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Which Type of Liposuction Is Best?

types of liposuctionLiposuction is a cosmetic procedure to remove excess fat from specific areas of your body. Everyone is different, and it can be difficult to know which liposuction technique is appropriate for you.

Liposuction may be right for you if you:

  • Are at or near your desired weight
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Have certain areas that are out of proportion with the rest of your body, and are not improved with diet and exercise

Types of Liposuction Procedures

While everyone has heard of liposuction, many may not know there are actually several different techniques available to help you achieve your desired results.

Regardless of technique, in most cases, the fat is prepared for removal by inflating it with a balanced saltwater solution that often contains lidocaine for pain relief and epinephrine to minimize bruising. This instillation of fluid is referred to as the tumescent preparation of fat.

Suction-Assisted Liposuction

While the preparation for fat removal is fairly standard (as described above), the technique for removing the fat can vary.  The most common type of liposuction involves using negative pressure to remove excess fat from an anatomic area.

After the fat is filled with tumescent fluid, the surgeon uses a thin tube (cannula) that is connected to a suction device. The fat is broken up and removed when the surgeon repeatedly passes the tip of the cannula through the fat. Most of the time, the fat is discarded. However, if you’d like to augment volume in other areas of your body, your surgeon may use it.

A new technology, called power-assisted liposuction, uses a mechanically enhanced cannula for easier passage and more thorough removal of unwanted fat.

Laser and Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction

Some surgeons prefer to pretreat fat with a laser or ultrasonic device. There are many varieties of these devices on the market, but they all have the same method of treatment. Electromagnetic energy, by laser or ultrasound, is delivered to the targeted fat cells. The energy is converted to heat that breaks down the fatty tissue prior to aspiration, or removal of fat. Though not scientifically proven, some believe that breaking up the fat in this way allows for a better result because there is a more thorough removal of fat and by the tightening of connective tissue including the skin.

Your surgeon can usually perform most liposuction procedures while you are awake, using local anesthetics to numb the area. However, your surgeon can decide if more sedation is needed.

In some instances, patients may be put to sleep completely in the operating room. These decisions are made based on your surgeon’s judgment.

A Nonsurgical Way to Reduce Fat: Coolsculpting®

Coolsculpting is a nonsurgical way to “freeze off the fat.” A special pad is applied to the targeted area to freeze fat beneath the skin, without affecting the skin itself. Once the fat has been frozen and crystallized from the treatment, your body slowly destroys and discards the unwanted fat cells. Most patients start to see changes within three weeks, seeing final results within one to three months. It usually takes two or more treatment sessions to achieve results similar to liposuction.

How to Choose the Right Procedure

If you’re feeling confused by all these options, there’s good news — it’s actually as simple as choosing the right cosmetic surgeon. Ultimately, your results depend on finding an expert surgeon who is skilled in different liposuction techniques and understands what results you want that leads to the most favorable outcome. So, do your homework. Check credentials. Ask to see before and after pictures from their previous liposuction patients. And just as importantly, make sure the two of you communicate clearly.

Emory Aesthetic Center

Emory Aesthetic Center offers a variety of fat-removing procedures. If you’re interested in liposuction, schedule your complimentary consultation and experience the Emory difference today.

Request an appointmentor call us at 404-778-6880.

Target Stubborn Fat with Liposuction

miotto-gabriele-caceres-liposuctionYou cleared out the bulky sweaters and brought in shorts and flip-flops with a smile. But did you hesitate before you put your favorite bikini back in the closet? The truth is you may be at a healthy weight — downright skinny even — and still have areas of localized fat that won’t go away no matter how hard you work out. Those stubborn fat deposits that don’t respond to diet and exercise are ideal target areas for treatment with liposuction.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction (also called lipoplasty or lipectomy) is a safe and proven procedure that allows your surgeon to permanently remove unwanted fat from your innermost layer of skin and sculpt a slimmer, curvier physique.

During the procedure, your surgeon will insert a hollow instrument (cannula) through small incisions. With a controlled back-and-forth motion, the excess fat is dislodged and removed from your body.

Different surgical techniques are available and use slightly different methods for removing the fat once it’s loosened. Your surgeon may use traditional vacuum-assisted, power-assisted or ultrasound-assisted liposuction. Only a surgeon can help you decide which technique is right for you.

