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lipo-miniLiposuction is a procedure that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck. Although liposuction is not a substitute for dieting and exercise, liposuction can remove stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to traditional weight-loss methods.

If you’re considering liposuction in Sarasota / Bradenton, this page will give you a basic understanding of the procedure – when it can help, how it is performed and how you might look and feel after surgery.

The Best Candidates for Liposuction in Sarasota County

The best candidates for liposuction are normal-weight people with firm, elastic skin who have pockets of excess fat in certain areas. You should be physically healthy, psychologically stable and realistic in your expectations. Your age is not a major consideration; however, older patients may have diminished skin elasticity and may not achieve the same results as a younger patient with tighter skin.

Liposuction carries greater risk for individuals with medical problems such as diabetes, significant heart or lung disease, and poor blood circulation, or smokers.

Planning Your Liposuction

In your initial consultation, Dr. Lacerna will evaluate your health, determine where your fat deposits lie and assess the condition of your skin. She may recommend alternative methods of treatment. For example, if you believe you want liposuction in the abdominal area, you may learn that an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck may more effectively meet your goals. You may also consider SmartLipo or SculpSure as an alternative to traditional liposuction. Be frank in discussing your expectations with Dr. Lacerna. Again, she will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding vitamins, iron tablets and certain medications. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after liposuction, and to help you at home for a day or two.

Your New Look!

You will see a noticeable difference in the shape of your body quite soon after surgery. However, improvement will become even more apparent after about four to six weeks, when most of the swelling has subsided. After about three months, any persistent mild swelling usually disappears and the final contour will be visible. If your expectations are realistic, you will be very pleased with the results of your liposuction. You will find that you look better in a wide variety of clothes and are more at ease with your body. By eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, you can help to maintain your new shape.

All Surgery Carries Some Uncertainty and Risk

Liposuction is normally safe, as long as patients are carefully selected, the operating facility is properly equipped and the physician is adequately trained. Though rare, complications may occur. Risks increase if a greater number of areas are treated at the same time, or if large amounts of fat and fluid are removed, requiring longer operating times. Very rarely, the formation of fat clots or blood clots can migrate to the lungs and cause death. The scars from liposuction are small and strategically placed to be hidden from view. However, imperfections in the final appearance are not uncommon after lipoplasty. The skin surface may be irregular, asymmetric or even baggy, especially in the older patient. Numbness and pigmentation changes may occur. Sometimes, additional surgery may be recommended.

After Your Liposuction Surgery

After liposuction, you will likely experience some fluid drainage from the incisions. To control swelling and to help your skin better fit its new contours, you will be fitted with a snug elastic garment to wear over the treated area for a few weeks. Dr. Lacerna may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection. Pain will be controlled with medications prescribed by Dr. Lacerna, though you may still feel stiff and sore for a few days.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Dr. Melinda Lacerna is an experienced body contouring surgeon who has helped many men and women enhance their appearance and self-confidence through liposuction surgery. If diet and exercise have fallen short for you, consider liposuction surgery. Send an email or call 941-584-8425 or 941-954-4500 today to schedule a consultation.