Liposuction

Reading PA Body Contouring

In today’s world, looking and feeling your best means having a fit, well-proportioned body. But for many people, in Berks County and elsewhere, that may seem like an unreachable goal. Sometimes even a healthy diet or the most disciplined exercise program cannot conquer stubborn areas of excess fat.

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For those who seek a smoother or better-proportioned body contour, liposuction may be the answer. Liposuction, also called lipoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes deposits of excess fat from specific areas of the body, face, or neck. It is commonly used to remove stubborn, diet- and exercise-resistant fat deposits and to sculpt the body into a slimmer profile. Liposuction can slim the hips and thighs, flatten the abdomen, shape the calves and ankles, or eliminate a double chin. Liposuction is most successful in men and women who are 20 to 35, with good skin tone and with isolated collections of fat. Results are seen almost immediately and will continue to improve as post-operative swelling subsides.

You may be a good candidate for liposuction if you desire fat removal or contouring in any of the following areas:

  • Cheeks, chin and neck
  • Upper arms
  • Breast or chest area
  • Back
  • Abdomen and waist
  • Hips, buttocks, thighs
  • Inner knee, calves and ankles

Before you decide to go ahead with the procedure, and before your plastic surgeon can agree that you should, you need to understand (1) what will be done, (2) what you can expect during post-surgery recovery, and (3) the risks that come with this or any similar elective surgery. It is important to understand that liposuction is not a solution for weight loss and will not produce any substantial weight loss results. Liposuction is best for treating localized areas of fat. If you are overweight or obese, it is best to reach your goal weight before undergoing liposuction.

Please contact our office at Berks Plastic Surgery to see if you are a good candidate for liposuction.

The Procedure

Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, performed in our AAAASF accredited surgical suite. For your safety and comfort, you will receive general or sedation anesthesia with a board-certified, M.D. anesthesiologist. Your surgeon will make a tiny incision in the area to be treated, inserting a wand that melts the fat, and following up with a second wand that loosens and suction the fat. Before your liposuction procedure, you must stay away from products that contain epinephrine-like drugs, including cold medications. The doctors will provide you with complete pre-operative instructions at your personal consultation.

Recovery

Initial discomfort is controlled with oral medication. When general anesthesia is employed, patients normally require one to three hours of observation afterwards, before being discharged to go home. Compression garments or taping are advised for about four to six weeks, to reduce swelling. Full recovery from swelling and bruising takes a few weeks.

Risks and Complications

There are risks and possible complications associated with any surgery. In liposuction, irregularity of the skin is one, but it is greatly minimized by our use of small-diameter cannulae, along with massage of the affected areas immediately after surgery. Hematomas and seromas are abnormal localized collections of blood or inflammatory fluid after surgery. Adequate drainage of incisions can help prevent them. Hyperpigmentation can occur, but it usually fades and may be improved by bleaching creams, and the patient must stay out of the sun until all bruising is gone. Swelling of the legs and ankles also can occur, and proper compression garments can minimize these effects. Extremely rare but severe complications can include blood clots, injury to abdominal organs, excessive blood loss, allergic reactions to drugs, and cardiac arrhythmias during general anesthesia.

Dr. Reedy and Dr. Fernandez take great care to evaluate each patient individually. They will advise you of your own unique risk profile, and enable you to compare it with that of liposuction candidates in general before determining if you are a good candidate for the procedure. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about liposuction, please contact us today.

If you want liposuction in Allentown, Pottsville, Reading or Lancaster, our specialists at Berks Plastic Surgery can help you get the results you are looking for!