Liposuction in Philadelphia, PA

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

Fortunately, liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a safe and effective treatment which can providethe results a patient desires and keep the body in this shape if properlymaintained through a healthy lifestyle including balanced diet and exercise. This procedure 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 designedto slim and reshape specific areas of the body by removing unsightly fattydeposits. Lipoplasty is often combinedwith other surgical procedures to give a patient a full body restorationincluding the Mommy Makeover which specifically targets the remnants ofpregnancy on a woman’s body.

Specific Areas ThisProcedure Targets and Successfully Corrects: 

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

The Ideal Candidate:

Both men and women, frustrated by the appearance of bumpy, bulging fatty tissue may benefit fromthe lipoplasty procedure, however, this procedure is not for everyone.Typically, the best candidate for body contouring will be average or onlyslightly above average in weight, as well as have firm, and elastic skin. If the tissue is lax, once the procedure isperformed, it will begin to sag. In thissituation, an Arm Lift, Tummy Tuck, Body Lift, Thigh Lift, or Facelift mayprovide better results.

As with any cosmeticprocedure, patients should understand lipoplasty and have reasonableexpectations for their results. Tobetter determine if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure, patientsshould schedule a consultation appointment to meet the surgeon and discuss howthis procedure will be tailored to your specific needs and aesthetic desires.

First Steps Towards yourLiposuction Procedure:

If this sounds like abeneficial procedure, patients should learn all they can about the techniquesand recovery. Before/After photographsare easy to find online, and can be helpful in understanding the expectedresults. Once there is a clearunderstanding of the procedure, an initial appointment should be made at LohnerPlastic Surgery.

The consultation process atLohner 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 thesurgery. Next, Dr. Lohner willthoroughly explain all of the treatment options available. If body contouring is determined to the bestprocedure for an individual patient, the patient coordinator will assist you inscheduling surgery.

Preparing for Your Procedre:

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

At the consultationappointment, 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 andschedule any follow-up appointments. Prescriptions should be picked up from the pharmacy before theprocedure. Scheduling help with smallchores for the first day or two after the procedure is often greatlyappreciated.

The Liposuction Procedure:

Liposuction Before Surgery MaleLipoplasty is performed asan outpatient procedure at the surgical center at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Either general anesthesia or local anesthesiaplus IV sedation may be used, depending the specific patient. This procedure may take between one to threehours to complete depending on the extent of areas the patient and Dr. Lohneragree to address. He will begin the procedure by infusing the treatment areawith Tumescent fluid. Next, a very smallcannula will be inserted through several half-inch incisions, to suction outthe fatty tissue. Once the desiredamount of fat has been removed, and the area has been sculpted to the desiredshape, Dr. Lohner will place sutures over the incisions for proper healing.

Techniques:

Tumescent technique:  This technique involves injecting a largeamount of medicated solution into the predetermined area. The Tumescent fluid contains a salt solutionand local anesthetic. Once complete, thefat is then removed through a cannula (hollow tube).

Super Wet technique: Themost commonly performed type of liposuction. Very similar to the Tumescenttechnique, the Super Wet technique uses less Tumescent fluid duringsurgery. The amount of fluid injectedwill equal the amount removed. One ofthe newer techniques available, Super Wet Lipo provides superior results.

Ultrasound-assistedLiposuction:  This is one of the newestlipo techniques, this procedure utilizes ultrasonic vibrations as a way todisrupt fat cell connections before they are vacuumed out through acannula. The Ultrasound-assistedtechnique provides excellent results for fibrous areas such as the upper backor male breast tissue.

Potential Liposuction SideEffects and Risks:

Liposuction After Surgery Elastic SkinLipoplasty is considered anextremely safe procedure. Since it ishowever, an invasive procedure, there is always the rare chance forcomplications. These can includebleeding, infection, blood clots, skin discoloration, asymmetry, and fatembolism (which is extremely rare). Risks can be substantially minimized by selecting a Board CertifiedPlastic Surgeon, like Dr. Lohner. Havingover twenty years of experience, Dr. Lohner is skilled with the most advancedlipo techniques available.

Liposuction Recovery:

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

Patients may be sore for thefirst couple of days.  Light exercise andwalking can be resumed after one to two days. More strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be postposed forabout a week. Normally, people will feelwell enough to return to work in just a few days.

FAQ:

How long does the proceduretake?
The procedure will takebetween one and three hours to perform, depending on the exact area beingtreated.

How much does liposuctioncost?
The exact cost of theprocedure will vary according to the area being treated and the level of correctionrequired. During the consultationappointment you will meet with the patient coordinator who will help scheduleyour surgery and discuss different payment options for financing yourprocedure.

When can I return to workafter a lipo procedure?
Patients normally feel wellenough to return to work five to seven days after their lipo procedure.

Can I finance my procedure?
Yes, Lohner Plastic surgeryoffers patients a variety of payment options. We accept cash, all major credit cards, and healthcare financing throughCareCredit.