Liposuction can be done under local or general anesthesia depending on the areas being treated. It’s an outpatient procedure, so you can go home the same day of surgery. Since there are minimal incisions, patients usually recover quickly. Some bruising and swelling are common, but you can usually return to work and daily activities after a few days.

Which parts of my body can be treated?

Liposuction can be used for contouring almost any area of the body. Most commonly, your:

  • Stomach
  • Waist Line (“love handles”)
  • Arms
  • Thighs

But it can also be used to sculpt your neck, remove a “double chin” or reshape your breasts. The results can be dramatic, creating sleek and slim contours in the treated areas. You may even be able to have multiple areas treated in a single surgery, as long as your surgeon agrees it’s safe to do so.

Liposuction can be done by itself or in combination with other procedures to improve the overall result, such as a tummy tuck. When performed in combination with another procedure, the fat that’s removed is kept sterile and often transferred into your buttocks or breast for augmentation and reshaping of those areas, if desired. The fat can also be used on your face to treat fine lines and wrinkles. This type of procedure is called a fat transfer or fat grafting. Fat from liposuction is a natural, biocompatible and non-allergenic filler.

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

There are a few things to consider with your doctor when deciding if liposuction is right for you:

  1. Are you at a healthy and stable weight? Liposuction isn’t a weight loss solution and if your weight fluctuates, your results won’t last.
  2. Are you in good general health? As with any other surgery, you must be in good general health before surgery is considered safe for you.
  3. Do you have good skin elasticity? Your skin must be able to retract (bounce back) once the unwanted fat is removed.

Schedule a consultation

Liposuction is a sound and effective way to help you get your body reshaped and bikini ready. Schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our expert cosmetic surgeons at the Emory Aesthetic Center.

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Your Body Contouring Questions Answered!

Body Contouring Options - Non-surgical & Surgical On March 28th, 2017, Emory Aesthetic Center plastic surgeon, Dr. Gabriele Miotto held an informative live chat on body contouring. With summer coming, many want to know how to improve the shape of their body and tighten excess or loose skin. Dr. Miotto discussed both non-surgical and surgical options – including CoolSculpting, liposuction and tummy tucks.

The live chat had a great turnout and is now available online.

Body Contouring Live Chat, 3/28/17

[Mar 28 2017, 11:48 AM] EmoryHealthcare: We are starting the live chat in 14 min. Are you, guys, ready? We see a few people online waiting and we are ready for your questions. Dr. Miotto is so excited to help all our guests today!

[Mar 28 2017, 12:00 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Welcome everyone! Thanks for joining us today for our web chat about
Body Contouring with Dr. Gabriele Miotto of Emory Aesthetic Center.

[Mar 28 2017, 12:02 PM] EmoryHealthcare: We’ll get started in just a minute. Dr. Miotto is here to answer all of your questions!

[Mar 28 2017, 12:05 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Please note that all questions are moderated before appearing in the stream, so you may not see yours appear right away, but we will do our best to answer all of your questions today.

[Mar 28 2017, 12:06 PM] EmoryHealthcare: We received some questions that were submitted in advance of the chat, so we’ll get started by answering a few of those first.

[Mar 28 2017, 12:08 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Lynn asked: “I am 5’10” and 126lb. I look skinny but have severe cellulite. I’m embarrassed to wear a bathing suit. What do you recommend?”

Dr. Miotto: If there is no weight issues, cellulite can be improved by localized leg exercising and changing your diet (no sugar, low carbohydrates, etc). Healthy life habits always improve the skin overall. Lymphatic drainage massage can have some beneficial effect if there is fluid retention in the tissues.

If the dimpling is very severe, we can perform a procedure

[Mar 28 2017, 12:11 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Anna asked: “Are there any changes to my diet that I can make to reduce my cellulite?”

Dr. Miotto: Low sugar diet can help with cellulite. If you are overweight, weight loss associated with exercise also improve the quality of skin.

[Mar 28 2017, 12:14 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Sydney asked: “Do sleep and the level of stress I have affect my weight?”

Dr. Miotto: A good night sleep is very important for balancing the body functions. It helps the body produce its hormones and can definitely affect your weight. When stressed, we tend to eat more and not to pay attention to the quality of the food we eat, so it can promote weight gain.

[Mar 28 2017, 12:22 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Tina asked: “After having two babies, I have a lower abdominal pooch that just won’t go away with diet and exercise. I’d love to get back into my bikini. What can I do?”

