What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a procedure in which specific fat deposits are removed in order to improve the contours of the body. We offer a number of different liposuction procedures including tumescent liposuction and ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL). Although liposuction surgery is never a substitute for proper dieting and exercise, the procedure is sometimes the only thing that can remove pockets of fat that do not respond to traditional weight-loss methods. Liposuction can be performed on various parts of the body, including the hips, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks, and neck. At The Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville in Tennessee, liposuction surgery is one of the post-bariatric cosmetic surgery procedures we offer.

Real Patient Results

  • Liposuction - Case 1

    53 year old woman who is unhappy with the contour of her thighs. Post Op: patient has undergone ultrasound-assisted liposuction of her inner and outer thighs.

  • Liposuction - Case 2

    46 year old woman who feels that her hips are disproportionately large. Post Op: Patient has undergone ultrasound-assisted liposuction of her hips. A total of 750mL of fat was removed from the hips.

  • Liposuction - Case 3

    37 year old female desires smoother contouring of the abdomen, thighs and hip area. Post Op: patient underwent abdominoplasty, with tightening of the rectus muscles, as well as liposuction of the inner and outer thighs, and posterior hip area.

  • Liposuction - Case 4

    39 yo desires contouring of abdomen and sides. Post op: Patient underwent UAL to abdomen and hips.

  • Liposuction - Case 5

    36 yo woman desires lower body contouring. Post op: Patient underwent ultrasonic assisted liposuction to abdomen, inner and outer thighs, and hips. Total fat removed= 4500cc.

  • Liposuction - Case 6

    32 year old woman desires contouring of waist and hips. Post op: Patient underwent ultrasound assisted liposuction of posterior hips, as well as abdominoplasty.

  • Liposuction - Case 7

    31 yo female patient desires contouring of abdomen, back, thighs, and arms. Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty with ultrasonic-assisted liposuction of the back, thighs, and arms.

  • Liposuction - Case 8

    47 year old female patient desires contouring of her thighs. Post op: Patient underwent UAL/SAL liposuction of the inner, outer, and front of the thighs.

  • Liposuction - Case 9

    40 year old patient desires abdominal and thigh contouring. Post op: Patient underwent abdominoplasty, UAL liposuction to inner, outer, and front of thighs.

  • Liposuction - Case 10

    32 year old female patient desires contouring to abdomen, hips/flanks, thighs, and arms. Post op: Patient underwent UAL liposuction of the abdomen, hips, inner and outer thighs, and arms. Patient shown at 2 and a half months post op. Will continue to see improvement.

  • Liposuction - Case 11

    23 year old patient with long history of dental work to correct her bite. She is unhappy with facial proportion. Post op: Patient underwent placement of chin implant with chin/neck liposuction.

  • Liposuction - Case 12

    55 year old female patient expresses frustration with her "middle section." Post op: Patient underwent ultrasonic assisted liposuction of the hips with abdominoplasty.

  • Liposuction - Case 13

    59 year old female patient complains of excess skin and fat to mid-section. Desires better contour. Post op: Patient underwent ultrasonic assisted liposuction to the hips and back, and skin only abdominoplasty.

  • Liposuction - Case 14

    39 year old male patient desires tightening of area under chin. Post op: Patient underwent ultrasonic assisted liposuction to his chin.

  • Liposuction - Case 15

    63 year old female patient desires liposuction under chin. Post op: Patient underwent UAL and SAL to her chin.

  • Liposuction - Case 16

    48 year old female desires body contouring. Post op: Pt underwent Liposuction of the abdomen, hips and back.

  • Liposuction - Case 17

    56 year old female with long standing history of saddlebags. Post Op: Patient underwent liposuction of outer thighs only. Had reasonably good skin contraction.

  • Liposuction - Case 18

    37 y/o female with a history of a 65 pound weight loss. Desires abdominal and hip contouring. Post op: Abdominoplasty and Liposuction of hips.

  • Liposuction - Case 19

    42 year old patient desires contouring of chin. Post op: Patient underwent liposuction to chin/neck. Her weight has remained stable, no gain or loss since her procedure.

  • Liposuction - Case 20

    38 year old female patient desires contouring of chin. Post op: Patient underwent liposuction of chin.

Liposuction Surgery

The time required for liposuction surgery depends on a number of factors, including the amount of fat to be removed, the size of the surgical area, the type of anesthesia required, and the type of liposuction performed.

Fluid Injection Liposuction

This common liposuction surgery technique involves a medicated solution injected into targeted areas before the fat is removed. The fluid is a mixture of lidocaine (a local anesthetic), epinephrine (a drug that contracts blood vessels), and saline solution. This mixture provides an anesthetic to lessen pain, reduces blood loss, and helps remove fat more easily during liposuction surgery. We at The Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville will determine which liposuction surgery option best suits your needs.

Tumescent injection liposuction is another form of liposuction surgery that involves fluid injections. A large volume of fluid, which contains an anesthetic, as well as epinephrine, is injected into the treatment area. Due to the heavy volume of fluid involved, tumescent injection liposuction takes longer to perform than traditional liposuction.

Ultrasound-Assisted Lipoplasty (UAL)

Ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL) is a form of liposuction surgery that requires the surgical insertion of a cannula (small tube) used to produce ultrasonic energy. As the cannula passes through layers of fatty tissue, the ultrasonic energy liquefies the fat, making it easier for suction and extraction. UAL is often used for areas of the body with high fiber content, including the upper back. It can also be used to treat enlarged male breasts during gynecomastia surgery. UAL is also often used in secondary cosmetic procedures at our Nashville, Tennessee office for enhanced precision during liposuction surgery.

After Liposuction Surgery

After liposuction you may have a small drainage tube placed under the skin to remove excess fluids. To control swelling, you may also be fitted with an elastic post-surgical garment that you will wear for a few weeks. During the healing period after liposuction surgery, you may likely experience some swelling, bleeding, temporary numbness, burning, and pain.

Recovery

After your liposuction surgery, we at The Plastic Surgery Center of Nashville will be available to you for support and to monitor your recovery process. To prevent possible blood clots and reduce swelling following liposuction surgery, we suggest that you start walking as soon as you are able. Many liposuction patients feel much better after a week or two of recovery time and return to work after a few days. Within the first week to 10 days, your stitches will either dissolve or will be removed. A majority of the post-surgical swelling and bruising disappears after three weeks, though some swelling may remain for several more months.

Potential Risks

Our skilled surgeons perform liposuction surgery regularly and with an excellent record for success. As rare as complications following liposuction may be, they are still a possibility. If a greater number of areas are treated simultaneously or if the target areas are large in size, risks for post-surgical complications may increase. Risks following liposuction surgery include infection, slow healing, clotting of the blood or fat, fluid loss, friction burns, perforation injury, and adverse reactions to drugs.

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