Who is a Candidate?
Liposuction is best suited for men and women who are in good health, close to their ideal weight and who have localized fat deposits in one or more areas of the body. An ideal candidate is:
- A healthy adult within 30% of his or her ideal weight
- An individual who has relatively firm, elastic skin
- A non-smoker
- An individual with realistic expectations
It’s wise to understand that liposuction is not a weight-loss method. Patients who are closest to their normal body weight have the best results. If you have very loose skin and/or stretch marks, a different procedure may be more effective for you. Again, Dr. Berman will discuss all the options at your private consultation.
What Areas of the Body Can Liposuction Treat?
Liposuction can be performed on any area where fat has collected, such as the hips, tummy, arms, buttocks, thighs, beneath the chin, in the knees, and in the back. And, here’s the best part: as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle following your surgery to avoid gaining weight, you can generally expect the body shape achieved through liposuction to be long-lasting.
Liposuction can be performed alone or in combination with other cosmetic surgery procedures like a breast reduction or tummy tuck, based on your individual needs and desired outcome. When you meet with Dr. Berman during your private consultation in our Boca Raton plastic surgery practice, you will be able to discuss the results you can expect and address all of the concerns that are most important to you.
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How to Prepare for the Liposuction Procedure
Prior to your liposuction procedure, Dr. Berman will provide you will preoperative instructions and answer any questions that you may have. You will be asked to stop smoking before and after the procedure to ensure optimal healing and should avoid aspirin, certain anti-inflammatory medications, and herbal medications that may increase bleeding.
This procedure is often done on an outpatient basis, which means you will return home to heal. In these cases, it is important that you arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home and say with you the first night. You should also arrange for childcare and help around the house during your recovery, as you will not be able to achieve these tasks on your own.
How is the Liposuction Performed?
All surgery procedures are performed in our office-based accredited ambulatory surgical facility, which is certified by the American Academy of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities. Further, Dr. Berman has personally selected the most experienced surgical scrub techs, and surgical and recovery room nurses to assist him, to give you the safest experience possible. We use only board certified anesthesiologists, rather than nurse anesthetists. With our accredited surgery center in Boca Raton and Dr. Berman’s 20+ years of experience, our patients are as safe here as in a hospital operating room. In addition, they avoid exposure to hospital-based bacteria. Our patients also have a much more personalized experience. This level of experience is hard to find with our combined 60 years’ experience in in-office ambulatory surgery. Of note, we have a 0% infection rate!
As with most cosmetic surgery procedures, our board certified anesthesiologist will administer local anesthesia, general anesthesia or intravenous sedation based on what is most appropriate for your procedure. Tiny incisions are then made in the area from which the fat deposits are to be removed. Dr. Berman inserts a cannula (a blunt-tipped, hollow instrument connected to a suction machine) into the incisions. He will carefully and strategically use the cannula to safely and evenly draw out fat while leaving your skin unharmed. Ultrasonic liposuction and micro-cannula techniques help enable Dr. Berman to achieve such fine results.
Once all areas have been suctioned, steri-strips will be applied to the small incisions. Depending on the part of the body treated, a compression garment may be placed to minimize swelling and aid in healing.
Recovery and Results
Depending on the amount of fat removed and the area(s) treated, recovery can range from a few days to a few weeks. A compression garment is worn during the recovery phase, which helps control swelling and compresses the skin to adjust to the new body contours.
Over-the-counter painkillers are generally adequate to alleviate any discomfort, which typically subsides completely within a few short weeks. Minor bruising may occur following liposuction, which begins to fade after only a few days, and all swelling within a couple months. The final result of liposuction will be completely evident after 4-6 months, although you will notice more and more of a difference as the swelling goes down.
Most patients are able to resume normal activity within a week following their liposuction surgery. Since everyone is unique, the recovery time and process are a bit different from one person to another. During your follow-up visits, Dr. Berman will let you know when it is safe to resume all your normal, day-to-day activities. Make sure to keep the follow-up appointments so that you get the best and safest results following your surgery. Liposuction can offer long-lasting, permanent results even when diet and exercise have failed to give you the body you want.
It’s normal to have many questions and concerns about any cosmetic surgery procedure. Feel free to call our office at 561-417-0171 for more information about liposuction. Men and women from all over South Florida—Boca Raton, Wellington, Ft Lauderdale, Miami, and Palm Beach—have benefitted from Dr. Jonathan Berman’s exceptional skill. The best way to get your questions answered, including those about the financial aspects of a liposuction procedure, is to schedule your personal consultation by completing this online form or by calling our office today.