[Mar 28 2017, 12:22 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Dr. Miotto: After having babies, the abdominal pooch is usually caused by fatty deposits, skin laxity or muscle laxity, or even a combination of those. During the consultation, we can determine the main cause of the pooch and decide between the different procedures we do which one will be best for you. Options include liposuction, tummy tuck, Coolsculpting or a combination of them.

[Mar 28 2017, 12:23 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Tatyana asked: “I am unhappy with my stomach. I am considering liposuction. What is the recovery like?”

[Mar 28 2017, 12:23 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Dr. Miotto: Recovery depends on the amount of liposuction that we need to do but usually patients go back to work in 5-7 days.

It is common to have tenderness for the first 48-96 hours that responds well to pain medications. A postoperative compression garment is also recommended for a couple of weeks to help with healing. Mild bruising and swelling can last for a few weeks so plan to do the procedure at least 4 weeks before going to be beach

[Mar 28 2017, 12:25 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Caroline asked: “I like to eat fruit for dinner. Like bananas and grapes. And oranges. Does this habit contribute to my weight gain?”

[Mar 28 2017, 12:26 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Dr. Miotto: Weight gain can have many factors.

Eating fruits at night could contribute to weight gain. Sweet fruits like bananas, grapes, oranges have a high fructose content that functions as sugar in the body. Think about sweet fruits as desert and start your dinner with vegetables and legumes instead to balance your diet and reduce the sugar content of your overall intake.

[Mar 28 2017, 12:26 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Maria asked: “When I wear a dress, it looks like I have a muffin on my belly. I don’t like being in pictures because of it…. How can you help me?”

[Mar 28 2017, 12:28 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Dr. Miotto: Fatty deposits in the abdomen can look like a “muffin top”. Depending on your skin laxity and muscle tone it is possible to remove the extra fat with liposuction or a tummy tuck. Non-invasive fat removal using Coolsculpting could also be an option in some cases.

[Mar 28 2017, 12:33 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Kara asked: “When would one consider a tummy tuck over lipo?”

[Mar 28 2017, 12:33 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Dr. Miotto: Liposuction does not treat skin or abdominal muscle laxity, it only removes fat. So if there is an association of fatty deposits with skin laxity and/or muscle laxity a tummy tuck is the right procedure for you.

[Mar 28 2017, 12:33 PM] Guest5387: what exactly is cool sculting

[Mar 28 2017, 12:37 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Dr. Miotto: CoolSculpting® is an FDA approved treatment that works without surgery, needles, or anesthesia.

[Mar 28 2017, 12:37 PM] EmoryHealthcare: The procedure cools and freezes unwanted fat—without damaging surrounding tissues.

[Mar 28 2017, 12:37 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Once the fat has been frozen and crystallized from the treatment, the body will slowly break down the unwanted cells and dispose of them, resulting in gradual fat loss following the treatment.

[Mar 28 2017, 12:37 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Most patients start to see results within about three weeks, with final results becoming apparent within 1-3 months after treatment.

[Mar 28 2017, 12:37 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Great question, @Guest5387! Thank you.

[Mar 28 2017, 12:39 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Kelly asked: “I want to add some fullness to my bottom. What are my options?”

[Mar 28 2017, 12:39 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Dr. Miotto: A great option to add fullness to the bottom area is by transferring your own fat into the buttocks. Fat is removed from areas like abdomen, waist line, tights or back using liposuction. Then, the fat is prepared as a filler and reinjected into the buttock to increase the volume and improve the shape of the area.

[Mar 28 2017, 12:41 PM] Guest8698: Do you recommend waist training?

[Mar 28 2017, 12:41 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Great question, @Guest8698!

[Mar 28 2017, 12:42 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Dr. Miotto: That is an option for body shaping but the effects are not reliable for long term improvement. It also depends on your weight, initial body shape and exercising.

[Mar 28 2017, 12:42 PM] Guest7903: What procedures do you recommend for men?

[Mar 28 2017, 12:42 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Thank you, @Guest7903!

[Mar 28 2017, 12:42 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Plastic surgery procedures can be done for men and women alike. Liposuction, tummy tucks and Coolsculpting are frequently used to improve body contouring in men of all ages.

[Mar 28 2017, 12:43 PM] EmoryHealthcare: @Guest7903, that was a response from Dr. Miotto 🙂 Thanks 🙂

[Mar 28 2017, 12:45 PM] Guest2220: Where can I see a full list of of the services Dr. Miotto offers?

