Despite how closely you monitor your diet and stick to a regular exercise regimen, you may still be bothered by pockets of fat that prevent you from feeling fully confident with your look. Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery is proud to offer the latest techniques to safely eliminate fat from areas of concern on the body. Surgical liposuction is a body contouring procedure that reduces fat from the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, and buttocks to produce a trimmer appearance. This fat removal surgery at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery can be used to treat several body parts and areas. During your initial visit to our Tucson, AZ office, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao will examine the areas you'd like to address so you can achieve your cosmetic surgery goals. We want you to look and feel amazing.
With liposuction (which is also known as lipoplasty, suction lipectomy, or liposculpture), Dr. Rao can improve the contours and proportions of a number of areas. Potential treatment sites include love handles, abdomen, upper and lower legs, buttocks, chin, neck, arms, chest, and back. The best candidates for liposuction are those who fit all of the following scenarios:
- Reasonably healthy eating and exercise habits
- Good overall physical and mental health
- Realistic expectations about the results
- Trouble slimming problem areas through diet and exercise alone
The goal of liposuction is to improve body shape and esthetics through the removal of fat. Liposuction is not a substitute for diet and exercise, nor is it a treatment for obesity.
Liposuction is typically performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgery center. Dr. Rao will instill a fluid known as tumescent into the desired treatment areas. Tumescent fluid expands the space to facilitate removal of the fat cells. The fluid also diminishes pain, as well as reduce bleeding. Dr. Rao will insert a thin tube called a cannula through small incisions to carefully and gradually sculpt and remove fat from the treatment area. Once the fat deposits have been eliminated, Dr. Rao will close the incision and dressings will be applied to the treatment site. The duration of the surgery depends on the number of areas being treated. In the dedicated recovery area, our team will help manage any discomfort and show you how to care for your incisions.
What to Expect
Your recovery from liposuction surgery depends on the number of areas treated and the size of the treatment region. Typically, patients will return to work within a week after surgery. It is normal to see swelling and bruising for 1 – 2 weeks, and you can have the sutures removed anywhere from 7 – 10 days. What is most important after having any surgery is to allow your body time to heal and recover. When you decide to return to work after your procedure, you should remember to minimize stress and strenuous activity. To build up your strength, stick to walking and light workouts as recommended by Dr. Rao. You should keep in mind that you may see some changes after six weeks, but it takes 6 – 10 months before your new body shape and contour is attained.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does liposuction cost?
Your cost for liposuction will vary based on the technique being used and the number of areas being addressed. During your consultation, Dr. Rao will develop your personal liposuction surgical plan based on your needs and goals. He will also take into consideration your budget. Once your plan is developed, estimated costs can be discussed. To make your surgery more affordable, Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery accepts many payment options, and we can help you find low-interest financing if needed.
What about nonsurgical liposuction?
Thanks to modern advancements, there are many nonsurgical options to reduce fat. Some popular nonsurgical alternatives offered by our Tucson, AZ office are CoolSculpting and Kybella. While these nonsurgical treatments may help reduce the amount of fat, liposuction is more powerful than the noninvasive modalities that are currently available. Liposuction surgery delivers more consistent and dramatic results. Talk to Dr. Rao about nonsurgical options during your consultation. He will go over the benefits and drawbacks of both methods and help you decide which is best for your needs and goals.
What about cellulite and loose skin?
Surgical liposuction only addresses excess fat in the body. If you have loose skin, Dr. Rao may suggest combining liposuction with a tummy tuck or other body contouring procedure. Liposuction is often performed with skin tightening surgery, such as a tummy tuck, arm lift, or thighplasty, to produce the best results. During your consultation, tell Dr. Rao about any and all concerns you may have, like loose skin and cellulite, so a comprehensive treatment plan can be developed.
Will I have scars?
Since liposuction is a surgical procedure, incisions will be made and sutured closed. The incision sites for liposuction are typically 3 – 5 mm in length. This will cause scars, but Dr. Rao does his best to minimize their appearance. This includes making small incisions in the natural folds of your body or in less visible areas. After your surgery, Dr. Rao or a member of his team will teach you how to care for your incisions so you can have the best scar possible.
Will my results last?
Before you have liposuction surgery, it's important to be committed to maintaining your results. While liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in your body, you can still gain and lose weight. Dr. Rao recommends that you be at or near your ideal weight before having liposuction surgery. Afterward, it is best to stay within 5 – 10 pounds of your post-surgical weight. Pregnancy after liposuction will also alter your results; however, a second surgery or mommy makeover can be performed to refresh your appearance.
Look Fit and Toned
Liposuction at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery offers patients the opportunity to have bothersome fat removed almost immediately. Without liposuction, it can be frustrating to attain the slimming results you want. We offer various alternatives for liposuction treatment based on your personal concerns. We invite you to get in touch with our practice in Tucson, AZ and schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Arun Rao today.