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Overview

Liposuction is a popular procedure used to target fat cells in specific areas of the body. During liposuction, fat is suctioned out from the body. Ideal for patients who find it difficult to lose weight in certain areas of the body, liposuction results in the permanent removal of fat cells. Topeka, KS liposuction can be a way to achieve more proportionate body contours by getting rid of the fat accumulated in problem areas. The most popular body areas for liposuction includes the stomach, love handles, saddlebags, arms, thighs, and buttocks.

Is Liposuction Right for Me?

Diet and exercise are certainly valuable weight loss methods, but they result in weight loss all over the body, which may leave behind stubborn pockets of fat. If you are self-conscious about your “problem areas,” liposuction might be right for you. This procedure can create a more proportional silhouette, helping patients to feel more confident about their physical appearance. Liposuction should not be considered a weight loss procedure; at most, liposuction can remove about five pounds of fat.

Ideal Topeka liposuction candidates:

  • Are near your goal weight or less than 30 pounds overweight
  • Have stubborn areas of fat remaining
  • Have fat deposits concentrated on one or just a few body areas
  • Have firm, elastic skin that will respond well to the changes in the body’s overall contour.
  • Have no serious medical concerns

If you are considering liposuction, consult with a surgeon in the Topeka area to determine whether you are a good candidate for this procedure. During the consultation visit, ask to see liposuction before after photos. Not only will this allow you to view the results possible with liposuction, but it will also allow you to judge the surgeon’s aesthetic skills. Because the surgeon will be sculpting the layer of fat in your body, lipo is as much an art as a science, and you want to be able to trust the surgeon to sculpt your body in a way that you will be happy with.

Liposuction Costs

The cost for lipo can vary greatly depending on the size of the area treated and the volume of fat removed. Typical liposuction fees in the Topeka area range from $1,500 for a small area of the body up to $8,000 for a larger area, such as the entire abdomen.

Procedure Details

Most liposuction procedures are performed with local anesthesia. During Kansas liposuction, a hollow tube known as a cannula is inserted into the area to be treated. Through this tube, a solution containing lidocaine (an anesthetic) and saline (which breaks apart the fat cells for easier removal) is injected into the layer of fat. Then, slight suction is applied as the tube is moved back and forth under the skin, removing a layer of fat. This process goes slowly to allow the surgeon to create natural contours in the layer of fat left behind. It can take anywhere from half an hour to five hours depending on the body part and the volume of fat removed.

Recovery After Liposuction

Liposuction is associated with a very short recovery period. In fact, depending on the body part treated and the volume of fat removed, it may be possible to return to work in as little as two days. Some bruising and soreness can be expected. Most patients describe the feeling of the treated area after surgery as that of a large bruise. The visible results of liposuction will start to be evident in about a week. Some type of compression garment is usually worn over the treated body part for up to two weeks to support the skin as it adjusts to the body’s new shape.

The fat cells targeted during liposuction are removed from the body permanently. If the patient gains weight following liposuction, the treated areas do have a possibility of regaining some fat, although because some of the fat cells are no longer there, this capacity is diminished.
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At the Baraban Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon office, Dr. Marc Baraban offers plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Eastern Kansas and Topeka Kansas. Contact the Baraban Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon office today to schedule your Liposuction Consultation!