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Liposuction

Cosmetic Surgery to Removing Excess Fat

Active, healthy men and women who want to rid themselves of exercise-resistant fat often choose to streamline their bodies through liposuction. In South Florida, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jason Cooper performs liposuction for patients who come from nearby cities like Palm Beach Gardens for his exceptional level of skill and training with this procedure.

Find out more about liposuction and Dr. Jason Cooper when you request a consultation online, or call our office at 561-509-1606 to schedule an appointment.

Speaking From Experience

“Contouring the body, neck, and extremities with liposuction can be incredibly effective. I often combine liposuction with surgical procedures to smooth transitions and create a more natural appearance when it’s not desired or necessary to remove skin and create an additional scar.

WHY CHOOSE DR. JASON COOPER

What Is Liposuction?

The traditional tumescent liposuction technique is an extremely safe and effective method of reducing areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction can help sculpt areas such as the neck, chin, chest, back, abdomen, flanks, hips, thighs, legs and upper arms.

Dr. Jason Cooper injects the targeted area with a saline solution that includes a local anesthetic and epinephrine, which causes the fat tissue to swell (tumescence) and restricts bleeding. He then inserts a small cannula, or tube, through tiny incisions and breaks up the tissue before suctioning it out.

It is important to remember that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure and good candidates for the technique should be at or close to their ideal body weights before scheduling a treatment. Liposuction can target different areas of the body, but men and women who are considering the procedure share these key characteristics:

  • Localized fatty deposits that are out of harmony with the rest of the body
  • Isolated fat that doesn’t go away with diet and exercise
  • Good, elastic skin that will “snap back” after fat removal

One of the benefits of liposuction is that it can be performed without a general anesthetic, reducing the risk of complications and shortening the procedure.

Customizing Your Liposuction Procedure

Dr. Jason Cooper assesses your specific needs during the consultation, listening closely to how you describe your cosmetic goals and the reasons you are considering liposuction. If you are considering a surgical procedure, such as a tummy tuck or facial rejuvenation, Dr. Jason Cooper may recommend combining liposuction with the operation to create a more natural, contoured appearance. Liposuction is often incorporated into body contouring procedures such as a tummy tuck or mommy makeover.

You may also discuss with Dr. Jason Cooper using some of the fat removed during liposuction as natural filler for cosmetic face, breast or buttock enhancement procedures. He performs autologous fat transfer, wherein fat is purified then re-injected to restore or add volume to other areas of the face or body. In breast augmentation, for example, the fat may be used to help camouflage the edges of breast implants, giving them a more natural look and feel.

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What to Expect from Liposuction

You’ll notice some results of liposuction immediately, but it will be several weeks to a few months before the full effects are seen. Fat cells removed by liposuction are permanently eliminated, but it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and healthy eating choices to keep the attractive contours liposuction creates. Depending on the number of areas treated and the extent of the procedure, your recovery could last a week or several weeks. Dr. Jason Cooper provides you with detailed postoperative instructions to follow during the recovery process. That process varies from patient to patient, but here are some general guidelines:

Immediately after surgery: You’ll be discharged shortly after your surgery, usually wearing a stretchy support garment to help with healing. The effect of the local anesthetic used during liposuction continues to reduce discomfort after the procedure is finished. When you return home you’ll want to rest, but it’s important to do some moderate walking to help circulation and accelerate the healing process.

First week after surgery: In the first several days the anesthetic solution injected during the procedure gradually drains from the incisions. Dr. Jason Cooper will likely recommend that you wear your support garment continually during this time. Swelling, bruising, and numbness diminish considerably during the first week for most patients and you’ll start moving and walking normally. Depending on the nature of your job, you may return to work.

First few weeks after surgery: Dr. Jason Cooper will let you know when you can discontinue wearing your support garment. You can gradually return to your exercise routine within 2 weeks of the procedure, but avoid strenuous exercise for the first month. It may take several weeks or months for the swelling to fully dissipate.

