If diligent diet and exercise regimens have fallen short of helping you achieve your ideal figure, you are not alone. Our bodies are genetically predisposed to store fat in certain locations, and for many people this means fat gets deposited in the last place we’d ever want it to go. If this describes your situation, then you may benefit from liposuction.
Liposuction is a safe and effective method to remove stubborn pockets of fat that have been resistant to diet and exercise, helping you achieve the toned, sculpted figure you desire. Due to its ability to sculpt a wide range of body areas, liposuction is one of the most popular body contouring procedures performed by our plastic surgeons.
You can find out whether liposuction is right for you and receive individualized treatment recommendations by speaking to Dr. Grossman, Dr. Capraro, Dr. Baker or Dr. Cunningham in person. Please call 303-320-5566 today to schedule a confidential consultation at our Denver plastic surgery office.
- Areas Liposuction Can Treat
- Am I a Candidate for Liposuction?
- Liposuction Techniques
- Tumescent Liposuction
- VASER Liposelection
- Facial Liposuction
- Liposuction Recovery and Follow-Up Care
- Fat Transplantation - Put Your Excess Fat to Good Use
- Potential Risks and Complications
- Pioneers in Liposuction
- Contact Our Denver Plastic Surgeons
Both men and women can benefit from the body sculpting enhancements provided by liposuction. This versatile procedure can be performed on just about any area of the body where you have excess fat that you would like removed. Common areas treated with liposuction include:
- Face, neck, and jowls
- Upper arms
- Chest (during male breast reduction)
Liposuction is often performed during a mommy makeover in order to help women eliminate unwanted baby fat that has been resistant to exercise following childbirth. It can be an effective way to help restore your pre-pregnancy figure.
Liposuction can be the right procedure for anyone who has stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Ideal candidates for liposuction:
- Are in good overall health
- Exercise regularly
- Are physically fit
- Have one or more localized areas of fat to be removed
- Are within 20 pounds of their ideal weight
- Have good skin elasticity
It is important to remember that liposuction is not a tool for weight loss. It is used to remove small pockets of fat from targeted regions of your body in order to achieve a more attractive body contour. While liposuction can be an effective complement to your diet and exercise efforts, it should not be considered a substitute.
Find out if you may be a good candidate with our quiz: Is Liposuction Right for Me?
At Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery, no two liposuction surgeries are performed alike. Dr. Grossman, Dr. Capraro, Dr. Baker and Dr. Cunningham will customize your procedure to address your unique physical characteristics and aesthetic goals.
All of our liposuction procedures are performed with a combination of tumescent liposuction and VASER® liposelection. When used together, the two techniques complement each other very well. VASER technology is used to disrupt your fatty tissue, and traditional methods are employed to remove your fat. This combination results in optimal levels of precision and safety.
The tumescent liposuction technique involves the use of a special solution containing a combination of dilute local anesthetic and adrenalin that gets injected into your fat. The adrenalin reduces bleeding and the local anesthetic delivers anesthesia directly to the treatment region. This fluid also serves to separate the fat to facilitate its removal.
After the tumescent fluid has been injected into the treatment region, a narrow tube called a cannula is used to remove the unwanted fat cells via suction. For more limited procedures under local anesthesia, a more concentrated form of this solution is used to achieve more effective results.
VASER liposelection is a minimally invasive procedure that uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology to precisely and efficiently remove unwanted body fat. The low-power ultrasound technology employed by the VASER technique ensures a gentle reshaping of your body and a more rapid recovery period.
This technology represents a significant advancement over traditional liposuction techniques. In traditional liposuction, individual pieces of solid fat are removed from your body. In VASER liposelection, a suspension of fat cells is created, enabling Dr. Grossman, Dr. Capraro, Dr. Baker or Dr. Cunningham to remove a milky solution of fat. As a result, VASER technology creates the ability to more precisely sculpt, carve, and shape.
The VASER technique employs slender, solid metal probes attached to an ultrasonic wave generator that emits sonic energy. This energy emulsifies the fat cells, making them easier to suction away. This method results in less trauma, bleeding, bruising, and post-operative pain.
While liposuction is most commonly associated with body contouring techniques intended to sculpt regions such as the abdomen, thighs, arms, and buttocks, it can also be very effective as a facial enhancement procedure. Isolated fatty deposits in the cheeks, jaw line, and neck often do not respond well to diet and exercise.
At Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery, we can perform facial liposuction to help you get rid of unwanted pockets of fat in these areas. Liposuction can effectively remove excess fat from the following areas of the face:
- Under the chin
- Along the jaw line
Dr. Grossman, Dr. Capraro, Dr. Baker or Dr. Cunningham can use facial liposuction to help you eliminate the appearance of a double chin or saggy jowls, achieve a more sculpted and contoured jaw line, or reduce the fullness in your cheeks. The end result is a more refined facial contour.
Facial liposuction is performed using very fine cannulas and is frequently referred to as “microsuction.” Small volumes of fat are removed from strategically targeted regions of your face. The VASER technique is used to stimulate the dermis layer of the skin to produce new collagen fibers and facilitate skin shrinkage. The tiny incisions used in this procedure heal quickly and are almost imperceptible after healing.
Following your liposuction surgery, you will have the choice of going home that day or spending the night in one of our suites at the Rose Ambulatory Surgical Center in Denver. Several factors may influence whether you should stay the night or have your procedure performed on an out-patient basis:
- Number of areas and amount of fat removed
- Other procedures performed simultaneously
- Personal preference
If you choose to go home the day of your surgery, make sure to arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you the rest of the day. Dr. Grossman, Dr. Capraro, Dr. Baker or Dr. Cunningham will review your post-surgical instructions with you and your driver in detail, and we will send you home with a written copy as well.
You will need to wear special compression garments for three to six weeks to control the swelling and help shape your new body contour. These garments can be changed daily. You may experience some discomfort following the liposuction surgery; however, it is generally fairly mild. Most patients do not experience much more than a bit of stiffness and soreness.
Dr. Grossman, Dr. Capraro, Dr. Baker or Dr. Cunningham encourage you to resume physical activity as soon as you feel up to it. Your new body contour should motivate you to engage in a normal exercise regimen promptly following surgery; however, you will need to refrain from strenuous activity for up to 4-6 weeks. Most patients are able to return to work within one week.
Your liposuction results should be noticeable immediately. Over the next few weeks, your new body shape will continue to improve as the swelling subsides. Your scars will soften, turning from red to pink to white. This process may take several months to complete.
If you have any questions while you are recovering, please do not hesitate to call us. Our plastic surgeons are always available to answer any questions you may have.
It is now possible to put your unwanted fat to good use. Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery uses fat transplantation in conjunction with procedures such as breast augmentation and the Brazilian butt lift in order to add volume and fullness to these regions of your body. In recent years, fat transplantation procedures have improved considerably, resulting in high quality results that rival other breast and buttock augmentation options.
Dr. Grossman and Dr. Capraro employ sophisticated techniques for harvesting, cleaning, and transplanting your fat cells in order to achieve a very natural looking appearance. If you are interested in enhancing the size and shape of your breasts or buttocks while improving your overall body contour, fat transplantation may be the ideal procedure for you.
Your choice of surgeon is crucial to the success of your liposuction procedure for several reasons:
- Liposuction is a complicated procedure requiring extensive training and experience to perform correctly
- The procedure is not for everyone, and your surgeon needs to evaluate your overall health, physical condition, motives, and expectations to determine if you are an ideal candidate
- There are a variety of liposuction techniques, and your surgeon must have the experience to be able to perform the correct procedure to help you achieve the results you desire
In order to ensure that your plastic surgeon possesses the skills and experience necessary to perform your procedure, you should choose to work with someone certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Accept nothing less. Do not be fooled by a doctor claiming to be certified by another organization.
Of course, every procedure has some risk of complications. Liposuction is a commonly performed procedure with an impressive safety record, but you should still be aware of the risks. These include:
- Anesthesia risks
- Skin irregularities
- Loose skin
- Asymmetry of result
Fortunately, these risks are quite rare. You can count on our board-certified plastic surgeons to provide you with the highest quality of care and the best possible surgical performance.
Dr. Grossman and Dr. Capraro are two of the most experienced liposuction surgeons in the country. Dr. Grossman worked closely with the engineer who developed the VASER technique and has been instrumental in its evolution over time. VASER liposelection was basically introduced in Colorado by Dr. Grossman.
At Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery, your liposuction surgery will yield highly precise results that adhere to the strictest safety standards to ensure your overall satisfaction.
Please contact Grossman | Capraro Plastic Surgery using the form on this page or call 303-320-5566 today to schedule your liposuction consultation. We serve patients in Denver, Littleton and the nearby areas of Colorado.