Not all fat can be conquered with diet and exercise. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that allows for targeted removal of stubborn fat cells that just do not respond to healthier lifestyle choices. It is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures, with 250,000 liposuction procedures performed in the U.S. each year.
Clients seek liposuction when they are unhappy with the contouring of their body or because fat cells are hiding their muscle definition. The procedure is often combined with others, such as a tummy tuck or breast lift.
Why We’re Nashville’s Top Choice
- Stephen David is a highly trained plastic surgeon with certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
- Nashville clients have counted on us for over 20 years.
- We are focused on your comfort and safety at all steps of your journey, from planning to aftercare.
Is Liposuction Right for You?
Candidates for liposuction are healthy individuals who are battling stubborn pockets of fat. They should be at a stable weight and have firm, elastic skin. The procedure can be performed on almost any area of the body.
Reasons to consider liposuction include:
- Wanting efficient fat removal when diet and exercise don’t work
- Desiring a more streamlined look
- Looking to augment other areas of the body with your own fat
- Getting to show off the muscle definition you have worked so hard for
- Removing fat tumors (lipomas)
Types of Liposuction
Liposuction isn’t a single procedure, but rather an umbrella term for multiple types of surgeries that remove fat from targeted areas by suctioning it out. There are several different types of liposuction procedures that can be used, including:
The medicated solution is injected into the targeted area, up to three times as much as the fat meant to be removed. This helps the fat be removed more easily. Once the area is saturated with the solution, the fat is suctioned out. Usually, general anesthesia is not needed.
With these forms of lipo, ultrasound vibrations or lasers are used to liquify the fat cells. Once they are liquified, the cells are vacuumed out.
During your consultation, you and Dr. Davis will discuss your goals and decide on the best course of action to meet your needs.
During Your Liposuction Procedure
Dr. Davis performs liposuction at The Atrium, a specialty operating facility at Centennial Hospital. Depending on the type of lipo selected and the size of the area being targeted, Dr. Davis may select local, regional or general anesthesia.
How long the procedure takes is also varied, but this will be discussed in advance. You will need someone to help you get home after your lipo surgery. Most clients are released a few hours after the procedure.
You will want to rest for several days after the procedure. During this time, movement will be important, but it should be minimal and not stress the body. You will need to wear compression garments to encourage healing and keep swelling to a minimum.
Although individual recovery times vary, many clients are able to return to work after a few days. Avoid strenuous physical activity for at least 2 weeks. Remember that everyone heals at their own pace and you need to listen to your body and your doctor.
You may see a noticeable difference shortly after the procedure. However, swelling will prevent clear results from being seen for about 6 weeks. Final results can take about 6 months to show. Be sure to keep eating healthy and exercising to maintain the results of your lipo procedure.
View before and after photos of some of our satisfied patients!
Take the Next Step
If you have stubborn pockets of fat you wish to eliminate, now is the time to take the next step. Contact us to schedule your Nashville liposuction procedure.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), liposuction costs an average of $3,518. This does not take into account the cost of anesthesia, facility fees or other related costs. If you are concerned about making liposuction fit within your budget, ask us about our financing options.
With many Nashville plastic surgeons to choose from, it can feel overwhelming to make a selection. The most important thing is to find the surgeon that is a good fit for you. Meet with several and select the one that makes you feel comfortable and is excited about helping you realize your vision for your body.
Preparation for liposuction varies based on the type you are getting. It can include things like getting bloodwork done, fasting and stopping smoking. We will review the specifics with you well in advance of the procedure.