Liposuction Surgery at BHSSCI

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Introduction

Although liposuction is often perceived as an "instant, effortless weight loss" option, that is not correct. Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure meant for patients who are within 30% of their ideal weight but who have not been able to erase persistent pockets of fat, despite healthy eating and exercise.

Stubborn fat can affect almost any part of the body, from chin to ankles, so liposuction is a very versatile procedure. Not surprisingly, it is one of the most-requested types of cosmetic surgery. Although most liposuction patients are women, men are increasingly seeking this procedure, especially since the introduction of the advanced Vaser Hi-Definition technique.

Liposuction is also used in surgeries that require fat transfer, such as the Brazilian Butt Lift. In this case, the surgeon first harvests live fat cells from another part of the body and then injects them into the buttocks. Fat is used as a natural filler in other procedures as well.

Benefits of liposuction

Liposuction can smoothly re-contour a small area such as underneath the chin or the knees, or large areas such as the thighs or even the entire back. The result is a slimmer, more youthful appearance – and, in some cases, tighter skin as well. That can give a significant boost to your self-image and personal confidence.

 The best part? Fat removed via liposuction is gone forever. It cannot return, as long as you maintain a healthy weight.

Consider the source

There are many factors you will want to consider as you decide whether some type of liposuction is right for you. One of your most important decisions will be picking your surgeon. When you choose Beverly Hills Sunset Surgery Center International in Dubai, you know your surgeon will be among the cream of the crop.

All of our plastic and cosmetic surgeons are internationally renowned – leaders in their field who are highly respected by colleagues and sought-after by patients. Whether you choose Dr. John Millard, Dr. Andrew Ordon, Dr. Whitney Burrell, Dr. Daniel Yamini – all known for their expertise in liposuction – or one of our other accomplished surgeons, you will literally be in the best of hands. 

What is liposuction?

"Lipo" means fat, so liposuction is a procedure in which the surgeon gently vacuums out excessive fat cells. That sounds simple, but patients want more than “less fat.” They want a smoother, more youthful shape as a result of their surgery. Liposuction requires a deft hand and an experienced eye to produce aesthetically pleasing results.

Today, there are several different liposuction techniques. The traditional, or standard, technique has been used safely and effectively by cosmetic and plastic surgeons for nearly 40 years. Newer variations have made the procedure more efficient and even more effective, giving both surgeons and their patients more options to achieve specific types of results.

Traditional Liposuction

To perform standard liposuction, the surgeon makes one or multiple small incisions, inserts a thin hollow tube called a cannula, uses it like a wand to physically break apart fatty tissue, then suctions out the desired amount of fat through the cannula. This procedure is also sometimes referred to as body contouring or lipoplasty.

Vaser-assisted Liposuction

Surgeons have used this alternative liposuction technique for more than 15 years. Vaser is an acronym that stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance. It is a type of ultrasound, used along with injection of tumescent fluid to assist the surgeon in breaking up fat cells prior to removing them. In essence, vibration of the sound waves ruptures the fat cells, liquefying them. They are then removed in the same way as for standard liposuction.

With Vaser assistance, the liposuction process is faster and physically less demanding on the surgeon. Because it requires less force, this technique is also gentler on the patient’s body, which reduces surgical and post-operative risks and healing time. Incisions are smaller, which also shortens recovery time and minimizes the possibility of scarring. In addition, this technique tightens skin significantly better than standard liposuction.

Vaser-assisted liposuction is typically the best choice if your primary goal is re-contouring rather than weight loss through fat reduction, or the areas to be treated is small in size, because it gives the surgeon greater control to produce precise results.

Vaser Hi-Def Liposuction

Known simply as Vaser Hi-Def, this is a more advanced, more aggressive and complex liposuction technique designed specifically to create or enhance the appearance of muscle definition. A skilled cosmetic or plastic surgeon can use this procedure to create a “six-pack” look by sculpting fat surrounding muscle groups such as the deltoids, biceps, triceps, pectorals, and obliques.

This surgery has become popular with men who have achieved good muscle tone but want a more obvious “athletic” look. Increasingly, women who are in good physical shape are also investing in this surgery for similar reasons.

What about in-office treatments?

Surgery is not your only option if you want to get rid of unwanted persistent pockets of fat. There is a growing number of non-invasive and minimally-invasive treatment options you might consider. Though they work in different ways, they are all faster and less expensive than surgery, with less downtime required for recovery. However, none of them can produce the kind of results that surgical liposuction, in any form, can deliver.

In fact, some patients seek liposuction because they were ultimately not happy with the results of their non-surgical procedure. 