[Mar 28 2017, 12:46 PM] EmoryHealthcare: @Guest2220, Dr. Miotto does all of the facial and body contouring procedures available on the Emory Aesthetic Center’s website page here: http://www.emoryhealthcare.org/centers-programs/aesthetic-center/index.html

[Mar 28 2017, 12:46 PM] EmoryHealthcare: @Guest2220, thanks for the great question 🙂

[Mar 28 2017, 12:47 PM] Guest8162: I’m a male with just enough fat below the bellybutton to bother me. A friend who’s had cool sculpting said it didn’t work. Do you recommend another type of non-invasive procedure?

[Mar 28 2017, 12:48 PM] EmoryHealthcare: @Guest8162, Dr. Miotto says: Unfortunately, there is no other non-invasive fat removal procedure that is effective. I would recommend a small liposuction. When the fatty deposits are small it can safely be even done under local anesthesia with a light sedation or even under straight local anesthesia.

[Mar 28 2017, 12:49 PM] Guest950: Sorry if this was already asked, but do those heat based non surgical procedures work and do you recommend them?

[Mar 28 2017, 12:50 PM] EmoryHealthcare: @Guest950, Dr. Miotto is asking if you could please clarify which ones you are including in your question. Thank you.

[Mar 28 2017, 12:52 PM] EmoryHealthcare: We are so excited about your questions, everyone! We have 9 min left and 3 questions are now being answered by Dr. Miotto, so they will be posted in a minute. Please submit your question asap if you’d like her to answer them. Thank you 🙂

[Mar 28 2017, 12:52 PM] Guest950: I think it’s called thermage?

[Mar 28 2017, 12:53 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Thank you, @Guest950, Dr. Miotto will answer in just a second 🙂

[Mar 28 2017, 12:55 PM] EmoryHealthcare: We have 2 questions’ answers coming and you have 6 min left to ask yours 🙂

[Mar 28 2017, 12:56 PM] Guest761: Can I get body contouring after bariatric surgery?

[Mar 28 2017, 12:56 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Very good question, @Guest761!

[Mar 28 2017, 12:56 PM] EmoryHealthcare: @Guest761, Dr. Miotto said: “Absolutely! There are several procedures that can be performed to treat the extra skin and fat that remains after massive weight loss.”

[Mar 28 2017, 12:57 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Bella asked: “When would one consider a tummy tuck over lipo?”

[Mar 28 2017, 12:58 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Dr. Miotto: Liposuction does not treat skin or abdominal muscle laxity, it only removes fat. So if there is an association of fatty deposits with skin laxity and/or muscle laxity a tummy tuck is the right procedure for you.

[Mar 28 2017, 12:58 PM] Guest2220: Does Emory offer financing for procedures?

[Mar 28 2017, 12:59 PM] EmoryHealthcare: @Guest2220, we do offer financing through Care Credit https://www.emoryhealthcare.org/centers-programs/aesthetic-center/become-a-patient/index.html

[Mar 28 2017, 12:59 PM] EmoryHealthcare: @Guest950, Dr. Miotto said: Heat based procedures were designed to improve skin laxity of the face and body. They have some effect for mild laxity, mostly on the face and neck, but not a consistent effect for body skin laxity. They are not effective devices for fat removal.

[Mar 28 2017, 1:00 PM] EmoryHealthcare: That’s all the time we have for today. Thanks so much for joining us! As we mentioned, we’ll follow up with a blog post to answer any questions we didn’t get a chance to address today.

[Mar 28 2017, 1:01 PM] EmoryHealthcare: Thanks for your questions. Have a great day, everyone!

[Mar 28 2017, 1:02 PM] Guest950: Thanks for your time

[Mar 28 2017, 1:02 PM] Guest3275: thank you!

[Mar 28 2017, 1:02 PM] Guest5784: It says Dr. Miotto explores cutting edge technology. are there any techniques or procedures she uses that haven’t been mentioned?

[Mar 28 2017, 1:02 PM] FSUnole755: I’ve seen advertisements to Cool Sculpting and it seem like everyone is doing it. Should I be selective on choosing a person to do body contouring?

[Mar 28 2017, 1:03 PM] EmoryHealthcare: All unanswered questions will be answered in a followup blog. Thanks, everyone and enjoy the rest of your day!


