Liposuction is still one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed in the country today. The waist, flanks, abdomen, stomach, inner and outer thighs, male breasts, female breasts, arms, cankles, back, face and neck are the areas of the body most commonly treated with liposuction. At the Chevy Chase Cosmetic Center, Dermasuregoen Dr. Eric Finzi uses the tried and true Tumescent liposuction technique under local anesthesia.
Tumescent Liposuction treatments were introduced in 1987 and has maintained a superb safety profile. The technique is safe because it is performed under local anesthesia. The goal for liposuction patients is to remove unwanted fat, sculpt natural curves and create better body balance and symmetry. The results have been life changing for the thousands of patients Dr. Finzi has treated since 1991.
The Ideal Candidate for Tumescent Liposuction Treatment
The ideal candidate for liposuction is someone who is in good general health, exercises, and eats well-balanced meals, but who is unable to reduce fat in certain areas due in most cases to a genetic predisposition. In today’s health conscious world, many people are now including liposuction as a part of their overall wellness plan. Medical studies have proven reducing fat in certain body areas can help reduce the risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol, and other medical conditions. This procedure is not recommended to treat obesity.
About the Tumescent Liposuction Treatment
Dr. Finzi draws a topographic map of the area(s) to be treated on the patient while he or she is standing. The clinician then injects a local anesthetic solution into the areas where fat will be removed. This anesthetic lasts for the duration of the surgery and up to 12 hours, minimizing post-operative discomfort.
Once the areas are numb, Dr. Finzi makes tiny incisions, 1/8" long, near the areas to be treated. He then inserts a hollow tube called a cannula and suctions away the unwanted fat, sculpting the body as he removes the fat for better body/facial symmetry. The use of very small cannulas allows Dr. Finzi to perform liposuction with precision. The small incisions will heal without stitches and will disappear over time.
After surgery, the staff applies dressings and provides a special garment, like a tight fitted body suit or Spanx, for the patient to wear. Patients can return home within one hour after the procedure, and must be driven by a friend or family member. Once returning home, you should take it easy for the remainder of the day. Extra Strength Tylenol will help with post-operative discomfort. A day or two after surgery, most patients are well enough to drive, and can return to work. The patient must wear the special garment for 7 to 10 days after surgery. Skin will retract back to its natural shape, leaving you with the desired results within a few weeks, and with optimum results in a few months after swelling subsides.
Frequently Asked Questions about Tumescent Liposuction Treatment:
In the 30 minute video below, Dr. Finzi answers all of the most frequently asked questions during a consultation about getting liposuction.
Does Liposuction hurt?
The refined tumescent liposuction technique is almost completely painless. We dispense additional pain medication upon patient request. Post-operatively, the small amount of soreness usually disappears within a few days, and in most cases, is managed by taking Tylenol.
Are there any scars after Liposuction?
No. When using the tumescent technique, the incisions made for the micro-cannulas are so small that they heal without stitches and become almost invisible in time.
How much fat can be removed by Liposuction and will it come back?
Up to 10 pounds of fat can be removed by tumescent liposuction from localized areas containing extra fat to make an impressive difference. However, the procedure is not a treatment for obesity. Since adult fat cells do not divide, they will never return. As long as there is no excessive weight gain, the new sculpted silhouette is permanent.
Will I be symmetrical and even following Liposuction treatment?
Artistic skill is necessary to obtain symmetry and body contouring with liposuction. This is almost impossible when a patient is asleep under general anesthesia since they can not be examined from different viewpoints. However, with the tumescent technique using local anesthesia, Dr. Finzi will examine a patient in different positions during and immediately following the procedure to carefully search for areas needing refinement. These areas can be touched up on the spot. Dr. Finzi also measures the exact amount of fat removed from each side to ensure that your contour will be even.
Will my skin be saggy or loose following Liposcution?
No. In nearly all instances, the elastic properties of your skin will cause it to retract back to your desired shape.
When can I resume my normal activities after Liposuction?
Although you will need someone to drive you home, you can be up and about that evening, and return to work in one to two days. You may resume light exercise, as tolerated, within three to four days.
Will I be asleep during the Tumescent Liposuction procedure?
No. You will be relaxed and lightly sedated but completely awake during the procedure. You may listen to music or bring a book to read. The body sculpting takes 2-4 hours to complete and is performed in our state-of-the-art, accredited surgery suite with a highly skilled medical staff and the most advanced monitoring and safety equipment.
How will my skin look after Liposuction surgery?
Because the fat is removed by suctioning small “tunnels” through the fat, the skin remains completely connected to the muscles underneath. So, as healing occurs, the fibrous strands which connect to the skin will contract and pull the skin closer to the muscles. Dr. Finzi will leave a thin blanket of fat attached to the skin which will let the skin have a soft and natural feel after the post-operative recovery period.
What are the weight and age limits for Liposuction?
Liposuction has been performed on patients ranging in age from 16 to 75. There are no absolute age or weight limitations as long as you are in good health.
Come in for a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Eric Finzi to see if Liposuction is right for you. Call 240-482-2555 for an appointment in Chevy Chase or 301-345-7375 for Greenbelt today!