Liposuction

For many individuals, no matter how much they exercise or adhere to a healthy diet, there are some areas of the body that continue to store excess fat. In order to achieve a more slender body contour, Robert I. Oliver, Jr., M.D. and Jason M. Jack, M.D., of Plastic Surgery Specialists in Birmingham, offer liposuction surgery. Along with a caring and welcoming staff, our plastic surgeons strive to provide patients with personalized care throughout their entire procedure. Along with Birmingham liposuction patients, they also serve Anniston liposuction and Tuscaloosa liposuction patients.

"Our desire is to provide you with the finest personalized care, while creating beautiful, natural results that turn your dreams into reality."

Liposuction (or lipoplasty) is a body-sculpting procedure performed to remove fat that is unresponsive to dieting and exercising. This procedure can be applied to nearly any area of the body and is commonly used on multiple areas during an operation. Liposuction results in a slimmer and better proportioned figure. Liposuction is used effectively to reduce love handles, saddlebags, a double-chin, a bulge around the waistline, or other unsightly fatty deposits in order to develop a better shape and create a more beautiful body.

Dr. Jack and Dr. Oliver offer traditional and assisted liposuction, which can be further discussed during an initial consultation. The most common areas to be treated include the chin, neckline, back, upper arms, abdomen, flanks, hips, and buttocks.

Reasons for Considering Liposuction:

Liposuction is not a replacement for proper exercise and diet. Instead, liposuction is a reduction procedure for stubborn areas where fat accumulates. Used in combination with several areas of the body, liposuction can provide a well proportioned body appearance.

Ideal candidates for this body contouring procedure are those who have already exhausted other natural methods of weight loss, are at or near their ideal weight, and have realistic expectations regarding their outcome. Liposuction ("lipoplasty") is designed to remove localized pockets of fat.

General Procedure

Liposuction can be done under general anesthesia with the patient asleep or under local anesthesia where the area is numbed and the patient remains awake. Through a tiny incision, a narrow tube or "cannula" is inserted and used to vacuum out the fatty tissue beneath the skin. The surgeon determines the amount of fat to be removed by massaging the skin and squeezing the tissue. After eliminating the excess fat, the incisions are closed by applying a compression dressing or bandage to the area in order to prevent bleeding, reduce swelling, and support the affected area.

There are several different types of liposuction procedures that have developed as a result of recent advancements in new technologies. Together the patient and the surgeon can discuss which method(s) are best during the initial consultation visit. Liposuction can last from thirty minutes to a couple of hours depending upon the amount of fat to be removed. Liposuction surgery is an excellent procedure that can benefit those who want to remove unattractive fatty deposits.

Recovery Process

New techniques allow for faster recovery from liposuction procedures. The length of the recovery will depend on how extensive of an operation the Birmingham liposuction patient undergoes. Generally, post-operative instructions call for no heavy lifting or strenuous activity in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. A support garment may need to be worn for 3 to 6 weeks after the surgery, depending upon which area(s) are selected to utilize the liposuction procedure. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated effectively with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the directions given after surgery.

Liposuction and Breast Augmentation Specialists

Dr. Oliver, Birmingham plastic surgeon, is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) as well as a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Dr. Jack, Birmingham plastic surgeon, is also board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Birmingham, Anniston, and Tuscaloosa liposuction patients who wish to attain additional body enhancement may further inquire about breast augmentation surgery ("mammoplasty") and tummy tuck surgery ("abdominoplasty"). Those who combine liposuction and a tummy tuck often achieve greater contouring of the midsection.

You may view liposuction before and after photos to see examples of results provided by Dr. Oliver and Dr. Jack. Please visit our liposuction photo gallery to view examples of liposuction surgery.

Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Anniston liposuction candidates may schedule an initial consultation at Plastic Surgery Specialists by calling (205) 298-8660. If you prefer, a contact form and e-mail are also provided.

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