Often a diligent diet and exercise program does not accomplish everything we might want in the way of reducing troublesome body fat. Unwanted bulges in the tummy, waist, hips, thighs, and knees may not respond to weight loss due to the persistence of localized fat cells. The most effective single session treatment for this problem is liposuction (also called lipoplasty or liposculpture), the removal of these fat cells through a very small diameter tube placed under a high vacuum. Other areas that may be contoured with liposuction include the upper arms, the bra strap areas including areas around the axilla or armpit, and facial areas including under the chin. Men with breast enlargement or gynecomastia may also have their chests contoured in addition to other regions.
Liposuction was the single most popular surgical procedure in 2015 as per the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Different refinements in liposuction may be employed including tumescent liposuction or ultrasound assisted liposuction (ultrasonic liposuction), depending on the individual’s needs. Results will typically be more immediate and dramatic than with other approaches to fat reduction such as CoolSculpting® or SculpSure®.
Dr. Wisnicki performs this procedure under a local anesthetic in an office or outpatient setting in Wellington or West Palm Beach, Florida. Depending on the areas treated, intravenous sedation may be used. Patients are typically back to non-exertional activity within a few days or less depending on the extent of treatment.