Working to achieve your dream body can be a difficult but rewarding task. Unfortunately, sometimes eliminating stubborn pockets of fat in the abdomen, thighs, arms, back or neck can make the process more frustrating than gratifying. The genes for water retention and fat storage are built into our DNA, making some people genetically predisposed to store fat in hard to reach places.
If stubborn fat has kept you short of your goals and left you feeling helpless, then liposuction may be the answer. Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes fat directly from stubborn areas to promote a contoured and slim appearance. At Cole Aesthetic Center, Dr. Cole and our staff are proud to offer liposuction for our patients looking to put the final touches on their dream bodies.
Tumescent Liposuction Can Help With:
- Removing stubborn fat that patients cannot get rid of through regular diet and exercise
- Creating a tapered contour shape in the treated area including the thighs, abdomen, flanks, back/bra roll, arms and neck
- Permanently removing fat cells that do not grow back
Who Is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
Patients who have already tried losing weight and have stubborn pockets of fat or women who have lingering fat from pregnancy tend to be great candidates for the procedure. Ideal liposuction patients will have firm and elastic skin, and Dr. Cole evaluates skin elasticity prior to deciding if they are good candidates for the procedure. Patients who already have loose skin typically do not make good candidates for liposuction, as fat removal can exacerbate the issue.
Ideal candidates should also be in good health who are non-smokers, are within 20 pounds of their goal body weight, are prepared to maintain a healthy lifestyle for sustained results and who have already undertaken a dedicated diet and exercise routine to achieve their goals but with limited or unsatisfactory results.
Dr. Cole evaluates all of his patients during a comprehensive in-person evaluation to determine if they are good candidates for liposuction or if they would benefit more from other options like SculpSure laser contouring.
My entire experience at Cole Aesthetic was wonderful, start to finish. The entire staff treated me with friendly respect and as a valued patient from the minute I walked in the door for the first time…
How Is Liposuction Performed?
Tumescent Liposuction is performed under local anesthesia. After the patient has been numbed, the patient’s targeted areas are filled with the tumescent fluid through small incision areas. This fluid introduces lidocaine to the treated area, which helps break down the fat cells and shrinks the capillaries and improves the patient’s comfort during the procedure.
Once the patient has been tumesced, Dr. Cole then inserts a cannula in the incision areas, moving it back and forth to loosen up the fat. The fat will be drawn out using suction and may be removed in multiple areas during a single procedure. Dr. Cole also uses a device called MicroAire to aid the process by oscillating and liquifying the fat. This advanced technique allows for a greater amount of fat to be more easily removed.
What Is the Downtime for Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure and does necessitate a brief period of downtime. The procedure is completed on an outpatient basis, meaning patients can return home the same day as the procedure. Our patients are encouraged to increase each day of their normal activity by 25% each day, with activity being at 100% by the fourth day. Most patients are able to achieve these activity goals and return to work based on their profession’s physical needs.
Common side effects from the procedure include swelling, bruising, numbness and mild pain. Compression dressings will be placed on the treated areas to minimize bruising and swelling. Most side effects will last only a few weeks, although swelling can linger for several months. The incisions are kept small and discrete and will not result in overly visible scars. They will continue to mature for up to a year before fading into thin white lines.
How Long Will It Last?
Results will be immediately noticeable, although final results will take some time to develop fully as residual swelling diminishes. Full results will be visible in three to six months as the skin begins to naturally contract to the new shape. The fat that is removed is gone for good and patients can expect to enjoy their new contours well into the future, although they should be prepared to maintain their body weight through regular diet and exercise. Liposuction directly removes excess fat, but it does not make patients immune from expanding the remaining fat cells in the area.
Cole Aesthetic Center
Eliminating fat can be done naturally, but sometimes you need a helping hand to overcome your final hurdles and achieve the body you deserve. If you are interested in an effective and direct method of targeting stubborn pockets of fat, then schedule an appointment at Cole Aesthetic Center to learn if you are a candidate for liposuction. During your initial consultation, Dr. Cole will describe the details of the procedure and explain what sort of results you can expect.
To schedule your liposuction consultation with Dr. Cole or to learn about any of the other cosmetic treatment options offered at Cole Aesthetic Center, call us today at 360.613.2600.
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Dr. Cole is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. He is an expert in today’s most advanced and state-of-the-art techniques in enhancement and rejuvenation. Dr. Cole began the Cole Aesthetic Center to help his patients embrace their aesthetic possibilities and become more confident in their everyday lives. Contact Dr. Cole at Cole Aesthetic Center for a consultation today!