Which areas can be treated with liposuction?

As noted above, liposuction is very versatile and can be used to treat almost any part of the body. The most popular areas are those where we commonly find fat that refuses to respond to diet and exercise:

  • Back
  • Buttocks
  • Calves and ankles
  • Chest (including breast reduction in some patients)
  •  Chin and neck
  •  Hips
  • Stomach/abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Upper arms

The advantages of Vaser-assisted liposuction make it a particularly good choice for eliminating fat in smaller areas or those that are more visible, such as the upper arms, neck, and intimate areas. This technique is also well-suited for treating the chin, chest, abdomen, “love handles,” thighs, knees, and vulvo-vaginal structures.

Vaser Hi-Definition techniques are specifically designed to accentuate muscle definition on the abdomen and arms.

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What does a liposuction procedure involve?

Liposuction surgeries at Beverly Hills Sunset Surgical Center International in Dubai are performed as outpatient procedures, in state-of-the-art facilities designed to ensure maximum safety. You will arrive, have your surgery, and go home on the same day. Depending on the details of the procedure, patients usually spend about an hour to an hour and a half in recovery before going home.

You won’t be able to drive yourself, however – you’ll need someone to drop you off and then pick you up when you’re ready to leave. How long the procedure itself will take also depends on which type of liposuction you are having as well as the number and size of the locations on your body being treated. It could be as short as an hour, or it could take several hours.

Is it painful?

Everyone wants to know about potential pain or discomfort. Your surgeon will discuss with you anesthesia options for surgery, and you will make the decision together based on what makes you most comfortable. Typically, for liposuction, we use local anesthesia in conjunction with IV sedation, but sometimes general anesthesia is preferable.

You will be given prescription medications, if needed, for initial post-procedure discomfort. After that, over-the-counter pain relievers should be just fine.  

Traditional Liposuction surgery follows these steps:

Most patients are surprised to learn that this technique requires physical strength on the part of the surgeon. If you press on your skin, fat below the surface feels soft and pliable. But fat cells are well-connected to one another. So in order to remove unwanted fat, the surgeon must first separate the cells.

  1. You will receive anesthesia so that you are comfortable (or entirely asleep) during the procedure.
  2. Your surgeon will make small incisions and insert a cannula (thin, hollow tube) and inject tumescent fluid, a special combination of saline and epinephrine. The saline helps in the fat cell separation process. Epinephrine constructs blood vessels, so it helps minimize blood loss. That reduces surgical risk as well as post-procedure bruising and swelling. Lidocaine is added to the tumescent fluid, to act as a temporary local anesthetic following the surgery.
  3. Your surgeon will then use the cannula to punch through the fat’s connective tissue, suctioning off unwanted cells as needed. This is the part that requires considerable physical effort. 
  4. Your surgeon will then close the incisions, usually with absorbable suture material.

Vaser-assisted liposuction

This procedure follows similar steps as above, except that it is less physically demanding on the surgeon and more gentle for patients. Instead of using a cannula to manually break up fat after injection of tumescent fluid, the Vaser-assisted technique uses a type of ultrasound to dislodge and liquefy the fat cells. That makes it easier to suction them away. It also decreases swelling, bruising and overall downtime needed for recovery.

An added advantage for patients is that the Vaser’s radiofrequency energy can significantly tighten skin.  

Vaser Hi-Def liposuction

This technique differs in that the surgeon’s primary goal is not the removal of fat (although this can be done during the procedure) so much as re-contouring the fat surrounding targeted muscle groups. The surgeon uses the Vaser probe/cannula to precisely sculpt specific areas to accentuate musculature and produce highly-defined, “athletic” contours. This type of liposuction requires extensive advanced training and skill.  

Before your surgery

You and your surgeon work as a team to produce optimal results. Therefore, there are certain steps you can take ahead of time to help reduce surgical risks and speed healing and recovery time.

  • If you smoke, you will have to quit at least 2 weeks before your surgery, and you cannot smoke during your recovery period. Smoking hinders blood flow, which is essential for fast, successful healing.
  •  If you drink alcohol, you should stop that as well, for at least a week prior to surgery.
  • Even if you do not regularly exercise, getting exercise before your surgery will enhance your recovery process.
  • Your surgeon may recommend additional pre-surgery steps for you to take. For example, certain medications, vitamins and herbal supplements can interfere with surgery and/or recovery.

Liposuction Results: Before and After Images

When you gain weight, your body does not produce more fat cells, the ones you have simply get bigger. Liposuction is used to remove excess fat that persists in certain areas of the body despite diet and exercise. Liposuction also allows remaining fat to be re-contoured into a more pleasing shape.

