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Frequently Asked Questions
About Liposuction

  1. How is liposuction performed?
  2. What can I expect during my initial consultation?
  3. Is there anything I need to do to prepare for liposuction surgery?
  4. How long does the liposuction procedure take?
  5. Is general anesthesia used during a liposuction procedure?
  6. Will I be able to return home on the same day as my liposuction procedure?
  7. Following my liposuction procedure, how long must I wait to return to work?
  8. What areas of the body can be treated with liposuction?
  9. Will there be scars following my liposuction surgery?
  10. How old should I be before I undergo liposuction?

1. How is liposuction performed?
Liposuction is performed through small, 3-millimeter incisions that are strategically placed in the treatment area. Through these incisions, a tumescent fluid (consisting of salt water, local anesthetic and an agent that controls bleeding) is injected within the region to enhance fat extraction and control blood loss. Then one or more techniques may be used to extract the fat. Tumescent liposuction technique consists of cannulas being moved back and forth extracting fat with moderate pressure vacuum. Prior to this, ultrasound may be used to break down the fat with ultrasonic waves, or laser may be used to break down the fat using heat. The skill of the procedure lies in making sure that the remaining fat layer is smooth. At the conclusion of the procedure, a compression garment is placed to further assure a smooth skin surface.

2. What can I expect during my liposuction consultation?
In your initial consultation, you and Dr. Delgado will discuss your concerns and your goals for the appearance of your body. You will be asked whether your weight tends to fluctuate and if so, to what degree. Dr. Delgado will evaluate the areas about which you are concerned in terms of the amount of fat in the area, the degree of skin laxity and the quality of the skin in terms of stretch marks or overly loose skin, all of which affect the outcome of liposuction. He will indicate where incisions would be placed. You will have the opportunity to view before and after photographs of patients on whom Dr. Delgado has performed liposuction. Dr. Delgado may use computer imaging to demonstrate the results you can expect from your liposuction procedure. Lastly, you will receive a price quote for your procedure.CLICK HERE to Get Started: Schedule Your Free Consultation Now!

3. Is there anything I need to do to prepare for liposuction?
In preparation for your liposuction surgery, you should plan to have reliable and competent help the first 24 hours after surgery. You will need to arrange to take time off from work and household chores during your recovery. You will need some assistance in the early postoperative period with your medications, help to the bathroom and getting the garments on and off. A family member or a friend can lend invaluable help during this period. For two weeks prior to your surgery, you should discontinue or avoid blood-thinning products like aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil, Motrin and other blood thinners. You will receive a 20-page pre-operative instruction booklet that will guide you through additional preparations.

4. How long does the liposuction procedure take?
The amount of time your liposuction procedure will take depends on the size and number of areas being treated. Most liposuction procedures are completed in two to four hours. Dr. Delgado will be able to give you a more accurate time estimate during your consultation.

5. Is general anesthesia used during a liposuction procedure?
Liposuction surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Modern anesthesia medications wear off very quickly, so you wake up promptly and, depending on the amount of liposuction done, can feel like your normal self immediately after the completion of surgery. Our board-certified physician anesthesiologist, Randy Gaynor, MD, uses laryngeal mask airway (LMA) anesthesia, a state of the art method that allows you to breathe comfortably on your own. Dr. Delgado uses general anesthesia for liposuction procedures, because he uses aggressive liposuction techniques. General anesthesia assures Dr. Delgado that you will be comfortable throughout the procedure and he will be able to give you the best results possible.

6. Will I be able to return home on the same day as my liposuction?
In most cases, patients are able to return home on the same day as their liposuction procedure. However, due to the use of general anesthesia, you will not be able to drive yourself home. If you plan to have an extensive amount of liposuction done, Dr. Delgado will advise you to stay overnight at the surgery center for observation and pain management.

7. Following my liposuction procedure, how long must I wait to return to work?
Most liposuction patients are able to return to work within one week. However, there will be some discomfort, much like the soreness from strenuous exercise. You may resume exercise programs and sports activities in four to six weeks.

8. What areas of the body can be treated with liposuction?
Liposuction can treat any part of the body that contains fat. Men usually opt to treat the abdomen, flanks and underneath the neck. Women generally choose areas like the neck, arms, abdomen, flanks, back, inner and outer thighs and knees for liposuction.

9. Will there be scars following my liposuction?
Scars from liposuction are very minimal. Dr. Delgado will place the small incisions in the most inconspicuous areas possible and in areas that would normally be covered by clothing. He will discuss the placement of these incisions with you prior to your procedure.

10. How old should I be before undergoing liposuction?
Though there is some controversy regarding this, Dr. Delgado believes that a person should be at least 18 years old and have the maturity and motivation to lose weight by exercise and diet. Especially with a younger patient, Dr. Delgado will want to be sure that he/she understand the serious risks of the surgery. Patients will be evaluated on an individual basis regarding their suitability for liposuction.

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