreetly removing volume to reshape the area. The key to the result is the surgeon understanding the desirable human form and removing the necessary quantities of fat to produce the desired result.
The Liposuction Procedure
How Liposuction is Performed
The latest liposuction techniques maximize the amount of fat removed, minimize bleeding, and produce a smooth contour. The procedure is performed in our AAAHC certified operating room located in our Fort Myers office. For most patients, an intravenous sedation is utilized. No incisions are utilized: small 2-millimiter puctures are made in inconspicuous locations for the placement of the liposuction tubes known as cannula. An anesthetic fluid called tumescent solution is then injected into the regions to be treated. The tumescent solution contains two medicines: one that inhibits bleeding and the second that acts as an anesthetic for 12 -24 hrs.
Once the solution is instilled, the liposuction process is performed. The length of the procedure depends upon the size and number of areas being treated. The goal is not to remove all the fat from an area, but rather to remove the right amounts to appropriately shape and contour the patient. Dr. Schneider has developed a technique that decreases swelling and bruising without the need for an uncomfortable compression garment.
Returning to Normal Activities After Liposuction
The areas treated with liposuction will have some soreness for 1-2 weeks. Depending on the volume of fat removed and the number of areas treated, patients have been able to return to their normal routine as soon as the next day. For some patients however, it make take several days until they feel comfortable returning to their normal routine. The patient will see some swelling in the areas that are treated. There may also be some bruising. Typically it may take several weeks for the bruising to resolve and several months for all swelling to fade. A number of treatments, including lymphatic drainage (a special form of massage), may hasten the recovery process. We recommend that patients begin their normal exercise regime as soon as possible following procedure. Dr. Schneider believes this speeds the recovery.
Dr. Schneider has successfully treated almost every area of the body with liposuction. These areas include the neck, chest, breasts, arms, abdomen, flanks, back, hips, outer thighs, inner thighs, knee regions, lower legs and ankles. In some cases where the volume of fat to be removed is small, the procedure can even be performed with just a local anesthetic.
Liposuction & Fat Transfer
Fat Injection Used for Brazilian Butt lift and other Procedures
In some cases, patients ask if the fat removed can be used elsewhere. This is called fat transfer or fat injections. Dr. Schneider has been using this technique for over 15 years to enhance different regions of the body. Dr. Schneider likes to equate the removal of the fat as harvesting liquid gold because of the positive effects the fat transfer will have on the patient’s appearance.
Fat transfer to the buttocks is also known as the Brazilian butt-lift. Fat can also be transferred to the breast in some individuals. And in fact, we have also used the fat to enhance the hands in patients who are bothered by the prominence of veins that they find unattractive.
“Part of the aging process is that patients lose fat volume throughout their faces: their temples, around their eyes, and in the mid and lower portion of their faces. Some of this fat loss will accentuate their jowls, parentheses around their mouths, and marionette lines. Their lips may even get smaller. The fat harvested from another region can be meticulously transferred to these areas to create a natural, more youthful appearance” says Dr. Schneider.
Though it is difficult to say that anything in Plastic Surgery is permanent, fat injections can be long lasting. Dr. Schneider has been using fat injections for over 15 years.
Before & After Liposuction Photos
Results are not guaranteed. Individual results may vary.*