Liposuction Body Contouring Surgery – Minneapolis St. Paul, MN
In the quest for a well-shaped, trim body, a good diet and proper exercise are the main techniques used by most people to achieve their goals. Unfortunately, heredity and other factors mean that stubborn fat deposits often linger in some areas of the body and don’t respond to diet and exercise. Arms, thighs, abdomen, buttocks, hips, knees, calves, and ankles are common areas prone to these stubborn pockets of fat. In many cases, liposuction procedures can help remove that excess fat and normalize body contours. Liposuction is not a substitute for diet and exercise or a treatment for obesity. It is used to remove excess fat from specific areas that are not responding to diet and exercise. Often used alone, it is also used in conjunction with other plastic surgery techniques, such as abdominoplasty, breast reduction surgery, and other procedures.
Is Liposuction Right for You?
If you have troublesome fat deposits, and you want to improve your body contours and make a noticeable change in your appearance, liposuction may be a good choice for you, if you:
- Are in good general health.
- Are concerned about stubborn fat deposits despite diet and exercise.
- Have minimal excess skin in the affected areas.
- Have skin with sufficient elasticity.
A Liposuction Consultation with Dr. McCue
If you think that liposuction may be the answer for your persistent fat deposits, a personal consultation with Dr. McCue can give you the answers and information you need. During the consultation, Dr. McCue will ask you about your current health and medical history, and will discuss your current medications and diet and exercise. He will ask you to show him the areas where you want improvements in your body contour and what results you hope to achieve. After this discussion, he will assess your skin elasticity and other factors, and then make recommendations about a course of treatment for you. Dr. McCue will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and will explain what results you can expect if you go ahead with the procedure. He’ll explain how the procedures will be done and inform you of the risks and benefits of the surgery.
Your Liposuction Procedure
Once you’ve made the choice to have a liposuction procedure, it will be scheduled and a Twin Cities location for the surgery selected. You’ll be provided with compete pre-operative information and instructions. Liposuction procedures are done under anesthesia, and your plastic surgeon will recommend the best type of anesthesia for your surgery. If your liposuction is done as a standalone procedure, small incisions will be made and a tube called a cannula is moved back and forth to loosen and break up fat deposits, usually after a sterile liquid is infused. Then, the excess fat is sucked out through the cannula and removed from the body. If multiple areas are to be treated, the process is repeated. In some cases, liposuction is used along with other surgical procedures, such as abdominoplasty.
Recovering from Liposuction
In most cases, liposuction is done on an outpatient basis, and you’ll return home the same day you have the surgery. In other cases, you may have an overnight stay in the hospital. After the surgery, you’ll recover in a recovery room for a time and rest, if you are going home. You must have someone at the surgery location to take you home. For a few days after surgery, rest is important. You may be given medication or prescriptions to help reduce the risk of infection and to help with discomfort. Your surgeon will give you complete instructions about things to watch for and when you can resume normal activities. Follow-up visits will be scheduled for removal of any stitches and to check your progress. You may experience some swelling and bruising, but these will disappear over time. Once they disappear, you’ll be able to see the full effects of your procedure. Typically, liposuction results are permanent, although later weight gains may alter the results.
Get Started with a Personal Consultation
If you feel that liposuction may be the solution for stubborn fat deposits, the first step is to make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. McCue. Only a plastic surgeon can properly evaluate you for this procedure and may be able to suggest complementary procedures, as well, to provide the improvements you are looking for. Contact Dr. McCue’s Minneapolis St. Paul office at any time to schedule a consultation, so you can make an informed decision for yourself.