Liposuction

Liposuction in Columbus, OH

The field of surgical body sculpting has advanced a great deal in recent years. Today, patients have a number of different options to choose from when seeking the removal of unwanted fat. Even with the widespread availability of non-surgical body sculpting procedures like CoolSculpting, conventional liposuction remains an enduring favorite. Its versatility, fairly short recovery time, and promise of accelerated results keep this procedure a favorite among our patients.

The Benefits of Liposuction

Liposuction has unique advantages that make it the best choice for some patients:

Liposuction offers precisely targeted fat removal. During the procedure, fat is removed through a very thin surgical tube called a cannula. (Conversely, most non-surgical fat removal procedures require the use of an applicator device that must be applied to the skin). This permits Dr. Zochowski to remove fat from virtually anywhere on the body, including common problem spots, such as the inner thighs and love handles.

Liposuction produces visible results relatively quickly. Results become visible after just a few weeks once the patient’s swelling subsides. In some cases, results may become visible in as little as one to two weeks if the treatment area is small. Patients who are attempting to slim down for a big event, like a wedding or vacation, usually prefer liposuction over its non-surgical counterparts.

Liposuction can be used to harvest fat for re-injection into the face or body. If these fat cells are processed inside a centrifuge, they can be safely re-injected into the body. This gives patients the option of using their own natural body fat as a filler, rather than relying on manufactured compounds. For example, fat can be injected into the face in order to fill in hollows and wrinkles. If you want to shape your body and treat the signs of facial aging, ask Dr. Zochowski about pairing liposuction with a fat transfer procedure.

Liposuction Explained

Liposuction is used to remove fat deposits that will not respond to diet and exercise. Some people are genetically predisposed to carry fat in certain areas, such as around the midsection or under the chin. These fat deposits can create unsightly bulges even if the person is slim.  

Aging and hormonal shifts can also lead to the redistribution of body fat. Women often store more fat on their hips, thighs, and lower belly following pregnancy. Older adults struggle with a process known as fat centralization, wherein fat leaves the extremities and builds up around the abdomen, creating a “pot belly.” Liposuction, when paired with a fat transfer, can restore balance to a mature patient’s figure.

During liposuction, a cannula is inserted just below the skin through a small incision. A solution containing a local anesthetic and one or more agents to reduce bleeding and swelling is then injected into the targeted fat deposits. This solution irrigates fat cells, loosening them so that they can be removed from the body with a minimum amount of force. The patient’s unwanted fat is then sucked out, creating an immediate improvement in their body contours.  

Who Makes a Good Liposuction Candidate?

Ideal candidates include men and women with realistic expectations who are seeking targeted fat removal. Liposuction is not a form of weight loss surgery, but it’s a great complement to a healthy lifestyle and can be used for further refining your body after weight loss. For reasons of patient safety, plastic surgeons cannot remove more than about 8-10 pounds of fat in one operation. Removing more than this could send the body into a state of shock. Liposuction candidates must therefore be within about 25 pounds of their ideal weight before having this procedure.

When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Zochowski will review your complete medical history in order to determine whether or not liposuction is right for you. He will also help you explore additional procedures that may complement the results of liposuction.

What to Expect During Liposuction Recovery

For many patients, liposuction is an outpatient procedure that is performed under general anesthesia. This, along with the procedure’s minimally invasive nature, makes liposuction recovery fairly brief. Most patients need to take just one week off from work after having liposuction, and they can resume many of their normal activities after just a few days. Patients are also given prescription painkillers in order to keep symptoms of soreness at bay.

Some swelling is to be expected after having liposuction, and this swelling can temporarily obscure your results. If you don’t look as slim as you had hoped immediately after your procedure, don’t worry: You should see the full results of your procedure emerge after a few weeks.

Fat is permanently removed with this procedure, and with ongoing healthy lifestyle choices, you can enjoy long-term results.  

Schedule a Consultation for Liposuction in Columbus

For most patients, the best part of having liposuction is the sense of freedom it gives them. Removing unwanted fat can improve your physical and mental comfort, allowing you to live more confidently. Surgical body sculpting has also been shown to improve patients’ motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

If you’re struggling with stubborn fat deposits that won’t respond to diet and exercise, contact board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Zochowski to book a liposuction consultation. We look forward to helping you develop a personalized care plan that meets your needs

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If you’re in the Columbus area and have any questions or wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Christopher Zochowski, please contact our office today.

Liposuction Post-Operation

Start your diet with clear liquids or a light soup. Most people can resume a normal diet the day after surgery. Advance your diet as tolerated to your regular diet over the next 24 hours.

You may experience some constipation as a result of the pain medication. Over the counter laxatives such as Milk of Magnesia or stool softener is recommended. If this is not sufficient, then dulcolax or suppository may be necessary. These can be purchased over the counter at the pharmacy.

Modest activity is encouraged during the first few post-operative days. Wiggle your toes to keep the blood flowing in your legs while sitting or lying in bed. Walking short distances is acceptable. Mild physical exercise can be resumed in 1-2 weeks as you are able, but refrain from heavy exercise until cleared with your doctor.

Expect considerable drainage from the areas that underwent liposuction. This drainage may seem like a very large volume and mostly consists of the anesthetic fluid infiltrated used during the liposuction. It will look quite bloody the first day and will drain quickly during changes in position, such as sitting or standing up in the bathroom. The actual amount of blood loss is very small even though the fluid looks bloody. We recommend you take precautions to avoid staining your bedding the first couple of nights. The drainage usually decreases by the first post operative day and is done by the second.

Leave the surgical compression garment and any dressings in place until your first post operative appointment.

Swelling, bruising, redness and of the skin is normal and will resolve over time. Numbness of the skin is also normal and will improve in several months.

No showers or baths are to be taken until the first dressings are removed (sponge baths are okay).

Pain medication will be prescribed to manage post –operative pain. When pain is more manageable, it is recommended you switch to Extra Strength Tylenol. Please do not drive until you are no longer taking the narcotic and are free of significant pain.

If there is a problem, please call the office (614) 604-7820. you. Most issues are easily addressed and do not require significant intervention.

The most common emergencies that might need attention are:

  • Sudden increase in pain
  • Nausea that lasts 4 hours or more and does not respond to medication
  • Bleeding that is profuse and uncontrolled
  • High fever lasting more than a few hours and not responding to medication
  • Shortness of breath or chest pain
  • Leg swelling
  • Loss of consciousness

If you feel the situation is urgent, call 911 and/or proceed directly to the closest emergency room. Please call us as well.

Follow-up is typically in about 7 days and should be scheduled by calling the office at (614) 604-7820 if it has not already been arranged.

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