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Liposuction is an aesthetic surgical procedure that eliminates localized fat, shapes specific areas of the body through the elimination of fat deposits and improves the body contour.

Lipo, as many patients called it, is one of the most demanded aesthetic surgery in the world and can be combined with other procedures, for example the brazilian butt lift or the neck lift. Liposuction can be performed on areas such as the neck, arms, back, hips, abdomen, thighs and legs.

Liposuction is not a cosmetic treatment meant for obesity or overweight but for the elimination of localized fat deposits in certain areas of the body or for the elimination of abdominal fat that resists diet and exercises.

The cost of liposuction may vary significantly from one patient to the other because this type of aesthetic surgery is designed to satisfy the individual needs of each person.

Who can have a Liposuction done?

The ideal candidates for a Liposuction are adults that are close to their ideal body weight, who have a firm and elastic skin and a good muscular tone, but present accumulated fat deposits in certain areas that are disproportionate to the rest of their body and do not respond to diet or exercise.

It is also important for liposuction patients to be healthy and not to have any diseases that might threaten their lives or not to have any medical condition that might difficult the recovery process. Patients should be non smokers and should have a positive attitude and specific goals towards lipo.

Those who comply with all these requirements and wish to give shape to their body, have a perfect fat free silhouette, obtain more definition or have a more elegant contour on certain areas of their body will find on Liposuction the most accurate solution for their problem.

What results can I expect from a Lipo?

Liposuction sculpts the figure and eliminates localized fat deposits that are too hard to eliminate through conventional methods such as diet or exercise. Patients who have liposuction done obtain a perfect fat free silhouette.

Results from a liposuction can be permanent, always with the proper care. This surgery consists on extracting fat cells from the body, therefore this fat cells will not grow again. However, it is important to maintain a stable weight in order to assure that the patient’s new look remains being perfect. If the patient gains a significant amount of weight in the future, his/her general aspect might probably change while his/her body storages the excess of fat in other places that were not treated with the lipo.

Consultation process

Before having a lipo surgery, our patients have one or more consultations with the surgeon that will perform the intervention. This is the perfect moment to discuss the expectations regarding the surgery and determine the steps that should be followed when having this treatment. The doctor will explain how a liposuction is done and will give recommendations that should be taken into account before having this procedure done. Also medical exams will be required to check the patient’s general health condition.

In the case of patients that do not live in Miami, or that by any reason can not come to the clinic for their evaluation, this process can be done through our surgery coordinators, who will ask the patient for some pictures of the area to be treated in order to determine the type of treatment, estimated price and general information.

Many of our patients do not know how should these pictures be taken, because they vary from one procedure to another. To help them clear all doubts we show you an example of the pictures that should be taken for a liposuction in Miami.

Technique and protocol of Liposuction

Liposuction, also known as lipoaspiration, is a surgical technique through which skin fat cells are eliminated by means of an instrument called cannula (stainless steel tube) that is linked to a high-power suction or vacuum machine. This machine extracts and absorbs fat through the cannula and eliminates it from the body.

There are different ways of performing a lipo, whether it is with local or general anesthesia. The selection of one type or the other depends on the patient and the amount of fat that needs to be extracted. The surgeon can approach the area to be treated from different directions in order to achieve the best silhouette.

On a liposuction surgery, the doctor makes small incisions that are slightly visible in order to introduce the cannula which is in charge of loosing up the excess of fat by making controlled back and forward movements. Later on, the detached fat tissue is suctioned with a surgical vacuum or a large syringe that is linked to the cannula.

Many people consider the liposuction surgery as an artistic expression associated to the medical sciences. Others see it as a normal aesthetic surgery, but the truth is this intervention requires a special passion for perfection and the search for beauty. It is about sculpting the body to provide it with beauty and eliminate imperfections, and of course, the better the technique is, the better results from liposuction the patient gets.

A variation of this procedure is the liposculpture, which is defined as “the surgical art of returning the patient the lines and curves that belong to him/her”. With this surgery the doctor not only suctions fat that accumulates in 12 areas of the abdomen, but also sculpts the body to give it an attractive and stylized shape. Though its priority is the permanent improvement of the body contour, it can also be performed in other areas of the body such as legs, knees, buttocks, thighs, calves and even on men chest.

