Some people who have achieved massive weight loss are left with large pockets of fat that will not respond to diet and exercise. For these patients, Dr. Repta can safely perform large volume liposuction in Scottsdale, which targets these stubborn fat deposits creating a proportionate body shape.
In obese patients, large volume liposuction can be used to boost weight loss efforts, which instills confidence in achieving a specific goal. While liposuction is not intended as a primary weight loss tool, prudent use of this procedure can augment weight loss efforts and can improve overall health.
How much reduction is achieved with large volume liposuction?
Large volume liposuction is usually defined as a procedure removing up to 5 liters of fat-infused fluid from the body. Depending on the location and volume of fat, patients can lose several sizes during one session – a dramatic difference. Patients can immediately see preliminary results from their procedure with improvement continuing through the recovery period.
Dr. Repta advises each patient on what they can expect to achieve from liposuction and whether or not their goals can be achieved through one session. Any subsequent sessions will be scheduled once the patient has fully recovered and it is deemed completely safe to continue.
Liposuction specialist needed for high volume removal
While the liposuction procedure in itself is not considered technically challenging, it requires a unique blend of surgical skill and artistic perception to remove an unsightly bulge of fat while creating smooth transitions between adjacent areas of the body.
High volume liposuction requires more than artistic and surgical skill. This procedure requires very careful monitoring of fluids in the body both during the procedure and through the recovery period. This is to safeguard against serious complications that can result from overly aggressive fat and fluid volume suctioning.
Dr. Repta is a board certified plastic surgeon with thousands of procedures to his credit, including challenging procedures such as large volume liposuction. He believes that knowing when to stop is as important as knowing where to remove the fat.
Candidates for large volume liposuction must be in good health with no uncontrolled medical conditions. Patients with severe cardiovascular disease, coagulation disorders, or who are pregnant are not candidates for this procedure.
Patients should be at a stable weight for several months and should not be using liposuction as a primary weight loss method. Many patients seeking large volume liposuction have exhausted all other avenues of reducing these resistant areas of fat accumulations, which have undermined their body toning efforts.
High volume liposuction is performed under general anesthesia. The target area is marked with the patient standing up prior to surgery. Liposuction involves inserting a very narrow hollow tube or cannula just under the skin, through very small incisions. Fatty tissue is broken up and suctioned from the body through the cannula.
There are different methods used, with tumescent liposuction being the method of choice in most cases. It is considered the safest method and causes the least amount of swelling and bruising. During surgery, the patient is constantly monitored to ensure the fluid levels remain stable.
Following surgery, compression wraps or a special compression garment will be placed over the site to reduce pain, swelling and bruising. Patients are then monitored for several hours in the recovery area and once the anesthetic has worn off, they can complete their initial recovery in an aftercare facility. With plus size liposuction, 24-hour monitoring is done to ensure patient comfort and safety. After this period, patients can return home to complete their recovery.
Recovering from liposuction
Patients receiving high volume liposuction will need a little more recovery time since a larger treatment area is involved. Patients can move around as soon after surgery as they wish and are encouraged to do so. This aids circulation and helps fluid drain from the tiny incision sites.
There may be drainage tubes placed which will be removed within a few days. Dr. Repta examines his patients 24 to 48 hours following surgery to check for any infection or fluid build-up and to answer any questions the patient has.
Post-operative instructions will cover areas such as how long to wear the compression garment, how to care for the incision points and how to manage pain and any nausea that may occur due to general anesthesia.Learn more about traditional liposuction