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What is Liposuction?

Inherited traits often prevent people from achieving their desired body shape. Even years of exercise may not yield significant or noticeable results in certain people. For many, the answer is liposuction.

Liposuction or “lipo” sculpts and trims certain areas of the body. It involves removing excess fat deposits by making small incisions along the area to be treated where surgeons will place a tube called a “cannula” inside. The instrument is then fitted with a high-pressure vacuum to break up and take out the fat.

The surgery improves the contours of the body and keeps it in proportion. Patients can expect a slimmer, more shapely figure.

There are various techniques and forms of anesthetic for the procedure. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Steven Warnock to discuss which option is suitable for you. You may also talk about other procedures, such as breast reductions or tummy tucks, to achieve your desired look.

Good candidates for this procedure are people generally in good shape and individuals with realistic expectations. While liposuction is an effective way to remove excess fat, it is not a weight loss solution.

The Surgery

The surgeon begins by inserting a cannula (a slim hollow tube) into small incisions near the area to be recontoured. The cannula is moved through the layers of tissue removing unwanted fat. Once the fat and tissue have been removed, the surgeon stitches the incision. Several techniques exist. Your surgeon will suggest the most appropriate technique and form of anesthesia (epidural block, intravenous sedation or a local or general anesthesia) for you.

Areas That Can Be Treated

You can have liposuction on any area of your body, including your arms, thighs, legs, chin, cheeks, calves, waist, and abdomen.

Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Men and women who have excess fat, are in generally good health and have realistic expectations are typically considered to be good candidates for this procedure. While liposuction effectively and permanently removes excess fat, it is not a solution for weight loss. Doctor Warnock will evaluate your medical history and cosmetic goals to determine if liposuction is right for you.

Do you want to get rid of stubborn fat? Call our office today, schedule an appointment with Dr. Steven Warnock, and find out if liposuction is the right procedure for your cosmetic goals.

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Call us at the offices of Dr. Steven Warnock today to learn more about liposuction or any of our plastic surgery services.