The best candidates for liposuction are healthy men and women who wish to improve the appearance of stubborn fat deposits or who wish to have more visible muscle definition. Those who experience the best results are at or near their ideal weight and have maintained their weight for at least three months.
Patients should know that liposuction is not intended for significant weight loss, cellulite removal, or skin removal. Results with liposuction may not be apparent for several weeks until the swelling has fully subsided. Your more slender contours are generally permanent, but childbirth or weight gain after surgery will influence your final outcome.
If a patient needs to have a significant amount of fat removed with liposuction, Dr. Agullo may recommend dividing the procedure into smaller targeted surgeries over the course of a month because an extensive procedure involves greater risks. Complications with liposuction are rare, but the risks include infection, edema, hematoma, seroma, and problems with anesthesia. In general, liposuction is considered a safe cosmetic procedure.
Virtually any cosmetic procedure can be performed in conjunction with liposuction. The advantage of combining procedures is a lower overall cost and less time spent in surgery and recovery. Tummy tuck surgery is most commonly chosen as an adjunct to liposuction because it removes excess skin and fat at the same time. Since liposuction does not remove excess skin, other skin removal surgeries, such as the arm lift, body lift, and thigh lift, are also performed along with liposuction to produce the best results.
The extent of recovery will depend on the area treated with liposuction, the number of incisions, and whether or not it was combined with other procedures. Liposuction is commonly an outpatient procedure, but a hospital stay may be required for combination procedures.
After surgery, there may be some tenderness, swollen areas, or pain, which is all temporary. Any discomfort can be managed with pain medication, and compression garments help to significantly reduce swelling. Walking will prevent blood clots, poor circulation, strokes, and other complications. Most patients are cleared to resume exercise after two weeks.
Pricing varies depending on the extent of the treatment or surgery. You can see a list of the approximate prices of each procedure on our current fee schedule. Dr. Agullo charges a consultation fee of $100, which is applied to the cost of your treatment. Generally speaking, cosmetic plastic surgery is considered “elective” and is not covered by most insurance plans. The prices listed on our fee schedule represent the minimum cost of the procedures, including anesthesia and surgical facility fees, medical tests, garments, and recovery products. The cost of prescription medications, however, is not included. The exact price of each procedure can only be determined after a thorough consultation. All fees must be paid in full prior to the scheduled treatment.