Available In Pittsburgh, PA Or Columbus, OH
What is liposuction?
Liposuction can help you achieve the shape you want by removing body fat that cannot be eliminated through diet, exercise or other types of weight reduction techniques.*
At The Skin Center Medical Spa serving Pittsburgh, PA and Columbus, OH, our board-certified surgeons use a variety of liposuction technologies including laser liposuction, SmartLipo ™, tumescent liposuction and conventional liposuction for people wanting to lose fat and restore a more fit, proportionate and attractive appearance.
In Pittsburgh, liposuction is performed by board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Jason Tomsic or board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Craig Oser in our Mt. Lebanon state-licensed, nationally-accredited surgery center.
For clients who live in Columbus, liposuction is performed by board-certified plastic surgeon, Fernando Colon, MD, in our Columbus surgical center or at the Riverside Outpatient Surgery Center.
Who is a good candidate for liposuction?
Most individuals wanting to lose fat and reshape the contours of the body are excellent candidates for liposuction; however, the best candidates live a healthy lifestyle and are within 30 pounds of their ideal body weight. Liposuction is not a weight loss tool and should not be used for weight reduction; therefore, it should not be performed on obese individuals.
Liposuction treatment areas
Liposuction can be performed on any area of the body, however the most requested areas include
- Inner and outer thigh
- Back (love handles)
How is liposuction performed?
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.
In Pittsburgh, liposuction is commonly performed by layering different types of liposuction technology to achieve maximum fat reduction while tightening and toning the skin as well. The use of conventional liposuction in conjunction with laser liposuction achieves this result.
In Columbus, liposuction surgery is performed with the same technology and layering technique, achieving optimal skin tightening and fat reduction even in smaller areas that are often difficult to reach through conventional liposuction alone.
Can liposuction be combined with other procedures?
Liposuction 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:
- Tummy tuck
- Arm lift
- Breast augmentation
Results of liposuction
After surgery, many patients at our Pittsburgh and Columbus locations find that their self-image and self-confidence has greatly improved, making their weight management and weight reduction goals easier to maintain through healthy diet and exercise choices.
Once fat cells are removed from the body they do not regenerate, therefore the results and the new body shape are lasting. To maintain the results, a healthy weight management program should be followed and additional weight gain avoided.
Recovery from liposuction
Recovering from liposuction, 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 surgery is performed
Weight gain after liposuction surgery
Liposuction is a lasting fat reduction surgery; meaning liposuction removes existing fat cells from the area of the body where the liposuction was performed. Therefore if a person gains weight, typically more than 10 pounds after liposuction, then the fat will be deposited to other areas of the body.
For example, if you have liposuction on your stomach or thigh, less fat will accumulate there because many of the fat cells were removed. However, untreated areas where fat cells are left intact, such as the arms, breast, and back, may accumulate fat.
It is important to remember that when a person gains or loses weight, the weight loss or gain is distributed through the entire body. Fat is not deposited to only one part of the body. Therefore, if you gain a significant amount of weight after surgery, the weight will be distributed over the entire body just as it would have been before the surgery.
Cost of liposuction
The cost of liposuction depends on a number of factors including the amount of fat removal needed, the number of areas on the body where liposuction is being performed and whether the surgery is being combined with another cosmetic plastic surgery procedure such as a tummy tuck or fat transfer. During a private surgical consultation, we will discuss the goals of your surgery, your desired body contouring results and your interest in fat transfer to the face or body.
You will leave the surgical consultation with a clear understanding of the cost, the post-surgical recovery and the realistic results you can expect from the surgery.
Liposuction alternative treatments
SMARTLipo Laser Liposuction
SMARTLipo Laser Liposuction in Pittsburgh is a minimally-invasive fat removal and skin tightening treatment that is performed with local anesthesia, and depending on the area treated, can be performed in less than an hour.