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 and Dr. Lucas Boehm offer fat-removal procedures customized to create the shape you’re looking for, so you can feel confident in your figure.
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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. Understanding your BMI before your consultation will help determine your eligibility for surgery.
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.
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When you visit Parkins Plastic Surgery, you’ll be in the hands of our caring and compassionate team. Our team treats each patient as a friend and makes 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.
For each liposuction patient, your surgeon will take the following steps:
Your surgeon introduces a tumescent solution into the treatment area through the incisions. They then use 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 cells in the treatment area are suctioned out of the body with a second, smaller cannula. Dr. Parkins and Dr. Boehm use a gentle back-and-forth motion to thoroughly sculpt the body while removing the desired amount of fat.
After a liposuction procedure is complete, your surgeon 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.
Since liposuction is such a versatile procedure, Dr. Parkins and Dr. Boehm 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—they can create a personalized plan. They approaches all of this with discretion and compassion, helping patients to feel confident in their decision and calm about the surgery.
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.
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.
At Parkins Plastic Surgery we believe in customized, personal care. Which is why great thought and attention went into designing our AAAASF Certified Surgical suite, set on the shores of Silver Lake. The serenity and confidentiality of our office location allows our patients to receive the highest quality of care so that they can feel refreshed and confident after their procedure.
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