Liposuction Information Philadelphia
It is common for some people to work out consistently and follow a healthy diet, and still have stubborn pockets of fat under the skin that are resistant to diet and exercise. These persisting fat deposits can accumulate almost anywhere on the body, including the hips, thighs, buttocks, abdomen, back, upper arms, neck and even chin area. Having one or more of these problem areas can be especially frustrating for those who are healthy, active and are at — or just slightly above — their ideal body weight, but still cannot get rid of localized excess fat.
If this sounds familiar, leading Philadelphia plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Chapin can help. He is a highly experienced provider of liposuction surgery, and has been treating those seeking liposuction in Doylestown, Bucks County and Montgomery County for more than a decade. With liposuction body-contouring surgery, Dr. Chapin is able to eliminate stubborn fat from nearly any region of the body, from the knee area to the neck, helping you achieve your ideal figure — at last.
Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?
Liposuction is not appropriate for everyone. For instance, those with excess fat and poor skin elasticity may benefit from abdominoplasty (“tummy tuck” surgery), arm lift or lower body lift surgery instead of liposuction alone.
To find out if you are a suitable candidate for liposuction, you should schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable plastic surgeon such as Dr. Chapin who can evaluate your medical history and aesthetic concerns to determine the best surgical treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
Ordinarily, however, suitable liposuction candidates include people who:
- Are at or just slightly above their ideal body weight but have pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise
- Are not looking to lose a major amount of weight, restore skin elasticity or necessarily treat cellulite
- Have good skin elasticity
- Are in sound overall physical and mental health
- Have realistic expectations for the outcome of liposuction surgery
- Do not smoke or are willing to cease smoking for several months before and after surgery
What Is Involved in Liposuction?
Dr. Chapin offers a range of liposuction techniques, and will recommend a surgical treatment plan based on individual factors such as the patient’s unique anatomy and aesthetic goals for liposuction surgery. The duration of liposuction surgery is about one to three hours, depending on the technique used and how many body parts are being treated during surgery, as well as several other factors. Liposuction is always performed on an outpatient basis.
When medically appropriate, Dr. Chapin uses tumescent local anesthesia during the surgical procedure to facilitate fat removal, and to minimize bleeding as well as the risks related to general anesthesia. He may also employ laser energy to remove fat and help tighten skin during liposuction if medically suitable.
The Philadelphia liposuction surgeon first injects the tumescent solution comprised of saline solution (sterile saltwater), epinephrine (to contract blood vessels, restricting blood loss) and lidocaine (a local anesthetic) into the targeted area. This causes the area to swell and become firm, allowing Dr. Chapin to remove fat more precisely.
He then makes a miniscule incision in the targeted area, in a location that is not easily noticeable. Dr. Chapin inserts a small hollow tube, called a “cannula,” through the incision, utilizing it to suction out the excess fat.
When Dr. Chapin has completed the liposuction procedure, he dresses the treated area(s) with bandages and may wrap the area in a compression garment to minimize swelling. Any incisions will heal on their own without the need for stitches.
What Is the Recovery Period for Liposuction?
Patients are typically discharged a few hours after surgery. They will need to have a responsible adult drive them to and from the procedure.
Immediately following liposuction surgery, the treated area may be tender, sore or numb. In addition, patients may experience fluid drainage from the incision site(s) for one to two days after surgery. Any pain, swelling or bruising should subside within approximately four weeks.
Liposuction patients usually only need to take three to five days off from work, but they should avoid any strenuous activity, including exercise, for at least three weeks or as directed by Dr. Chapin. In addition, getting plenty of rest and eating well-balanced meals during the initial recovery period will help the body heal faster.
Dr. Chapin will provide liposuction patients with pre- and post-operative care instructions. Following these instructions to a tee will maximize the aesthetic benefits of liposuction and minimize possible complications.
To schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Chapin, voted Best Plastic Surgeon of Bucks and Montgomery County, please call 267.880.0810 or complete our Contact Us form.
Liposuction surgery is one of many plastic surgery procedures that Dr. Chapin offers. In addition to body contouring procedures like liposuction and abdominoplasty, he also offers facial rejuvenation procedures such as facelift surgery, as well as breast surgery, including breast enhancement with implants.
To learn more about the other body contouring procedures Dr. Chapin performs in Philadelphia, Doylestown, Bucks County, and Montgomery County, please visit their respective pages:
- Mommy Makeover
- Full Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
- Partial Abdominoplasty (Mini-Tummy Tuck)
- Brachioplasty (Arm Lift)
- Thigh and Buttock Lift
- Post-Bariatric Body Lift
- Plastic Surgery for Men