About Dr. Miotto

Dr. MiottoDr. Miotto is constantly exploring cutting edge technologies to provide the best available options to her patients. She has published and presented on aesthetic plastic surgery in many national and international meetings. Her main interests include body contouring, facial rejuvenation, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, aesthetic breast surgery and fat grafting.

After completing medical school under a full academic scholarship at the prestigious Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Dr. Miotto trained at the Hospital de Clinicas and at Santa Casa in Porto Alegre, Brazil. She also received additional training at Emory University and completed a fellowship in Aesthetic and Oculoplastic Surgery with Dr. Clinton McCord and Dr. Foad Nahai at Paces Plastic Surgery in Atlanta. She is a “Membro Titular” of the Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery, the highest level of credentialing for board-certified plastic surgeons in Brazil.

Dr. Miotto is committed to providing excellent care to her patients. She has a passion for restoring and enhancing beauty through surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures of the face and body.

Get Ready for Swimsuit Season! Join our Live Chat on Body Contouring

swimsuit-chat-260x200-emailSpring is here, therefore, swim suit season is just around the corner. To help get your body ready for the warmer weather, join Emory Aesthetic Center plastic surgeon, Dr. Felmont Eaves, on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. EST as he discusses body contouring solutions to help improve your shape and tighten excess or loose skin. Dr. Eaves will answer all of your questions and walk you through both non-surgical and surgical body contouring options – including CoolSculpting®, liposuction and tummy tucks.

If you have been wondering if a cosmetic body contouring procedure is right for you, you won’t want to miss this chat.

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About Dr. Eaves

eaves-iii-felmontDr. Eaves recently returned to Atlanta, Georgia, to head the Emory Aesthetic Center as Medical Director, having previously completed his plastic surgery residency as well as a fellowship in endoscopic and minimally invasive plastic surgery at Emory University, The Emory Clinic, and associated hospitals. Before joining the Emory Aesthetic Center, Dr. Eaves was a partner in Charlotte Plastic Surgery for more than fifteen years and served as group president from 2010-2012.

His professional and institutional committee memberships and offices include an impressive list of national, international and local plastic surgery organizations, societies, boards, task forces, advisory councils, coalitions and foundations, including having served as President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) from 2010-2011 and Trustee (2011-Present).

Dr. Eaves’ primary areas of academic inquiry have been in minimally-invasive and endoscopic aesthetic surgery, patient safety, system and process improvement in plastic surgery, evidence-based medicine applied to plastic surgery and recontouring surgery after massive weight loss. He has received several patents for new medical devices he developed, and has made major clinical service contributions to his field. Dr. Eaves has published more than 100 articles, book chapters and book reviews on plastic surgery in peer reviewed publications, as well as manuals, videos, computer programs and other teaching aids and has coauthored the first textbook on the topic of endoscopic plastic surgery.

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Liposuction versus CoolSculpting®: Which is Right for You?

Lipo vs CoolSculptingLiposuction and CoolSculpting® are two very different procedures that are designed to reduce unwanted fatty deposits. So with both procedures producing the same outcome in the end, how are you to decide which is best for you? Like so many things in cosmetic medicine, it depends . . .Let me break down the differences between the two so that you can make the best decision for you.

Liposuction was developed in the 1980’s and has been around a lot longer than CoolSculping. There are now many types of liposuction including Suction Assisted Lipectomy (SAL) – the original technique but still a great one; Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction (UAL) that uses sound waves to break up the fat, Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) that uses vibration, Laser Assisted Liposuction (LAL) that uses laser energy, and Fluid Assisted Liposuction (FAL) that works like a water jet. Despite the different approaches, all of these techniques can work well, and none is clearly superior over the other, despite marketing claims to the contrary.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure and can be performed under local anesthesia, under sedation, or with full general anesthesia. The type of anesthesia you will need depends on the area(s) to be treated and the amount of fat that needs to be removed. In general, the more areas that you treat, the more sedation or full general anesthesia you will need. The incisions for liposuction are small, typically less than 1/4 inch, so there isn’t much scarring. There is, however, a recovery period that lasts for a few weeks – bruising and swelling are most common. Patients can usually resume light exercise after a few days.

