Frequently Asked Questions
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a procedure in which a medical professional removes the fat from a patient’s face, stomach, upper shoulder area, neck, hips, torso, knees, calves, or ankles. Liposuction is an excellent way to contour the body of a patient. There is a misconception that liposuction is for weight loss. This isn’t the case. Instead, liposuction is a good option for patients that still have fat tissue even when they have changed their diet and exercise routine. Because of this, it’s primarily for patients that have a relatively normal body weight that are the best candidates for liposuction.
The procedure itself involves a medical professional injecting a solution that magnifies the treatment area and decreases the bleeding. The solution may also have a numbing medicine. From there, fat is removed using various tools.
If you have stubborn, excess weight and fat deposits that won’t seem to go away, reach out to The Lipo Group. We will provide you with a consultation and determine if you are a candidate. From there, we will set an appointment with you and remove that stubborn fat.
We also offer fat transfer services for those that have some extra fat that they would like moved elsewhere.
What is Smart Lipo?
Smart Lipo is a laser liposuction treatment (laser lipolysis) in which the body of a patient is shaped with advanced laser technology. These lasers are used to remove excess fat from the body by focusing laser radiation on fatty tissue cells. The Smart Lipo procedure is minimally invasive and safe, which makes it a popular option.
With Smart Lipo, changes in the appearance of the skin are immediate and noticeable. Skin becomes firmer, tighter, and smoother.
What is Lipo 360?
Lipo 360, as the name implies, is a form of liposuction focused on covering the full 360 degrees of a patient’s midsection. This may include the obliques, abdominals, and mid to lower back of the patient.
Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
Whether you are a good candidate for liposuction or not will depend on a few factors. First, it’s important to remember what liposuction is and isn’t for. Liposuction is a great procedure for contouring. It is not intended to be a replacement for a good diet and exercise, and it is not intended to be used as a form of weight loss. At The Lipo Group, we prefer our patients to be within 25 pounds of their target weight. We also prefer our patients to be non-smokers.
You may not be a good candidate for liposuction if you have other medical issues, such as heart disease, lung disease, circulatory problems, and other conditions that may pose a risk.
Reach out to The Lipo Group and speak with a member of our team if you have questions about whether or not you would be a good candidate for liposuction, and what may exclude you. Once it’s been determined that you may be a potential candidate, an appointment will be scheduled to meet with a cosmetic doctor. They will do an examination during this appointment and see if you are a good candidate. From there, a liposuction appointment can be scheduled.
What is the cost of liposuction?
There are different types of liposuction procedures and there are different parts of the body that may be addressed during each procedure. Because of this, it’s hard to give an exact estimate of the cost of a liposuction procedure without speaking with a staff member at The Lipo Group. With that said, below are a few estimates of what you may expect to pay for your liposuction procedure:
- Tumescent: Around $2,000-$10,000
- Smart Lipo: Around $3,000-$7,500
- Lipo 360: Around $5,000-$9,000
These are large ranges, as the procedures vary greatly. Reach out today so we can schedule an appointment and determine a more accurate estimate for the procedure.
What is gynecomastia? How can liposuction help?
Gynecomastia is an enlargement of the breast tissue in men. There are a few different reasons why someone may end up developing gynecomastia. These include genetics, obesity, hormonal imbalances, and other factors. Whatever the reason, it can be frustrating for men and may be a cause of lower self-esteem. It is especially frustrating for those that are looking to improve their overall physique but can’t seem to overcome this hurdle.
If you have tried diet and exercise and simply can’t get rid of breast fat, then you may be suffering from gynecomastia. If this is the case, the best solution is male breast liposuction. During the procedure, your doctor will remove the fat from your breasts and contour your chest to appear more natural and masculine.
The procedure for gynecomastia is minimally-invasive and relatively simple. The doctor will perform tiny incisions around the breast, where cannulas will be inserted. From there, fat cells are extracted from the breast. Once this is done, the patient’s breasts will appear firmer and flatter.
Patients of this form of procedure can expect the recovery time to be around two to seven days. There will be swelling and bruising during this time. Patients will need to avoid exercise and take it easy during recovery.
For a masculine, natural male chest reach out to The Lipo Group and ask about our gynecomastia liposuction services.
What other procedures are available?
Another great option for removing fat from the belly is what is known as a “tummy tuck.” Abdominoplasty (also known as a “tummy tuck”) is a surgical procedure where excess fat and loose skin is removed from the patient. This helps to create a flatter, slimmer stomach.
