Liposuction Surgery

In Bridgeport, New Haven, Norwalk, Fairfield, Stamford and surrounding areas in Connecticut

Liposuction or liposcultping, i.e. the removal of unwanted fat through tiny incisions, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed today. By the access to this fat through very small holes made in the skin, long thin instruments are placed in these holes to remove fat using gentle suction.

Many people, both women and men, have abnormal collections of fat that cause unwanted contours such as love handles, saddle bags, turkey neck, beer belly, back rolls, or large breasts. Liposuction can almost be done in almost any part of the body. Many fit people try diet, exercise, or other fads to try to reduce the appearance of these areas. However, despite all the hard work these deposits of fatty tissue do not improve with weight loss. Definition in muscle tone becomes much more difficult to appreciate and the body looks tired and weak.

Many patients choose to undergo liposuction due to the many benefits offered. Unlike other body contouring procedures, liposuction can be done under sedation with less risks and shorter operating times. It also uses small incisions, which result in smaller, less visible scars than other procedures. Not only does this procedure help your body to appear slimmer and more proportionate, it can also allow your clothes to fit better for a boost in self-esteem.

Liposuction by Dr. Vasquez may be the perfect procedure to improve your appearance and thus your overall self-esteem. Dr. Vasquez will help you take the steps you need to feel confident in your body by creating a unique procedure plan to address your individual needs.

Prior to Your Liposuction Procedure

  • Dr. Vasquez will sit down with you and discuss your concerns and issues and perform a thorough history and physical. He will want to know what medications or supplements you take, what allergies you have, and if you have a history of abnormal bleeding or clotting. He will ask if you smoke or drink alcohol. He will also ask about your family history.
  • He will then perform an examination of your body and problem areas. He may note any prior scars or surgery you may have had and address the areas of concern. He may also note adjacent or complementary areas that may or may not be amenable to liposuction. He may suggest alternative or complementary surgery that may reach your personal goals better. He may suggest that the procedure be done in the office or at the hospital operating room. Liposuction may be combined with other procedures as determined by your surgeon. Ultimately you have a choice in your options.

The Liposuction Procedure

Dr. Vasquez may give you some medication to assist with your pain or anxiety. He will perform some topographical markings on your skin just prior to surgery to help map out how he may best remove this fat with liposuction. Local anesthesia, such as novacaine or lidocaine, will be used to numb the skin for the access sites, and then a long thin catheter is placed into the area that is marked to provide both additional anesthesia and adrenaline to reduce bleeding. Then long thin cannula or instruments are used to gently suction out the unwanted fat using suction. This fat is eventually discarded, however, occasionally the fat is harvested and prepared for placement into other areas as a filler or volume. This is called fat grafting.

Once the surgeon is satisfied in the result, he will close those areas with either suture or tissue glue. He may wrap those areas in a compression garment or bandage as needed to hasten your recovery and decrease bruising.

Liposuction Recovery

You will remain in the office or hospital for recovery until you are stable to go home. In most cases, you will need someone to take you home. Dr. Vasquez will usually provide a mild narcotic and/or an antibiotic for after the surgery.

It may take three months or more to see the final results due to possible swelling and bruising. However fat generally does not return to those areas that were liposuctioned unless you were to gain a significant amount of fat. Recovery and return to activity is determined by the scope of your procedure.

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Who is a Good Candidate?

Good candidates for liposuction include healthy and fit people who are intelligent and understand the benefits and limitations of liposuction. Patients should be within 30 pounds of their goal weight to see best results.  Poor candidates are people with many health problems, heavy smokers, people with bleeding or clotting problems, or people who have unrealistic expectations. It is important to understand that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. It can restore abnormal contours or improve appearance greatly and may improve or worsen cellulite or stretch marks. To maintain liposuction results, it is important to have a consistent exercise and diet routine. Patients should be aware that liposuction is meant to remove fat and not excess skin.

If you are interested in learning more about the liposuction procedure,  contact the Connecticut Plastic Surgery Group in Southport today to schedule your full consultation and evaluation by Dr. Vasquez to see if you are a good candidate.