Liposuction in Philadelphia, PA

Liposuction Before Surgery FemaleThere comes a point in life when diet and exercise cannot remove the excess fat that accumulates around the waistline, arms, back, and buttocks, which makes people feel self-conscious in certain types of clothing such as bathing suits and tight fitting clothing.

Fortunately, Liposuction is a safe and effective treatment which can provide the results a patient desires and keep the body in this shape if properly maintained through a healthy lifestyle including balanced diet and exercise.  Liposuction not only can reshape the body, but it can also be used to refresh and restore a shapely contour to the face.

This procedure is designed to slim and reshape specific areas of the body by removing unsightly fatty deposits.  Liposuction is often combined with other surgical procedures to give a patient a full body restoration including the Mommy Makeover which specifically targets the remnants of pregnancy on a woman’s body.

Specific Areas that Liposuction Targets and Successfully Corrects:  

  • Hips
  • Outer Thighs (saddlebags)
  • Flanks (love handles)
  • Inner Thighs
  • Inner Knees
  • Upper Arms
  • Submental (chin)
  • Breasts (Female Breast Reduction or Male Gynecomastia)

The ideal candidate for Liposuction:

Both men and women, frustrated by the appearance of bumpy, bulging fatty tissue may benefit from the Liposuction procedure, however, this procedure is not for everyone. Typically, the best candidate for Liposuction will be average or only slightly above average in weight, as well as have firm, and elastic skin.  If the tissue is lax, once the Liposuction is performed, it will begin to sag.  In this situation, an Arm Lift, Tummy Tuck, Body Lift, Thigh Lift, or Facelift may provide better results.

As with any cosmetic procedure, patients should understand the Liposuction procedure and have reasonable expectations for their results.  To better determine if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure, patients should schedule a consultation appointment to meet the surgeon and discuss how this procedure will be tailored to your specific needs and aesthetic desires.

First Steps towards your Liposuction Procedure:

If Liposuction sounds like a beneficial procedure, patients should learn all they can about the techniques and recovery.  Before/After photographs are easy to find online, and can be helpful in understanding the expected results.  Once there is a clear understanding of Liposuction, an initial appointment should be made at Lohner Plastic Surgery.

The consultation process at Lohner Plastic Surgery is designed for the patient to get to know the surgeon, and for Dr. Lohner to get to know the patient.  He will discuss a patient’s medical history, review current medications, and listen to the patient’s aesthetic goals to ensure your safety during the surgery.  Next, Dr. Lohner will thoroughly explain all of the treatment options available.  If Liposuction is determined to the best procedure for an individual patient, the patient coordinator will assist you in scheduling surgery.

Preparing for Liposuction:

Dr. Lohner recommends that after a patient’s consultation appointment patients read through the post-surgical procedures and follow-up with any outstanding questions by using the internet as a resource or calling the office.

At the consultation appointment, Dr. Lohner will provide detailed post-surgical instructions.  Patients should carefully read through these, and ask any questions that may arise.  Transportation should set up to and from the surgical center.  Patients may also want to go ahead and schedule any follow-up appointments.  Prescriptions should be picked up from the pharmacy before the Liposuction procedure.  Scheduling help with small chores for the first day or two after Liposuction is often greatly appreciated.

The Liposuction Procedure:

Liposuction Before Surgery MaleLiposuction is performed as an outpatient procedure at the surgical center at Bryn Mawr Hospital.  Either general anesthesia or local anesthesia plus IV sedation may be used, depending the specific patient.  This procedure may take between one to three hours to complete depending on the extent of areas the patient and Dr. Lohner agree to address. He will begin the Liposuction procedure by infusing the treatment area with Tumescent fluid.  Next, a very small cannula will be inserted through several half-inch incisions, to suction out the fatty tissue.  Once the desired amount of fat has been removed, and the area has been sculpted to the desired shape, Dr. Lohner will place sutures over the incisions for proper healing.

Liposuction Techniques:

  • Tumescent Liposuction:  This technique involves injecting a large amount of medicated solution into the predetermined area.  The Tumescent fluid contains a salt solution and local anesthetic.  Once complete, the fat is then removed through a cannula (hollow tube).
  • Super Wet Liposuction: The most commonly performed Liposuction procedure. Very similar to the Tumescent technique, Super Wet Liposuction uses less Tumescent fluid during surgery.  The amount of fluid injected will equal the amount removed.  One of the newer techniques available, Super Wet Lipo provides superior results.
  • Ultrasound-assisted Liposuction:  This is one of the newest Liposuction techniques, this procedure utilizes ultrasonic vibrations as a way to disrupt fat cell connections before they are vacuumed out through a cannula.  The Ultrasound-assisted technique provides excellent results for fibrous areas such as the upper back or male breast tissue.

Potential Risks of Liposuction:

Liposuction After Surgery Elastic SkinLiposuction is considered an extremely safe procedure.  Since it is however, an invasive procedure, there is always the rare chance for complications.  These can include bleeding, infection, blood clots, skin discoloration, asymmetry, and fat embolism (which is extremely rare).  Risks can be substantially minimized by selecting a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, like Dr. Lohner.  Having over twenty years of experience, Dr. Lohner is skilled with the most advanced Liposuction techniques available.

The Recovery from Liposuction:

Patients should expect the recovery from Liposuction to take about one week.  Initially, people may notice some minor bruising and swelling.  These will simultaneously improve two to three weeks. Final results take 4-6 months to see the true end results.  A compression garment will need to be worn for the first several weeks, to discourage the accumulation of fluid and swelling.  Mild pain and burning may occur in the treatment area, but Dr. Lohner will prescribe the appropriate pain medications to keep patients comfortably resting at home.

Patients may be sore for the first couple of days.  Light exercise and walking can be resumed after one to two days.  More strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be postposed for about a week.  Normally, people will feel well enough to return to work in just a few days.

FAQ:

How long does a Liposuction procedure take?
Liposuction will take between one and three hours to perform, depending on the exact area being treated.

How much does Liposuction cost?
The exact cost of Liposuction will vary according to the area being treated and the level of correction required.  During the consultation appointment you will meet with the patient coordinator who will help schedule your surgery and discuss different payment options for financing your procedure.

When can I return to work after a Liposuction procedure?
Patients normally feel well enough to return to work five to seven days after their Liposuction procedure.

Can I finance my Liposuction procedure?
Yes, Lohner Plastic surgery offers patients a variety of payment options.  We accept cash, all major credit cards, and healthcare financing through CareCredit.