Liposculpture can be classify into two big groups: invasive liposculpture and non invasive. The invasive one is a surgical intervention similar to liposuction. The non invasive one is a combination of non surgical treatments such as cavitation, mesotherapy, diode laser and radiofrequency that have the same purpose than the traditional liposculpture, but without having to go through surgery. However, this last one requires constant care and discipline because good nutrition and exercise are fundamental for the balance of our body.

Another nonsurgical variant of Liposuction in Miami is the Fat freezing, a novel and very effective treatment for the removal of fat that accumulates on the sides of the body, hips, abdomen, buttocks, thighs and arms. This technique eliminates adipose tissue by applying cold directly into the area, with the objective of freeze the fat, so it can lose thickness and be eliminated by the body.

Recovery and Aftercare

The medical team will assure to provide the patient with all the advisement and recommendations necessary for a fast recovery from lipo. Drains are generally removed 7 days after the surgery always taking into account how each patient reacts. It is important to remember that recovery is a very important phase for the success of a procedure such as the liposuction.

The patient will receive a follow up to check his/her health condition and recovery process. The first appointment will take place 24 hours after the surgery. After 7 days the patient will be examined by the medical team and the drains will be looked over. The patient will have the next follow up appointments on days 14 and 21 after the surgery. After a month, the doctor will evaluate medical discharge. Normal activities can be resumed, approximately, 10 days after having the liposuction as long as the medical team does not recommend otherwise.

During the postoperative of a lipo surgery, once the doctor authorizes, lymphatic massages are very useful, which are especially thought for recoveries of this kind. These massages improve the firmness of the skin in the treated area and helps the body to drain fluids.

Is Liposuction safe?

For us, at My Cosmetic Surgery, the safety of our patients is our priority. We have an impeccable record of over 20 years without any incidents. Our specialists are among the bests in the aesthetic field in the entire State of Florida. Our equipments, techniques and facilities are duly certified.

When having a liposuction, as well as in other aesthetic procedures, following doctor’s instructions is the the key to success. For the guarantee of our patients, we offer a full and sufficient preoperative evaluation for the patient, the surgeon and the anesthetist. We offer a complete analysis, an accurate diagnosis for each individual case and a personalized treatment plan, as well as postoperative control by the surgeon during the first 24 hours and then monitoring consultations.

Before and after

The best references about the work of our surgeons that we can offer to those interested in having this procedure done are before and after pictures of every surgery. These pictures show the evolution and change of image of our patients once they have finished the procedures. These images serve as a guide for those who searching for information about liposuction and our clinic.

Doctors

The lipo procedure in our clinic is performed by the tremendous surgeons Jeffrey LaGrasso M.D., Dr. José Zayas M.D., Dr. Arístides Martínez A.A.C.S. and Dr. Fabián Fontaine M.D. ,all of them duly accredited, with great experience in this surgery and a long list of satisfied patients.

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Dr. Jeffrey LaGrasso

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Dr. Fabián Fontaine

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Dr. José Zayas

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Dr. Arístides Martínez

FAQs about Liposuction

What happens if I get pregnant after having a liposuction?

Pregnancy does not alter permanently the results of a liposuction. If a woman has a liposuction and and then gets pregnant, she will gain weight normally, according to the different stages of gestation, she will give birth and then, when she loses the excess of weight from the pregnancy, the improvements from the liposuction will be visible again as if she had not been pregnant before.

What happens if I get pregnant after having a liposuction?

Pregnancy does not alter permanently the results of a liposuction. If a woman has a liposuction and and then gets pregnant, she will gain weight normally, according to the different stages of gestation, she will give birth and then, when she loses the excess of weight from the pregnancy, the improvements from the liposuction will be visible again as if she had not been pregnant before.

When is it better to have a liposuction, before or after pregnancy?

Due to the fact that this surgery works better on areas where the skin has a good tone, generally, it is better to have it before pregnancy. However, each case is unique and doctor may recommend the procedure that adapts best to the patient’s needs, whether it is before or after pregnancy.

Can I gain weight after a liposuction?

