“Chance favors only the prepared” – Louis Pasteur
If you are considering liposuction (“lipo”) in Sacramento, it’s likely that you have already tried dieting in order to lose those last few stubborn inches. You might have also tried exercise to shed unwanted pounds and change your body contours. Although these healthy habits may have benefited your overall health, chances are you haven’t noticed much improvement in your target areas. That’s because the battle against genetics is a difficult one indeed, which is why the results you are seeking are often only achievable through liposuction surgery. If you are ever going to be able to declare victory in your personal “battle of the bulge” you don’t want to leave anything to chance, and you don’t want to take chances when picking the right plastic surgeon for you.
Board-certified Sacramento plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Green is trained in the most advanced liposuction techniques. Whether it is the Wet Technique, Super-Wet Technique, or Dry Technique, Dr. Green can educate you and recommend the type of procedure that is best tailored to your needs and desires. Using Ultrasonic Liposuction, VASER® Liposuction or laser-assisted liposuction in Sacramento, Dr. Green will not leave anything as important as your appearance to chance. He will help you select the right procedure for you that will specifically target your problem areas to help provide you with smooth, precise and permanent results.
All About Liposuction Surgery
Liposuction is consistently a top 5 cosmetic procedure in the United States each year. It is the direct removal of fat by the use of a small thin tube called a cannula. Best results are obtained when liposuction is used on the abdomen, flanks, back or other areas where there are isolated pockets of fatty tissue. There are a variety of different liposuction procedures that can be performed depending on the characteristics of the patient and the area to be addressed. You will discuss with Dr. Green which of these procedures is best for you.
Liposuction of a single or several areas may be performed as an independent procedure, but it is routinely combined with other cosmetic surgeries such as a tummy tuck, breast lift, and breast augmentation in Sacramento, CA.
Is Liposuction Right for You?
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Liposuction is usually done under a general anesthetic but can be carried out under a local anesthetic that numbs the area. You will be awake, but comfortably sedated. Generally it is done on an outpatient basis. For most liposuction procedures, Dr. Green will inject a fluid mixture containing a salty solution, local anesthetic, and adrenaline into the fatty area being treated. This helps reduce bleeding, bruising and swelling and makes it easier to remove the fat cells.
A tiny incision will be made in your skin through which a thin metal tube called a cannula will be inserted. This will be attached to a vacuum pump or a syringe and will be moved about within the fatty tissue to suck out the fat and the fluid. For larger areas, more than one cut may be made to reach all the fatty deposits that are being treated. Once the required amount of fat has been removed, the cannula will be taken out and your incisions will be closed with stitches. Incisions are typically about 3 millimeters or less than 1/4th inch in length.
A variation of the Wet Technique is ‘tumescent’ liposuction. Men and women who choose this technique receive a larger volume of fluid injected into the treatment site.
Recovery Following Treatment
It is typical for patients to experience some discomfort and bruising in the areas treated with liposuction. Generally speaking, modest pain medications will lessen the discomfort to a tolerable level. The involved area is bandaged to promote healing. You should plan on keeping the bandage on for one to two weeks. Dr. Green will give you advice about resuming your normal activities but ordinarily patients can return to work within a few days and normal activities can be resumed within a few weeks. It may take a few months before the final desirable results are achieved as it can take the swelling some time to dissipate and reveal the slimmed down areas and new contours.
As with any Sacramento cosmetic surgery procedure, be sure to follow Dr. Green’s instructions regarding taking medications and vitamins, eating, drinking and ceasing smoking.
Dr. Green also performs an innovative cosmetic procedure called lipostructure which is designed to restore fullness to facial features which may have grown gaunt from aging. It is also effective in cosmetically enhancing other body parts, such as the buttocks or breasts. The procedure involves the transplant of fat from one body area to another. With this procedure, you receive the compound benefit of taking fat from an area where you don’t want it, and using it to fill out areas in need. Frequently, patients who undergo this procedure desire a restored fullness to features such as the chin, jaw, cheek and eyelid. The effect can be a remarkably younger, more vibrant, appearance. It is a particularly popular procedure for those patients who are looking to add fullness to their lips (lip augmentation). Others may be looking to add roundness or a more flattering shape to their buttocks (gluteal augmentation) or breasts.
Your First Step
Unlike some Sacramento plastic surgeons, Dr. Scott Green places great importance on the value of the in-person consultation. He looks forward to meeting with you to learn more about your aesthetic goals. Request a consultation with Dr. Green online and discover what results you can achieve through liposuction and other body contouring cosmetic surgery options. Before your visit, be sure to view the liposuction photo gallery to see real results from actual patients.