in Philadelphia, PA
There comes a point in life when diet and exercise cannot remove the excess fat that accumulates around the waistline, arms, back, and buttocks, which makes people feel self-conscious in certain types of clothing such as bathing suits and tight fitting clothing.
Fortunately, liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, is a safe and effective treatment which can provide the results a patient desires and keep the body in this shape if properly maintained through a healthy lifestyle including balanced diet and exercise.
This procedure not only can reshape the body, but it can also be used to refresh and restore a shapely contour to the face.
This procedure is designedto slim and reshape specific areas of the body by removing unsightly fattydeposits. Lipoplasty is often combined with other surgical procedures to give a patient a full body restoration including the Mommy Makeover which specifically targets the remnants of pregnancy on a woman’s body.
Specific Areas This Procedure Targets and Successfully Corrects:
Outer Thighs (saddlebags)
Flanks (love handles)
Breasts (Female Breast Reduction or Male Gynecomastia)
The Ideal Candidate:
Both men and women, frustrated by the appearance of bumpy, bulging fatty tissue may benefit from the lipoplasty procedure, however, this procedure is not for everyone. Typically, the best candidate for body contouring will be average or only slightly above average in weight, as well as have firm, and elastic skin. If the tissue is lax, once the procedure isperformed, it will begin to sag. In thissituation, an Arm Lift, Tummy Tuck, Body Lift, Thigh Lift, or Facelift mayprovide better results.
As with any cosmetic procedure, patients should understand lipoplasty and have reasonable expectations for their results. To better determine if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure, patients should schedule a consultation appointment to meet the surgeon and discuss how this procedure will be tailored to your specific needs and aesthetic desires.
First Steps Towards your Liposuction Procedure:
If this sounds like abeneficial procedure, patients should learn all they can about the techniquesand recovery. Before/After photographs are easy to find online, and can be helpful in understanding the expected results. Once there is a clear understanding of the procedure, an initial appointment should be made at Lohner Plastic Surgery.
The consultation process at Lohner Plastic Surgery is designed for the patient to get to know the surgeon, and for Dr. Lohner to get to know the patient. He will discuss a patient’s medical history, review current medications, and listen to the patient’s aesthetic goals to ensure your safety during thesurgery. Next, Dr. Lohner willthoroughly explain all of the treatment options available. If body contouring is determined to the bestprocedure for an individual patient, the patient coordinator will assist you inscheduling surgery.
Preparing for Your Procedure:
Dr. Lohner recommends that after a patient’s consultation appointment patients read through the post-surgical procedures and follow-up with any outstanding questions by using the internet as a resource or calling the office.
At the consultation appointment, Dr. Lohner will provide detailed post-surgical instructions. Patients should carefully read through these, and ask any questions that may arise. Transportation should set up to and from the surgical center. Patients may also want to go ahead and schedule any follow-up appointments. Prescriptions should be picked up from the pharmacy before the procedure. Scheduling help with smallchores for the first day or two after the procedure is often greatly appreciated.
The Liposuction Procedure:
Lipoplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure at the surgical center at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Either general anesthesia or local anesthesiaplus IV sedation may be used, depending the specific patient. This procedure may take between one to three hours to complete depending on the extent of areas the patient and Dr. Lohner agree to address. He will begin the procedure by infusing the treatment areawith Tumescent fluid. Next, a very smallcannula will be inserted through several half-inch incisions, to suction outthe fatty tissue. Once the desire damount of fat has been removed, and the area has been sculpted to the desired shape, Dr. Lohner will place sutures over the incisions for proper healing.
- Tumescent technique: This technique involves injecting a largeamount of medicated solution into the predetermined area. The Tumescent fluid contains a salt solutionand local anesthetic. Once complete, the fat is then removed through a cannula (hollow tube).
- Super Wet technique: The most commonly performed type of liposuction. Very similar to the Tumescent technique, the Super Wet technique uses less Tumescent fluid during surgery. The amount of fluid injected will equal the amount removed. One ofthe newer techniques available, Super Wet Lipo provides superior results.
- Ultrasound-assisted Liposuction: This is one of the newestlipo techniques, this procedure utilizes ultrasonic vibrations as a way to disrupt fat cell connections before they are vacuumed out through acannula. The Ultrasound-assisted technique provides excellent results for fibrous areas such as the upper backor male breast tissue.
Potential Liposuction SideEffects and Risks:
Lipoplasty is considered anextremely safe procedure. Since it is however, an invasive procedure, there is always the rare chance for complications. These can include bleeding, infection, blood clots, skin discoloration, asymmetry, and fat embolism (which is extremely rare). Risks can be substantially minimized by selecting a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, like Dr. Lohner. Having over twenty years of experience, Dr. Lohner is skilled with the most advancedlipo techniques available.
Patients should expect recovery to take about one week. Initially, people may notice some minor bruising and swelling. These will simultaneously improve two to three weeks. Final results take 4-6 months to see the true end results. A compression garment will need to be wornfor the first several weeks, to discourage the accumulation of fluid andswelling. Mild pain and burning mayoccur in the treatment area, but Dr. Lohner will prescribe the appropriate pain medications to keep patients comfortably resting at home.
Patients may be sore for the first couple of days. Light exercise andwalking can be resumed after one to two days. More strenuous activities and heavy lifting should be postposed for about a week. Normally, people will feel well enough to return to work in just a few days.
How long does the proceduretake?
The procedure will take between one and three hours to perform, depending on the exact area being treated.
How much does liposuction cost?
The exact cost of the procedure will vary according to the area being treated and the level of correction required. During the consultation appointment you will meet with the patient coordinator who will help schedule your surgery and discuss different payment options for financing your procedure.
When can I return to work after a lipo procedure?
Patients normally feel well enough to return to work five to seven days after their lipo procedure.
Can I finance my procedure?
Yes, Lohner Plastic surgery offers patients a variety of payment options. We accept cash, all major credit cards, and healthcare financing through CareCredit.