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Liposuction

Liposuction is a procedure performed to remove unwanted fat deposits from areas such as the abdomen, flanks, hips, back, bra line, arms, thighs, etc.  It is performed with the use of small cannulas that are inserted under the skin via small poke holes.  It is not a weight loss procedure.  If you are overweight, you should lose weight prior to having liposuction performed.  You should be at a stable weight for at least 3-6 months before you have this procedure done.  If you have excess skin and fat, liposuction alone is not the right procedure for you.  You may need an abdominoplasty, arm lift, thigh lift, etc.  This is one of the most common procedures performed by both men and women.  The fat that is removed from one area can be transferred to other areas.  Dr. Lovelace will perform a personal consultation with you in their Fort Worth, TX office to determine which procedure is right for you.

How much pain will I have?

Moderate

How much will it cost?

A price quote detailing the fees for the facility, anesthesia, any postoperative garments, and surgeon will be given at the consultation.  Prices will vary depending on the time that is needed to do the procedure, and the areas that will be contoured.  Dr. Lovelace will perform a personal consultation at her Fort Worth, TX office which is conveniently located to Southlake, Keller, Argyle and Mansfield to determine what the right procedure is for you.

What is the hospital/surgery center time?

Surgery will be approximately 1-3 hours as determined on a case by case basis.  Typically this is done as an outpatient procedure, but an overnight stay may be necessary and will be determined by the surgeon.

What is the recovery?

Sutures that are placed are usually dissolvable and will not need to be removed.  You will be placed in a compression garment after your surgery, and told to wear this at all times for 8 weeks, and then only at night as long as tolerated.  You will be expected to start walking immediately after surgery to help reduce the risk of blood clots.  On average patients return to light duty work a few days to a week after surgery.  You will be able to return to non-strenuous activity approximately a week after surgery.   Approximately 8 weeks after surgery, strenuous activity will be allowed without restrictions.  Scars will flatten and fade between 3 months and 2 years after surgery.

What medications should I take or avoid with my surgery?

You should not take any blood thinners or anti-inflammatory medications for a week before your procedure, and you should hold all over the counter supplements a week before surgery.  This will help reduce the risk of bleeding intraoperatively, and help reduce the risk of postoperative hematoma (collection of blood).  If blood thinners are prescribed for you by your cardiologist or primary care physician, you should get clearance from them to hold these medications before they are discontinued.  You should hold all hormones 6 weeks before surgery.  Birth control pills should be held 6 weeks before surgery as well.  Of course you should make sure to use alternative forms of birth control during and after this time.  Hormones and birth control pills put you at a higher risk of blood clots.  These clots can go to your lungs and cause serious illness or even death.  We call this a pulmonary embolus.  Steroids should be weaned off at least a month before your surgery, and this weaning process should be set up and cleared by your prescribing physician.  Dr. Lovelace and the staff will go through your list of medication, and let you know what exactly you need to do with those medications preoperatively.  Make sure that you bring all of your medications with you to your consultation at their Fort Worth, TX office.  You will usually be given your prescriptions for your postoperative medication on your preoperative visit so that they can be filled and at your house when you get home from surgery.

Will I need clearances from any other physicians?

Depending on your age and medical issues, Dr. Lovelace and her staff will set you up with your primary care physician, cardiologist, etc. for clearance prior to your surgery.  At that time any necessary labs, EKGs, or chest x-rays will be done.

What are the risks?

The risks of liposuction includes bleeding, infection, scarring, hematoma, seroma, need for further intervention, asymmetry, poor cosmesis, failure to obtain desired results, contour irregularities, nerve/vessel/muscle injury, numbness, skin/fat necrosis, cyst formation, over correction, under correction, dehiscence, significant bruising, intra-abdominal/intrathoracic injury, loose skin, bowel injury, cannula fragmentation, cardiac/pulmonary/stroke/DVT/PE events, death, etc.

If you have additional questions about the liposuction procedure please contact our Fort Worth office which is conveniently located to Southlake, Keller, Argyle and Mansfield to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lovelace.