Although following a healthy diet and a regular exercise regimen are the best and safest ways to lose weight, many people just cannot seem to eliminate fat pockets from problem areas. This is particularly true for the legs, thighs, buttocks, hips, stomach, arms, and neck.
By choosing liposuction in the Columbus, Ohio area, our patients are able to have pockets of fat in these areas removed using a specialized suction device. Liposuction is performed using a series of small incisions that in almost all cases are virtually unnoticeable once fully healed. Dr. Lichten is happy to talk with you and help you determine whether liposuction will yield the results you desire.
If you have reached a relatively normal weight and still have specific areas from which you would like to remove excess fat, you may be a good candidate for liposuction. The best candidates are healthy patients with good skin elasticity and a relatively stable weight. Keep in mind that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure – it is designed to target problem areas that persist despite diet and exercise.
For those women and men with loose abdominal skin and muscles, Dr. Lichten may recommend a combination of liposuction and tummy tuck in Columbus, Ohio, to create a trimmer and tighter abdominal appearance.
Dr. Jason Lichten begins each liposuction procedure by making incisions at the treatment site. Through these incisions he inserts tumescent solution to numb the area and minimize bleeding and bruising. He then inserts a small tube called a cannula and moves this device back and forth through the layers of fat to break away the fat cells from surrounding tissue and suction them out. The net effect is to create a slimmer and more flattering profile. The time it takes Dr. Lichten to perform liposuction can vary considerably, with larger areas and larger volumes of fat requiring added surgical time. Talk with him during the consultation to learn more specifics about the liposuction procedure.
Many of Dr. Lichten’s patients are interested in learning more about “non-traditional” liposuction (such as Smartlipo™, laser liposuction, or non-surgical liposuction). These techniques utilize a laser fiber inserted under the skin and moved back and forth to deliver energy directly to the fat cells, causing them to rupture. The fat is then suctioned away. Some physicians also suggest that the laser energy interacts with the dermis of the skin and actually causes skin tightening.
But there are reasons to be skeptical about laser liposuction. For instance, Smartlipo is limited to treating small areas of fat, so it is not a replacement for conventional liposuction. Laser liposuction is a relatively new procedure within the field of plastic surgery and as a result, the long term effects are still unknown. Dr. Lichten also is familiar with other techniques, such as VASER®, ultrasound-assisted liposuction, and tumescent liposuction. Dr. Lichten will be happy to discuss these techniques with you and evaluate whether they are the best option for your unique situation. Dr. Lichten can also combine liposuction with breast augmentation for optimal contouring. Be sure to discuss your options with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Lichten before considering any procedure.
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