Get Rid of Unwanted Fat with the Milwaukee and Madison Area’s Dr. Maida Parkins
Liposuction has been used as body-contouring surgery for decades and remains one of the most sought-after procedures to create the physique patients are looking for. Because treatment requires only small incisions and recovery is manageable, patients often request liposuction at the Milwaukee area’s Parkins Plastic Surgery to help slim problem areas where exercise-resistant fat persists, despite their best efforts. Dr. Maida Parkins offers fat-removal procedures customized to create the shape you’re looking for, so you can feel confident in your figure.
What Makes a Good Liposuction Candidate?
Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure, so it works best for patients who have isolated bulges or specific areas that are bulkier than desired. Generally, candidates should be at or within about 30 pounds of their ideal weight for their height.
While exercise and healthy eating are important for good health, they are not effective when it comes to spot reduction of problem areas. A dieter has no control over which fat cells shrink—even when also participating in routine workouts. It’s hard to fight what’s hereditary: Some otherwise slim patients naturally store fat in their midsections, while others may have wide hips or fat under the chin. Many patients retain fullness in the stomach, hips, inner and outer thighs, upper arms, and below the chin despite disciplined healthy activity and nutrition.
Even successful slimming activities can be undone by fat cells that grow larger again later in life. Surgical fat removal is ideal for body contouring, because liposuction can focus on specific areas, and it physically takes the unwanted fat cells out of the body, so there is no concern of them growing larger again.
Beyond these benefits, liposuction is a patient favorite because of the minimal incisions necessary to achieve results. And while liposuction does require downtime, the rest and recovery necessary are comparatively less than required for more invasive procedures.
Personalized Liposuction Consultations for Milwaukee and Madison
When you visit Parkins Plastic Surgery, you’ll be in the hands of our caring and compassionate team. Dr. Parkins and her staff treat each patient as a friend and make every effort to ensure they are comfortable. Before recommending treatment, we provide one-on-one consultations to evaluate your concerns and determine how liposuction can be used to create the figure you want. Some patients can benefit from fat removal alone, while others may need additional procedures. We will discuss all of the possibilities and options with you during your initial visit, as well as answer questions you have about liposuction and other fat-reduction treatments.
Meet Maida Parkins, M.D.
"A friendly touch with results you can see"
As founder of Parkins Plastic Surgery, Milwaukee-area board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Maida Parkins emphasizes patient-centered care to safely achieve beautiful, natural-looking results.
What Does Liposuction Involve?
For each liposuction patient, Dr. Parkins takes the following steps:
Treatment can be completed with either local or general anesthesia, depending on your preferences and the extent of care required to meet your goals.
A small incision is positioned adjacent to the treatment site. In some cases, several incisions may be necessary, depending on the amount of fat to be removed and how many areas of the body you would like to target.
Pre-Treatment of Fat
Dr. Parkins introduces a tumescent solution into the treatment area through the incisions. She then uses a narrow tube, called a cannula, to break up the fat deposits, making removal much easier. The solution helps to decrease bruising and also contains an anesthetic, which allows for a more comfortable treatment experience.
Fat Cell Removal
Fat cells in the treatment area are suctioned out of the body with a second, smaller cannula. Dr. Parkins uses a gentle back-and-forth motion to thoroughly sculpt the body while removing the desired amount of fat.
After a liposuction procedure is complete, Dr. Parkins closes the incisions, and patients rest for a short time in our office before being released to recuperate in the comfort of their own homes.
What Sets Dr. Parkins Apart for Liposuction Surgery?
Since liposuction is such a versatile procedure, Dr. Parkins can use it to contour any number of areas of the body. By focusing on each patient as an individual—truly listening to their unique goals and carefully examining their contours and proportions—she can create a personalized plan. She approaches all of this with discretion and compassion, helping patients to feel confident in their decision and calm about the surgery.
Recovery and Results After Liposuction
Bruising and swelling are common after a liposuction procedure. You should expect to spend a few days resting at home after surgery. Depending on how many parts of the body were treated with liposuction, you may need to take up to a week away from work and strenuous physical activity.
After treatment, you will wear compression garments to help reduce swelling and allow the soft tissue to successfully retract. Swelling and bruising, which may initially obscure your liposuction results, gradually fade during the healing process. Over the ensuing weeks, you’ll notice results maturing and skin becoming smooth. It’s important to be patient, as swelling persists for several weeks while you recover.
Frequently Asked Questions about Liposuction
Beyond Liposuction at Parkins Plastic Surgery
People who lose significant weight or undergo pregnancy may experience vertical stomach muscle separation, which can create an abdominal bulge. In these cases, a tummy tuck can pair with liposuction to create flatter contours. Some patients may also need skin removal to address sagging and ensure contours are smooth. This can be part of comprehensive body shaping via post weight-loss surgery or a Mommy Makeover.
Aesthetic balance is tricky. While fat in some areas may be unappealing, fullness in other areas can make you look youthful and create the contours you’re looking for. Liposuction is part of the fat grafting process, where cells are taken from areas where they create unattractive bulges, purified, and re-injected in other locations to add desired volume. Popular uses for fat grafting are enhancing the buttocks (a procedure called the Brazilian butt lift), fat transfer breast augmentation, and creating more youthful contours on the face, as an alternative to traditional facial fillers and other cosmetic injectables.