Liposuction Detroit, MI

Liposculpture (or suction-assisted lipectomy) has become one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed by plastic surgeons today. Proven safety, minimal scarring and outstanding results have made it the preferred method for removing fat from the hips, thighs, buttocks and midriff as well as areas of the face, neck, arms and back. Liposuction is not an alternative to weight reduction but can be very effective in removing fat from areas that do not respond to diet and exercise programs. Suction-assisted lipectomy can be performed in our office out-patient surgical suite under local or general anesthesia. A narrow tube (cannula) is inserted into a small incision made in an inconspicuous place. Dr. Hardaway then manipulates the cannula, which is connected to a strong vacuum, breaking up fatty areas and suctioning out the fat. Many refinements in liposuction such as the tumescent technique and ultrasonic liposuction have helped to enhance the final result.

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What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a procedure that can remove stubborn fatty deposits under the skin, that will not go away with just diet and exercise alone. It is a way to shape and contour the body, producing dramatic changes in a small amount of time. Although liposuction is most often associated with the thighs and abdomen, liposuction can be performed on many places of the body, such as the thighs, abdomen, arms, back, and chin. However, liposuction does not get rid of cellulite or sagging skin. If sagging skin is the concern, a lift surgery (skin excision) on the desired area of the body is a possibility. Thigh lifts, arm lifts, and tummy tuck are common types of body lift surgery. These procedures can be combined with liposuction. A full body lift is an option if there are concerns all over the body. Vaser liposuction (ultrasonic) and Smartlipo (laser) are types of liposuction that use heat to liquify the fat prior to removal. The heat promotes collagen production and skin tightening.

Although the basis for liposuction is removal of fat deposits, liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss. If you are planning on losing a large amount of weight, you should to talk to your doctor about the best time to have the procedure. Usually, this is when you are close to your weight loss goals, or you have already achieved them. Dr. Hardaway will help you find the ideal time and procedure plan that works best for you.

What is a Brazilian Butt Lift?

A Brazilian butt lift, also known as a BBL, is a surgical procedure that transfers fat from other parts of the body to the buttocks, as well as shaping the butt. Fat is taken usually from the abdomen, back, or thighs, and transferred to the butt. This procedure increases the size of the butt without the use of implants. Liposuction is used to remove fat from unwanted areas of the body, and is reinserted into the buttocks. This gives the butt a rounder and fuller appearance, resulting in a curvier appearance to the figure. A Brazilian butt lift does not specifically address loose skin or cellulite on the butt. A buttock or gluteal augmentation, also known as a butt lift, is a procedure that can address loose skin on the butt. It can be a combination of fat grafting, fat transfer, and lifting, depending on the needs of the patient. This procedure can be combined with liposuction to help further contour the body.

What is liposuction of the chin?

Liposuction of the chin, also known as submental liposuction, neck liposuction, or lipectomy, removes fatty deposits from areas around the chin and neck. Liposuction of the chin can improve the contour of the chin and jawline, get rid of a double chin or unwanted fullness underneath the chin, and make the face appear thinner overall.

Chin liposuction is often combined with other procedures such as a neck lift or facelift, to remove lose skin and contour all areas of the face. Typically, those who are in their twenties through early fifties have better skin elasticity, which is necessary for the skin to contract smoothly after liposuction, and are good candidates for the procedure. Dr. Hardaway performs all of these services at her AAAASF certified surgical suite. 

Profound and Sublime are two non-surgical, minimally invasive procedures that help tighten the skin on the face. They are typically performed on the face, neck, or jawline. Results from these procedures typically take longer to see than results from liposuction and are not a substitute for liposuction.

Profound is a treatment that combines radiofrequency energy with micro needling to help decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Profound increases the skin’s natural production of collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin, thus stimulating the skin’s natural healing process, creating younger, more youthful looking skin.

Sublime is another non-invasive treatment that can help tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Sublime heats the skin using radiofrequency and infrared technology, which stimulates collagen production in the face. This results in a more youthful appearance.

Another nonsurgical option for removal of unwanted fatty deposits under the chin is Kybella.  Multiple treatments of Kybella are needed.  Dr. Hardaway will evaluate you to see if you are candidate for any of these treatments

            Dr. Hardaway performs these procedures at her office as well. During your consultation, she will help you find the course of action that will help suit your specific needs.

How much does liposuction cost?

            The cost of liposuction varies from patient to patient. Prices vary depending on the intensity of the procedure, as well as if the surgery is combined with other procedures, and the part of the body where the surgery is performed. Liposuction is not normally covered by insurance. Dr. Hardaway will discussion pricing at your consultation.

How is liposuction performed?

            Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, meaning the patient will be able to go home after surgery. The patient is under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with IV sedation (twilight anesthesia) for the procedure. Small incisions are made near the areas of treatment and a very thin tube called a cannula is inserted under the skin to reach fat deposits. The cannula is attached to a vacuum, and the doctor will move the tube under the skin, to suction out fatty deposits. The fat can also be inserted into other areas of the body, to help contour and shape other areas. Liposuction is an outpatient procedure, so hospitalization is not required. Patients should plan on having someone to drive them home from the procedure.

