Liposuction Procedures | Pittsburgh, PA
Liposuction is a common fat reducing procedure that is ideally designed to remove stubborn areas of excess fat, thereby improving the body’s natural contour. Many patients come to our Pittsburgh offices seeking liposuction due to having areas of unwanted fat accumulation. Despite sensible eating and exercising, these areas are resistant to improvement. Liposuction can safely and accurately target those “problematic” areas resulting in improved balance to the body’s contour.
Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure like a bypass surgery would be, it should be thought of as a contouring or sculpting procedure. The most common areas are abdominal wall, hips, love handles, thighs, arms, back, neck, knees, calves, and ankles.
Who is a candidate for liposuction?
When it comes to the liposuction procedure itself, it’s important to note what the ideal candidate looks like. Not only should the candidate be a healthy person without life-threatening illnesses or medical conditions, but the patient should also:
- Have excess fat deposits.
- Be an adult who is within 30% of their ideal weight.
- Have firm, elastic skin.
- Have good muscle tone.
How to Prepare for a Liposuction Procedure
Before undergoing liposuction, there are a few things the candidate should keep in mind. Prior to the procedure, it’s necessary to discuss your expectations and desired outcomes with your plastic surgeon. Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Antimarino will answer any question you have and will go over specific instructions for preparing for your surgery including medicines to avoid, smoking cessation, and even what to eat before surgery. Remember to bring your plastic surgeon checklist to your consultation.
What to Expect from Liposuction by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Surgery: Liposuction is performed through tiny incisions and insertion of a thin hollow tube to remove excess fat. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting.
After Surgery: The recovery time is approximately one week with compression garments being worn for 3-4 weeks after surgery. There will be some swelling which can last from one month to a few months, depending on the severity of the swelling. This is a perfectly normal side effect. Exercising can be resumed in approximately 2 weeks.
It is necessary to maintain a healthy and active diet and lifestyle post liposuction procedure.
Request a Consultation
Every person deserves to feel confident in their skin, and a liposuction procedure by Bellissimo Plastic Surgery can help. A consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Antimarino is an opportunity to ask questions and have a detailed discussion about Liposuction. With locations in Shadyside, Monroeville, Robinson, and Greensburg, it’s easy to schedule your private consultation or a virtual consultation with Bellissimo Plastic Surgery.