Mid-Michigan Plastic Surgery 
2313 Stonebridge Drive, Building B
(Off Linden Road at Stonebridge Center)
 Flint, Michigan 48532

Telephone: (810) 732-9410    
Toll Free: (800) 446-0310     
Fax: (810) 732-1943
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Mid-Michigan Plastic Surgery ,  2313 Stonebridge Drive, Building B, (Off Linden Road at Stonebridge Center)
 Flint, Michigan 48532 -
Telephone: (810) 732-9410 - Toll Free: (800) 446-0310  -  Fax: (810) 732-1943

Liposuction

What is liposuction?
Liposuction, also called lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, is the surgical removal of localized or regional excess fatty tissue. There are three common variations to the procedure:

  • Traditional liposuction, simply defined as surgical suctioning of excess fat deposits
  • The tumescent or super-wet technique that requires an infusion of saline solution, with added adrenaline and possibly anesthetic prior to removal of excess fat
  • Ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty or UAL, where ultrasonic energy is used to liquefy excess fat prior to surgical suctioning


These techniques may be used to reduce localized fat deposits of the:Fit Girl

  • Cheeks, chin and neck
  • Upper arms
  • Breast or chest area
  • Back
  • Abdomen and waist
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Inner knee
  • Calves and ankles

In some cases, liposuction is performed alone, in other cases it is used with plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift, male or female breast reduction, or a tummy tuck. Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise. It is also not an effective treatment for cellulite, the dimpled skin that typically appears on the thighs, hips and buttocks.

Liposuction can, however, permanently reshape body contours where excess fat deposits create areas that are disproportionately large in an otherwise balanced figure. Ideal candidates for liposuction are adults of any age within 30% of their ideal weight and with firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone. Good candidates are defined as:

  • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring

Special considerations may be necessary for individuals with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or previous surgery to the treatment area.

 

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