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Liposuction FAQs

As a body contouring specialist, Dr. Diaz provides smooth, natural-looking results using a keen eye for precision and a clear vision of each patient's individual goals. Below, he answers some of the most common questions he is asked about liposuction in his Melbourne, FL practice.

Dr. Diaz approaches aesthetic enhancement with compassion and care to reveal each patient's unique natural beauty. To find out how liposuction can improve your appearance, request a consultationrequest a consultation online or call our office in Melbourne, Florida, at 321-237-2932321-237-2932.

What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes areas of excess fat from the body to slim and improve body contours. Many women from Orlando and Central Florida who desire a more contoured and natural-looking appearance turn to Dr. Diaz for liposuction in Melbourne, Florida.

There are many names for liposuction. Do they all mean the same thing?

Yes. Liposuction is also known as lipoplasty, fat modeling, liposculpting, liposculpture, liposculpture suction lipectomy, suction-assisted fat removal and simply "lipo." Dr. Diaz refers to his technique as liposculpting because it is his customized, artful approach to enhancing the human form.

Can liposuction be combined with other plastic surgery procedures?

Dr. Diaz often performs liposuction on its own to improve his patients' trouble spots. He also combines it with breast enhancement surgery or other body contouring procedures to further sculpt the body and give patients natural-looking results. Most tummy tuck patients can benefit from some liposculpture around the waistline for a more sculpted and youthful appearance. Women seeking breast augmentation often express an interest in eliminating some excess fat on their backs to help them look more toned.

Does liposuction remove cellulite?

While sometimes it can help smooth out dimpled areas, liposuction is rarely used to address cellulite. Skin-tightening treatments are usually more effective when cellulite is the main concern.

When is liposuction performed, and what areas are usually treated?

Liposuction is most often used to address stubborn areas of fat that remain on places such as the inner knees, thighs, buttocks, abdomen, hips, waist, back, arms and neck. In addition, it is sometimes used during breast reduction, tummy tucks and body lift procedures.

How much fat can be safely removed in one session?

Dr. Diaz has your safety as his primary concern, and as your trusted plastic surgeon will help you make the best decisions to safely achieve your aesthetic goals. Patient safety can be affected by the technique used, the amount of tissue removed, the type of anesthetic used and the overall health of the patient. Removing too much fat can cause higher surgical risks and potentially unattractive results. Visible lumps in the skin can result when patients have too much liposculpting. Rather than attempting to remove a specific amount of fat, Dr. Diaz offers liposculpting as a way to correct body contours and create a slimmer silhouette.

Who is the ideal candidate?

While there is no one ideal candidate for liposculpting, it is a good fit for many adults. Good candidates are those who have stubborn areas of fat or disproportionate body contours but who are within their normal weight range, in good general health and have an ongoing exercise regimen. Being near your ideal weight before liposuction allows the procedure to address target spots, such as love handles, that don't respond to your best diet and exercise efforts. Liposuction is one way to improve how you look and feel, but it is not a substitute for proper nutrition and exercise. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential to your well-being, whether or not you choose to have liposuction. While liposuction will improve your body contours, it will not improve your cardiovascular health.

What is the youngest age for liposuction?

An adult age 18 or older can be a candidate for liposuction, given that he or she has realistic expectations about the procedure and understands the risks and complications.

What is the difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck?

Liposuction will only address stubborn fat deposits, where a tummy tuck can also tighten loose abdominal muscles and remove excess skin. Many people come to their cosmetic plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Diaz wanting liposuction when a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) would better achieve their desired results.

What is the recovery period for liposuction?

The recovery time varies depending on the areas treated and the amount of fat tissue removed. Following Dr. Diaz's instructions carefully will help you recover as quickly as possible. Over-the-counter or prescription medication can be used to minimize any pain. You should rest at home for 3 to 4 days, but you can be up and about immediately. Typically, people take 3 to 7 days off of work following liposuction. You should avoid pushing or heavy lifting for about 3 weeks. Wear a support garment for 4 weeks after surgery to protect the treated areas and help shape final results. Dr. Diaz recommends that patients receive post-operative lymphatic massages to reduce swelling, improve skin texture and speed up the recovery. The majority of swelling will subside in the first few weeks, and you will see an improvement in your body contours.

Will the fat come back?

Liposuction removes fats cells from localized areas of your body to reduce unwanted bulges. If you gain weight, your body will use the remaining cells to store fat. Therefore, it is important to stay at the same weight, eat healthfully and exercise regularly to maintain your slimmer new contour.

Will medical insurance cover the procedure?

Liposuction is not covered by health insurance because it is a cosmetic procedure. Each patient is responsible for the cost of the procedure. Financing options are available.

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