As opposed to liposuction, CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive procedure that doesn’t require anesthesia at all. The CoolSculpting system includes a disposable gel pad that is placed over the treatment area. A cooling head is then placed over the gel pad and suction is activated. The machine has a base that cools the liquid flowing through the headpiece and pulls the fatty area into the head, therefore, freezing the fat. After an hour or so (or two hours for a non-suction treatment type) the cooling head is removed and the frozen area is massaged briefly. Although there can be some discomfort when the tissue is first pulled into the cooling head, this becomes numb once the cooling starts and the massage doesn’t hurt. Like liposuction, it takes a few weeks to see the final result, and although there really isn’t much pain, like liposuction, the treated area can feel a little tender for a while.

Liposuction is the more aggressive treatment of the two, allowing more fat to be removed in a single session. Because CoolSculpting removes less fat per treatment, patients may need several sessions of CoolSculpting to get their optimal result.

Patients who are thinking about other cosmetic surgical procedures may be better candidates for liposuction than CoolSculpting since they would already be under aesthesia. In addition, the combination of liposuction with an excisional procedure (think tummy tuck with liposuction) is very powerful and can deliver dramatic results. Another example of when liposuction is preferable is when a patient might want to add volume to an area and they want to do so with their own fat. Liposuction can be used to harvest fat for fat transfer to another site. Liposuction is often preferred when there are many body areas that the patient wants treated, as these can be done all at one time, rather than over many different sessions with CoolSculpting.

CoolSculpting can be a great option for smaller fatty deposits. It is also a great choice for patients that are keen to avoid surgery, either for personal preference or because of health issues that may increase the risk of surgery.

Patients always wonder which is more cost effective – liposuction or CoolSculpting. This is another it depends situation. If a patient is treating a single small area that will probably be effectively treated with two sessions, then CoolSculping makes a lot of sense and may be cheaper. However if there are multiple sites to treat, and some of these will need three or more CoolSculpting sessions to get full resolution, then liposuction may be the less expensive of the two.

In the long run the choice of which is best for you depends on you – how you feel about it, what issues are the most important, and how aggressive you want to be in removing the fat. If avoiding surgery is super important to you, and you’ll accept less dramatic results in order to do so, then CoolSculping might be your best option. On the other hand, if you’d rather get as much fat off as possible, and would rather do this in one session instead of several, then liposuction may be your best bet. Let the board certified cosmetic surgeons at the Emory Aesthetic Center help you figure out what approach is best for you.

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About Dr. Eaves

Felmont Eaves, MDDr. Eaves recently returned to Atlanta, Georgia, to head the Emory Aesthetic Center as Medical Director, having previously completed his plastic surgery residency as well as a fellowship in endoscopic and minimally invasive plastic surgery at Emory University, The Emory Clinic, and associated hospitals. Before joining the Emory Aesthetic Center, Dr. Eaves was a partner in Charlotte Plastic Surgery for more than fifteen years and served as group president from 2010-2012.

His professional and institutional committee memberships and offices include an impressive list of national, international and local plastic surgery organizations, societies, boards, task forces, advisory councils, coalitions and foundations, including having served as President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) from 2010-2011 and Trustee (2011-Present).

Dr. Eaves’ primary areas of academic inquiry have been in minimally-invasive and endoscopic aesthetic surgery, patient safety, system and process improvement in plastic surgery, evidence-based medicine applied to plastic surgery and recontouring surgery after massive weight loss. He has received several patents for new medical devices he developed, and has made major clinical service contributions to his field. Dr. Eaves has published more than 100 articles, book chapters and book reviews on plastic surgery in peer reviewed publications, as well as manuals, videos, computer programs and other teaching aids and has coauthored the first textbook on the topic of endoscopic plastic surgery.

Realistic Liposuction Results: What Can I Expect?

Liposuction ResultsUnderstanding what any treatment can do . . . and even more importantly, what it can’t do . . . is critical for you to know when considering the best cosmetic procedure to address your individual needs. This is particularly true for liposuction, as the tremendous popularity of the procedure has spawned some misconceptions and unrealistic expectations. In the right patient liposuction is a wonderful procedure with small scars, quick recovery, and dramatic results. However, in the wrong patient liposuction can lead to disappointment, and if pushed beyond appropriate limits, can even lead to deformity requiring surgical repair.

One of the most common misconceptions about liposuction is that it can help you loose weight. Liposuction, in general, is not an effective weight loss tool. In order to keep the procedure safe, there are long-standing recommendations to limit the amount of liposuction done on an outpatient basis. Very large amounts of liposuction can be associated with the development of loose skin in the treated areas.

