At Hess and Sandeen, we take your health very seriously. Having excess fat despite proper diet and exercise can be very discouraging. This not only affects your physical health but can take a toll on your mental health as well. If you are interested in having liposuction, our plastic surgeons are here to help. Our experienced team is proud to serve the Tucson area. If you want to feel healthier, reshape your body, and look younger, then liposuction may be for you.
What is Liposuction
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure intended to remove excess fat that remains after regular exercise and dieting. This cosmetic surgery is done by inserting a hollow tube called a cannula under the skin through a small incision. The cannula is pushed through the fat layer, breaks up your fat cells, and removes them by suction. The best candidate for liposuction is someone who is at a normal weight, has firm and elastic skin, and is in good physical health. As results are sometimes more subtle, someone who has realistic goals and expectations will benefit more from this procedure than someone looking for a dramatic change.
Liposuction removes fat deposits and is used to slim and reshape many areas of the body including thighs, hips and buttocks, upper arms, back, abdomen, waist, chest, inner knees and more. It is used to improve the contours of your body and is oftentimes performed as part of a combination of surgeries. We can help you decide whether your liposuction should be performed on its own or with another procedure such as a facelift, upper body lift, tummy tuck, or as part of a mommy makeover. Our experienced staff will help you determine how much can be done safely and effectively while keeping your goals in mind. Your liposuction will be completely customized for you and will address the areas you wish to improve.
Liposuction is not a weight loss method and cannot be used to treat obesity or as a replacement for a healthy diet or exercise. It also does not remove cellulite, dimples, or stretch marks. This method is best suited for stubborn fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise.
Other Conditions Treated by Liposuction
Although liposuction is usually done for cosmetic purposes, it is sometimes used to treat other medical conditions. These include:
Gynecomastia is the swelling or enlargement of breasts in men. This condition can affect one or both breasts. Liposuction can help after initial treatment to remove breast fat or can be included as part of a reduction mammoplasty (breast reduction surgery) for severe cases of this condition.
Lymphedema is the swelling of extremities that can occur when lymph nodes are blocked. Liposuction can be used to decrease pain and heaviness for patients who have lymphedema. It removes excess fatty tissue can be used to reduce swelling and may improve lymphatic drainage for patients.
Lipomas are knots of fatty tissue that are under the skin and can be located anywhere on the body. Most lipomas are on the neck, trunk, shoulders, and armpits. In many cases the lipoma does not need to be treated, but if it causes pain or interferes with muscles it may need to be removed. In the cases of larger lipomas, liposuction is one of the options for removal.
Extreme Weight Loss
After extreme weight loss or bariatric surgery you may still have stubborn fat deposits. Plastic surgeries such as liposuction can help remove these fat pockets, restoring a more youthful profile.
Reconstructive Breast Surgery Following Mastectomy
After a mastectomy, women face many choices. These choices include what type of breast reconstruction they need. One of the options is having the breast reconstructed with fat or other tissue transplanted from other areas of the body. Fat grafting uses the fat removed via liposuction from one part of the body and to reconstruct a breast mound. This technique has grown in popularity over the last decade.
Recovery from Liposuction
Recovery time from your liposuction will vary and depend on how much or how little you have done and if your treatment was combined with any other procedures. Recovery also depends on the nature of your work, how physical your job is, and your personal pain tolerance. After your surgery you will be given instructions on how to care for your surgical sites, any medications that you are to take or apply, concerns and side effects to look for on the treated areas or in your general health, and when to follow-up with your cosmetic surgeon. In most cases you will have swelling and bruising which will resolve in a few weeks. At Hess and Sandeen, we want your experience to be a positive one and we will work hard to make sure you leave feeling confident and comfortable.
Will Insurance Cover Liposuction?
Most insurance companies will not cover cosmetic procedures. However, there can be exceptions. Some carriers do offer partial coverage if liposuction meets specific criteria such as reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy. It is crucial for you to contact your insurance company to see what they do and do not cover. We also offer financing options through Care Credit to help you achieve your goals. Contact our office for details.