in Philadelphia, PA
As we age, the body begins to accumulate fat. Soft, unsightly fatty tissue may form on the stomach, legs, buttocks, arms, and neck. Sometimes no amount of diet and exercise can make a difference with these unwanted bulges. Surgical intervention may be required to bring back a youthful figure and tight facial contour.
Ultrasonic Liposuction (UAL) is a new and effective treatment used on the back, abdomen, neck, arms, chin, cheeks, buttocks, or legs, which targets the dissolution and removal of denser fatty tissue in these regions. Once the fatty tissue has been removed, the skin will retract, resulting in a smoother, tighter, more natural-looking appearance.
Benefits of Ultrasonic Liposuction:
Excellent results seen from a single procedure.
Better contouring than a traditional Liposuction procedure.
Quick recovery time.
Removes a large amount of stored fat.
Even difficult areas, such as the arms and back, can be successfully treated.
The Ideal Ultrasonic Liposuction Candidate:
People frustrated with stubborn areas of unsightly body fat may make an excellent UAL candidate. As with any cosmetic procedure performed at Lohner Plastic Surgery, potential patients should understand the Ultrasonic Liposuction procedure, have reasonable expectations for their results, and be in overall good health. At the consultation appointment with Dr. Lohner, it will be determined if the UAL procedure is right for an individual’s needs and aesthetic desires.
How to get started towards Ultrasonic Liposuction:
Potential patients should first gather information on the UAL procedure. The Internet can provide valuable resources, from the comfort of home. Patients need to review multiple Before/After photos to get a good idea about the potential results. If Ultrasonic Liposuction procedure still sounds valuable, a consultation appointment with Dr. Lohner should be set up.
At the initial appointment with Lohner Plastic Surgery, patients will get to know our office staff, as well as our policies and payment options. In the exam room, Dr. Lohner will review the medical history, current mediations, and perform a brief physical examination. He will take time to listen to the patient’s aesthetic needs and desires. Dr. Lohner will then explain the UAL procedure in detail, as well as any alternative treatments. If it is determined that Ultrasonic Liposuction is right for an individual situation, a unique surgical plan will be designed.
How to prepare for Ultrasonic Liposuction:
During the Ultrasonic Liposuction consultation, Dr. Lohner will present each patient with detailed instructions for both the pre and post surgical periods. This should be read over carefully and if there are any questions, call Lohner Plastic Surgery to get them answered. To ensure a satisfactory procedure, and a smooth recovery period, patients should also keep the following ideas in mind:
1. Ask lots of questions.
Any question or concern that arise should be discussed with Dr. Lohner or his experienced staff.
2. Fill all prescriptions.
Have pain medications and antibiotics filled and waiting on hand for you to return home from your UAL procedure.
3. Arrange for a ride home from the surgical center
Patients will not be able to drive themselves home after an Ultrasonic Liposuction procedure.
4. Schedule the follow-up appointments.
No matter how good you feel, do not skip your follow-ups.
5. Put all important contact information and insurance information in a central location.
6. Purchase necessities such as extra pillows, icepacks, easy to prepare meals, and extra reading materials to keep on hand.
7. Arrange help from a family member or friend.
In the first couple of days you will appreciated added help to assist you in daily chores and routines so you can rest comfortably at home.
8. Decide what you will tell friends when they ask about your noticeable changes from your Ultrasonic Liposuction procedure.
9. Take adequate time off from work to heal and rest.
10. Enjoy the process; the results from your UAL will be extremely rewarding.
The Ultrasonic Liposuction Procedure:
Dr. Lohner performs all of his UAL procedures in the Bryn Mawr Hospital Surgicenter. During the procedure, either a local anesthetic or a general anesthetic will be used. This procedure will usually take between one and two hours to complete. The Tumescent fluid (a combination of Saline, Lidocaine, and Epinephrine) used in the Ultrasonic Liposuction contains excellent numbing agents, which will also numb the area being treated.
To begin, Dr. Lohner will inject the Tumescent fluid into the second layer of fat, through predetermined incisions. Next, using the Ultrasonic Probe, ultrasonic energy will be used to treat the targeted tissues. A traditional suction cannula (hollow tube) is used to remove the resolved fat from the body. Once the desired contour is achieved, Dr. Lohner will suture the incision for proper healing.
Potential risks from the Ultrasonic Liposuction procedure:
The UAL procedure is considered extremely safe. Since the nerves and blood vessels are not disturbed in the process, there is little bruising or pain. On the rare chance, more serious complications can occur. The risks of Ultrasonic Liposuction Procedure can include excessive bleeding, infection, and contour irregularities. Risks and complications from a UAL procedure are significantly reduced by selecting a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, like Dr. Lohner.
The recovery after a VASER Lipo procedure:
The Ultrasonic Liposuction procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, so patients are home resting that same afternoon. Initially, some mild pain may be experienced, but Dr. Lohner will prescribe appropriate pain medications to keep his patients resting comfortably at home. Some swelling and stiffness can be expected. Slight drainage from the incision sites is normal; this is the last of the Tumescent fluid draining out. This can occur for one to two days after the operation. A compression garment may be worn for several weeks, to promote proper healing. Bruising can be noted at early in the recovery process, but will quickly fade.
In four to seven days, patients generally feel well enough to return to work. After about two weeks, gentle exercise can be resumed, but strenuous activities should wait for up to four weeks. After 10 days, patients should begin softly massaging the treated areas, smoothing out contouring irregularities and controlling swelling. A follow-up visit will be scheduled four days after the procedure, for Dr. Lohner to check on the patient’s healing progress.
How much does an Ultrasonic Liposuction procedure cost?
The Ultrasonic Liposuction procedure will cost depends on the area being treated and the level of correction desired. During your consultation appointment with Dr. Lohner, you will also have the opportunity to meet with the office manager who will discuss the cost of your treatment and different methods to finance your cosmetic procedure.
When can I return to work after my UAL procedure?
Patients are able to return to work or school after 3-5 days.
What areas can be treated with Ultrasonic Liposuction?
UAL is an excellent choice for most areas of the body. The most commonly treated areas include the neck, upper arms, abdomen, back, ‘love handles’, inner and outer thighs, and the knees.