Is there an alternative to liposuction?

Non-invasive body contouring is a non-surgical procedure that can be used to sculpt parts of the body. Coolsculpting and Sculpsure are examples of non-invasive body contouring. These procedures are not a substitute for liposuction, but can be effective in decreasing fat in specific areas. These results are less effective than liposuction. Liposuction offers more dramatic and longer-lasting results than non-invasive body contouring procedures. However, non-invasive body contouring can be a good option for those who are hesitant about surgery, or want a less invasive procedure.

How long is recovery from liposuction?

Liposuction is an outpatient treatment, so no hospital stay is required, unless the patient has a medical history that requires hospitalization. Swelling and bruising are normal after the procedure. A compression garment is required after surgery. Patients can normally return to work several days after the procedure, depending on the physical intensity of the job. Normal physical activity can be resumed when cleared by the doctor, normally two to three weeks after surgery. Do not resume normal physical activity or return to work until cleared by the doctor.

How long to results from liposuction last?

            Results from liposuction lasts for many years, as the fat is removed from the body. However, natural processes such as weight gain, aging, factors from pregnancy, and other lifestyle factors, including genetics, can cause variations. It is important to maintain a stable weight and to exercise after surgery to ensure the longevity of the results. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen will help the results last longer. If you are in the process of losing weight, it is best to be near or at your weight loss goal before having the procedure done. Following the doctor’s specific instructions after surgery will help the results from your procedure last as long as possible. This will ensure the best and longest lasting results from the procedure.

What are the risks of liposuction?

            As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with liposuction. The most common risks include bruising and swelling after the procedure. As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection if not taken care of properly. Blood clots and nerve damage are other risks from the procedure, but are uncommon. Strictly following the doctor’s instructions for aftercare can help decrease the chance of these risks.

Who is a good candidate for liposuction?

Someone is an ideal candidate for liposuction if:

  • They are looking for a procedure that will remove excess fat, as well help shape the contours of the body.
  • They are generally in good health.
  • They do not smoke or drink excessively.
  • They not have any medical conditions that can impair or slow the healing process.
  • They have realistic goals for the outcome of the surgery. Dr. Hardaway will work with patients to determine which path will be best to meet their needs.

If you have any specific medical conditions, please inform Dr. Hardaway. She will find a course of treatment that is right for you. Call 248-855-6030 to schedule a consultation

Liposuction Glossary

The following definitions have been added to in order to help you better understand our procedures and treatments. Please contact us today you have any questions and/or to schedule you confidential consultation.

abdomen (tummy) + plasty (to change, shape or mole). See tummy tuck.

As used in liposuction, aspirate means to suction fat and fluids. Fat and fluids are suctioned from the body and passed into the cannula, hose or collection apparatus.

the hand-held instrument that is moved by the surgeon partly inside the patient to remove fat.

a commonly used term that describes the soft, rolling/pocketings in skin that usually occur on the thighs and buttocks. It is believed that cellulite is caused by a tethering of the fibrous connections from the deep fat and fascia attaching to the underside of the dermis (leather layer of the skin). Cellulite may or may not be improved by liposuction.

The layer of the skin that lies just below the epidermis on most of the body. It is largely made up of collagen (fibrous or connective) tissue. The dermis, as a layer, makes up the bulk of the skin and is usually thickest on the back and the back of the neck.

a non-surgical vacuuming technique developed in France. It is commonly described as a “vacuum with rollers”. No fat is removed and you should not lose any weight as a result of endodermologie alone. Endodermologie is a non-invasive procedures that gently pulls on the surface of the skin. The vacuum likely pulls on the tethers and loosens or stretches them.

When referring to the skin only, fat is stored in cells and usually makes up the bulk of the subcutaneous layer. Liposuction is performed only on this layer of the skin. Large Volume Liposuction – volume or weight are used to measure the amount of fat removed. It is commonly agreed that 10 liters of fat or more is large volume liposuction.

root word meaning “fat”.

Lipoplasty: another term for liposuction.

A procedure to remove fat performed by cannulas through entrance wounds in the patient’s skin. Fat is removed through the cannulas into a container by the power of a vacuum pump (aspirator).

another term for liposuction.

Tummy Tuck
(Abdominoplasty) – This surgery of the tummy tuck involves cutting and drawing together with stitches or staples the layers of the stomach or (tummy), skin, subcutaneous fat, and/or muscle. A tummy tuck may only involve skin and fat or may include cutting and tightening the muscle. Tumescent Liposuction (Klein Solution and Method – a special formula of sterile dilute salt water, adrenaline, lidocaine and bicarbonate. It is reported that bleeding, pain and complications are reduced. Ultrasonic Liposuction – is a type of liposuction in which high frequency vibrations created by an ultrasound generator shake a special liposuction cannula. The vibrating tip actually shakes fat cells from their attachments thereby, releasing fat and oil into the area surrounding the ultrasonic cannula tip into which they are removed.

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