“For that stubborn area that doesn’t go away regardless of weight loss, liposuction may be right for you.”
Common name – Lipo or Liposuction.
Technical name/also known as – Suction assisted lipectomy.
Benefits of Liposuction
This surgery is for women or men with localized areas of excess fatty tissue. This surgery is not intended for weight loss. It is also not indicated for areas with sagging skin which can get worse with liposuction. This operation removes stubborn fat deposits and can give better shape and contour to parts of the body. Liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise, but the procedure can eliminate areas of fat that are unresponsive to typical weight-loss methods. Patients are healthy individuals who have certain areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise, such as the woman who inherited her mother’s thighs, or the man who inherited his father’s love handles. They are ideal candidates for liposuction.
How it is done: How lipo is performed
This procedure removes excess fatty tissue through small incisions using a cannula (think very skinny vacuum). Fluid is first instilled into the area to be removed to help reduce bleeding, then the fat is removed with passes of the cannula to contour the fat removal to make the area more even in appearance with the surrounding fatty tissue. The endpoint is determined by both look and feel.
For stubborn fatty deposits, liposuction can provide improved contour and shape. Patients report feeling better in bathing suits and clothing and increased self-confidence.
Liposuction recovery can feel like an incredibly tough workout. Initially, the result will be obscured by swelling, and this can take many months to improve. It usually takes up to a year for the skin turgor to return to its presurgical feel. Sensory changes in the area suctioned are common as is bruising. People always ask if liposuction makes you gain weight elsewhere. It does not, but because liposuction permanently removes fat cells (we don’t grow more), if weight gain occurs after liposuction, the areas of fat surrounding the area treated may increase in size disproportionately compared to the area treated. Areas of contour irregularity may be seen after swelling resolves and may need revision.
Who pays for this
This is a cosmetic procedure, paid for by the patient.
What to expect
Length of operation
1 – 4 hours (depending on the extent of the procedure).
Local anesthetic in the office or general at the hospital or surgery center, you will be asleep and monitored the entire time.
In or out patient
Outpatient if small volume, overnight if large volume or combined with a procedure requiring an overnight stay.
Time until final appearance
6 months to one year for swelling to completely resolve.
Length of results
Long-lasting with maintenance of diet and exercise regime.
The surgery can leave you feeling as sore as your worst boot camp workout. Small scars are left behind. Swelling may persist for a few months after the procedure. Sensation of the skin may be altered after the procedure. The appearance of the skin may not be completely smooth or even after the surgery. Some drainage may be noted, and sleeping on an old towel is suggested. Bruising can be significant.
Risks of procedure
All surgery carries risk. I recommend patients carefully weigh the benefits of having surgery against the potential risks which may arise. Risks include pain, bleeding, infection, damage to nearby structures, need for other procedures, recurrence of laxity, dissatisfaction with results.
“THE BEST RESULTS ARE SEEN ON PATIENTS WHO ARE OTHERWISE HEALTHY BUT JUST CAN’T GET THAT STUBBORN AREA TO RESPOND TO THEIR BEST EATING AND ACTIVITY HABITS. I THINK OF THIS AS A CONTOURING OR SCULPTING PROCEDURE.”
– Dr. Danielle DeLuca-Pytell
While we are under social distancing and shelter at-home instructions, I am offering virtual consultations for new patients interested in meeting with me.
You can do this from a computer (via an invitation) or a smartphone (via an invitation and the Google Meet app).
There are four parts to the consultation:
1. Arrange a consultation by phone or email,
2. Download the new patient forms. Click here.
After you fill them out, you can either fax or email them to me.
3. Once the consultation is arranged, a meeting invite will be sent to you with the link for the consultation. At our prearranged time, follow the link to our secure and private consultation.
There, you and I will have time to talk about your goals, medical history, and all about the procedure.
While the examination is limited to observation in two dimensions, I should be able to determine whether or not you are a candidate for surgery.
4. If you are indeed a surgical candidate, you will be contacted by Andrea, my patient coordinator, to get a surgical quote (or if insurance-based, your expected out of pocket costs), and an opportunity to hold a surgical date.
You will also be given a follow-up visit to confirm with your exam that you are a candidate and preoperative visit time for us to prepare you for surgery.
I hope to virtually see you soon!
Your Next Step!
Call or email us to schedule an appointment and find out if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure.
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Before and After Gallery
When you come into the office for your appointment, you will be able to see more ‘before and after’ photos of this procedure including different options.
If healing proceeds as expected:
Rest at home (princess treatment) 2 weeks (no housework or exercise). Outsource housework a while you rest. Walk around the house, but do not work out. Rest with your head up and sleep with your neck extended (to avoid creasing) for the first two weeks.
Return to gentle exercise and household chores at two weeks, but no heavy lifting or strenuous activity for six weeks. May cover scars with makeup once scabs are gone. May resume work if it is sedentary. May color hair at three weeks after surgery.
Return to full activity 6 weeks after surgery.
Returning to Work
This depends on the type of work that you do. Many women can return to sedentary work at three to four weeks, though not everyone is ready to return to work by then. Surgery affects different people differently. If your work is more strenuous, six weeks off work may be needed.
Time until final appearance
3 to 4 months, depending on how swelling resolves
Length of results
Long lasting, but varies from patient to patient.
Smoking and Surgery
If you smoke, it is imperative that you quit six weeks both before and after surgery. To better understand why, please click this link:
if you color your hair, do so right before surgery as you will not be able to color your hair until three weeks following the procedure. Plan to bring a scarf with you to the hospital on the day of the procedure as well as dark glasses to camouflage your temporarily swollen appearance on leaving the hospital.
See what her patients have to say about their surgical experience.
Follow the link to read some of the many letters received by Dr. Danielle DeLuca-Pytell.
When you visit the office for your appointment, we will talk about the side effects and risks of this procedure.
You will have the chance to ask any questions you might have.
Don’t forget: it is your body! There is no such thing as a bad or silly question!