Another misconception about liposuction is that it can tighten loose skin, especially if it is “laser liposuction” or “ultrasonic liposuction”. For sure the skin will retract some after any liposuction technique due to the skin’s inherent elasticity, however meaningful tightening typically doesn’t occur, despite marketing claims. Although rare, I’ve had to help a couple of patients in which their surgeon pushed an energy-based liposuction (laser or ultrasound) too far in hopes of tightening the skin. Doing this can lead to an irregular appearance to the skin, lumps, and even burns and visible scarring. The long and the short of it is, if you have significantly loose skin and want it to be smoother and tighter, liposuction by itself is probably not the procedure for you.

Cellulite – that frustrating, pitting appearance of the thighs or buttocks – is another area that patients sometimes expect liposuction to help but it really doesn’t. Currently there aren’t great treatments for cellulite that give consistent and dramatic results (again, despite the marketing!). Sometimes patients have pits that are associated with loose skin but don’t have real cellulite, and in these cases a body lift – not liposuction alone – can help these areas. Here’s a test you can do at home — lift up on the skin above the pitting area. If the pits smooth out dramatically, then the pits are probably related to loose skin in the area and you might be a candidate for a lifting procedure. If you lift and the pits just stare back at you, then a lift is probably not for you.

We’ve just reviewed the things that liposuction doesn’t do, but the great news is that liposuction of the right amount and in the right patient is safe, effective, and gives predictable results. The patients that do the very best with liposuction are at a good weight but have certain stubborn areas that just won’t go away with diet or exercise. The best candidates also have tighter, more elastic skin. Often, but not always, that means that younger patients are better candidates for liposuction.

However if you have some loose skin, don’t despair. Liposuction can still be a powerful tool to contour your body when combined with an excisional procedure. For example, let’s say you have some fatty collections in the love handle area and in the front of the tummy but you have loose skin in the lower part of the tummy. In this case you may be a great candidate for liposuction combined with an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). Liposuction can smooth and contour the flanks and can thin the upper abdomen while excision of the fat and loose skin of the lower tummy will tighten everything up.

Another area where it is good to set expectations relates to recovery. Patients always want to know how they’ll feel after liposuction, how long it takes for the pain to fade, and how long until the swelling is gone and they see their final result. In general, liposuction is less painful and with a quicker recovery than excisional procedures, like a tummy tuck. Patients are often able to return to work after only a few days, and although they have some soreness for a couple of weeks, they are able to function well. Usually patients can resume light exercise within 2 weeks. There will be swelling, although often even swollen areas look better than before surgery. The majority of the swelling is gone by 3-4 weeks, although subtle amounts of swelling can take 3-6 months to resolve. You may also develop some bruising, and if so, this typically fades away within a couple of weeks.

Liposuction is the most common aesthetic surgical procedure performed in the United States, and with good reason: liposuction works and it works well. It works best in patients who are good candidates and who are not trying to have liposuction do more than it is capable of delivering. The board certified physicians of the Emory Aesthetic Center are happy to consult with you about what are reasonable expectations of liposuction in your individual circumstance, and help develop a treatment plan specific to you.

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About Dr. Eaves

Felmont Eaves, MDDr. Eaves recently returned to Atlanta, Georgia, to head the Emory Aesthetic Center as Medical Director, having previously completed his plastic surgery residency as well as a fellowship in endoscopic and minimally invasive plastic surgery at Emory University, The Emory Clinic, and associated hospitals. Before joining the Emory Aesthetic Center, Dr. Eaves was a partner in Charlotte Plastic Surgery for more than fifteen years and served as group president from 2010-2012.

His professional and institutional committee memberships and offices include an impressive list of national, international and local plastic surgery organizations, societies, boards, task forces, advisory councils, coalitions and foundations, including having served as President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) from 2010-2011 and Trustee (2011-Present).

Dr. Eaves’ primary areas of academic inquiry have been in minimally-invasive and endoscopic aesthetic surgery, patient safety, system and process improvement in plastic surgery, evidence-based medicine applied to plastic surgery and recontouring surgery after massive weight loss. He has received several patents for new medical devices he developed, and has made major clinical service contributions to his field. Dr. Eaves has published more than 100 articles, book chapters and book reviews on plastic surgery in peer reviewed publications, as well as manuals, videos, computer programs and other teaching aids and has coauthored the first textbook on the topic of endoscopic plastic surgery.

