Most of us have at least one area we'd like to slim down or reshape. At CaloAesthetics Plastic Surgery Center, we offer many advanced solutions. The most effective and most popular is liposuction in our Lexington and Louisville, KY practice. While it's not a weight loss solution, liposuction can definitely put the finishing touches on the attractive vision you have for yourself.
To find out how liposuction can give you slimmer and more attractive contours, request a consultation at CaloAesthetics Plastic Surgery Center in Kentucky or call (502) 899-9979 to schedule your visit.
Improvements From Liposuction
Women and men choose liposuction to remove fat from most areas of the face and body, including:
- Cheeks, jowls, and double-chin
- Upper arms
- Abdomen including muffin top
- Buttocks, thighs, and legs
Liposuction is often used to harvest fat for fat grafting procedures that can enhance the face or the body, such as the Brazilian Butt Lift. If you're considering liposuction to remove fat that's causing a double chin, you may be a good candidate for KYBELLA®, a nonsurgical injectable treatment that is an effective neck liposuction alternative.
Liposuction for Women Before & After Photos
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Liposuction Abdomen, Hips, and Inner Thighs
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Mini-Abdominoplasty with Liposuction
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Liposuction Outer, Inner Thighs and Knees
About the Liposuction Procedure
Liposuction surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure in our private surgery suite while the patient is under local anesthesia, IV sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on the size and number of areas being treated. The specifics of the procedure depend on the type of liposuction being performed.
Types of Liposuction
Our surgeons are experienced in several types of liposuction which enables them to provide the most attractive, natural looking results regardless of the areas being treated. Options include:
This technique has been safely used for many years. First the surgeon injects tumescent fluid into the unwanted fat to numb the area, inhibit bleeding, and make the fat cells easier to remove. Next, the surgeon makes tiny incisions near the area being sculpted and inserts a narrow, metal tube called a cannula through which the fat is suctioned out of the body.
Internal Ultrasonic-Assisted Liposuction (UAL)
This technique combines internal ultrasonic energy application and tumescent fluid injection for reduction of fatty deposits. The sound waves delivered to the tip of the metal cannula effectively liquefy the fat which is gently drained from the body. The "liquefaction" of the fatty deposits tends to have a "feathering" effect, minimizing any tunnels or depressions in the skin. The result is smoother, more sculpted contours.
This technique allows larger amounts of fat to be removed than other techniques because it:
- Minimizes blood loss
- Facilitates passage of the cannula through the unwanted fat
UAL is especially effective in fibrous regions of the body (such as the chest/breast or lower back) and is also used for larger volume cases, redo liposuction, and selected male patients.
External Ultrasonic-Assisted Liposuction (E-UAL)
E-UAL enhances the tumescent technique with the external application of ultrasound waves on the skin prior to suctioning the unwanted fat. E-UAL has wide application and is the technique most often performed at the practice. The ultrasound energy is believed to assist in "loosening" the fat to allow more gentle removal. There also may be an effect on the skin or superficial fat that aids in skin retraction (tightening). E-UAL does allow for smaller incisions and is an excellent alternative or complement to UAL.
An advanced form of laser lipolysis, LipoLite is the minimally invasive system designed for use on the body and the face to destroy fat cells and coagulate tissue. It can be used on its own for subtle body contouring or as a way to improve the results of a traditional liposuction procedure. The key innovation is the use of a powerful laser beam to liquefy areas of unwanted fat. This procedure has the added benefit of tightening the skin for a smooth and toned result.
Our surgeons also offer an enhanced form of liposuction called SAFELipo. This innovative procedure uses a patented 3-step approach to break fat apart before removing it and smoothing out the remaining fat. SAFELipo generates no heat, reducing the risk of scar tissue and adhesions which can cause contour irregularities.
At CaloAesthetics Plastic Surgery Center, Endermologie is available post-liposuction as a therapeutic massage technique. This is felt to reduce swelling and potentially produce an improved appearance of the skin post-liposuction. Endermologie is also used without liposuction to improve the appearance of the skin with a temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite.CaloSpa Rejuvenation Center
What to Expect During Recovery
Following liposuction, foam bandages and an elastic support garment are placed on treated areas to minimize swelling and optimize results. As the swelling decreases, the elastic support garment is replaced with a smaller support garment. Healing rates vary between individuals. The sutures are typically removed within 4 to 7 days following the surgery. Lymphatic massage begins about one week after surgery. This therapy is helpful in reducing the swelling. While the procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis, an overnight stay in the hospital is preferred by some patients. Pain medications and antibiotics are prescribed for the post-operative recovery period.
Return to Work
Recovery time after liposuction varies, but most patients are able to return to work in a few days. Patients are usually completely healed after about 6 weeks.