If diligent diet and exercise regimens have fallen short of helping you achieve your ideal figure, you are not alone. Our bodies are genetically predisposed to store fat in certain locations, and for many people this means fat gets deposited in the last place we’d ever want it to go. If this describes your situation, then you may benefit from liposuction.
Liposuction is a safe and effective method to remove stubborn pockets of fat that have been resistant to diet and exercise, helping you achieve the toned, sculpted figure you desire.
This page will provide you with an overview of what can be achieved with liposuction, but the best way to find out if liposuction is the right option to achieve your goals is to talk to Dr. Grossman and Dr. Capraro in person. Please call (866) 221-9665 today to schedule a confidential consultation at our Denver plastic surgery office.
Areas Liposuction Can Treat
Both men and women can benefit from the body sculpting enhancements provided by liposuction. This versatile procedure can be performed on just about any area of the body where you have excess fat that you would like removed. Common areas treated with liposuction include:
- Face, neck, and jowls
- Upper arms
- Chest (during male breast reduction)
Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?
Liposuction can be the right procedure for anyone who has stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Ideal candidates for liposuction:
- Are in good overall health
- Exercise regularly
- Are physically fit
- Have one or more localized areas of fat to be removed
- Are within 20 pounds of their ideal weight
- Have good skin elasticity
It is important to remember that liposuction is not a tool for weight loss. It is used to remove small pockets of fat from targeted regions of your body in order to achieve a more attractive body contour. While liposuction can be an effective complement to your diet and exercise efforts, it should not be considered a substitute. Find out if you may be a good candidate with our quiz: Is Liposuction Right for Me?
We offer a variety of surgical techniques for your liposuction procedure. No two surgeries are performed alike. We customize your procedure to address your unique physical characteristics and aesthetic goals. All of our liposuction procedures are performed with a combination of tumescent liposuction and VASER liposuction. Here's some information on these techniques:
- Tumescent liposuction (Suction Assisted Lipoplasty, SAL)
- VASER® LipoSelection®, a unique, low power ultrasonic technique
The VASER technique is used to disrupt the fat tissue to be removed, and then the traditional tumescent technique is used to remove the fat. Combining these procedures enables Dr. Grossman and Dr. Capraro to provide you with highly precise body sculpting results while maintaining the highest levels of safety. Dr. Grossman and Dr. Capraro will first inject a tumescent fluid containing a combination of dilute local anesthetic and adrenalin into your fat. The adrenalin reduces bleeding and the local anesthetic delivers anesthesia directly to the treatment region. This fluid also serves to separate the fat to facilitate its removal. For more limited procedures under local anesthesia, a more concentrated form of this solution is used. The VASER technique employs slender, solid metal probes attached to an ultrasonic wave generator that emits sonic energy. This energy emulsifies the fat cells, making them easier to suction away. This method results in less trauma, bleeding, bruising, and post-operative pain.
Liposuction Recovery and Follow-Up Care
Following your liposuction surgery, you will have the choice of going home that day or spending the night in one of our suites at the Rose Ambulatory Surgical Center in Denver. Several factors may influence whether you should stay the night or have your procedure performed on an out-patient basis:
- Number of areas and amount of fat removed
- Other procedures performed simultaneously
- Personal preference
If you choose to go home the day of your surgery, make sure to arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you the rest of the day. Dr. Grossman and Dr. Capraro will review your post-surgical instructions with you and your driver in detail, and we will send you home with a written copy as well. You will need to wear special compression garments for three to six weeks to control the swelling and help shape your new body contour. These garments can be changed daily. You may experience some pain following the liposuction surgery; however, it is generally fairly mild. Most patients do not experience much more than a bit of stiffness and soreness. Dr. Grossman and Dr. Capraro encourage you to resume physical activity as soon as you feel up to it. Your new body contour should motivate you to engage in a normal exercise regimen promptly following surgery; however, you will need to refrain from strenuous activity for up to 4-6 weeks. Most patients are able to return to work within one week Your liposuction results should be noticeable immediately. Over the next few weeks, your new body shape will continue to improve as the swelling subsides. Your scars will soften, turning from red to pink to white. This process may take several months to complete. If you have any questions while you are recovering, please do not hesitate to call us. Dr. Grossman and Dr. Capraro are always available to answer any questions you may have.
Risks, Complications and the Potential For Abuse
Your choice of surgeon is crucial to the success of your liposuction procedure for several reasons:
- Liposuction is a complicated procedure requiring extensive training and experience to perform correctly
- The procedure is not for everyone, and your surgeon needs to evaluate your overall health, physical condition, motives, and expectations to determine if you are an ideal candidate
- There are a variety of liposuction techniques, and your surgeon must have the experience to be able to perform the correct procedure to help you achieve the results you desire
In order to ensure that your plastic surgeon possesses the skills and experience necessary to perform your procedure, you should choose to work with someone certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Accept nothing less. Do not be fooled by a doctor claiming to be certified by another organization.
Of course, every procedure has some risk of complications. Liposuction is a commonly performed procedure with an impressive safety record, but you should still be aware of the risks. These include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Skin irregularities
- Loose skin
- Asymmetry of result
Fortunately, these risks are quite rare. You can count on our extraordinary, board-certified plastic surgeons to provide you with the highest quality of care and the best possible surgical performance. Please call Grossman Plastic Surgery today at (866) 221-9665 to schedule your initial liposuction consultation. We serve patients in Denver and Littleton, Colorado.