Liposuction restores contour and youthfulness to many areas of the body and face. Dr. Smith utilizes tumescent liposuction with many other procedures, face lift and thigh lift, to achieve improved aesthetic results. Liposuction, also known as liposculpture, can be used for the removal of large or small amounts of fat to add shape and contour to the body, taking years off a patient's appearance, helping to restore confidence and self esteem.
Liposuction is an approach to body contouring that removes excess subcutaneous fat through tiny incisions. Liposuction can be used alone or in combination with other procedures for cosmetic, post-traumatic, or reconstructive surgery. The distribution of fat is determined by three factors: heredity, metabolism and diet. Heredity determines the location and number of individual fat cells, which are fixed and unchanged after puberty. Metabolism and diet may increase or decrease the amount of fat in each cell, however it will not affect the number of fat cells or their distribution.
Dr. Smith uses liposuction for the precise removal of fat deposits in localized areas of the body. There is no way to "spot" reduce or selectively diet away specific areas of localized fat. With liposuction, the actual fat cells are removed, making the procedure permanent. As a result, the body will always have less fat in the treated areas. If weight is gained following this procedure, the remaining fat cells will enlarge along with the other fat cells throughout the body, however, your body will retain these improved proportions.
Liposuction is suitable for patients with minimal to moderate fat accumulation that is not correctable by restrictive weight loss, dieting, and exercise. The ideal candidate for liposuction has localized areas of excessive fat and otherwise normal body weight and good skin elasticity, and is also free of any complications or preexisting medical conditions, including heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, skin/connective tissue disorders, etc.
Advances in liposuction techniques has made it possible to treat patients of all ages. Liposuction is not successful in treating generalized obesity. Patients who are generally overweight, but who exhibit unsightly bulges of fat, may be candidates for treatment of these areas. Because liposuction does not reduce the amount of skin present, the best results are obtained in those patients with good skin tone/elasticity because their skin readily contracts to the newly contoured frame. Pleasing and satisfactory results can also be obtained in older patients with somewhat less skin elasticity. Those patients with more skin laxity, or poor elasticity may benefit from or require removal of the excess skin to achieve intended results, as would be the case in an abdomen with hanging loose skin or abdominal "apron".
Once Dr. Smith has seen you for a consult, performed a thorough examination, and reviewed your medical records and medical history, he will be able to recommend which options are best indicated for you.