Fat removed via liposuction will not return. So you can expect to look slimmer, with more youthful or “toned” contours following your procedure. However, if you gain weight, the remaining cells will increase in size. 

Following liposuction, your skin will reflect the new configuration of underlying fat. If your skin is still healthy and elastic, it can easily reform to the new shape, retaining a smooth appearance. However, skin that has lost elasticity can appear loose or wrinkled following liposuction. This is why surgeons recommend that patients with severe laxity get a "tuck" procedure that removes excess skin as well as fat.

In the case of Vaser Hi-Def liposuction, the goal is muscle definition rather than a slimmer overall profile. Your surgeon will work with you to determine exactly the look you want to achieve.  

Photos tell the best story about results

These before and after photos will give you an idea of what can be achieved with the different types of liposuction. Keep in mind, though, that each person’s skin, body, and aesthetic goals are different, so everyone’s results differ somewhat.

The more before and after pictures you review, the more realistic your expectations will be when it comes to your own surgical possibilities. When possible, look for photos that show patients who are similar to you, in terms of age and gender as well as skin condition and body area(s) you want to target. That will give you the clearest picture of your own potential results.

Traditional Liposuction

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Vaser Assisted Liposuction 

Vaser Assisted Liposuction

Vaser Hi-Def Liposuction 

Vaser Hi-Def Liposuction

Who is a good candidate?

While liposuction may be an appropriate surgery for almost any age adult, it is important to remember that this surgery is not intended to be a primary approach to significant weight loss. Liposuction is most successful when used to target areas of fat that persist in spite of a regimen of exercise and healthy eating. For the right patient, however, liposuction can be life-changing because it produces permanent results.

Good candidates for any type of liposuction are those who are considering the procedure in order to please themselves, not someone else. In addition, the best candidates:

  • Have attained a stable bodyweight that is within 30% of their ideal weight
  • Have good muscle tone and firm, elastic skin (even with the skin tightening advantages of Vaser-assisted liposuction, overly lax skin will not contract enough to produce desirably smooth results. If your skin has lost its elasticity, you should discuss other options with your surgeon.)
  • Do not smoke
  • Are in good overall health (chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or those that restrict blood flow can complicate surgery, increase risks, or delay healing)
  • Have realistic expectations about results

You may also be a good candidate for traditional or Vaser-assisted surgical liposuction if you previously had a non-surgical body contouring treatment and are not happy with the results. This is something you should discuss with your surgeon.

For Vaser Hi-Def liposuction, the best candidates are men or women who are also in good physical condition, with low body fat.

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What are the risks and side effects?

Liposuction has been around for almost four decades, so it is well-proven to be a safe and effective procedure for removing unwanted fat and re-contouring targeted areas of the body. Nonetheless, there are risks associated with any type of surgery. Bleeding and infection are the two most common, along with potential adverse reaction to the anesthetic used. Bleeding during liposuction surgery is minimal, and skin infections are rare.

Because Vaser-assisted liposuction involves smaller incisions and requires far less physical labor on the part of the surgeon, it produces less post-procedure bruising and swelling than the traditional technique. Rarely, the radiofrequency waves used in this procedure can sometimes cause swelling in surrounding tissue, the result of fluid build-up in the spaces where fat was removed. In this event, the fluid can be removed easily.

Other potential risks from liposuction include disappointing overall results (most often due to unrealistic expectations), irregular (wavy or bumpy looking) contouring, which may be permanent, or temporary or permanent numbness in the treated area. 

Risks can increase if your liposuction surgery will involve multiple areas of the body. As part of your initial personal consultation, the surgeon will discuss with you in detail possible risks and side-effects, along with your own current health and medical history.

The recovery process

All types of liposuction surgery are performed as outpatient procedures, so you will go home the same day. Following your surgery, you will be moved to a recovery room where you will rest until the anesthesia wears off – typically about an hour or a little longer. You will need to have someone pick you up and drive you home.

You should not feel pain immediately after surgery, because the tumescent fluid used during the procedure includes lidocaine to temporarily numb the area. However, you will be given pain medication to take home, along with antibiotics to reduce the possibility of infection. You will also receive detailed at-home care instructions. Our medical staff will review these instructions with you before you leave, to be sure everything is clear.

 It is imperative that you follow “doctor’s orders” exactly, so you can enjoy the speediest, most comfortable recovery and look forward to the best possible results. If you try to cut corners, you could hinder the healing process and risk infection or other problems. 

