Effective Solution For Problem Areas
Dr. Stephan Baker, a board-certified plastic surgeon in South Florida, is proud to offer patients liposuction as an effective solution for problem areas of excess fat. He strives to deliver the best liposuction Miami has to offer. For many people, weight loss can be a frustrating process. Even if diet and exercise result in a lower number on the scale, stubborn, unsightly fat pockets may persist. These “problem areas” that are resistant to weight loss efforts can cause self-consciousness and frustration in both men and women. That’s where lipo surgery can help.
Reshape The Body
Stubborn fat often accumulates over time due to weight fluctuations, genetics, pregnancy, aging, and other factors. Liposuction, also known as liposculpture or “lipo,” is a popular plastic surgery procedure that is designed to resolve these stubborn problem areas and reshape the body. During the procedure, small incisions are made in the treatment areas and the excess fat is broken up or liquified before a hollow suction tube is used to remove it. The surgery produces minimal scarring and helps patients put the finishing touches on their efforts to lose weight. Liposuction has been one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States for decades. Over time, new technology and techniques have made the procedure safer and more effective than ever before. Today, there are many different types of liposuction available, including tumescent liposuction, which uses an anesthetic fluid to reduce bruising and surgical trauma, ultrasound assisted, and laser assisted options. Each surgeon prefers different liposuction techniques and may offer patients several different options.
“I do every procedure three times. I do it all in my head in advance. I do the actual surgery. I review it all from start to finish to look for ways to improve. This way, each procedure I do is my best work.”
Many patients choose to combine multiple body contouring surgeries into one procedure for customized, enhanced results. Popular combinations include:
Many patients often have a tough time choosing between one of the two procedures: tummy tuck or liposuction. It all depends on what you want to be addressed, really. A tummy tuck is a surgery that removes excess skin and fat from the stomach while tightening the abdominal muscles, which can become stretched and separated after pregnancy or substantial weight gain and loss. Tummy tuck surgery pulls everything together and creates a slimmer contour. A full or mini tummy tuck may be performed, depending on the anatomy. While the tummy tuck procedure is very effective, some patients worry about the tummy tuck and liposuction scars. Does liposuction leave scars? Yes, especially when combined with a tummy tuck. Do liposuction scars go away? Generally, the larger scars that don’t fade as well are caused by a tummy tuck, not lipo. Patients will have to decide if the lower abdominal scar is worth the incredible results of a tummy tuck.
Pregnancy and childbirth take a major toll on the body. A mommy makeover is a custom combination of procedures used to reshape the body after a woman has given birth. Breast enhancement (breast lift and/or augmentation or reduction), tummy tuck surgery, and lipo are often included in this combination procedure. However, breast lifts or reductions are performed separately so as not to compromise safety.
After massive weight loss, a large amount of sagging skin may be left behind, often causing chafing, infection, and self-consciousness. A body lift (which may include a thigh lift, buttocks lift, back lift, tummy tuck, and more) can be performed alongside liposuction to remove excess skin and resolve remaining fat pockets. Body lift surgery is tailored to meet the patient’s unique needs. Ideal candidates for mastopexy are women who have noticed unwanted changes in the shape and position of their breasts. Candidates should have a positive outlook and realistic expectations for what the procedure can accomplish. Patients interested in plastic surgery should be non-smokers who are physically healthy and at a stable weight.
Patients who choose liposuction can enjoy several benefits, including:
Fat loss doesn’t occur evenly all over the body. Areas like the stomach, hips, thighs, and under the chin, are prone to developing pockets of fat, despite diet and exercise. Once patients are at or near their goal weight, they may be able to benefit from liposuction. Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Patients who are interested in liposuction with Dr. Baker will need to have their candidacy evaluated before scheduling the procedure. Good candidates include people over the age of 18 who are struggling with stubborn fat that is unresponsive to traditional weight loss methods. Our Miami liposuction patients should be have good health and skin to ensure that it will retract successfully over the new contours. Prospective patients should also have realistic expectations for what lipo can and can’t do.
It is not intended for weight loss and should only be used to treat small problem areas. Those who will benefit most from lipo and other body contouring surgeries are at or near their goal weight and already living a healthy lifestyle. Our Miami liposuction patients will need to stop smoking well in advance of surgery and avoid taking aspirin and other medications for about two weeks before the procedure. Due to the anesthesia that will be used, patients will need to have someone drive them from surgery and help with everyday tasks during recovery.
Trust the Experts
If you would like to learn more about your options for body contouring, then your next step should be a consultation with Dr. Baker. During this meeting, he will go over your medical history, discuss your goals, and create a custom treatment plan for you. Your consultation is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the procedure and your candidacy, ask questions and get to know Dr. Baker. At the end of the consultation, you should have everything you need to make a treatment decision.
