Most of us have at least one area we’d like to slim down or reshape. At CaloAesthetics® Plastic Surgery Center, we offer many advanced body contouring solutions. The most effective and most popular is liposuction in our Lexington and Louisville, KY, practice serving Floyds Knobs, IN, and the surrounding area. While it’s not a weight loss solution, liposuction can definitely put the finishing touches on the attractive vision you have for yourself.
To find out how liposuction can give you slimmer and more attractive contours, request a consultation at CaloAesthetics® Plastic Surgery Center in Kentucky or call
(502) 899-9979 to schedule your visit.
Women and men choose liposuction to remove fat from most areas of the face and body, including:
Cheeks, jowls, and double chin
Abdomen, including muffin top
Buttocks, thighs, and legs
If you’re considering liposuction to remove fat that’s causing a double chin, you may be a good candidate for KYBELLA®, a nonsurgical injectable treatment that is an effective neck liposuction alternative.
Commonly Combined Procedures
Liposuction is often used to harvest fat for fat grafting procedures that can enhance the face or the body, such as the Brazilian butt lift. For men and women with loose pockets of skin being treated with liposuction, we recommend combining liposuction with Renuvion®, a minimally invasive skin tightening treatment designed to enhance the results of liposuction by lifting and tightening skin on the face, neck, and body.
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About the Liposuction Procedure
Liposuction surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure in our private surgery suite while the patient is under local anesthesia, IV sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on the size and number of areas being treated. The specifics of the procedure depend on the type of liposuction being performed.
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. M. Bradley Calobrace has specialized expertise in a complete range of procedures and is dedicated to bringing the most advanced techniques and technology to the region.
Dr. Juan L. Quintero is an experienced and highly recognized plastic surgeon known for his exceptional patient care and beautiful, natural-looking results. He specializes in procedures of the face, breast, and body, including vaginal rejuvenation.
Dr. Calobrace and Dr. Quintero are experienced in several types of liposuction, enabling them to provide the most attractive, natural-looking results regardless of the areas being treated. Options include:
This technique has been safely used for many years. First, the surgeon injects tumescent fluid into the unwanted fat to numb the area, inhibit bleeding, and make the fat cells easier to remove. Next, the surgeon makes tiny incisions near the area being sculpted and inserts a narrow, metal tube called a cannula through which the fat is suctioned out of the body.
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This technique combines internal ultrasonic energy application and tumescent fluid injection for the reduction of fatty deposits. The sound waves delivered to the tip of the metal cannula effectively liquefy the fat, which is gently drained from the body. The “liquefaction” of the fatty deposits tends to have a “feathering” effect, minimizing any tunnels or depressions in the skin. The result is smoother, more sculpted contours.
This technique allows larger amounts of fat to be removed than other techniques because it:
Minimizes blood loss
Facilitates passage of the cannula through the unwanted fat
UAL is especially effective in fibrous regions of the body (such as the chest/breast or lower back) and is also used for larger volume cases, redo liposuction, and selected male patients.
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E-UAL enhances the tumescent technique with the external application of ultrasound waves on the skin before suctioning the unwanted fat. E-UAL has wide application and is the technique most often performed at the practice. The ultrasound energy is believed to assist in “loosening” the fat to allow more gentle removal. There also may be an effect on the skin or superficial fat that aids in skin retraction (tightening). E-UAL does allow for smaller incisions and is an excellent alternative or complement to UAL.
We also offer an enhanced form of liposuction called SAFELipo. This innovative procedure uses a patented 3-step approach (Separation, Aspiration, and Fat Equalization) to break fat apart before removing it and smoothing out the remaining fat. During the separation step, Dr. Calobrace or Dr. Quintero uses a specialized tool called a basket cannula to loosen fat gently from other tissues and emulsify it. Power-assisted liposuction (PAL) is also sometimes used during this step to help break up fat. This process makes it easier to remove fat during the second step, aspiration. Because the fat has been emulsified, it can be suctioned away through a very thin surgical tube, which requires only a tiny incision. In the final step, fat equalization, the surgeon sculpts the remaining fat into a smooth, even layer of local fat grafts, minimizing the risk of contour irregularities such as dents and waves.
SAFELipo can be used in all the same areas as traditional liposuction where a person might want to remove stubborn fat, including:
The fat equalization process is a major benefit of SAFELipo. Past forms of liposuction sometimes left patients with rippled or dimpled skin in the area where the fat was removed. Our SAFELipo patients, though, are left with a healthy blanket of overlying fat that produces visibly smooth results. The fat equalization feature can also be useful in revision cases in which patients are unhappy with the results of previous liposuction procedures.
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How Much Does Liposuction Cost in Lexington & Louisville, KY?
Liposuction procedure costs depend on the area(s) of the body being treated, including the additional time required when treating multiple areas, the techniques used for the procedure, and whether or not liposuction is combined with another procedure. At CaloAesthetics, liposuction of the first area starts at $4,500. Your surgeon will perform a full assessment during your consultation and will provide an accurate liposuction estimate at that time. Patients can take advantage of financing options to set up affordable monthly payments.
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Following liposuction, foam bandages, and an elastic support garment are placed on treated areas to minimize swelling and optimize results. As the swelling decreases, the elastic support garment is replaced with a smaller support garment. Healing rates vary among individuals. The sutures are typically removed within 4 to 7 days following the surgery.
Lymphatic massage begins about 1 week after surgery. This therapy is helpful in reducing the swelling. While the procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis, an overnight stay in the hospital is preferred by some patients. Pain medications and antibiotics are prescribed for the post-operative recovery period.
Return to Work
Recovery time after liposuction varies, but most patients are able to return to work in a few days. Patients are usually completely healed after about 6 weeks.
The targeted fat is infused with a tumescent solution containing lidocaine to control pain during liposuction. Most patients can manage discomfort after surgery with prescription pain medication for the first few days and then transition to over-the-counter pain medication as needed.
Will I need to wear a compression garment during recovery?
Yes. We instruct our patients to wear compression garments at all times (except while showering) for at least 2 weeks. Compression has multiple benefits after liposuction. It minimizes swelling, helps the skin heal smoothly over the new contours, and facilitates healing.
Will my results be immediate?
It takes about 6 weeks for patients to see their improved contours because of swelling in treated areas. Final results can take 3 to 6 months to attain, although experiences vary with treated areas and individual patient factors.
Is surgical liposuction better than nonsurgical body sculpting procedures?
Liposuction and nonsurgical options, like CoolSculpting® and EMSCULPT®, have advantages and disadvantages. Here is a comparison:
Liposuction removes fat precisely. Fat is gone right away, but discomfort and swelling must dissipate after the surgery.
CoolSculpting freezes fat cells in a general area. No anesthetic or downtime is needed. Results take 2 to 4 months to develop as the body flushes away treated fat cells. Patients may need multiple treatments for complete results.
EMSCULPT builds muscles and reduces fat in the abdomen, arms, buttocks, and calves. There is no need for anesthetic or downtime. Patients start with a series of 4 treatments; maintenance treatments may be needed as well.
Does fat come back after liposuction?
Once the fat cells are removed, they don’t grow back. However, the remaining fat cells can enlarge unless you follow a healthy diet and consistent exercise routine.
Will I have scars from the surgery?
Every surgery leaves a scar, even liposuction. The scars from liposuction are tiny and placed in areas where they aren’t easily noticed, like natural creases of the body, or they are covered by clothing.