Excessive or disproportionate fat deposits can generally detract from your appearance and make you look unhealthy or out of shape. Liposuction performed by Connecticut Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Beth Collins effectively smooths away excess body fat to reveal underlying muscle definition and help you achieve more sculpted, shapely physique.
Who Should Get Liposuction?
Patients who are at a stable, healthy weight but have stubborn fat deposits resistant to diet and exercise are the best candidates for liposuction. Although liposuction is rarely recommended for the face, it can help shape and sculpt nearly any body area, including the neck, chest, arms, belly, back, hips, buttocks and thighs.
What Does Liposuction Do?
During the liposuction procedure, Dr. Collins prepares treatment area(s) with the tumescent technique, a local anesthesia method often combined with sedation anesthesia. She then places tiny incisions in the treatment area(s), gently breaks up fat cells and then removes excess fat, along with the tumescent fluid, using a thin suction tube called a cannula. This results in permanent reduction of fatty tissue, more proportionate body fat distribution and improved body contours.
After Liposuction: What Should I Expect?
The length of your liposuction recovery period will depend on how many liters of fat are removed during your liposuction procedure and which area(s) you have treated. In general, most patients are encouraged to begin walking and carefully moving around 24 hours after surgery and are able to return to work within a week.
Mild post-operative tenderness and discomfort usually last for a few days following liposuction. Bruising and swelling are common after liposuction but are mostly resolved within two weeks of the procedure. A compression garment should be worn for up to six weeks following liposuction. By week six, post-operative swelling is mostly resolved and all activity restrictions are lifted.
Related Procedures and Liposuction Alternatives
Forget the hype about non-surgical fat reduction and liposuction alternatives. These procedures are typically overpriced but under-deliver on results. Minimally invasive liposuction is the only cosmetic procedure that can permanently reduce unwanted, stubborn fat deposits. Liposuction results also complement a variety of other body shaping procedures, such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck or male breast reduction.
Fellowship-trained body contouring specialist Dr. Beth Collins routinely sees Connecticut liposuction patients from all over New Haven County, including patients from East Haven, West Haven, Madison, Branford and Guilford who want to achieve a more toned look and slimmer, sleeker body shape. If you’re interested in liposuction, please call or email Dr. Collins to arrange a consultation.