Some areas of our bodies retain excess fat deposits, even with regular diet and exercise. If you are unhappy with stubborn fat on your thighs, abdomen, or another area of your body, consider liposuction. This popular body contouring procedure suctions out fat using a long, thin, hollow instrument called a cannula, creating the more beautifully contoured look you want. Liposuction can be performed on its own or in conjunction with other procedures such as a thighplasty or abdominoplasty. To learn more about whether liposuction is right for you, contact the Minneapolis office of Dr. Gregory T. Mesna and schedule a consultation.
The Liposuction Procedure
Liposuction is performed using small, strategically placed incisions in the treatment area. Dr. Mesna inserts a cannula through these incisions to gently remove excess fat deposits. Depending on your unique concerns, Dr. Mesna can use one of several methods.
During tumescent liposuction, Dr. Mesna will inject a local anesthetic solution made of lidocaine and epinephrine. The lidocaine acts as a anesthetic to numb the area and ensure your comfort, and the epinephrine is a vasoconstrictor that shrinks capillaries to drastically minimize bleeding. Tumescent liposuction is highly beneficial for patients because of its ability to limit bleeding during and after surgery. Additionally, patients do not need to rely on significant amounts of general anesthesia or narcotics in order to remain comfortable during surgery.
Smartlipo™ is an advanced type of laser-assisted liposuction. Laser energy targets fat cells, breaking them apart for easier removal. This technique also causes tissue coagulation, which helps shrink tissues for more even contouring. The skin is tightened through the coagulation effect, lessening the effect of dimpling and sagging of the skin.
Smartlipo™ is minimally invasive and uses local anesthesia to numb specific treatment areas, which allows you to be awake throughout the procedure.
This type of liposuction uses the power of ultrasound waves to break up or liquefy fat cells for easier removal. It is mainly used to remove fat in areas that are traditionally hard to treat, including the knees, calves, ankles, neck, and chin. Ultrasonic liposuction is typically used as a adjunct for patients receiving tumescent liposuction, in order to achieve results with more precision. After Dr. Mesna injects the local anesthetic solution, he applies ultrasonic waves via the cannula to the fat cells. The ultrasonic waves liquefy the fat, which enables it to be vacuumed out easily.
To ensure your safety and satisfaction in your results, it is important to choose a plastic surgeon with experience and an artistic vision. Dr. Mesna is careful to understand each patient’s unique needs and concerns so that he can create an enhanced, natural-looking appearance, without removing too much or too little fatty tissue.
Liposuction candidates are patients with excess fat on their face, neck, arms, chest, back, abdomen, buttocks, thighs, or legs. It is important to recognize that this surgery is not intended to provide substantial weight loss, but rather to reduce fat deposits in a patient who is already healthy. Patients with a healthy diet and exercise regimen are more likely to maintain long-term results from their procedure.
If you have diabetes, a heart condition, or other chronic disease, your primary care physician will need to determine whether this surgery is safe for you. As with any surgery, it is important that you do not smoke at least two weeks prior to your surgery, as well as during your healing time. Smoking can weaken the immune system and prolong your recovery. Finally, patients seeking liposuction should have realistic goals and expectations before moving forward with treatment. Be sure to ask questions, voice concerns, and express your feelings about the procedure so that Dr. Mesna can be fully aware of your treatment goals. You may elect to undergo liposuction in conjunction with other treatments for even more comprehensive contouring. It is commonly used as part of an abdominoplasty, arm and leg lift, butt lift, and more.
The length of your recovery from liposuction will depend on the size of the treatment area and the type of technique used to remove the fat. Dr. Mesna uses precise techniques that minimize the impact on surrounding tissue, resulting in less discomfort during recovery.
Depending on where you receive your liposuction, you may need to rest for a week or more. The procedure is typically performed as an outpatient treatment, so you will return home after surgery with pain medication to manage any discomfort. You may also experience some slight bruising, swelling, tenderness, and temporary numbness at the treatment site.
Factors Affecting Cost
On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,500 to $10,000 for your liposuction procedure. It is difficult to determine an exact cost because each patient is unique. Your cost will depend on a variety of factors.
- Treatment areas: Sometimes patients only want to receive liposuction on their torso, while others elect to have multiple areas of the body treated. The more areas of the body being treated, the greater the cost.
- Surgeon qualifications: No one wants to have their liposuction performed by a subpar surgeon. Dr. Mesna is highly regarded as one of the best plastic surgeons in the greater Minneapolis area, and you can expect nothing but the best treatment. His education, training, and skills allow him to consistently perform surgery with excellent results.
- Body type: Liposuction cost depends in large part on the amount of fat being removed. For patients with a higher volume of fat, their cost will be higher than a patient who is having less fat removed.
- Geographic location: The area in which you reside will have a large impact on the cost of your liposuction. Patients that have their treatment performed in busier, more metropolitan areas can expect to pay more than a patient who has their procedure performed in a rural area.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about liposuction and determine whether it is right for you, contact us today. Our team is happy to answer any questions and schedule your consultation with Dr. Mesna.