Liposuction

Contemplating Liposuction

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Dr. Anton’s signature procedure, Curve Liposuction is performed to contour and reduce certain problem areas of the body, neck and face. In order to stay in the correct plane (not too close to the skin or underlying structures) during liposuction a curved cannula is used to follow the natural contours of the body. Dr. Anton believes this greatly reduces the risk of post-surgical irregularities.

Curve Liposuction results in an improved overall shape to areas that do not respond or respond very little to weight loss and exercise. Areas such as the neck/ chin, back, arms, abdomen, hips, thighs, knees and ankles are common areas that can be improved with Curve Liposuction. A good candidate for this procedure has one or more of the following concerns:

  • Existing fat deposits in areas that are not reduced by diet and exercise.
  • Certain areas that are out of proportion (such as thighs or hips) to the rest of the body.
  • Patients who desire a better overall shape and contour and are within a normal weight range.

Preparing for the Procedure

During your consultation with Dr. Anton, you will discuss your areas of concern. Skin elasticity and expectations will also be addressed at this time. It is common to combine several areas of the body during one surgery and is often necessary to achieve the optimal result of a better overall shape and contour for the entire body.

About the Procedure

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This procedure is performed under a general anesthesia and can take approximately 2 to 5 hours depending on how much fat needs to be removed and how many areas of the body are involved. Small incisions, about 1/8-inch in length, are strategically placed in well-hidden areas of the body. Incisions are covered with paper tape and generally scaring is very minimal and in most cases unnoticeable once healed.

What to Expect After Surgery

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Most patients wake from surgery feeling groggy, tired and just wanting to sleep. Mild to moderate pain and discomfort are to be expected; however, it is usually alleviated by a prescribed pain medication. Overall, most patients feel their surgery was less painful than anticipated, and they are able to discontinue their pain medication after 4-5 days.

You will be wearing a compression garment immediately after surgery. This garment is worn for a two-week period, 24 hours a day. After two weeks, you will then be instructed to change to a lighter support garment for an additional short period of time.

Most patients return to light sedentary work 4 to 5 days after surgery. Your activities will be restricted for a full two-week period after surgery including no lifting, bending or straining of any kind. You will be advised during your post-operative appointments regarding these restrictions. The healing process varies from patient to patient and is decided on an individual basis.