Deciding to sculpt your body with liposuction can be the culmination of a long-held dream and the beginning of a new life with your ideal physique. Liposuction allows you to put the finishing touches on a body that is otherwise fit but still has stubborn pockets of fat that don’t respond to diet or exercise. Liposuction will permanently remove those stubborn fat pockets to create a figure that is sleeker, firmer and more finely shaped.
Liposuction can help you recover your pre-baby physique either on its own or as part of a Mommy Makeover. Lipo in Las Vegas can also be used to overcome hormonal and aging-related changes that prompt your body to store fat in areas such as the lower abdomen (muffin top), hips (love handles), thighs (saddle bags), back fat, bra fat, and arm fat.
Liposculpture Continues to Evolve
Since liposuction first gained popularity in the 1980s, it has undergone a number of evolutions. The cannulas (metal straws) that are used to suction away the fat can now be as small in diameter as just 0.6 mm — which allows fine detailing around the muscles and minimizes the trauma of the procedure.
We also now perform what is called tumescent liposuction, in which the area to be treated is first injected and swollen with a special saline solution that contains lidocaine to numb the pain and obviate the need for general anesthesia, adrenaline to constrict blood vessels and control bleeding, and sodium bicarbonate to break up the fat so that it is more easily vacuumed away by the machine that attaches to the cannulas.
At the end of the 1990s, physicians in the US also introduced ultrasound waves into the process to break up the fat cells, making them easier to suction.
Liposculpture Is Still Surgery
Despite the advances and the spectacular results that liposuction can now achieve, it is still a surgical procedure. That means you must schedule a recovery period, including time off from work and daily tasks such as childcare.
As part of your consultation with Dr. Julio Garcia — a Las Vegas plastic surgeon who brings an artist’s eye to your liposuction body sculpture (otherwise known as liposculpture) — you will learn about the liposuction procedure itself, what kinds of results you can expect, and the steps you can take to make your recovery as quick and as comfortable as possible.
Preparing for Your Ideal Form
The first step in preparing for your lipo Las Vegas is to consult with Dr. Garcia. He will take time to listen to your concerns and answer any questions you may have. He will also take detailed measurements of your body and discuss with you your expectations for the procedure. It can be helpful to bring photographs of yourself that demonstrate a physique you’d like to return to (such as a pre-baby figure), or of celebrities or others who exemplify your ideal.
Dr. Garcia was trained as an artist as well as a surgeon. He earned a degree as Doctor of Medicine from the University of Illinois, and Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Biology from Northwestern University. Therefore, he not only brings a surgeon’s expertise, but also an artist’s keen eye for balance and harmony when evaluating your figure and planning your liposuction. Dr. Garcia will explain what changes he believes would be realistic and most flattering to your unique body shape and beauty.
If you have loose skin on your abdomen as well as excess fat, Dr. Garcia may suggest a Tummy Tuck (abdominoplasty) as well as liposuction. He may also recommend laser lipo Las Vegas or ultrasound-assisted liposuction, which breaks up the fat cells into tiny pieces using ultrasound technology, making the fat easier to remove.
Getting Ready for Your Liposuction
Once you and Dr. Garcia have decided on your aesthetic goals for your liposculpture and set a date for the surgery, you will need to make arrangements to ensure that you have adequate time and help to facilitate your recovery. You will need to schedule at least two or three days where you are not responsible for anything but healing. This means you may need to:
- Arrange for time off from work
- Arrange for childcare and pet care, if necessary
- Have someone else do the household chores for 2 to 3 days
- Arrange for meals that you don’t have to prepare or clean up from during that recovery period
- Arrange for someone to drive you home after your procedure
You should also avoid any medications, spices or herbs that may act as blood thinners to prevent excess bleeding during your procedure. Some common blood-thinning agents to avoid are:
- Cayenne pepper
- Gingko Biloba
- Vitamin E
Your Recovery Period
Even with two to three days of rest after Dr. Garcia has sculpted your body with liposuction, your body will continue to heal over the next several weeks. You may be bruised and sore for up to a week after your procedure. However, you should be able to return to most normal activities about two weeks after your liposculpture.
Though you may feel fully recovered within a few days, your body will continue to remove fat cells that were destroyed fat cells during the procedure and remain slightly swollen for up to several weeks. Your new figure should begin to become apparent about a month or two after your liposuction. Your final, beautiful sculpted figure should be fully visible by your third month.
An Investment in Yourself
Liposuction can be the answer to your frustration with stubborn pockets of fat that just won’t budge. You can reward all the efforts you’ve put into dieting and exercise with this highly effective and rejuvenating procedure that can let you reclaim the body of your youth or finally achieve the ideal figure that has always eluded you. Dr. Garcia will be happy to discuss the Las Vegas liposuction price as part of your consultation, and work out a payment plan, if necessary.
Liposuction is an investment in yourself and in your future. Because the fat cells are removed forever, as long as you maintain your weight, you should be able to keep your beautiful liposuction results for the rest of your life.