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  • Q. What areas can be treated with liposuction?

    A. The most common areas addressed by liposuction are the abdomen, love handles and flanks, inner thighs, outer thighs (saddle bags), and buttock contouring. Liposuction is not meant to be a replacement for proper diet and exercise and the best candidates are within a normal weight range and have areas resistant to diet and exercise.

  • Q. I'm about 30 lbs. overweight. Can I get liposuction?

    A. Liposuction results are best if the patient is within a normal weight range before the procedure. There are many men and women who desire liposuction but I recommend they lose weight prior to the procedures. Many people use this as dieting "motivation" and return to me when they are closer to their normal body weight for their gender, height and body mass index (BMI).

  • Q. Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

    A. The best candidates for liposuction are people who are within a normal weight range with isolated pockets of fat that do not respond well to diet and exercise. For optimal results, I recommend that patient be between the ages of 18 to early 40s. The younger the patient, the more elastic the skin which is important in healing.

  • Q. What are the risks of liposuction?

    A. All surgeries involve a degree of risk, and liposuction is no exception. It is never recommended to remove excessive amounts of fat. The possible risks include infection, bleeding, poor skin healing, anesthesia reactions and scarring. However, liposuction is generally a safe technique when performed by a qualified surgeon.

  • Q. Are the results of liposuction permanent?

    A. With a sensible diet, exercise and maintaining a normal weight, the areas treated generally do not return. That said, you are still aging and so changes associated with aging should be expected. Shoud a patient gain weight post-liposuction, the gained fat will be redistributed to other areas of the body.

  • Q. How much does liposuction cost?

    A. The cost of liposuction varies based upon the surgeon, geographic region of the country, whether your procedure is performed in a private surgery center or hospital, and the number of areas you wish to treat with liposuction.

  • Q. What is Power Assisted Liposuctio?

    A. Power assisted liposuction (PAL) equipment uses a motor or compressed air to create either a rapid in-and-out motion or spinning of the liposuction cannula. Because the fat to be liposuctioned is fibrous, it can be quite difficult for the surgeon to remove. The intent is to make the procedures less difficult for the surgeon. That said, the liposuction technique remains the same.

  • Q. What is laser liposuction?

    A. Laser liposuction, or laser-assisted lypolosis, is liposuction that uses a fiber laser to produce heat to 'melt' the unwanted fat and small cannula to remove it from the body. Laser liposuction is performed with a variety of branded equipment, such as SmoothLipo, SmartLipo, Vaser and other names.

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