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Do you follow a healthy diet and fitness routine but still see stubborn pockets of fat that seemingly do not respond to your weight loss efforts? If so, you may be an ideal candidate for liposuction. Liposuction removes unwanted body fat to create slimmer and better sculpted body contours. Board-certified plastic surgeons Drs. Mark A. Foglietti and Alanna Foglietti Fostyk have performed hundreds of liposuction procedures, using advanced techniques and artistry to consistently deliver noticeable yet natural-looking results.
What Does Liposuction Accomplish?
Liposuction can be used to remove pockets of fat on various body areas, including the abdomen, waist, back, hips, thighs, buttocks, knees, chest area, face and neck. Not to be confused with bariatric (weight loss) surgery, liposuction is ideal for individuals who are near or at their ideal weight but struggle with “trouble” areas or spots. In addition, liposuction does not significantly tighten skin or reduce cellulite. If, in addition to fat, you struggle with loose skin, Drs. Foglietti and Foglietti Fostyk may recommend combining liposuction with a lift procedure, such as tummy tuck, or as part of a comprehensive cosmetic treatment like mommy makeover. During your initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss your cosmetic options and design a treatment plan that suits your goals.
Liposuction is performed as an outpatient procedure, typically with anesthesia for full patient comfort. There are many techniques for liposuction. Drs. Foglietti and Foglietti Fostyk have found great success with tumescent liposuction, a fat removal technique with a proven safety record and success rate. During tumescent liposuction, a special fluid is injected into the treatment area to make it easier to remove more fat during the procedure and decrease the incidence of bruising. Next, a series of small incisions are made to access the fat. A narrow tube called a cannula is used to suction the fat cells from the body. Drs. Foglietti and Foglietti Fostyk are meticulous in their approach, being careful to not over-correct or under-correct the treatment areas. Once the surgeons have achieved the desired results, they will close the incisions with sutures. The treatment area will be dressed with soft bandages and a compression garment to support the healing tissues.
The initial recovery period allows the patient to return to work in 48 hours and resume exercise in two weeks, depending on the extent of surgery and your personal healing progress. Immediately after surgery, the treatment area(s) will be swollen, bruised and sore. These side effects are temporary and gradually subside after the one- or two-week mark.
Once you are fully healed, you will notice that the treatment area(s) is slimmer and flatter. With good lifestyle habits (e.g., eating healthily and exercising regularly), the effects of liposuction can be permanent.
Is liposuction right for me?
Liposuction is an effective way to target pockets of fat in the body that stubbornly remain even when diet and exercise lower overall weight. It is a way to restore a more appealing shape to your body profile. The best candidate is healthy, not significantly overweight, with skin that is elastic. The vitality of your skin will affect your satisfaction with the procedure, as firm skin will smoothly cover the newly trim areas of your body. In the hands of the experienced Cleveland-area plastic surgeons of Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery, you can reclaim a natural, fit and graceful body shape – and the confidence that comes with it.
Is liposuction a good weight management strategy?
Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity, nor a shortcut to reaching your ideal weight. In fact, if weight loss is your goal, liposuction is not the solution; instead, it is important that you give diet and exercise a chance.
Liposuction is, however, an effective solution to the common saddle bag, muffin top, spare tire or love handle — localized volumes of fat that never seem to shrink, no matter how far your weight falls. Liposuction is surgery, but also artistry that can reveal the graceful shape within. As Michelangelo famously noted, every piece of marble “has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.
What types of fat can liposuction effectively target?
Patients commonly seek reductions in the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, arms, neck or back. Men may also choose liposuction as a way to treat “male breasts.” The skilled Cleveland-area plastic surgeons of Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery may advise an alternate technique catered to the patient’s specific needs when seen in consultation.
Does liposuction treat cellulite or stretch marks?
Liposuction is not a treatment for improving the appearance of skin. Sagging skin can become more pronounced after a liposuction procedure, as it lacks the elasticity to shrink to fit the new body shape. Cellulite and stretch marks are also not likely to improve significantly, although there may be a slight smoothing of the area, depending on the firmness of your skin.
What should I expect during the procedure?
The experienced plastic surgeons of Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery are skilled in performing liposuction as an outpatient procedure. Using a safe, effective surgical variation known as tumescent liposuction, your doctor will first inject into the target area a fluid that aids in loosening pockets of fat. Your doctor will then insert a narrow, hollow tube through small incisions to suction out fat cells. The artistry of a surgeon is key at this point. With an eye to the beauty of your new profile, your doctor will remove fat with precision and aesthetic balance, being carefully not to over-correct.
Depending on the number of areas involved, your doctor may use general anesthesia, intravenous “twilight” sedation or local anesthesia. Time required for the surgery ranges from one to four hours. After removal of the target fat, incisions are closed with sutures and the healing process begins. Because of swelling, it may take weeks or months before you can admire your new body profile in the mirror. Like any masterpiece, the splendor of your final result will reveal itself slowly.
What is tumescent liposuction?
Tumescent liposuction is a safe, effective surgical variation of liposuction during which a surgeon injects a fluid into the target area that aids in loosening pockets of fat. The surgeon then inserts a narrow, hollow tube through small incisions to suction out fat cells, as with traditional liposuction.
Will the fat eventually return?
If you change the lifestyle behavior that led to obesity, you will not need to worry about those pockets of fat returning. The cells that were removed during liposuction are gone, and will never grow back. But if your weight begins to rise again, adjoining fat cells will expand to store the excess caloric intake. Therefore, it is possible to regain weight in the areas where liposuction was performed. Regular exercise and eating nutritious foods in limited quantities are the best ways to preserve your new shape.
Are there any less-invasive options to target fat pockets?
There are several highly effective non-surgical alternatives that use state-of-the-art technologies such as lasers and radiofrequency (RF) energy to disrupt fat cells and trigger the production of your body’s restorative proteins: collagen and elastin. However, liposuction gets rid of the fat cells and can be done, usually, in one procedure. These other noninvasive procedures often require multiple treatments and are not as effective as liposuction itself.
Transform your body and self-confidence with liposuction and the expert plastic surgeons at Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery. To schedule a personal consultation, please contact our Cleveland office today.