Jacksonville Plastic Surgery by Duffy offers provides Liposuction in Jacksonville to patients seeking liposuction surgery.
The most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S., liposuction sculpts the body by removing undesirable fat that has not responded to diet and exercise from areas such as the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, chin, cheeks, neck and upper arms. Local anesthesia or general anesthesia may be used, and the procedure can last anywhere from one to five hours depending on the amount of fat being removed.
There are several different methods surgeons use when performing liposuction, including ultrasound-assisted lipectomy (UAL) and suction-assisted lipectomy (SAL). In both types, fluid is injected into the area to be treated. Then a tiny incision is made in as inconspicuous a place as possible, and a cannula (small tube) breaks up the fat layer and suctions it out.
While every patient who goes in for a consultation with Dr. Duffy will be individually assessed to determine if they are healthy enough to undergo surgery, there are some conditions that could indicate that liposuction is right for you:
Oftentimes, if there is too much loose skin around the stomach area due to weight loss or pregnancy, Dr. Duffy might opt for a tummy tuck vs. liposuction. A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty can tighten loose skin and muscle, while removing excess fat that is sagging or protruding from your mid-section.
Preparation for liposuction surgery begins after Dr. Duffy examines you and discusses the details of the procedure. If there are weight benchmarks or lifestyle changes that are recommended, you should do your best to follow them to ensure the best results and minimize the chance of complications.
If you are a smoker, you should stop smoking well in advance of surgery since smoking can impair the healing process. Certain medications that increase the risk of bleeding such as Aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS: Advil, Motrin, Aleve), and some vitamins/homeopathic regimens should be discontinued before undergoing liposuction surgery.
Regardless of the type of surgery to be performed, hydration is a very important aspect of any surgery. Hydration before and after surgery is critical for safe recovery and optimizing outcome. Your surgeon will provide you with additional preoperative instructions.
Day of surgery
The goal of Dr. Duffy and the entire staff is to make your surgical experience as easy and comfortable for you as possible.
Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you for the next 24 hours. If you are undergoing large volume of liposuction, it may be suggested that you be hospitalized overnight.
What will happen during surgery/procedure?
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. Frequently, local anesthesia and intravenous sedation are used for patients undergoing liposuction surgery, although general or regional anesthesia may be desirable in some instances. For your safety during the operation, various monitors are used to check your heart, blood pressure, pulse and the amount of oxygen circulating in your blood.
Dr. Duffy will already have a surgical plan that involves the techniques discussed with you prior to surgery. Once the operation has begun, decisions to combine various techniques or change a technique all together might be made to ensure the best result. It is important that you feel comfortable and trust your doctor to make these decisions.
The amount of time your liposuction procedure will take depends on the amount of fat being removed and if you there are multiple procedures being performed.
Other treatments: Fat Injection or Fat Transfer
For some patients, some of the removed fat may be transferred to other areas where volume is helpful. Depending on your needs, your fat may be transferred to your face, buttocks, or breast area.
When surgery is completed, you will be taken into a recovery area where you will continue to be closely monitored. You will most likely be wearing a compression garment, usually used to help support and “shrink” the skin. Concerning postoperative pain, many patients state that the area feels sore, as if they underwent a vigorous work out.
You probably will be permitted to go home after a short period of observation, although some patients may stay overnight in the hospital or surgical facility.
When can I resume my normal daily activities?
It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.
The first few days after surgery, you should rest quietly. Patients are often encouraged to try and get up and walk around slowly. Remember, you must not take aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory medications. You most likely will wear a compression garment. If it is too tight you should promptly notify Dr. Duffy.
During the first 48 hours following surgery, patients experience varying degrees of swelling and bruising. The swelling persists longer. Bruising typically disappears within seven to ten days. Stitches are usually removed within a week of surgery.
Straining, bending over and lifting should be avoided during the early postoperative period. In many instances, you will be able to resume most of your normal activities within ten days or less.
What to expect
Liposuction surgery usually improves contours. In some instances it may be used in a circumferential fashion, thinning an area. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait at least several months to get an accurate picture of the results of your surgery. The small incisions used for access of the instrument known as a cannula, will fade over a number of months usually becoming barely visible.
How long will the results last?
The results of liposuction surgery are technically permanent because the fat cells have been removed. However, your body shape and contours might be affected by weight gain, aging, pregnancy, family genetics, and lifestyle factors. It is crucial to maintain healthy habits and a stable weight to prolong the results from liposuction.
You will return to Duffy’s office for follow-up care at prescribed intervals, at which time your progress will be evaluated.
Please remember that the relationship with Dr. Duffy does not end when you leave the operating room. If you have questions or concerns during your recovery from liposuction surgery, or need additional information at a later time, you should contact Dr. Duffy.