For so many of our patients, staying active and enjoying a healthy lifestyle is a vital part of the Central Florida lifestyle. But regardless of how fit you are, you may find yourself with areas of stubborn fat that just don’t seem to budge. Depending on where it’s located, your trouble spot may actually affect the way you dress or cause you to feel self-conscious during certain activities.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Diaz specializes in liposuction at his Melbourne practice, and people come from Orlando, Vero Beach, and other area communities for the quality of care and results that he provides.
Liposuction Before & After Photos
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Dr. Diaz offers several distinct liposuction techniques, each with their own specific advantages and indications. One of the most appealing qualities of liposuction is the fact that it can be used throughout the body. Popular treatment areas include:
Inner or outer thighs
Flanks and waist
Neck and chin
Back, especially “bra bulge”
When administered by a board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Diaz, liposuction can be safely performed and effective. However, the procedure simply isn’t appropriate for everyone who struggles with unwanted fat. People who are significantly overweight are typically not good candidates for liposuction since it’s not intended to be a large-volume fat reduction solution. Liposuction isn’t for weight loss, so it’s important to be as close as possible to a healthy, maintainable weight before your procedure.
During your consultation, you and Dr. Diaz will discuss your medical history, lifestyle, and any medications or supplements you’re presently using. He also evaluates your areas of concern to ensure that liposuction is the best possible choice for you. You may discover that a different body contouring option, such as tummy tuck or body lift, is a better choice for you. Liposuction can also be performed as a complementary adjunct to another surgery, such as breast augmentation.
Dr. Michael Diaz
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Diaz has been serving the dynamic needs of Space Coast women and men for years. In addition to being an accomplished surgeon known for his warmth, Dr. Diaz holds a patent for a device that can help improve breast revision outcomes.
In our Melbourne office, liposuction is sometimes performed with local anesthesia with sedation, but may require general anesthesia. Either way, your procedure will be customized to maximize your comfort and safety.
Dr. Diaz takes a more subtle, artful approach to liposuction. He uses long thin wands to first loosen the fat before suctioning it away. Dr. Diaz sculpts and shapes the fat for a smoother, more balanced outcome.
Dr. Diaz also offers a form of liposuction called SAFELipo®. SAFELipo® is an acronym that describes a three step process of fat separation, aspiration, and fat equalization. It can be a more useful technique during revisionary procedures while avoiding the heat generated by other fat removal techniques. While it can be performed safely, it still carries inherent risk.
Your Recuperation & Results
Although you’ll need someone to drive you home after your liposuction procedure, you’ll likely be comfortable enough to move about the house shortly after you return home. The amount of time you’ll need to take away from the office depends on how extensive your procedure was and the areas treated, but most patients are comfortable getting back to work within 4 days.
You’ll need to wear a special compression garment during the initial healing process. This garment stays fully concealed under your clothes and supports your treated area while it heals. Dr. Diaz recommends lymphatic massage during the recuperation period to help reduce swelling and speed healing. His staff can recommend qualified, local massage therapists.
You should engage in only gentle, modified activities for about 6 weeks after your liposuction. At your 6-week follow-up appointment, Dr. Diaz will evaluate your recuperation and ensure you’re physically ready to safely return to exercise and other high-impact activities.
In the long term, the results of your liposuction procedure can endure indefinitely, especially if you stick with your regular healthy habits.