Sculpt your Body with Liposuction
Liposuction may be the answer if you can’t diet or exercise enough to get the trim figure you’d like. If you have stubborn areas of excess fat, liposuction, also known as liposculpture or body contouring, removes deposits of excess fat from specific areas of your body, face, or neck. Liposuction can give you a flatter abdomen, slimmer hips and thighs, and shapelier calves and ankles. It can even eliminate a double chin.
Is Liposuction Right For You?
Liposuction is most commonly recommended for men and women of normal weight who simply want to improve their body contour. If you have deposits of excess fat that make certain body areas appear disproportionately large, this surgical body contouring procedure can produce excellent results. Although liposuction is not a treatment for obesity, it can permanently alter body shape and is the only way to eliminate fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise.
People of almost any age may undergo liposuction; however, patients with good skin elasticity will achieve the smoothest contour after fat is removed. You may be a good candidate for liposuction if you desire fat removal or contouring in any of the following areas:
- Upper arms
- Breast and puffiness just in front of the armpit
- Breast tissue and chest fullness in men (gynecomastia)
- Abdomen and waist
- Hips and upper buttocks
- Outer and inner thighs
- Front of the thighs
- Inner knee and just above the kneecap
- Calves and ankles
It's important to be clear about a few "cans and can'ts" related to liposuction.
Liposuction can be performed on several areas of your body at the same time, or be done in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery procedures. Dr. Koplin will carefully review with you what he feels is a smart and safe combination and create the “perfect” plan.
It can also be used to treat some cases of gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement, which occurs in both teenagers and adult men.
- Serve as a substitute for dieting and exercise
- Make skin tighter
- Effectively treat cellulite (a condition that gives the skin a dimpled appearance).
How is Liposuction Performed?
To perform liposuction, one or more tiny incisions are made near the area to be treated. Whenever possible, incisions are placed within the natural folds or contour lines of the skin so that they are inconspicuous. Dr. Koplin then places a slim, hollow tube called a cannula through the incision, so that its tip penetrates the underlying fat. After the cannnula is connected by flexible tubing to a suction source, Dr. Koplin moves the cannula back and forth gently through the fat, which is vacuumed into the tube. Several variations to the basic liposuction technique have been introduced.
DISCOVER THE BENEFITS OF “PHAST” Lipo with Auto-Liposhift:
Tighter Skin, Smoother Shaping and Faster Healing
“PHAST” Lipo is a technique Dr. Koplin uses which optimally prepares the fat for removal and sculpts the treated areas to assure maximal smoothness and skin tightening. Dr. Koplin has been using and perfecting this technique for many years, and finds it better, safer and much more controllable than “laser” procedures such as Smart or Slim Lipo. Instead of “melting” fat with laser or ultrasound before removal (which can leave dead fat cells following liposuction), the fat is softened and loosened by using a special cannula, similar to shaking a tree to get ripe fruit off before harvest. Following fat removal using a thin, delicate cannula, the sculpting is continued by using the special cannula to allow the remaining fat to be massaged and molded into a smooth protective healing layer. Dr. Koplin calls this “auto-liposhift”, where the small, free fat particles can find their way into areas where they can nourish and soften the healing process. The auto-liposhift also allows the skin to tighten and reshape itself to the new underlying contour.
Your Personal Consultation with Dr. Koplin
Dr. Koplin will personally meet with you so that he understands your motives and expectations for liposuction. He’ll examine you, discuss your options, and offer recommendations. During this initial meeting, Dr. Koplin will ask you a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle. He’ll also discuss likely outcomes of liposuction and any risks or potential complications. Special considerations are needed when large amounts—usually more than 5 liters— of fat are suctioned, and Dr. Koplin may recommend secondary procedures to tighten excess skin.
WHY IS DR . KOPLIN SO SPECIAL ?
Attention to detail, expertise in surgical technique, and pioneering work in the area of Natural Fat Transfer sets Dr. Koplin apart from other surgeons. For nearly 20 years, he has used a combination of these techniques to create shapely, natural-looking figures. If you are considering liposuction, you may want to also consider using the fat to correct loss of volume from various places in the face. To find out more about Natural Fat Transfer, click here(insert short cut to fat transfer page here)
WHERE IS THE LIPOSUCTION PROCEDURE PERFORMED?
Your custom procedure will be performed in a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility associated with our medical office. We are fully accredited by Medicare and AAAASF, and are held to the same standards as an operating room in a private or university hospital.
Safety and Comfort with Anesthesia
Medications are administered for your comfort during liposuction. Choices include intravenous sedation or general anesthesia: Dr. Koplin will recommend the best anesthesia for you. Your anesthesia provider has a wealth of experience. Your safety and comfort are always paramount.
Fully Staffed Recovery Room
You will spend one to two hours in a fully-monitored and state-of-the art recovery room at the surgery center. Your registered nurse will be at your side every moment to attend to your safety and comfort.
Liposuction Recovery and Convalescence
You have several options: you may choose to have professional care, to stay in a recovery center, or recover at home. If you wish to recover at home, you must have someone stay with you the first night. We will send you home with precise instructions and a "care package" of supplies and medications.
We will provide a custom-fitting compression garment to mould and shape the skin to your new body contours.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER LIPOSUCTION
The First Week:
During the first 48 hours following surgery, you’ll experience some degree of swelling and bruising. Rest quietly the first few days after surgery, but we encourage you to walk around and be out of bed.
Do not take aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory medications.
- Avoid straining, bending over and lifting
- All your tiny incisions are closed with hidden dissolving sutures, so there are no stitches to remove!
The Second Week and Beyond:
Bruising typically disappears between seven and fourteen days. You will still have some swelling, which can take three months to completely resolve as we actively encourage our patients to return to normal activities quickly. Most of our patients wear their custom garments a minimum of two weeks, when they can then resume active exercise.
If you’d like to find out how liposuction could enhance your appearance, please schedule your consultation today
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