General Summary

Are there areas where you just can’t get rid of excess fatty tissue? You have tried diet and exercise but nothing works! Dr. Lee can help sculpt these areas with liposuction to help you achieve your goals to look great. There is minimal down-time and before you know it, you will be thin with the shape you have been dreaming of!

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1. Consultation and Planning

When you come to a consultation at New Life Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. Lee will examine you and determine if you are a candidate for liposuction. He will talk to you about the differences in Liposuction and what would work best for your body, skin type, and desired outcome. Some patients have loose skin in the area where there is excess fat. In that case, it may be better to have a tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty), or skin removed from the arms (Brachioplasty) or legs (Thighplasty). Dr. Lee will provide a personal consultation to talk to you about your specific problems and goals and create a specific plan to help you achieve them.

2. Procedure

Liposuction can take about 1-4 hours depending on areas we are working on.  You will arrive at the office in the morning and be home in the early afternoon.  This surgery is always done with IV conscious sedation and NOT general anesthesia.  Thus you will sleep through the entire procedure but be breathing on your own.  You do not need to be intubated. 

3. Recovery

Most people have some discomfort after surgery similar to a bruise feeling. This is easily taken care of with pain medicine which will be prescribed for you by Dr. Lee. You will be wrapped in compression bandages after the procedure which will help decrease the swelling. There will be some bruising which goes away over the next few days. You will notice a difference immediately after surgery but you will be very swollen and the results will improve with time as the swelling goes down and the scars fade.

Dr. Lee sees all the patients the next day after surgery. He will remove the bandages and you can shower after these bandages have been removed. You should not lift anything over 5 pounds in the first 2 weeks of recovery. However, most patients return to work within 1 week, especially if they have a light duty at work.  You should walk around immediately after surgery and NOT stay in bed. This is important to prevent blood clots.  You should eat a healthy diet and as much protein as possible to promote good healing. You may drive and return to work when you are no longer taking prescription pain medicine. Most people are able to return to a light-duty job about 1-2 weeks after surgery.

Remember that everyone is different. Recovery times and progression is not the same for everyone.  Dr. Lee highly recommends a good compression garment, foam pads and boards, and massage to get the best results.  Results are 80% of the liposculpture surgery and 20% from your postoperative effort.  The times stated are typical for healthy individuals healing from this surgery. The normal progression of healing may be different for those with health problems, smokers, and those who have unforeseen complications after surgery.

4. Results

When the swelling has gone away, you will be left with a contoured body. You will love showing off your new shape! Individual results may vary.

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