Diet and exercise are important but sometimes they simply aren’t enough. Persistent fat deposits can cling to problem areas like your hips, abdomen, buttock or thighs, no matter how much you exercise. If you have areas of fat that won’t go away, liposuction performed by Dr. Lorraine Golosow may be the answer.
What is liposuction?
Liposuction (or suction-assisted lipectomy) is one of the most frequently performed procedures in plastic surgery. During the procedure, fat deposits are removed in order to improve the contours of the body. Although liposuction is not a substitute for proper diet and exercise, it is sometimes the only thing that can remove localized fat deposits that don’t respond to traditional weight loss techniques.
How is it performed?
During liposuction surgery, a solution consisting of lidocaine, epinephrine and saline is injected into targeted areas prior to fat removal. This solution provides an anesthetic to decrease pain, reduces blood loss, and helps remove the fat easily. A narrow tube, called a cannula is inserted into small incisions made in inconspicuous locations. The cannula breaks up the fatty deposits and suctions out the fat. The time required for liposuction surgery depends on the amount of fat to be removed and the number of areas treated.
To control swelling, you may be fitted with an elastic post-surgical garment that you will wear for a few weeks. During the healing period, you are likely to experience some swelling, bruising and mild discomfort. Oral pain medications are provided postoperatively but many patients find that they aren’t necessary. The few stitches that are present will either dissolve or be removed in a week. After your liposuction surgery, Dr. Golosow and her staff will be available to support you and monitor your recovery process.
Abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) removes excess skin and fat from the abdomen to improve the waistline. A tummy tuck can also tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall and reduce a bulging abdomen.
A full abdominoplasty/tummy tuck usually requires 2 – 3 hours to perform. An incision is made above the pubic region and extends from hip to hip. Another incision is made around the umbilicus (belly-button). The skin and fat are lifted off the abdominal wall and stretched down. Any excess is removed and often the abdominal muscles are tightened. A mini tummy tuck usually requires 1 – 2 hours to perform. The incision for this may be shorter than the full abdominoplasty. A consult with Dr. Golosow at Associates in Cosmetic Surgery will help determine which procedure may be right for you.
If you have been considering cosmetic surgery near Ft. Myers, please contact Associates in Cosmetic Surgery to schedule a consultation with