Liposuction is not a method for losing weight. In order to do so it is necessary to be under an adequate nutrition regimen and exercise regularly. If this measures are not taken the patient will keep gaining weight. The more weight the patient gains after a liposuction, the less visible the results from the surgery will be. Though liposuction is an excellent way of reducing the excess of fat from the body in specific areas, the fact that the fat cells that are eliminated during the liposuction will not regenerate does not guarantee the gain of weight. Patients who do not modify their exercise routines and diet after liposuction will be more likely to gain weight on the areas of the body that did not have this problem before and which were not altered by this procedure. The patients that achieve the most successful results are those who consider this procedure as an incentive to develop healthier life habits.

How much weight can I lose with a liposuction?

Patients should not expect a dramatic weight loss with liposuction, because this surgery must not be considered as a method for losing weight. However, due to that fact that fat is eliminated from areas that are cosmetically important, liposuction produces significant improvements to the patient’s aesthetic look.

How does liposuction affects the skin? Does it produce visible scars?

The appearance of the skin after a liposuction depends on the elasticity of the patient’s skin. If he/she has good elasticity, the skin will be soft and natural after the liposuction. Scars are a common problem with a liposuction because it is a technique that uses very small cannulas so it requires very small incisions.

Does liposuction help eliminate cellulitis or skin flaccidity?

No. Liposuction normally does not improve cellulitis or skin flaccidity significantly. This procedure improves the shape of the body, but it does not improve significantly the quality of the skin texture.

Other procedures of interest

Our surgeons specialize on numerous surgical procedures. You can consult our personnel if you are interested in any aesthetic procedure.

Vaser high definition: is an advanced body shaping technique that eliminates fat selectively to sculpt a perfect silhouette. It can be said that it is a mixture between the traditional liposuction and a latest technology for sculpting the body. It uses ultrasound technology to dissolve the fat from the cells. Once the fat is diluted a cannula is inserted to extract the localized fat from the unwanted areas.

Vaser lipo: is a procedure assisted by ultrasound technology. It is a new technique that eliminates localized fat, which can be, in some occasions, rebellious. It is a technique similar to the traditional liposuction but also uses ultrasound waves for the elimination of adiposity from the fat cells.

Tummy tuck: is a surgical intervention through which the patient can get a flat and firm abdomen. It consists on the elimination of the excess of skin and fat from the middle and lower area of the abdomen. It is considered a major surgery and is performed with general anesthesia. This procedure allows to return firmness to the abdomen. The patient will get a flat, fat free, firm tummy.

Brazilian butt lift: also known as lipo with fat transfer. It is a surgical procedure that, first of all, extracts localized fat from unwanted areas such as the abdomen, hips or thighs to redistribute it to the buttocks. The elimination of localized fat is made through a liposuction and then, the extracted fat (after being optimized) is transferred to the buttocks.

Real patient stories: Liposuction Miami

Gretel Suarez: “I am very happy and satisfy with everything. I loved Dr. Jeffrey’s work. I didn’t expect to look like this. And I’m very happy with my masseuse Zuleica. She is a real professional.” This patient came from Kentucky to have a liposuction with fat transfer in My Cosmetic Surgery.

Marielis Suárez: “I came to My Cosmetic Surgery to have a lipo with fat transfer because I was not happy with my body. Before, I had a belly and I was not satisfied with the size of my buttock, but now I feel spectacular. The attention here is incredible. Really, they have made my dream come true.”

Yurima de la Torre, Rumba Brava singer: She came to My Cosmetic Surgery to have a lipo with fat transfer with local anesthesia and she was delighted. “Everything was perfect. The doctor has magic hands. My husband didn’t want me to have this procedure because he was afraid and now he is so happy because everything went well.”

Glossary

Cannula: thin hollow tube used during liposuction to loosen up  the excess of fat.

General anesthesia: medicines and/or gases that are used during an operation in order to relieve the pain and alter the conscience.

Intravenous sedation: sedatives that are administered through an injection on the vein that helps to relax.

Lipoplasty: another term for liposuction.

Local anesthesia: medicine injected directly on the spot of an incision during a surgery to relieve the pain.

Suction lipectomy: another term for liposuction

Sutures: stitches used by surgeons to keep the skin and tissues together.