The way our bodies respond to a disciplined and healthy lifestyle is often "unfair." In other words, many of us commit to vigorous regular workouts at the gym and nutritious, balanced diets, only to be left with fat deposits in the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and other areas. The desire to achieve a lean and attractive body tone in spite of the body's refusal to respond the way we want drives hundreds of thousands each year to seek surgical intervention in order to achieve their goals.
There have been cases of children as young as 12 undergoing liposuction. While this is uncommon, there are rare instances in which a doctor may perform liposuction on a teen, especially after major weight loss that may have left one or two lingering bulges of fat. Generally, a doctor will assess a teenager's emotional maturity and self-esteem before agreeing to perform liposuction. The majority of these patients choose to have one problem area contoured to help with self-esteem issues. Some teens are affected by excess fat under the chin, in the calves, hips, or other areas, and it can be a source of embarrassment and ridicule among peers. In these cases, liposuction can eliminate this fat and produce a more sculpted, toned appearance.
When skin is damaged, the body repairs it by creating new collagen fibers, which gives the healing area a different look and texture: a scar. The “mended” skin will be less flexible than the skin around it, and it may have no hair follicles. The scarred skin might be a different color than surrounding skin and the color will change as healing progresses. This is completely natural.
If you are contemplating a breast lift, with or without an implant, be sure to discuss your goals and objectives, very specifically, including the type of scar you should expect following surgery. Your surgeon should be able to show you exactly where your scar will be. He/she should be willing to discuss your options, describe his surgical techniques, and answer any other questions you have about your breast lift.
After liposuction, most doctors will require you to wear a compression garment or bandage over the treatment area. This garment will reduce post-surgical bleeding, minimize discomfort, and speed your recovery time. During open-drainage tumescent liposuction, your surgeon will leave the incisions open. Following this type of treatment, the garment will help the anesthetic fluid to leave your body more quickly. Following closed-drainage liposuction, in which the doctor will use sutures to close the incisions, the compression garment encourages your body to absorb the fluid more quickly for faster healing.
You’ll be in a recovery room immediately after surgery. When getting ready to leave, a nurse will go over instructions on how to care for the drainage tubes, antibiotic use, and other important information about post-surgical care. She will also discuss symptoms that are commonly felt after surgery as well as the types of complications that could result.
"I placed the embrace® strips right over the areas of incision and they were great because they relieved the tension from my everyday movements, which helped to prevent more scarring. They also had silicone in the tape to help soften the scars. I didn't have to worry about remembering to apply gel or damaging my clothes, and my biggest fear of not having the surgery done in the first place was no longer a problem. Now, months after the procedure, my scars are all white and barely even noticeable."
In many cases, liposuction is performed for purely cosmetic reasons. Our society values a lean, youthful body tone, and healthy living alone is often not enough to help us reach our goals. When the patient simply wishes to improve his or her appearance, the price will likely be paid out of pocket. Practices accept cash, checks, and credit cards, and often work with third-party financing companies. Some practices finance treatments themselves.
Major determining factors in the cost of a liposuction treatment include the number of areas being treated and the amount of fat being removed. Liposuction is often combined with other procedures, which can also make a tremendous difference in cost. In the case of a tummy tuck, liposuction is usually a given, and liposuction is factored into the estimate your surgeon provides. Does the patient wish to transfer liposuctioned fat to other areas, such as the breast, face, or biceps? In general, one could say that a breast augmentation using transferred fat costs about as much as augmentation using implants.
“After having reconstruction breast implant surgery, the least I could do was purchase embrace® Active Scar Defense and do my part to promote healing. I have found it easy to use, painless, and well worth the purchase price. Not only does embrace®diminish scarring but it also rebuilds positive self‐image, by helping me 'embrace' the best ‘new me’!”
If you are looking for the best looking scar, or the smallest scar, that would be the Benelli. This is eventually a ‘hidden scar’ as it will eventually fade into the nipple line. Most patients are also happy with the Vertical Scar as the scar is on the underside of the breast, and not exposed horizontally on the chest wall. In my opinion, the least attractive scar is the Inverted T technique (Wise Pattern), which is really two scars.
Body lifts: Body lifts are more comprehensive treatments designed to target the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks at the same time. During this procedure, a doctor will create circumferential incisions, running along the groin, thighs, hips, and waist. In addition to tightening damaged muscles, he or she may use liposuction to remove fat from one or more of these regions.
Recently I read an article on Medscape from the journal “Wounds” about wound healing problems in Breast Reduction and Breast lift (Mastopexy). The article, Treatment of Wounds Following Breast Reduction and Mastopexy With Subsequent Wound Dehiscence With Charged Polystyrene Microspheres, cited that the use of the Inverted T technique (Wise Pattern) has a 10% wound complication rate. IMO, that is a pretty high complication rate, and it is much higher than the other two techniques, the Vertical Scar and the Benelli technique. In my practice, the wound rate with the other scars is less than 5%.
In addition to your surgeon's fee, you can expect to pay fees for the surgical venue, anesthesia, supportive surgical garments, pain medication, and other possible needs. Many surgeons have their own surgical suite, staffed by their own nurses and other professionals. If your surgery must be carried out in a hospital suite, it can cost hundreds more. In fact, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation reports that non-profit hospitals charge an average fee of about $2,300 for an outpatient procedure, while state and for-profit hosptials charge an average of about $1,800. However, in some instances, the hospital is the better choice. If you need extensive liposuction, complications are more probable, and it pays to have a hospital's resources available.
Scars are inevitable after any incision in the skin, of course, because scarring is part of the body’s “self-repair” process. Breast lift surgery, in my experience, is a very satisfying procedure for the vast majority of patients–even with the unavoidable, often minimal, scarring. Scars may be in an anchor shape, in the crease below the breast and from the center of the crease up to the areola, although there are other types of scarring. When you choose an experienced surgeon, you’ll find that your breast lift scars are well hidden, even when wearing low-cut clothing. This is one of the signs of a skilled breast lift surgeon.
“Adding a breast implant to the procedure sometimes allows the surgeon to shorten or even eliminate scarring, since the implant will then take up some of the slack caused by the breasts’ sagging,” says Fort Worth, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Heistein. “Some breast augmentation patients may even be candidates for a radiofrequency treatment called BodyTite, which can provide a slight lift without requiring additional surgery.”
The concept of liposuction surgery may seem simple, but, as with any type of surgery, the process is actually quite complex. A skilled physician will be well trained in all aspects of the liposuction procedure, and will be able to explain the process to you in as much detail as you wish. Of course, each procedure can vary significantly, depending on the treatment area and the type of liposuction you select. However, most procedures follow the same basic outline:
Recovery time differs for each patient, but in general, you can return to work two to four days after your liposuction treatment. The exact time will depend on the area you had treated and your body's natural healing process. If you have an extremely physical job, you may need to take more time off; doctors recommend that patients wait at least three weeks after liposuction before engaging in aerobic exercise.
Facial liposuction is most often performed with a micro-cannula using a tumescent technique. In some cases, liposuction of the chin, neck, and jowls, as well as other facial liposuction procedures, can have better results in these problem areas than other surgical techniques. Liposuction can also be more desirable because it minimizes scarring when compared to other type of facial enhancement. This treatment is usually performed on or below the chin and jaw line to reduce the appearance of sagging skin in the neck, a double-chin, or hanging jowls.