Liposuction Specialist

Plastic Surgery Associates of Southern Indiana

Board Certified Plastic Surgeons & Reconstructive Surgeons located in Bloomington, IN

If you live with unwanted fat on your hips, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, or arms, liposuction can reduce fat in those targeted areas and help improve your self-esteem. Dr. William Weber and Dr. Alan Wise of Plastic Surgery Associates of Southern Indiana specialize in traditional liposuction as well as laser lipolysis. If you're ready to transform your body and attitude with expert liposuction or laser lipolysis treatment, contact Plastic Surgery Associates of Southern Indiana, located in Bloomington, Indiana, today.

Liposuction Q & A

Plastic Surgery Associates of Southern Indiana

What is liposuction?

When diet and exercise fail to reduce the size or shape of areas with excess fat, liposuction can often successfully remove fat. It's a cosmetic procedure that removes excess fat from areas of the body such as the hips, abdomen, breasts, thighs, buttocks, and arms.

Liposuction is not a replacement for a diet and exercise plan or treatment for obesity, nor is it a treatment for cellulite, stretch marks, or sagging skin. Instead, it reshapes your body and can improve contour.

How does liposuction work?

When you undergo liposuction, Dr. Wise or Dr. Weber insert small tubes -- called cannula -- into the skin and suction fat out as the tubes target specific fat areas. Depending on your needs, they can use several different liposuction techniques to achieve optimal results, including those that feature lasers or ultrasounds to break down fat.

Laser lipolysis, for example, uses heat from lasers to break down fat cells and doesn’t require surgery or downtime. Dr. Wise and Dr. Weber use the Smartlipo Triplex or PrecisionTx to complete laser lipolysis. This type of liposuction involves minimally invasive incisions, gentle laser technology, and far less pain and downtime than traditional liposuction.

Liposuction is most effective in people with a healthy body weight who suffer from stubborn fat deposits that don’t go away after exercise. Dr. Wise and Dr. Weber will help you determine if liposuction is the right treatment for your concerns.

What can I expect when getting liposuction treatment?

Liposuction is typically an outpatient procedure, meaning that it occurs at the plastic surgery center and you can return home the same day. If you undergo laser lipolysis, you should be able to return to work and routine activities right away.

After the procedure is complete, the treatment areas are wrapped to reduce swelling and pain. Dr. Wise and Dr. Weber may prescribe wearing compression garments to encourage healing for several weeks following liposuction. Bruising and swelling may also occur for the first several days following treatment.

What is laser lipolysis and how does it compare to traditional liposuction?

At Plastic Surgery Associates of Indiana, Dr. Wise and Dr. Weber offer laser lipolysis with Smartlipo - a cutting-edge, minimally invasive, laser-assisted procedure. Unlike traditional liposuction, laser lipolysis requires very minimal downtime and patients experience less pain, bruising, and swelling.

How does Smartlipo work?

Dr. Wise or Dr. Weber begin by numbing the targeted treatment area with local anesthesia. Next, a thin tube along with the laser fiber is inserted into the targeted area on your body. Fat cells are destroyed by the laser and suctioned out through the tube. The entire procedure typically lasts 1-2 hours, but may vary depending on the size and number of areas being treated. Results are usually noticeable within a week but continue to improve for about six months after. Many patients only need one treatment to reach their body contouring goal.

Am I a good candidate for Smartlipo?

Smartlipo is ideal for men and women with stubborn fat pockets that can’t be targeted sufficiently with diet and exercise. Most patients will opt for Smartlipo to treat flabby upper arms, excess fat in the face and neck, love handles, and the abdomen. Each patient at Plastic Surgery of Southern Indiana will receive a full consultation with Dr. Wise or Dr. Weber to ensure laser lipolysis is a good fit.

If you're ready to explore your liposuction or laser lipolysis options, book online or call now to meet with the Plastic Surgery Associates of Southern Indiana and start feeling better again.

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