Liposuction is a less-invasive surgical technique designed to reduce area of excess fat. Most importantly, performed properly with the right patient selection, liposuction is effective at reducing or eliminating bothersome fat deposits, and may be used in many areas of the body.
How does liposuction help the way I look?
Liposuction is an excellent operation for those with abnormal fat deposits (lipodystrophy). Common areas of excess fat deposition include the flanks (“love handles”), stomach, hips (“saddlebags”), a lower buttocks, bra line, thighs, upper arms.
Liposuction is also effective in improving disappointing results from noninvasive treatments, such as those that use cold, heat, or ultrasound to produce a modest improvement, often times at greater expense.
How does liposuction work?
During your procedure, small access incisions are made in the skin. This allows fluid with epinephrine (to decrease bruising) and lidocaine (to reduce discomfort) to be injected into the areas of concern. Thin cannulas are then introduced under the skin. These cannulas are advanced and retracted while section is placed, allowing an opening at the end of the cannula to remove fat cells. Multiple access incisions are usually used for each area, to allow a three-dimensional network of tunnels to remove fat without causing grooving.
Does removed fat just go somewhere else on my body?
Not unless you gain weight after surgery. Fat cells do not multiply (we gain weight by existing cells getting larger), so your body cannot disproportionately put fat in the same areas that had liposuction, since fat cells are removed in that location. Your body does not have “memory” of how much fat you have, so it does not try to store more fat in a different location. However, if you gain weight, that fat will go somewhere; since it cannot be stored in the removed fat cells where liposuction was performed, your body will store it in a different location.
What will my recovery be like?
Liposuction is typically performed in our private AAAASF-certified operating room, the only one of its kind in Southwest Montana. Liposuction is an outpatient operation, and you will not be required to stay overnight in a hospital. You will be seen at certain timepoints after surgery to ensure appropriate recovery and resolution of your concerns.
Depending on the area or areas that are addressed you will be provided with postsurgical compression garments, which will be worn for a total of four weeks. These garments helps to reduce swelling and discomfort. Most patients return to work within a few days of their procedure.
How much discomfort will I be in after my procedure?
Pain after an liposuction is usually mild and is experienced as soreness. The degree of soreness is often related to postoperative activity leve. Dr. McDaniel uses numbing medication in the fluid that is placed into the areas of concern before removing fat. You will also be prescribed pain medication, which is usually needed for about 1 week, after which time over-the-counter medications will be used.
How much scarring should I expect?
Scarring in liposuction is restricted to small access incisions to allow introduction of cannulas to remove fat. These scars are hidden within creases whenever possible for further concealment.
How much will liposuction cost? Is financing available?
Liposuction cost varies on the area (or areas) being treated, as well as the extent of liposuction needing to be performed. We offer significant discounts when multiple areas are addressed, and your quoted cost will include CosmetAssure, surgical, facility, and anesthesia fees.
Sometimes financing will allow surgery to be performed in a timeframe that matches your needs. We provide a variety of financing plans through Care Credit.
"Liposuction is a very effective, economical way to permanently remove fat from problem areas."
-Dr. Jarred McDaniel
“The doctor always is great at explaining and answering my questions. I feel as they all are very good at what they do. I am satisfied, its always a pleasant experience.”