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Liposuction, also known as liposculpture, lipoplasty and suction lipectomy, is the removal of unwanted fat from specific areas of the body.  It is the most popular cosmetic procedure performed.  According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Academy of Dermatology, thousands of men and women take control of their shape each year with this safe and effective cosmetic procedure.  If diet and exercise have failed to reduce areas of unwanted fat, then liposuction may provide the results you are looking for.  The procedure is designed to improve body shape and remove unwanted fat from areas such as face and neck, upper arms, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, hips, knees, calves, ankles and male breasts.  Liposuction is not a substitute for dieting and exercise, and it is not a weight-loss procedure.  It is extremely effective in removing fat in areas that simply do not respond to traditional weight reduction methods.

At the Sammamish Center, Seattle plastic surgeon Dr. Henri Gaboriau performs Tumescent Liposuction as well as Laser Assisted Liposuction, both of which are described and discussed below.  A consultation with Dr. Gaboriau will help determine your best, personal course of treatment.

Tumescent Liposuction

The Tumescent Technique is performed by injecting the treatment areas with a liquid solution, generally comprised of saline, lidocaine, and epinephrine, prior to the surgery.  This combination employs anesthesia and constricts blood vessels, making the fat easier to remove.  Using a straw-like tube called a cannula, the fat is drawn out of the body.  Since the body does not create new fat cells, this area is forever free of those specific fat cells.  Incisions are strategically placed to be as inconspicuous as possible.

What will I look and feel like afterward?

Afterward, there will be some bruising, swelling and soreness the first day.  You are encouraged to arise and be active as soon as possible.  Dr. Gaboriau will be able to prescribe medication to control any discomfort.  During the first 5-10 days, the bruising will reach its most dominant stage and begin to fade.  You may have some bandages covering the incision marks and will most likely be dressed in a special compression garment, which you will be expected to wear for up to 2-4 weeks.  Two weeks or so after the procedure, light exercise may be resumed.  Puffiness or swelling may still be present, and you may experience numbness or itching as the nerves and tissue regenerate.  you will immediately notice a difference and see the effects of the liposuction, but understand that six months elapse before the swelling vanishes completely and your new look takes its final shape.

Will I have to be in the hospital?

Tumescent liposuction is considered an outpatient procedure, and you will return home the same day to the comfort of your home.  The procedure will be performed in our ambulatory surgical center or in a hospital out-patient facility.  Local anesthesia with intravenous sedation is most commonly used to ensure your comfort during the procedure.

When can I go back to work?

Naturally, this depends on the variety of occupation and how physically demanding it is for the patient.  Most patients wait 5 to 7 days before returning to work.

Laser Assisted Liposuction (ProLipo™)

Laser Assisted Liposuction (LAL) with Sciton's ProLipo™ system is an effective, minimally invasive way to remove fat.  ProLipo LAL delivers laser energy through a slender fiber directly to areas of body fat, liquefying the fat cells while contouring the body.  The final result is the removal of targeted body fat and a firm, more attractive body contour.

What areas can by treated?

Any area of the body that has pockets of unwanted body fat can be improved with ProLipo LAL.  Popular areas are under the chin, abdomen, love handles, saddle bags, inner and outer thighs, bra roll, back, knees and ankles.

Who is a candidate for this procedure?

The ideal candidate for ProLipo LAL is reasonably fit, with localized pockets of fat. 

How many ProLipo treatments will I need?

Typically, only one treatment is required.

What should I expect after treatment?

Results are typically visible very soon after treatment and will continue to improve over several months.  Dr. Gaboriau may suggest wearing a compression garment for a brief period.

What are the benefits of ProLipo compared to traditional liposuction?

  • Faster recovery - significantly shorter downtime with return to normal activity generally within a few days rather than weeks.  Typically, you would be up and around quickly, although for several days you would feel a bit sore, similar to the feeling after a strong workout.
  • ProLipo LAL is performed with local anesthesia rather than under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.  Also, it is performed in a procedure room as opposed to a surgical center or hospital.
  • Fast treatment time with very rapid results, resulting in skin that feels and looks tighter, and a more contoured body.
  • Minimal downtime, minimal bruising and minimal discomfort.

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