Diet and exercise alone are not always enough when trying to eliminate stubborn body fat. It can be frustrating for those who otherwise appreciate their bodies, but wish they could reduce fat in certain regions.

Liposuction is one of the most effective methods to treat unwanted fat and improve your body contour, and Dr. Goffas offers the technique at Cosmetic Surgeons of Michigan, PC as a treatment option to create defined curves and a slimmer appearance.

What Is Liposuction?

Surgeons have been performing liposuction for decades as it is a popular way to rid the body of unappealing fat. The procedure makes use of a surgical vacuum that suctions fat out from areas of the body, helping you improve your physique and feel confident about your appearance.

Why Receive Liposuction?

Oftentimes, no matter how frequently you exercise or whether you stick to a strict diet, local fatty deposits can get in the way of all the positive work you have accomplished. The most common locations for these fatty areas are the thighs, arms, buttocks, abdomen, muffin top and neck.

When you have reached a stable weight, but are having trouble getting rid of that last bit of body fat, liposuction can be an effective treatment option.

Are You a Good Candidate?

Liposuction is effective when eliminating localized regions of fat that will not disappear on their own. To receive liposuction, you should be at a stable weight and in good health overall. Patients who are obese or who are still in the process of losing weight should wait until they have reached their goal weight before receiving liposuction.

Additionally, liposuction will have no effect on cellulite and cannot be used as a skin-tightening mechanism. There are other procedures available that can improve skin laxity, and Dr. Goffas can discuss your options with you during a consultation.

How Do You Get Started?

Before surgery, you and Dr. Goffas will have a consultation to discuss the issues you have with the fat on your body. Dr. Goffas will perform a physical examination to make sure you are healthy enough for liposuction and view the regions that you wish to be treated. Dr. Goffas will also assess your medical history and explain the procedural details of liposuction so that you have an understanding of what will occur during your procedure.

Your consultation is a time for you to ask any questions you may have about liposuction. Our goal is for you to feel absolutely comfortable with the procedure so that you’re able to make an informed decision about whether liposuction is right for you. You can view before & after images of previous liposuction procedures, review post-operative care instructions and determine payment as well.

What Happens During Liposuction?

Your liposuction procedure will take place either in a private hospital setting or within Dr. Goffas’s private AAAHC-accredited surgical facility. Both locations ensure your peace of mind, safety and confidentiality during the surgery.

Before Dr. Goffas begins, he will locate the areas of your body that liposuction will target. Then he will administer an anesthetic to ensure you feel no discomfort during the procedure. Because liposuction uses a narrow tube or cannula to remove fat from the body, the incisions made are rather small and unnoticeable to the eye.

To ease fat out of from your body, Dr. Goffas will inject a liquid solution into the fatty area, after which he will insert the tube and begin removing the fat. The tube acts a vacuum, which makes it easier for the fat to leave the body. Dr. Goffas will move the tube back and forth to break up the fatty deposit and eliminate it from your body.

Once Dr. Goffas removes the fat, he will close your incisions and transfer you to a private recovery room.

Your Recovery and Results

Depending on the region of your body where liposuction was performed, compression bandages may be wrapped around the treatment area to help blood circulation and reduce swelling. Drains may also be inserted to eliminate excess fluids.

Your post-operative instructions will detail how to care for your body after liposuction, and it’s important that you follow each step in order to expedite the healing process and reduce any chances of infection. We also recommend that you refrain from any strenuous activity for the first few days after surgery to aid in your healing.

It will likely take several weeks for your new body contour to take shape, but once the swelling subsides, you should notice a significant improvement. As long as you maintain a stable weight and remain healthy, there’s no reason why your results shouldn’t last for years.

If you would like more information about liposuction, or to find out whether the procedure is right for you, contact Cosmetic Surgeons of Michigan, PC at 586-773-6900 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Goffas.