What Are the Limits of Liposuction?
Contrary to what you might think, liposuction is not a weight loss method. You will weigh less after liposuction, but you’ll get your best results if you are at—or near—normal weight. Furthermore, there are safety limits to the amount of fat that can be removed in one procedure, i.e., usually about 5 liters, which weighs about 10 lbs.
How Satisfied Are Patients After Liposuction?
According to several studies, 4 out of 5 patients are very satisfied with their appearance after recovering from liposuction. It stands to reason that having liposuction as a body sculpting method, your clothes will fit better, you’ll have a more balanced appearance and, consequently, you’ll feel happier and more self confident.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat in certain areas using suction connected to a hollow tube (called a cannula) inserted under the skin through very small incisions.
Liposuction is also called lipoplasty, liposculpture, lipectomy or just lipo.
How Many Types of Liposuction Are There?
- Tumescent liposuction is the “traditional” liposuction. After a local anesthetic is injected into the area(s) to be treated, a sterile solution is injected into the fatty tissue before fat is removed. This solution contains epinephrine to minimize bleeding/bruising, and Lidocaine, an anesthetic.
- Ultrasound-Assisted liposuction, sometimes called UAL, uses ultrasonic waves to liquefy the fat, making it easier to remove.
- Laser liposuction uses low-energy heat waves to liquefy the fat. It’s most often marketed under a brand name, such as SmartLipo® or CoolLipo®.
The most important appointment we’ll have together is your consultation. After examining your breasts and hearing your goals for enhancement, I’ll take multiple measurements to insure that the right fit is accomplished. Following this, you’ll have the opportunity to insert various sizes of breast implants into a soft jog-bra, so you can estimate the results.
Here are some tips to help you make the most of your consultation:
- Bring a low-cut, white tee shirt to wear so you can clearly evaluate the amount of cleavage that occurs with various implant sizes.
- Bring your Significant Other or close friend with you for feedback. This is a big decision so it’s helpful to have “outside” advice.
- When you’ve settled on a size, I’ll come back into the consultation room to see what you’ve decided and give my feedback as well.
- Take photos of yourself with the various implants in your bra from the front and the side. Be sure to label them so you know what sizes you inserted in each photo. Tip: write the size on a piece of paper and hold the paper in front of the camera in a corner of the shot. Easy!
My objective in every breast augmentation is to create natural results with breast implants that compliment my patients’ body shape, lifestyle and personal goals for enhancement.
Two Limiting Factors in Breast Implant Size
Current Breast Size
Your current breast size determines the amount of breast tissue available to cover your breast implants. If you have very small breasts and taut skin, some implants are too large to be covered. Does this mean you can’t “go large”? No. It means that, if you wish to enlarge your breasts more than 2 cup sizes, you may have to increase implant size in stages to avoid stretch marks and/or tissue damage.
Shoulder and Chest Width
Nobody wants their breasts to extend beyond the sides of the rib cage, i.e., “side boob.” For this reason, I carefully measure the width of your breasts so that the results are attractive both when viewed from the front and the side.
Breast augmentation is an outpatient plastic surgery procedure to increase the size of your breasts. Performed on healthy adult women, studies show that this procedure increases self-esteem—and even sexual satisfaction—among women who have it. Breast implant options have steadily increased over the past 20 years, with the availability of multiple sizes, profiles, shapes, textures and materials. Although it’s great to have all these options, it can be intimidating. Fortunately, my Michigan breast augmentation patients have my team and me to guide them! In the meantime, here are some tips: