Everyone’s had the frustrating experience of eating right and staying active only to find that a few stubborn problem spots remain behind even after reaching your target weight. Liposuction slims down isolated fatty deposits like your muffin top, love handles or inner thighs to fine-tune your figure in a way that enhances your healthy lifestyle and brings out the best in your body.
Recognized as a body contouring specialist and one of the top cosmetic surgeons in the Mobile-Pensacola metro area, Dr. James Koehler is a board certified cosmetic surgeon serving patients from Gulfport to Gulf Shores and beyond. In addition to liposuction, Dr. Koehler offers a wide range of plastic surgery procedures for both men and women, and is known for his caring commitment to a patient-first approach.
Are You a Candidate?
Although liposuction is often confused with weight loss surgery, the procedure is cosmetic in nature, and delivers the best results in those men and women who are already at or near a healthy target weight. Liposuction does remove fat, but if you notice excessive loose skin in addition to fatty tissue, you might be a better candidate for a tummy tuck or other body contouring procedures.
The best candidates for lipo are in good general physical and mental health, and have realistic expectations about their final results. It’s also a good idea to already practice a healthy lifestyle before scheduling liposuction. Although fat cells will not come back following lipo, it’s important to understand that the surgery can’t prevent future weight gain, and a commitment to maintaining your existing weight post-lipo is essential in order to ensure the best possible long-term results after your procedure.
There are two different types of fat in the body: visceral fat and subcutaneous fat. Visceral fat is responsible for significant weight gain, and develops deep within the body around the organs. While a committed change in diet and exercise habits can typically reduce visceral fat, the other type of fat—subcutaneous fat—may not be as easily affected by your weight-loss efforts.
Subcutaneous fat lies closer to the skin’s surface, and is more easily accessible for removal via liposuction. Examples of common liposuction target areas include the waistline and love handles, the male back and chest, inner or outer thighs, upper arms and even through the upper neck to eliminate a double chin. It’s very common to combine liposuction with other body contouring procedures, including those that are performed after weight loss or as part of a mommy makeover.
At our practice, the cost of liposuction starts at $4,300. Your price may vary depending on your specific goals and whether additional procedures are performed at the same time. Dr. Koehler and his staff are happy to answer any questions you may have about cosmetic surgery pricing and help you fully understand the costs associated with your liposuction.
What to Expect
Scheduling a consultation with Dr. Koehler is the first step toward beautiful liposuction results. During this initial meeting, he can conduct a physical evaluation to ensure that you’re a good candidate for the procedure, as well as discuss your hopes for surgery. Having a clear understanding of your expectations helps Dr. Koehler decide what the best technical approach will be to help you reach those goals.
Tumescent liposuction uses a special saline solution to help break apart fat cells in order to facilitate their withdrawal via suction. The tumescent solution also helps control bleeding and includes a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during and after surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Koehler will explain the various liposuction techniques and benefits and recommend the method that he feels will work best to help you meet your goals.
Risks and Complications
The risks associated with liposuction include the potential for an adverse reaction to anesthesia or excessive bleeding, although major complications after lipo are rare. Minor complications could occur that do not affect the final outcome of your results. The likelihood of adverse side effects is greatly reduced by choosing an experienced surgeon like Dr. Koehler. A comprehensive explanation of all the risks and benefits is one of the things that Dr. Koehler will go over with you during your consultation.
Your New Look
After liposuction, you can expect to see some bruising and swelling, although most patients find that any initial discomfort can be managed with oral medication. Wearing a compression garment for the first few weeks after surgery will help control the swelling and expel any remaining tumescent fluid more quickly, as well as encourage skin and tissue to conform to your new contours. As swelling subsides, your final results will become more and more visible, revealing a slimmer, more toned appearance.