If you’re like many new mothers, no matter how healthy you eat and how many hours you spend at the gym, it may just seem impossible to lose that baby weight. Liposuction sculpts the body by removing stubborn, unwanted fat from the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks, and neck.
Liposuction is a popular part of Mommy Makeovers because it not only slims and contours the body by removing the fat cells, it also ensures that these areas will not accumulate fatty deposits in the future.
What are the benefits of liposuction?
Liposuction, or “lipo”, is used to slim and re-contour specific parts of the body by eliminating excess fat deposits. This enhances body shape and proportion, and can improve a new Mommy’s overall self-image.
Liposuction works best for treating stubborn fat in many parts of the body including:
The best candidates for lipo are new Mommies who wish to restore their pre-maternity bodies by getting rid of stubborn “baby fat.” They should be physically and mentally healthy, no longer be nursing, and be exercising regularly and maintain a proper diet but still have stubborn areas of fat they cannot get rid of. It is important to note that lipo is not a treatment for obesity or meant to replace exercise and proper eating habits.
Dr. Fiorillo will inject you with a solution composed of saline, a local anesthetic called lidocaine, and a small amount of adrenaline to decrease bruising and bleeding. You may see this referred to as either the tumescent or super-wet technique, depending on the ratio of the fluid to the fatty tissue being removed.
Once the solution has been injected into the treatment area, Dr. Fiorillo will proceed with one of two different approved methods of liposuction: suction-assisted lipectomy (SAL) or ultrasonic-assisted lipectomy (UAL).
In both methods, a tiny incision is made in an inconspicuous place near the target area. In SAL, a cannula (small tube) is inserted and moved back and forth beneath your skin, breaking up the fat layer and suctioning it out. In UAL, the fat is liquefied with sonic energy before it is suctioned out with a cannula.
The liposuction procedure can last anywhere from one to five hours, depending on the extent of the fat removal. The doctor will use either local or general anesthesia, depending on the size of the area(s) being treated and a number of other factors. During your consultation, Dr. Fiorillo will discuss which method will best achieve your goals.
After the procedure, drainage tubes, compression garments and antibiotics may be needed to assist the healing process. You will be encouraged to walk as soon as you are able, and are usually able to return to work in only a few days. For the month following the surgery, strenuous activities should be avoided.
The results will be visible immediately, and improvement usually continues as swelling recedes during the first three months.
When a qualified surgeon is performing the surgery, risks are highly uncommon. Nevertheless, every surgical procedure carries inherent risks – for liposuction it may include the following:
Asymmetric or “baggy” skin and other irregularities in appearance may occur as well as numbness and pigmentation changes. Dr. Fiorillo will cover the potential risks and complications of your procedure with you during your consultation.
If you’ve been eating healthy and exercising since you had your baby, and want to finally look like it, contact Dr. Fiorillo today to schedule an appointment or consultation. You can reach him online or by calling (866) 971-7705.