Our physique is influenced in part by age and genetics. For many people, eating well and exercising regularly just isn’t enough to entirely eliminate stubborn fat deposits. Men may be particularly frustrated by the persistence of fat in the midsection or chest area. When fatty tissue in these or other areas doesn’t respond to conventional efforts at weight loss, liposuction for men may be an excellent option for noticeable and lasting improvement.
At South Tulsa Plastic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brenda Schiesel tailors liposuction to help each patient achieve the sculpted look they desire. Male plastic surgery procedures flatter the male frame, and are designed to accomplish your individual goals.
WHAT IS LIPOSUCTION?
Liposuction is the proven surgical procedure that removes localized fat deposits through small incisions in the skin. Fat that has accumulated in the subcutaneous layer of tissue is suctioned through a small tube called a cannula. Cells are removed in a pattern of channels made by the cannula, which allows surrounding cells to collapse inward to create a smooth appearance.
Liposuction is a form of body contouring, not a method of weight loss. The fat that is removed during this procedure is superficial. It is not the visceral fat that hides deep within the abdominal cavity. Patients can expect to look better after this procedure but should not anticipate a big change in weight. Areas that are commonly treated with liposuction, especially in men, include the:
- Love handles
- Under the chin
- Upper arms
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR LIPOSUCTION?
Generally, liposuction is appropriate for adults who are in good health and who understand what liposuction can and cannot do. The best results are achieved in patients who are near their healthiest weight for their body frame and who have good tissue elasticity. The best way to confirm that you are a good candidate for liposuction is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. A personal meeting with Dr. Schiesel involves discussion of your goals, a review of your medical history, and a brief assessment of your physical condition.
YOUR LIPOSUCTION PROCEDURE
Liposuction is an outpatient surgery performed using either local or general anesthesia. Patients are informed of the appropriate anesthesia method for their procedure when they consult with Dr. Schiesel initially, and they have input in this matter.
After the patient is anesthetized, a small incision is made in the area from which fat will be suctioned. Tumescent fluid of epinephrine, adrenaline, and lidocaine is inserted into the subcutaneous layer of fat. This reduces bleeding and bruising and helps to loosen fat cells for easier extraction. The lidocaine in the tumescent fluid acts as a local anesthetic. A thin, hollow, vibrating instrument is then inserted to suction fat cells away.
POWER-ASSISTED LIPOSUCTION (PAL)
The power-assisted liposuction technique that Dr. Schiesel uses facilitates efficient, gentle fat removal through the use of a vibrating cannula that dislodges fat deposits. This approach allows the doctor to remove a larger amount of unwanted fat and may offer benefits such as:
- Reduced risk of complications
- Gentler to surrounding tissue
- Smaller incisions
- Less postoperative discomfort
- Shorter recovery period
- Less risk of excessive bleeding
Patients need to arrange a ride home after their surgery. It is also beneficial to have someone stay the remainder of the day to help maintain comfort. Minor bruising and swelling are common after liposuction. These fade over two to four weeks and are helped by wearing a compression garment. Post-operative pain is usually minimal and can be managed with appropriate medication recommended by Dr. Schiesel. By one week after surgery, most patients can return to work.
Healing must be the first priority after liposuction. While patients are encouraged to walk soon after their procedure, more strenuous activity and exercise should be postponed for two or more weeks. Activity level may increase gradually and only as the body dictates.
Once they peak several weeks after surgery, the results of liposuction can be maintained indefinitely. Patients are encouraged to commit to healthy habits that include a nutritious diet and consistent exercise.
CALL NOW FOR A FREE LIPOSUCTION CONSULTATION
If you are in the Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Jenks or Owasso areas of Oklahoma and would like to know what liposuction can do for you, please contact South Tulsa Plastic Surgery today online or at 918-518-5144 to schedule a free initial consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brenda Schiesel. We look forward to meeting you!