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.
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.
There is a reason Dr. Jason Cooper is regarded as one of South Florida’s premier plastic surgeons; the consistently beautiful results that only a specialist with his experience and training can get.
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.