Ultrasonic and Tumescent Liposuction
Unwanted fat and fat deposits are a very common issue with most people. Even at or near ideal body weight, localized fat deposits often fail to respond to even the most disciplined dietary and exercise plans. Plastic surgeon Steven H. Turkeltaub, MD offers liposuction to patients who want to address this problem surgically. It is important to remember that liposuction is not a weight loss solution nor is it a treatment for the widespread removal of fat. The best results can be obtained with more localized fat deposits allowing for precise sculpting of various areas of the body. Common areas of treatment in women include the abdomen, inner and outer thighs, flanks, hips, knees, back and neck. In men, the usual areas are the abdomen, love handles, breasts and neck.
The Liposuction Procedure
Dr. Turkeltaub offers his patients a variety of liposuction techniques which can be selectively used depending upon a variety of factors. More than one technique is often employed during surgery. One of these, ultrasonic assisted liposuction, utilizes ultrasound waves to disrupt the fat, allowing for easier, more even fat removal. This approach can provide an increased margin of safety. Its use can also lead to superior results with more thorough and even fat removal than could be obtained in the past with standard liposuction alone.
Tumescent liposuction involves injecting fluid containing an anesthetic and vasoconstrictor into the fat prior to beginning liposuction. This approach minimizes blood loss during surgery and results in decreased discomfort and bruising post-operatively. It is always used with ultrasonic assisted liposuction.
The incisions needed for liposuction are very small and usually leave inconspicuous scars. Through these tiny openings, Dr. Turkeltaub will insert a suction tube known as a cannula which is used to break up and eliminate the fat cells from the targeted area.
Liposuction is typically performed under general anesthesia because it is far more comfortable with this approach. Unless very large amounts of fat are removed, the procedure is usually done as an out-patient.
Recovery from Liposuction
Discomfort for a majority of patients following surgery is fairly mild and quite tolerable, some taking little or no pain medication. Many are already physically active within the first 24 to 48 hours. Returning to work or school can be as soon as a few days.
A compressive garment, which is worn for a variable period of time post-operatively, provides comfort and can minimize swelling and bruising. Most of the swelling resolves within a few months though it can take 6 months to a year to see the “final” long-term result.
To learn more about liposuction surgery, please visit our liposuction FAQs (frequently asked questions) section.
Liposuction Before-and-After Photos
Dr. Turkeltaub has helped many patients achieve the slimmer and firmer body shape they desire through his advanced liposuction procedures. Below are some examples of his work.
*Individual Results May Vary
Discover What Liposuction Surgery Can Do For You
Both ultrasonic and tumescent liposuction offer many benefits over the traditional liposuction procedure. Please contact The Arizona Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery today to learn more about the operation or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Turkeltaub.