What is liposuction?
Liposuction surgery is not a method for treating obesity. It is designed to resculpt bulging areas of the body. During the procedure localized deposits of fat cells are removed through a suction tube, via a high pressure vacuum. The tube is inserted through a very small incision. Dr. Behr has performed several hundred liposuction procedures since 1994. She has also taught the procedure to several physicians.
What is the tumescent technique?
The Tumescent technique infuses a combination of high volumes of saline solution and local anesthesia into the targeted fatty area. Dr. Behr will insert a small instrument called a cannula, through small incisions. The cannula is connected to a vacuum device. Dr. Behr gently moves the cannula around, under the skin; suctioning the unwanted fatty deposits away. The Tumescent technique delivers amazing results – leaving patients with more attractive contours.
Who are the best candidates?
This procedure is suitable for patients:
- In good health with firm, elastic skin.
- Who are at their ideal weight or slightly overweight.
- Who have attempted to get rid of bulges through diet, exercise and weight loss.
- Who have localized areas of fat, not in proportion to the rest of their body.
- With realistic expectations.
- Who are aware that the procedure is not a substitute for weight loss.
What areas of the body can be treated?
In women, the most common areas treated are the hips, thighs, knees, lower leg, buttocks, stomach and chin. In men, the most frequent areas treated are the “love handles,” abdomen, neckline and breasts.
How are the benefits of the procedure measured?
Because body contour is most important, successful treatment is measured in inches, not pounds since only a couple of pounds are lost even with a couple of liters of fat being removed. Also important is improved self-esteem.
Will the fat cells return?
Not usually since most fat cells are made by puberty. When you gain weight, the fat cells you already have expand. If you gain weight after tumescent liposuction, it goes to the fat cells that remain.
Does liposuction eliminate cellulite?
Liposuction is not a treatment for cellulite. Although it can have an improved appearance with the decreased volume.
After surgery, how will my skin look?
The skin has an amazing capablity to contract. Since the cannulas are small, the fibrous connections between your skin and body will not change. They become smaller over time; making excessive skin folds rare. In many cases, surgical excision is not needed, since excellent results are achieved with liposuction alone.
What should I expect after the surgery?
You will experience drainage of the tumescent fluid mixed with blood for the first 24 hours. You will be bandaged when you leave the office to absorb this. You should take it easy the first 24 hours after which you may gradually increase activity as tolerated. After 24 hours you can remove the bulky bandage and shower. You will have to wear a snug girdle, elastic dressing or body stocking over the region that was treated for five to ten days. This will aid the healing process.
How do I find out if this procedure is right for me?
If you are considering liposuction and would like to get more information regarding the surgery, please call our office at (559) 435-7546. We will set up an appointment for you to meet with Dr. Behr.