What is Liposuction?
The goal of liposuction in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts is to remove deposits of excess fat from the hips, thighs, waist, abdomen, buttocks, upper arms, back, and more. For many patients, exercise and healthy eating alone cannot eliminate stubborn pockets of fat. Liposuction is a great option to safety and quickly eliminate this fat.
Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
Ideal candidates for liposuction are at a stable weight, but still desire to improve their body shape and contours. They should also have decent elasticity in the skin, so when the fat is removed their skin achieves a smooth appearance. Many individuals can receive liposuction, though those with greater skin elasticity will achieve the best results. It is important to note that liposuction should not be thought of as a solution to obesity or a weight loss technique.
Liposuction – Patient 111
A mother of 2 in her late 30’s who is bothered by the shape of her abdomen and flanks in clothes. She feels like “sponge bob square pants”. She “carried big” with her pregnancies and gained over 60 lbs. She is currently 5’ 10” and 158 lbs. She is shown before and again, nearly 6 months after abdominoplasty combined with External ultrasound assisted/power assisted liposuction of her flanks and back roll. In order to keep her abdominoplasty scar low, in the “thong” position” she has a small vertical scar in the lower abdomen that was previously around her umbilicus and has been pulled lower, but was not able to pulled down entirely below the abdominal scar. The alternative would have been to place the abdominoplasty scar higher where it would have been more visible.
Gynecomastia & Liposuction – Patient 873
A man in his late 20’s who has had gynecomastia since the age of 10. He is bothered by the appearance of his chest with his shirt off but also with fitted shirts. He has tried to camouflage this with undershirts and loose fitting shirts. No history of anabolic steroid or marijuana use. He is over his ideal weight at 216 lbs and 5’10” (BMI of 30.99) and also requests liposuction of his abdomen. He is shown before and again, just 6 weeks after Power assisted /External ultrasound assisted liposuction with the removal of 4950 cc of lipoaspirate under general anesthesia as an outpatient. Swelling will continue to diminish over the next 4-5 months.
Liposuction – Patient 110
A 30 yo mother of 3 is shown just before and again 15 1/2 months after abdominoplasty combined with liposuction of the inner thighs and the hips. She is 5' 3 1/2" and 144 lbs. She is pleased by the flatness of her stomach after surgery, and by no longer having "muffin tops" in jeans. She is also pleased that her inner thighs no longer rub together when she walks. She is noted to have some mild asymmetry, with her left hip being slightly larger and higher both before and after her surgery. Her abdominal scar is placed in a "thong line" position, to allow it to be hidden by most clothing and swimsuit choices. A tattoo on her back is blurred for her privacy.
Liposuction – Patient 109
A 32 yo nurse with significant laxity (looseness) of her abdominal (stomach) muscles and skin after two pregnancies. She is 5' 1/2" and 134 lbs. She is shown before and again 6 months after abdominoplasty ("tummy tuck") which included the tightening of her muscle wall and excess skin. Fat was contoured (shaped) around the umbilicus (belly button) to give a nice shape and a "champagne groove" was formed by light liposuction along the mid-line just above the umbilicus to give a nicer shape. She had an umbilical hernia repaired at the same time by a general surgeon. Her lower abdominal scar is placed so that it is in a "thong line" position so that it can be hidden by most clothing styles. She is thrilled with the improvement in her abdomen, and now feels comfortable wearing a two -piece bathing suit, and loves the fact that she no longer has an abdominal "bulge" above her pants or skirt when sitting.
How is liposuction performed?
Liposuction can be done with the help of local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or intravenous sedation. There are many liposuction techniques available today, including traditional liposuction, power-assisted liposuction, ultrasonic liposuction, and laser lipolysis.
During traditional liposuction, a thin tube, or a cannula, will be inserted though small incisions to loosen any excess fat with a back and forth motion. The loose fat is then suctioned out using a surgical vacuum that is connected to the cannula. Power-assisted liposuction uses cannulas that are located on a powered hand piece. With this technique, there is less manual exertion required by the surgeon.
During ultrasonic liposuction, ultrasonic technology is used to emulsify excess fat. Lastly, laser lipolysis, also known as SmartLipo, uses laser light to emulsify fat. Dr. Hall will help you choose a technique that is best suited to meet your goals.
What should I expect during recovery?
Patients should wear a compression garment after liposuction to control any swelling. Drains may also be used to collect any excess fluids. Swelling may take several months to fully subside, and your new body contours will improve with recovery. It is imperative to follow the liposuction recovery instructions provided by Dr. Hall for a safe and efficient recovery.
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