Below are some of the reasons for a tummy tuck:
After Weight Loss
Those that have recently lost a significant amount of weight often find that they have flabby skin that is hanging off of them. This is not only unsightly but also uncomfortable. With a tummy tuck, a patient that has lost a lot of weight can enjoy the fruits of their labor and enjoy the belly they worked so hard for.
Pregnancy is a beautiful thing. Your little bundle of joy just spent nine months or so with you, and it has finally arrived. The only problem is your pregnancy may have left you with a little extra body weight and skin. If this is the case, a post-pregnancy tummy tuck may be the perfect solution to give you back the body you had before your beautiful baby arrived.
After Abdominal Surgery
If the tone of the rectus abdominal muscles has been weakened during a surgical procedure, an abdominoplasty may be the best solution. It is also a good solution for those that formed a hernia. Patients as often as 38% of the time experience dehiscence of the rectus abdominal fascia after a hysterectomy. These cases are generally mild and don’t require a tummy tuck to resolve. There are times, though, that there is drooping skin or a visual defect after a procedure. A tummy tuck may be the best procedure to address this issue and improve the appearance of a patient’s stomach and skin.
What is the Tummy Tuck Procedure?
The tummy tuck procedure starts with an appointment for a consultation. A doctor that specializes in abdominoplasty will take a look at your stomach and see what needs to be done. From there, they will schedule an appointment with you.
During the procedure itself, your doctor will make an incision just above the pubic hairline, from hip to hip. There will then be a separate incision made around the navel. Muscles will be brought together and sewn together if they are stretched in a straight line. This strengthens the abdominal muscles and reduces the circumference of the abdomen. Doing this will help to prevent the formation of an abdominal hernia in the future. From there, the subcutaneous tissue and muscles will be sutured. The skin is pulled down in order for the excess skin to be removed. A small hole will be made by your surgeon for sewing in the belly button in a new place. Limited liposuction will also be performed. A larger abdominal fat fold can be removed with slight skin tension.
After the procedure, straightening up may be uncomfortable. It’s important for the patient to walk every couple of hours throughout the day and early evening. This will help to decrease the chances of blood clots forming. It is normal to experience some discomfort for about a week after the procedure. Pain medication should be taken as prescribed. Lots of fluids and high fiber foods will help in reducing constipation.
After a few months, scars will lose their redness. Eventually, they will likely lighten up and fade away.
What is “fat transfer”? What are the types of fat transfer?
While some people just want the fat off of their bodies, others would like to put that fat to good use. If that’s the case, then fat transfer may be an excellent option!
Fat transfer is the process of taking fat that has been removed during liposuction and transferring those fat cells to another part of the body. This means a surgeon can graft, enhance, and improve the appearance of other parts of the body with the fat removed.
There are a few ways in which fat transfer is used. Below are the most common:
It’s no secret that some people aren’t born with the most voluptuous rear ends. For those that would like to improve the appearance of their buttocks and add a little plump, there is fat transfer to the buttocks. The surgeon is able to sculpt an amazing-looking, natural rear with the fat removed from another area of the body.
For those with smaller breasts, fat transfer can be an excellent option to increase the size and improve the shape of their breasts. Breast symmetry can also be addressed, allowing patients to not only increase the size of their breasts, but also the overall beauty.
For some patients, wrinkles and smoothness of the face are an issue. What many people don’t realize is that fat transfer may be an option to help smooth out those wrinkles!
Preparing for Liposuction
Once you have decided to get liposuction, you’ll want to prepare for the procedure. While it isn’t very invasive, there are still some things you’ll need to do. Make sure you maintain or achieve a healthy body weight before your liposuction procedure. You’ll also want to avoid taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs. For more information about what you should do in preparation for your liposuction procedure, speak with our office. You will also be provided with this information when your appointment is set.
Is There a Way to Pay on Credit?
We understand that paying the cost of liposuction all at the same time can be difficult. That’s why we work with reputable companies for financing your procedure. These include Alphaeon, CareCredit, and Greensky. For CareCredit, there are no-interest options if paid within a given time period. The Lipo Group also offers our services at an amazing price. We believe in doing amazing work and transforming lives at an affordable cost. We believe strongly in providing premier services for those that may have previously thought a liposuction procedure was out of reach. The main goal for our practice is to help those in need.
If you would like to know more about financing on credit, contact us today. We can go over the different payment options that may be available, and we’ll do everything we can to make the procedure affordable to you.
Additional Questions? Reach Out Today!
The liposuction process is multifaceted, so it’s no surprise that you may have more questions. Feel free to reach out to The Lipo Group with any questions you may have. We’d be happy to answer them and get you scheduled for a consultation appointment.
The body of your dreams is closer than you may think. Reach out to The Lipo Group today and look your best with liposuction!