Liposuction

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There is no substitute for healthy habits like eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly. But even with our best efforts, we can struggle to maintain or achieve our ideal look. Fortunately, with techniques such as liposuction, you can be on your way to the body of your dreams. Feeling great about how you look is important, and if you’ve been struggling with shaping those stubborn pockets of fat, then liposuction may be right for you.

Contact Pearwood Plastic Surgery and schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Murphy to learn more about this beneficial body contouring procedure.

About Liposuction

Liposuction is the gold standard of fat reduction. This cosmetic procedure uses high-powered suction to remove localized fat deposits from various regions of the body. There are four main types of liposuction that Dr. Murphy uses. These include tumescent, power-assisted, ultrasound-assisted, and laser-assisted liposuction. Each technique comes with its own benefits, making one no better than the other. The liposuction technique used will be determined based on what you are looking to achieve and the extent of treatment that you require.

Fatty tissue is a vital part of the human body, but it can also pose problems when it lingers in stubborn pockets. When it collects in areas such as our necks, abdomen, thighs, etc. it can be damaging to your self-esteem and can be a source of embarrassment. Aging and genetics can play a significant role in how your body responds to exercise and the amount of fat stored naturally in your body. Liposuction is the most direct and effective method for removing these stubborn fat deposits throughout the body.

As the second most popular cosmetic procedure performed around The United States, it is one of the safest and effective body contouring surgeries on the market today. Through the use of liposuction, Dr. Murphy can sculpt and redefine your problem areas and help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

Before & After Photos

Treatment Areas

The treatment areas for liposuction can include, but are not limited to:

  • Neck
  • Upper Arms
  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Flanks
  • Upper and Lower Back
  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Inner Thighs
  • Outer Thighs
  • Knees
  • Calves

Ideal Candidates

Liposuction is a beneficial procedure for those who are in at or near their goal weight. These patients have already tried diet and exercise to diminish the fat but have been unsuccessful in achieving the results that they desire. These men and women should be non-smokers and in good health to ensure the best possible outcomes. You should also have no significant medical conditions that may complicate healing.

It is important to note that it’s never recommended to undergo liposuction as a means of weight loss. This procedure should be considered after diet and exercise have become ineffective. With its ability to sculpt and reshape with precision, liposuction may also be combined with other procedures to help you achieve your desired aesthetic. In order to determine candidacy, please contact Pearwood Plastic Surgery and schedule a private consultation with Dr. Murphy today.

Liposuction Techniques

Liposuction is a customizable procedure that can be done using various techniques. Because every person has different concerns and goals, there may be a liposuction method that is better suited than the others to help a patient achieve their bodily goals. The liposuction methods that are offered at Pearwood Plastic Surgery include:

Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is a very popular liposuction technique that has been in use for over three decades. It involves using diluted lidocaine in local amounts as a local anesthetic. The lidocaine is injected into the subcutaneous fat layer, which results in a swelling and firming of the fat and also helps to reduce blood loss. With a large amount of local anesthetic, it eliminates the need for intravenous sedation and helps to reduce recovery time. After the anesthetic has been injected, the fat will be removed from the body with ease, leaving nothing but contoured results.

Power-Assisted Liposuction

Power-assisted liposuction sometimes referred to as PAL, is a more recent development among the various fat removal techniques. PAL requires a specialized type of cannula, designed to mechanically move on its own, to precisely and efficiently remove excess fat from the body. With traditional liposuction methods, the surgeon was left to manually move the cannula in a back and forth motion to extract the fat. With the mechanized cannula, the process is automated, more efficient, and clinically shown to be less traumatic to the body’s surrounding tissues.

Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction

Ultrasound-assisted liposuction, otherwise known as UAL, is on the cutting edge of liposuction technology. This technique also involves the use of tumescent fluids in the fat layer, but UAL takes the treatment on step further by utilizing a cannula that is designed to heat the fatty layer through the use of ultrasound energy. The use of this energy will help to break up the fat and prepare it for easy extraction.

Laser-Assisted Liposuction

Laser-assisted liposuction is designed to remove localized fat cells throughout the body through the use of laser energy. The laser will be inserted into the treatment area to melt the fat cells and help to strengthen the skin’s structure. These cells will then be removed for slimmed, defined results. Laser-assisted liposuction is the latest development in the fat reduction field, providing safe and minimally invasive treatments to resolve the concerns of excess fat throughout the body.

The Procedure

Dr. Murphy performs his liposuction procedures on an outpatient basis under either local or general anesthesia.

This means that you will be able to return home the same day as surgery. Once the doctor has marked the treatment areas on the body, the anesthetic will be administered to ensure patient comfort during the procedure.

Dr. Murphy will begin performing the liposuction technique that has been chosen until the patient’s aesthetic goals have been met. He will then close any incisions and wrap the area in a compression garment. After the procedure is complete, the patient will be escorted to the recovery area where they will be monitored for a few hours before being released to go home.

Recovery and Results

After the liposuction procedure, patients will be asked to wear compression garments around the treated area at all times to help the body form to its new contour. It is recommended that patients walk a minimal amount the evening of their procedure to improve circulation and reduce any risk of blood clots from forming. Our team will provide you with additional recovery instructions to help you achieve optimal healing. There will also be a follow-up appointment scheduled before leaving our office which will allow Dr. Murphy to monitor the patient’s recovery and to ensure efficient healing.

Patients will be sent home with a prescription for pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort during this time. Most patients can return to work in three to five days and resuming mild activities within two weeks after the procedure. More strenuous activities, such as heavy weight lifting, may need to be avoided for up to three to four weeks.

With liposuction, the fat cells are removed from the body entirely, preventing them from returning and affecting the results. The results are immediately noticeable and long-lasting. Patients are encouraged to maintain a healthy lifestyle after the procedure to sustain the contoured results of the liposuction procedure. If patients have any questions or concerns during this time, we ask that they contact our office and speak with of our knowledgeable staff members.

Why Choose Pearwood Plastic Surgery?

At Pearwood Plastic Surgery, we practice with the highest standards of quality. With many years of experience under his belt, Dr. Murphy’s area of expertise includes liposuction and other body sculpting procedures. He has helped many of his patients to achieve the figures they desire safely and effectively.

Before making any decisions, Dr. Murphy and his team will discuss your goals during a consultation. With his extensive experience, highly-trained staff, and modern facilities, his priority is to provide his patients with the absolute best results. Through the doctor’s specialized liposuction techniques, you can sculpt away those problem areas, have the body you’ve always wanted, and be back to daily routines within a few days!

To get started, please contact Dr. Kevin Murphy at Pearwood Plastic Surgery today.

Consultation and Cost

The first step in undergoing a liposuction procedure is setting up a consultation with Dr. Murphy. During this appointment, he will meet one-on-one with the patient to discuss their aesthetic concerns and find out what they are looking to achieve through this procedure. The doctor will then assess the patient’s medical history and review any medications that are currently being taken. To make the final determination for candidacy, Dr. Murphy will perform a physical examination and identify the areas on the body that would most benefit from this treatment. If deemed a good candidate, the doctor and patient will work together to construct a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to their needs. Through this plan, Dr. Murphy will be able to provide an accurate price quote. He will also be able to recommend any additional procedures that can be combined with liposuction to further the patient’s results.

Pricing for this procedure will vary based on the technique used and the amount of fat reduction that is required.

Once a treatment plan has been developed, a custom quote will be provided. At this time, patients will also be given the opportunity to schedule their procedure, although there is no obligation to do so.

Anyone who is interested in this liposuction procedure is encouraged to request a consultation with Dr. Kevin Murphy at Pearwood Plastic Surgery.