Debulk & Sculpt Your Physique at Our Portland, OR, Practice
Liposuction at Portland’s Waldorf Center is a body contouring technique that surgically removes fat deposits from various large or small areas of the body, such as those at the chin, neck, abdomen, waist, back, arms, underarms, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves, and ankles.
In certain areas that involve both removing and strategically reshaping fat to improve proportions for a more sculpted look, the process is often referred to as liposculpture.
The Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery offers liposuction in Portland, OR. Patients in Salem, Vancouver, and beyond can call 503-646-0101 or 1-800-310-7901 to find out more today, or schedule a visit online.
Our team of board-certified plastic surgeons and clinical providers work with patients with a variety of body types and a range of aesthetic goals. Some may be looking for overall body contouring, while others want to get rid of a small pocket of fat, such as a double chin, that won’t go away despite a committed exercise plan and strict diet.
In several cases, physical removal of the fat is the most appropriate option, making liposuction a go-to procedure for adults of all ages. While non-surgical options such as CoolSculpting® and Kybella® (to treat submental fullness or fat between the chin and neck) are available, patients often choose liposuction as the results are typically more predictable, consistent, and immediate. And while multiple treatment sessions of a non-surgical procedure may be required to achieve your fat reduction goals, one procedure of liposuction may be all that is required to reshape or debulk areas of concern.
While liposuction can debulk areas when there are disproportionate-looking fat deposits, it should not result in significant weight loss, and thus cannot be considered an appropriate weight loss procedure.
Your Liposuction Consultation
Patients understandably have questions about surgical fat removal, from how to prepare for the procedure, to liposuction cost and what to expect during the recovery process. Men and women in and around Portland, Salem, and Vancouver, as well as more distant areas, are encouraged to bring any questions they might have to the surgeon for honest answers, after which they can decide whether the procedure is right for them.
There are a variety of methods liposuction can be performed with, such as ultrasound-assisted, power-assisted, and tumescent liposuction, but they are all meant to achieve the same goal. The method that may be most appropriate for you will be discussed during your consultation.
Patients should also note that liposuction is often used as a part of other surgical procedures, such as a breast reduction, fat transfer breast augmentation, tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift, or lower body lift.
This is a decision that The Waldorf Center team understands is not to be made lightly. Each member is dedicated to ensuring patients feel sufficiently educated and comfortable with their choice of surgeon for liposuction, all of which encourages better healing and results.
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What Steps Does a Liposuction Procedure Involve?
Liposuction (sometimes referred to as lipoplasty or suction-assisted lipectomy) is performed through small incisions (about a quarter of an inch each) made around the areas being treated. A saline solution that also contains a local anesthetic and a medication to constrict the small blood vessels is injected into the surgical site. This separates the fat cells to make them easier to remove, reduces blood loss and bruising, and helps with post-operative pain management.
The surgeon then inserts through the incision a hollow tube known as a cannula. This is attached to a machine that applies suction to remove fat deposits while the surgeon guides it. Since fat cells are distributed differently throughout each person, the procedural details of each case are unique.
Depending on the case (as mentioned earlier), the surgeon may also use ultrasonic-assisted liposuction or laser-assisted lipolysis to aid in the removal of undesired fat deposits in certain areas of the body. These techniques make use of either an ultrasound device or a laser to assist in breaking up the fat cells, making them easier to remove and providing a smoother result.
Lipo procedures usually take one to two hours to complete, and may be performed using a variety of anesthesia options.
This is an outpatient procedure, so you will go home the same day. As driving is not recommended for 24 hours after being under general anesthesia, you will require someone to take you home from the surgical center.
Liposuction Results & Recovery
Due to the nature of the procedure, the fat reduction results are technically immediate. However, it may take some time for them to appear due to post-surgical swelling. Other side effects may include bruising and soreness in the treated areas. Depending on the scope of the procedure, it can take up to three months to be able to see the final results.
Recovery is relatively quick, and most patients find they are able to return to their regular routines at home or work within one to two weeks (although vigorous physical activity should be avoided for a few more weeks). Compression garments are worn during the first several weeks after surgery to limit fluid accumulation, help control swelling, and improve the final result. Most patients can return to exercise and other physical activities in about four to six weeks.
To maintain the results long term, patients should be committed to sustaining a healthy lifestyle with appropriate diet, exercise, and other habits. Understand that weight gain, pregnancy, and the natural aging process may affect the results of liposuction over time.
Because liposuction is not meant to eliminate all fat in the body or a given area, it is possible for new deposits to accumulate. It may be helpful to have a lifestyle plan ready in place before the surgery to ensure that the results last afterwards.
As with all surgical procedures, liposuction carries a certain amount of risk. It is important that you understand these risks, and the possible complications or adverse events associated with surgery. Your surgeon will discuss the risks with you during your consultation and pre-operative appointments.
More Than Liposuction in Portland
As mentioned earlier, liposuction can be a component of many other surgical procedures that involve fat reduction or fat transfer to augment other areas.
Surgical fat removal is not the only body contouring procedure available at The Waldorf Center. Patients seeking the removal of loose skin at their abdomen may choose a tummy tuck to tighten that area. Liposuction and a tuck together may be elements of a Mommy Makeover, designed to help women regain the contours they enjoyed before pregnancy.
Contact the Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation for liposuction in Portland, Oregon, today. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Call 503-646-0101 or 1-800-310-7901 or arrange a visit online.