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Liposuction Pittsburgh

Liposuction, which is also commonly referred to as lipo, works for many people when diet and exercise alone are not enough to rid their bodies of resistant pockets of fat. Liposuction is ideal for reducing areas that are difficult to target with exercise, such as the love handles, posterior arms, upper inner thighs (the chub rub!!) and under the chin. 

Liposuction is a popular procedure offered at our plastic surgery office in the Pittsburgh area, and can help eliminate these fatty deposits, help contour select areas on the body, restore proportion, and improve the contours of the body.

What Are the Benefits of Liposuction?

Lipo is not a method of weight loss, but more a way to improve the silhouette and the way clothes fit. Most commonly, the areas treated include the abdomen, thighs, upper arms, flanks, hips, back, buttocks, knees, and under the chin. 

Liposuction will not tighten loose skin. It is more of a debulking tool and will thin fatty areas, but will not address skin redundancy. This notion is most important in the abdominal area.  Many clients present asking for liposuction of the abdomen, assuming skin will be tightened. These individuals should consider an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, instead.

The Procedure

The surgery usually takes up to two to three hours (depending on the areas to be suctioned) and involves general anesthesia. Before performing the surgery, Dr. Pautler will outline the areas to be treated while you are standing. You will also be prepped with the antiseptic solution in a standing position to maintain as much sterility as possible. 

The suctioning of the fat is done with long, blunt-tipped instruments, but first a tumescence solution of salt water, adrenaline, and anesthetic is injected into the fat. After a few minutes, Dr. Pautler will aspirate the fat with some of the injected fluid. The adrenaline minimizes the bleeding and the anesthetic decreases the discomfort associated with the procedure. 

The incisions involved are small, typically less than 1 centimeter. These are then closed with one or two sutures, which are removed about two weeks later.

Recovery and Results

After the surgery, you will need to wear a compression garment for 4-6 weeks. The steady compression not only reduces swelling but also helps the skin contract down onto the contoured area. Pain and discomfort will be controlled with oral pain medication. 

Typically, you can return to work one to two weeks after your procedure. However, you should refrain from doing any strenuous activities, heavy lifting, or intense exercise until Dr. Pautler gives you the okay to do so. 

You may still experience swelling a month or more after your procedure; this is normal and the swelling will start to dissipate after about the six week mark. Generally, you will be able to see final results about two months after your surgery.

Testimonials for Liposuction

“Excellent surgeon, very detail oriented. She walked me through the process step-by-step. Could not be more pleased. Would highly recommend her.”

After the surgery, you will need to wear a compression garment for 4-6 weeks. The steady compression not only reduces swelling but also helps the skin contract down onto the contoured area. Pain and discomfort will be controlled with oral pain medication.

Combining Lipo with Other Procedures

Dr. Pautler uses liposuction alone or as an adjunct procedure to other treatments, such as a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), breast augmentation, breast reduction and even facial plastic surgery. Contact our Pittsburgh area plastic surgery office for more information.

Cost of Liposuction

The cost of this procedure depends on a few factors, like the technique used during surgery, the length of the surgery, the amount of fat removed, and more. If you have any questions about pricing, do not hesitate to ask Dr. Pautler during your consultation.

Set Up Your Consultation Today

If you’d like to learn more about liposuction and think you are an excellent candidate for this procedure, contact the office of Dr. Simona Pautler to set up a consultation today. Dr. Pautler is a top board-certified plastic surgeon who will gladly answer any questions you may have about this procedure. 

 

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