FAQs

  • Can I have liposuction while I'm awake?

    General anesthesia, or at a minimum some amount of sedation, is recommended for liposuction procedures for the safety and comfort of patients.

    Liposuction involves inserting a probe into the treatment area and sucking the excess fat out, and even with local anesthetic the treatment would be at a minimum uncomfortable and possibly intolerable for an awake patient. An awake patient would be aware of the poking and prodding of the probes and cannulas and also would hear the noises of the monitors and suction machine all of which could cause anxiety and be very difficult to bear awake.

    Additionally, the patient needs to be very still during the procedure, which could last for 1 to 3 hours depending on the number of treatment areas, and it is very difficult for an awake patient not to move no matter how hard they may try to stay still. Awake liposuction also requires significantly more fluid to be infused into the treatment area, and this additional fluid distorts the treatment area making it more difficult for the surgeon to get precise results.

    Liposuction requires fine tuning to get the best results and having the patient in a still, sedated state makes it significantly safer and easier for the surgeon to get the best possible results.

  • Does fat freezing do the same thing as liposuction?

    No, fat freezing techniques, also known as Cryolipolysis, is a different technique than liposuction. Cryolipolysis is a non-surgical procedure that uses controlled cooling to freeze fat cells. The frozen fat cells then become crystallized and are naturally eliminated from your body over time gradually resulting in diminishment of fat in the area treated.

    Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat from the body using a cannula, or small tube, to suck the fat out of areas of your body that have excess fat. Liposuction allows for more aggressive and complete fat reduction, better contouring, more immediate results, and the possibility of simultaneous surgical procedures, such as abdominoplasty or tummy tuck to address the area more completely.

    Fat Freezing techniques have less dramatic results compared with liposuction, require many visits each potentially lasting several hours depending on the number of treatment areas, can result in surface irregularities, and the treatable body part areas is limited by fit of application head and whether bulges are pinchable enough to fit into a cup.

    Depending on the number of treatment areas, the cost of treating excess fat with Cryolipolysis can be same as undergoing Liposuction surgery. Both procedures also have limits if the patient has loose skin, in which case a tummy tuck may be the most beneficial procedure.

  • How much does liposuction cost?

    The cost of liposuction varies widely from patient to patient depending on the number of treatment areas and amount of fat to be removed. Generally the cost ranges from $3500 to $7500.
  • What areas of the body is liposuction most effective?

    The most frequently treated areas for women are the abdomen, back, flanks(love handles), hips, thighs and neck.

    In men the most commonly treated areas include the chin and neck area, abdomen, flanks (“love-handles”), and breasts.

  • How does liposuction differ from Abdominoplasty or “Tummy Tuck”?

    Deciding between liposuction and a tummy tuck typically comes down to the amount of loose skin you have on the abdominal region.

    When comparing liposuction with a tummy tuck, it is important to realize that liposuction just removes fat from the area; it does nothing to tighten loose skin.A tummy tuck will remove both the excess fat and excess skin.

    Additionally, with liposuction the scars will be very small, and in most cases they will quickly fade up the point where they are almost completely invisible.

    With a tummy tuck, you will be left with a long thin scar which can be hidden in the pubic area below the panty line. You should consult a board certified plastic surgeon to determine what procedure or combination of procedures if best for you.

Expert Precision, Personalized Results.

Dr. Jason Cooper is a Harvard-trained, board-certified plastic surgeon whose patient-centered approach and meticulous attention to detail produce excellent results. At his South Florida cosmetic surgery practice, High Point Plastic Surgery, he specializes in innovative solutions for the neck, face, breast and body.

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Dr. Jason Cooper is a graduate of Harvard Medical School’s Combined Plastic Surgery Residency training program, and is a member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is also the recipient of Vital’s Patients’ Choice Award (2012-2013), Vital’s Compassionate Doctor Recognition (2012-2013), and Vital’s Top 10 Doctor Award in plastic surgery for Boston, MA, Greater Boston, and the state of Massachusetts.