Liposuction means simply “suction of fat.” In this popular surgical procedure, a small tube is inserted into the fatty compartments and excess fat deposits are suctioned out.

As the fat is removed, small tunnels are formed in the fatty layers. After surgery, these tunnels collapse and pull the skin closer to the muscles. The result is an improved body contour, with a normal look and feel to the skin.  Video imaging is available for a view of what your final results may look like.

Is Liposuction Right for You?

Liposuction is especially effective for those fatty areas that have been resistant to dieting and exercise. In women, the most common areas for liposuction are the:

  • Thighs
  • Chest
  • Buttocks
  • Neck
  • Abdomen
  • Chin
  • Hips
  • Back
  • Ankles
  • Calves

In men, the most common areas are the love handles, stomach, chin and chest

Tumescent liposuction is not a “quick fix” for someone who is obese. The best candidates are those who are in good health, with localized deposits of fat. Liposuction is very popular; it is one of the top procedures performed by cosmetic surgeons in the United States.

The Liposuction Procedure

During the liposuction procedure, Dr. Michalak makes a small incision that allows access to the fatty tissue. The tissue is infiltrated with a tumescent solution that firms up the fat prior to removal in the treatment area. Using a thin tube called a cannula, Dr. Michalak vacuums out the targeted fat cells.

What to Expect After Liposuction

Once liposuctioned, the fat cells that are removed from the treated area will not come back. If you do gain weight after Liposculpture, the weight will be distributed proportionately over your entire body. (Occasionally, in women, the weight may be regained in the breast area.) For information about liposuction cost and post-operative experience and expected recovery time, please consult with Dr. Michalak.

Contact Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology of Issaquah & Seattle to learn more about lipo surgery and body contouring procedures. Please Dial 425-391-2500 extension 7 for Carolyn, our cosmetic patient coordinator.

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