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Liposuction

Liposuction


Liposuction, also called lipo, is a surgical procedure that uses specialized cannulas inserted through small easily hidden incisions to remove fat to reshape the contour of the body. Liposuction can be used to improve the body proportions by removing fat from the thighs, hips, buttock, abdomen, flanks and back. Liposuction is also commonly used as an adjunct in facial cosmetic surgery, especially for the neck, under the chin and along the jawline. Liposuction is performed alone or in combination with other procedures such as a breast reduction, a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), facelift or necklift.

Dr. Derderian’s Goals for Liposuction:

Improve your body or facial contours with minimal scarring and a rapid recovery.

Am I a candidate for Liposuction?

Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. Patients who are best suited for liposuction are healthy, close to their ideal body weight and have good skin quality. Liposuction is ideal for patients who’s familial or genetic “body type” make it hard for them to lose weight from the areas they would like with diet and exercise. Liposuction gives the ability to create a more proportionate and balanced look to your figure.

What happens at consultation?

It is important to have specific goals for liposuction while maintaining realistic expectations for what liposuction can achieve. Dr. Derderian will perform a detailed history and physical exam. It is important to disclose all medical problems, medications taken and previous surgeries. It is particularly important to mention previous abdominal surgeries, including C-section and any history of hernia. Dr. Derderian will discuss you goals, your skin and soft tissue characteristics and will develop a detailed plan to help you meet your goals. Medical photographs are taken to plan your surgery and document your results and progress.

How is the surgery performed?

Liposuction is performed through small incisions that are placed based upon the target areas for treatment. It is common that the tissue to be treated are infused with a solution of numbing medicine and adrenaline to minimize discomfort and bruising. Specialized thin hollow metal tubes (liposuction cannula) are connected to a suction canister. The cannulas are passed through the incisions using precise patterns to suck out of the excess fat from the target areas. The incisions are typically closed with dissolvable stiches. Compression garments are usually worn to minimize swelling after surgery.

What is the recovery period?

The compression garments are worn through the first week to minimize swelling.

When is the final result appreciable?

While the appearance is improved right after surgery, it commonly takes 3-6 months for the swelling to fully resolve and the final result to be appreciated. The results are long lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and your same general level of fitness.

The major limitation of liposuction is the tightness of the skin over the treated areas. Some patient’s skin tightens more than others after treatment. Skin tightness also decreases with age that may affect the long-term affect of your body contour.

Cost of Liposuction?

Costs include:
  • Anesthesia fees – cover the anesthesiologist, their staff and medications
  • Hospital or surgical facility costs – covers the operating room, staff and equipment
  • Surgical Garments
  • Surgeon’s fee

Why Choose Dr. Derderian?

Dr. Derderian trained in plastic surgery at New York University where he also had extensive cosmetic surgery training at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital (MEETH). After completing his residency Dr. Derderian did a fellowship in craniofacial surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the faculty at UT Southwestern in Dallas in 2011. Dr. Derderian is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and he frequently performs liposuction in his practice in Dallas.

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