Key post-op notes:

  • Initially, you will see some bruising and swelling. You will probably also feel sore and stiff in the treated area as if you have over-exercised.
  • You will wear a compression garment of some type, depending on the area(s) of your body that have been treated, usually for four weeks. (You will wear it all the time for two weeks, then only at night for two more weeks, although you can remove it to bathe.) This garment is very important to help reduce swelling and support your new contours.
  • For the first week or so, you should keep activity to a minimum. Once your incisions have healed, you can (and should) undertake light exercise, which increases blood flow and assists the recovery process. Gradually you can build up to more strenuous exercise. In the meantime, you should be able to return to work or normal daily activities within a week or two.
  • It may take six weeks or so (or even a few months) before you see final results, as it takes time for post-op swelling to subside and for your body to fully recover internally. You will see gradual improvement over this time.  

Long-term, the best way to maintain your slimmer, more contoured (or ultra-muscled) look is to eat right, exercise regularly, and otherwise maintain a healthy lifestyle. Fat cells removed via liposuction do not return, but that doesn’t mean you cannot gain weight. Also, although Vaser-assisted liposuction can significantly tighten skin, your skin will continue age and will lose elasticity over time.

Will I have scars?

Liposuction incisions are quite small, even with the traditional technique. Once they have healed, you should have minimal scarring, and many patients have no noticeable scars at all.

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What does liposuction cost?

Because there are so many variables associated with liposuction surgery, it is impossible to state a specific price. Your cost will depend on the number and location(s) of areas on your body where surgery is performed, the type of liposuction used, the complexity of your procedure, your personal health, and your desired aesthetic outcome.

In addition to the surgeon’s fee, your total fee will include costs such as:

  • Anesthesia
  • Surgical facility or hospital costs
  • Post-surgery medications

BHSSCI does not accept health insurance, which does not cover cosmetic procedures anyway. We encourage you to contact us at BHSSCI to discuss pricing as well as set an appointment to discuss your surgical options with one of our world-renowned surgeons. We will provide you with complete cost information before you decide whether or not to have surgery.

Choosing the right surgeon

The cosmetic surgeon you select to perform your liposuction will directly affect your entire experience, from consultation on through to the results you see. Here at BHSSCI, we take tremendous pride in knowing that every surgeon on our team is one of the world’s finest. Each of them is exceptionally talented, highly skilled, and a proven winner with patients, often in multiple countries. So you can’t go wrong.

But there is more to choosing the right surgeon than picking someone with outstanding medical credentials. You want someone who makes you feel comfortable personally, too. Successful surgery is a team effort – a working partnership between you and your doctor. In order to achieve the results you envision, you must feel free to discuss your concerns and desire honestly and completely with your surgeon.

We noted at the beginning that Dr. John Millard, Dr. Andrew Ordon, Dr. Whitney Burrell, and Dr. Daniel Yamini are all especially well-known for performing liposuction procedures, but our team includes a number of other cosmetic surgeons who are highly experienced and respected in this area. Which one is right for you? We invite you to explore their bios, to learn about their training, experience and personal philosophies when it comes to surgery.  

You can also check out each of their individual practice websites to learn more about them and the types of surgery they perform. It’s also important to look for patient ratings and read reviews.

As you do that and narrow your list of prospective surgeons, make a list of questions you will want to ask during your personal consultation. And be prepared to answer some questions from your surgeon, too, about:

  • The areas of your body where lingering fatty deposits bother you
  • Your aesthetic goals, whether you want to achieve a smoother, shapelier or the deeply-defined look of a dedicated athlete
  • Your current health status, medical history and any medications you are currently taking
  • Whether you smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs
  • Previous surgeries you have had, if any

About BHSSC Dubai

BHSSCI Clinic is unique in that we truly are an international cosmetic and plastic surgical practice. We are located in Dubai, but our team is comprised of some of the world’s finest plastic and cosmetic surgeons. Among them are experts on liposuction techniques as well as a full range of other most-requested cosmetic surgical options for men and women.

At BHSSCI, we offer more than the best of the best when it comes to surgeons. We offer unparalleled personal care, from clinic staff who are skilled and friendly, in a luxuriously comfortable environment that ensures every moment of your experience with us is golden.

Conclusion

Liposuction in its various forms can accomplish a wide variety of contouring improvements, almost anywhere on your body from your chin to your ankles. It can help you finally get rid of that pesky fat you’ve been trying to exercise away, or – form some individuals – it can give your already-toned chest, abdomen and/or arms an even-more-sculpted appearance. Is one of these procedures right for you?

We invite you to learn more about the possibilities, by scheduling a private personal consultation with one of our BHSSCI surgeons.

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