There is nothing more frustrating than eating right and working out regularly only to still see unwanted lumps and bumps when you look in the mirror. Liposuction is the ideal procedure for exactly this scenario, designed to target stubborn pockets of fat resistant to diet and exercise. Best of all, the results are permanent as long as your weight remains stable.
Liposuction is a body contouring technique; it is not about weight loss. In fact, most patients will not lose any significant weight after liposuction. The benefit is your clothes will fit better, as the contour of your waist to your hips to your buttocks will be smooth and in proportion.
Dr. Robert Whitfield offers his patients the full range of liposuction options: traditional, power assisted, ultrasound assisted, and laser assisted. All remove fat, yet each has its own unique quality for unique situations. The right one for you is going to depend on your anatomy and your needs.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Whitfield will do a full physical exam. He will listen to your desires and discuss your lifestyle. Together you will come up with a plan that is best suited for you.
Regardless of the device used, Dr. Whitfield performs what is called tumescent liposuction. With this technique, a solution of lidocaine, epinephrine and saline is injected into the subcutaneous fat in the treatment area. This helps to numb the area, eliminating the need for general anesthesia in most cases. The volume of the lidocaine causes the fat to become swollen and firm, making it easier to remove.
The tumescent technique not only delivers a safer, better-looking outcome, but there is significantly less post op bruising. This is a huge plus for all patients as it means that you can more quickly return to your daily life.
Body contouring with liposuction under local anesthesia can be great for small, isolated areas of fat, such as the love handles or bra line. For patients who are want to re-contour their entire torso, Dr. Whitfield prefers to perform the procedure under general anesthesia. Only with this control will it be possible to properly sculpt the waist, abdomen, and flanks.
While the procedure can be effective alone, Dr. Whitfield may also combine it with another body contouring procedure such as BodyTite™, a new radio frequency-assisted lipolysis technique designed to improve skin tightening. In addition, the procedure is often done as part of a mommy makeover or in conjunction with a tummy tuck.
Recovery depends on the patient, the treatment area, and the technique used. While most patients can return to normal life in just a few days, you can expect to be bruised and sore for several weeks. You will need to wear a compression garment 24/7 for at least a month. In general, most patients will be back to full physical exercise in 4-6 weeks.
To find out more about liposuction with Dr. Robert Whitfield, call us today at 877-785-2382 or schedule a consultation at our Austin location in West Lake Hills.