Liposuction in Pittsburgh, PA and Columbus, OH
Many women and men turn to liposuction to reduce areas of fat that cannot be eliminated through diet and exercise alone. The Skin Center Medical Spa, located in Pittsburgh, PA and Columbus, OH, uses a variety of technologies such as laser liposuction, SmartLipo ™, tumescent liposuction and conventional liposuction to remove unsightly areas of fat which results in a slender, more attractive appearance.
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Liposuction surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States and can be performed alone or in conjunction with other types of cosmetic surgery procedures such as:
A tiny incision is made in an inconspicuous location near the area of fat that is being removed. A small cannula, sometimes as thin as a piece of spaghetti, is inserted and the fat is either suctioned out when conventional liposuction is performed or it is liquefied when using laser liposuction, the preferred alternative to ultrasonic liposuction.
By layering different types of technology during surgery, our board certified surgeons are able to offer improved skin tightening or skin contraction and provide more precise body contouring results to smaller areas of the body that are often difficult to reach through conventional surgery.
Overall, surgery restores the body to its proper proportions when diet and exercise fail. Following surgery, many patients find that their self-image and self-confidence has greatly improved, making their results easy to maintain through healthy diet and exercise choices.
It can be performed on any area of the body, however the most requested areas include:
- Inner and outer thigh
Most individuals with diet-resistant fat are excellent candidates for surgery; however, the best candidate lives a healthy lifestyle and is within 30 pounds of their ideal body weight. It should not be considered a substitute for weight loss and, therefore, should not be performed on severely obese individuals.
Immediately following surgery, patients may feel a slight burning sensation and mild to moderate discomfort to the area that was treated. Typically, this discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Patients are asked to wear a compression garment for two to three weeks following the procedure to keep bruising and swelling to a minimum. In addition, heavy lifting and exercise should be avoided for two or three weeks following surgery.
Even with some minor swelling, results can be seen immediately, however optimal improvement is seen in three to six months after the procedure is performed.
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What if a person gains weight after having surgery?
It permanently removes existing fat cells from the area of the body that has been treated. Therefore, if a person gains weight, typically more than 10 pounds, following surgery then the fat will be deposited to other areas of the body. For example, if you have the procedure on your stomach or thigh, less fat will be accumulated in the areas where it was performed because many of the fat cells were removed, whereas untreated areas, where fat cells are left intact, may accumulate fat like the arms, back or breast.
How long do the results from liposuction surgery last?
Once fat cells are removed from the body they do not regenerate, therefore the results and the new body shape are permanent. To maintain the results, a healthy diet and exercise program should be followed and additional weight gain avoided.
Are there less invasive alternatives to surgery?
A number of less invasive alternatives are available, however, surgery is the only method of fat removal that permanently removes fat cells from the body. Less invasive fat removal and body contouring treatments include:
- CoolSculpting® Fat Reduction
- SMARTLipo™ Laser Liposuction
- VelaShape Cellulite Reduction
- Inonithermie Cellulite Reduction
Are there risks associated with Cosmetic Surgery procedures?
Men and women of all ages choose cosmetic surgery for a number of reasons and the process of deciding to have elective cosmetic plastic surgery is highly individualized and very personal. This decision can offer lasting improvement not only to an individual's physical appearance, but also to their self-confidence and self-esteem. However, choosing to have any type of elective surgery, including cosmetic surgery is not without risk and potential complications.
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