Get Ready for Summer! Join our Live Chat on Body Contouring

Body Contouring ChatWith the warmer weather fast approaching, it’s time to start trading in those hats and gloves for shorts and swimsuits. To help get your body ready for the summer, join Emory Aesthetic Center plastic surgeon, Dr. Felmont Eaves, on Tuesday, March 10, 2014 from Noon – 1PM as he discusses body contouring options that can help improve the shape of your body and tighten excess or loose skin. Dr. Eaves will walk you through both surgical and non-surgical options – including liposuction, tummy tucks, arm or thigh lifts and surgery after weight loss. If the normal effects of aging or childbearing have made you wonder if a cosmetic body contouring procedure is right for you, you won’t want to miss this chat.

Dr. Eaves will answer all of your questions to ensure you are confidently ready to take the next step such as:

  • What are the different types of body contouring options offered to me?
  • What types of results can I expect to see?
  • Are there non-surgical options to firming my body?
  • What can a body lift surgery do for my figure?
  • How long is the recovery time after a liposuction?
  • Does a tummy tuck or body lift leave scars?
  • What is the benefit of having my body contouring procedure performed at a place like Emory Aesthetic Center?

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Chat Details:

Date: Tuesday, March, 10, 2015
Time: 12 noon – 1pm EST
Chat leaders: Dr. Felmont Eaves
Chat Topic: Body Contouring: Getting Ready for Summer

What is the Best Method of Liposuction?

Liposuction AtlantaStandard Lipo, Laser Assisted Lipo, Ultrasonic Lipo, Power Assisted Lipo, Tumenscent Lipo, Smart Lipo, Safe Lipo, Tickle Lipo…there are many different types of liposuction procedures currently offered in the market place, so logically patients are always asking “which is best for me?”. Although some practitioners may have strong feelings one way or another, the short answer to the question is that all of these techniques work, and the results are similar for all.

Liposuction became popular in the 1980s. The initial method of liposuction used hollow tubes (cannulas) to suction out fatty tissues from under the skin using very small incisions. Although initial techniques worked well, the results got even better when surgeons began using smaller, finer cannulas. A major advance occurred when the technique began to incorporate the injection of a dilute solution prior to suctioning. This technique was very helpful in reducing blood loss and bruising, and is commonly used in most types of liposuction today. During the 1990s, new technologies began to emerge to make the procedure even easier by using the application of energy to break up fatty tissues. Ultrasonic assisted liposuction (UAL) uses sound waves, power assisted liposuction (PAL) uses mechanical vibrations, and laser assisted liposuction (LAL) uses laser energy to this end. Some even newer technologies use water pressure to the same effect.

Although companies advertise significant advantages of their technologies over the competition, the scientific literature does not support major differences. Two particular studies about liposuction deserve special attention. The first study looked at over 26,000 consecutive patients undergoing liposuction by many of these different technologies.1 The authors found that overall the results were similar between these different groups. A second study published in 2011 examined trends in liposuction techniques among 492 plastic surgeons.2 In this study, the authors found that all these technologies are currently used by plastic surgeons, but that only a minority (about 10%) used laser liposuction (which include “Smart Lipo” and “Slim Lipo”), and that standard liposuction was still the most common technique used. While energy-based liposuction techniques can help your surgeon with hard to treat areas like the flanks, chest, and back, they also have an increased potential for complications such as burns. With experience and familiarity, however, all of these techniques can be safe and effective.

Non-Surgical Liposuction?

There is even a non-surgical procedure that may be an option for you. Cool Sculpting, which freezes the fat, is an office procedure that doesn’t require anesthesia.

So if all these technologies work, how should a patient choose? First of all, don’t be fooled by fancy ads promising huge results using the latest technology. Second, do your homework to select a qualified plastic surgeon with significant experience in all types of body contouring surgery, including both liposuction and excisional surgery such as tummy tucks. Here at the Emory Aesthetic Center, our surgeons have extensive experience and can explain the differences between all these techniques. We offer a full spectrum of options, and we will customize a plan that best fits your needs.

References
1Triana L, Triana C, Barbato C, Zambrano M. Liposuction: 25 years of experience in 26,259 patients using different devices. Aesthetic Surgery Journal 2009: 29: 509.
2Ahmad J, Eaves FF, Rohrich RJ, and Kenkel JM. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) Survey: Current Trends in Liposuction. Aesthetic Surgery Journal 2011: 31; 214.

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