If you are approved for liposuction, Dr. Baker’s staff will give you a comprehensive list of pre-surgical preparations and requirements that you should follow closely. These may include:
A Fully Accredited Surgery Center
Miami liposuction patients will arrive at Dr. Baker’s office the day before the procedure for detailed surgical markings and a final question review. Surgery will be performed at the fully accredited Outpatient Surgery Center in Miami. Once the patient is comfortably asleep, Dr. Baker will begin the procedure by injecting an anesthetic and saline solution into the treatment areas to improve patient comfort and reduce surgical trauma to the tissues.
Then, he will make a small incision in each treatment area and insert a cannula (thin, hollow suction tube). As he suctions out unwanted fat, Dr. Baker may use a power assisted liposuction device. This tool produces vibrations, which helps to break up the fat more efficiently and can make the procedure quicker and safer. Once he has sculpted the treatment areas, Dr. Baker will place dressings to protect the incisions as they heal.
Fast Recovery, Minimal Pain
Immediately after liposuction, patients are likely to experience minor discomfort, bruising, swelling, and mild redness. Pain medications will be provided for the initial recovery and Dr. Baker will go over techniques you can use to minimize discomfort during this time. Gauze and compression garments will be provided and should be used as directed to reduce swelling and to aid in supporting the incision areas. During the recovery period, you should avoid physical activities and should not do any heavy lifting. Recovery and liposuction swelling time will vary from person to person and area to area. Thigh liposuction recovery may be very different from chin lipo healing, for instance. It is a good idea to give yourself extra time to recover, just in case. Dr. Baker will educate you on what to expect and how to care for your incisions before you are released. Although every patient’s lipo recovery time is a little bit different, here is a basic breakdown of the liposuction recovery stages:
During the first week, you should focus on resting. Many patients can go back to work after about 4-5 days, but you should plan to take at least one week off from work and other activities. The swelling will be significant initially but will begin to subside during the first two weeks. After one week, you should be feeling better and you’ll probably start to see your results emerge.
Your liposuction healing time will be just about up after 3-4 weeks. Swelling should be almost gone and you may be able to stop wearing your compression garments and start exercising again. At this point, your scars will begin to fade and you’ll be able to show off your new body contours.
Minimize The Risks
Like any surgical procedure, liposuction surgery does involve some risks. However, patients can minimize risks and complications by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Stephan Baker to perform the surgery and by following all pre- and post-op care instructions carefully. Risks associated with lipo include:
Dr. Baker will go over the risks with you during your consultation at his Miami location. Most patients find that the benefits of liposuction outweigh the risks.
Because each patient has vastly different needs, surgical times for body contouring vary widely. However, most procedures take between 1 and 3 hours to perform. Dr. Baker will provide you with an estimate of the length of your procedure before the surgery.
Lipo is only intended to resolve unwanted fat in problem areas and it will not help resolve cellulite or stretch marks. Some stretch marks may be removed during a tummy tuck procedure to tighten skin and muscles or during a lift surgery on a different area of the body where the marks are present, but others may remain. If you are worried about cellulite or stretch marks, be sure to bring up your concerns during your consultation. Dr. Baker may be able to recommend an appropriate treatment.
Once fat cells have been removed during a body contouring procedure, they are gone for good. However, the remaining fat cells in the body can still expand after the procedure if the patient gains weight.
It is important to remember that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. Generally, only a small amount of fat can be safely removed during a single lipo session. With that said, patients typically notice dramatic cosmetic improvement after they have healed from surgery since the patient’s overall shape will be slimmer and more streamlined.
Compression garments support the new contours of the body and help the skin to retract after a body sculpting procedure. They also protect the incisions and help the body heal properly. Dr. Baker will provide you with high-quality compression garments after surgery and give you detailed instructions on using and caring for them. You should follow these instructions closely to ensure optimal surgical results.
If you live near Miami, FL, Dr. Stephan Baker offers liposuction among its services and is conveniently located at 3850 Bird Road Suite 702 Miami, FL 33146.
Right after surgery, the best way to optimize your results is to follow all of the instructions Dr. Baker provides. Once you have healed, a healthy diet and regular exercise will help you maintain your results for years to come.
It is best to wait at least several months after you have reached a stable weight to pursue surgical body enhancement. This will help to ensure long-lasting results.
Liposuction is extremely versatile. Patients can treat a range of areas, including the abdomen, hips, thighs, love handles, upper arms, chest, chin, and back.
Cost is a major factor in any elective procedure that insurance will not cover. Because body contouring is a custom procedure, there is no standard price. The cost of lipo will vary based on the areas that will be treated, the amount of fat that will be removed, and other factors. Every aspect of the cosmetic surgery, including facility fees, anesthesia, and compression garments, will be included in your cost estimate. Financing is available.
Why choose Dr. Baker?
Dr. Baker has decades of experience and has been affiliated with the following prestigious institutions:
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Dr. Baker offers an inimitable treatment experience with a highly personalized, precision-based approach. With extreme dedication, Dr. Baker takes the time to ensure that every detail of your treatment is designed uniquely for you with optimal safety, effectiveness, and compassion. Take the first step toward your best possible outcome by scheduling your in-office or virtual consultation with Dr. Baker today.
3850 Bird Road Suite 702, Miami, FL 33146