Liposuction FAQ

Liposuction is proven to be one of the most efficient and effective ways to eliminate unwanted fat on the body and obtain the physique you want. 

How dangerous is liposuction?

Liposuction is a very safe procedure when performed by a board-certified, award-winning surgeon like Dr. Gentile. In fact, Dr. Gentile is a triple board-certified surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery for the face, nose, breast and body contouring as well as a list of non-surgical treatments. Dr. Gentile is passionate about improving the lives of his patients and so he strives to provide the safest, healthiest techniques and stays up-to-date on current surgical methods.

Liposuction at A Better You Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center is a positive, transformative experience for our patients. The first step towards a healthy liposuction surgery is a consultation with Dr. Gentile. This meeting will allow you and Dr. Gentile to get to know each other. You will be able to ask him about his credentials, experience, and professional opinions. This will also be a great chance to ask questions about the surgery and discuss any concerns you have. Dr. Gentile will use this time to assess your health and ensure liposuction is a safe solution for you. Dr. Gentile will create a personalized treatment that reduces stubborn fat and enhances the contours and proportions of your body.

Dr. Gentile and his staff will take precautions to make sure you are safe during surgery. Before you leave your consultation, Dr. Gentile will take you through steps on how to prepare for liposuction.. Following these instructions will be crucial to an ideal experience and outcome, helping ensure a smooth surgery, positive recovery, and excellent results. 

How long does it take to recover from liposuction?

Most patients can return to a sedentary job within a few days. For patients who work at a physically demanding job, a week may be necessary to recover. 

The length of recovery is unique to each patient. Everyone has a particular healing process and health that will dictate how quickly they heal. The type of lipo surgery performed and the size of the area sculpted will also impact the speed at which you can return to work. 

How much does liposuction cost?

Liposuction can range between $3,800 to $7,000 or more. Because we personalize each of our patient’s treatments, the costs of liposuction surgeries vary greatly. Liposuction is a customized procedure that will be tailored to your features and desired outcome. The best way to learn how much your desired aesthetic will cost is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gentile. 

How much weight can you lose with liposuction?

Liposuction can help you lose anywhere between one to a few more pounds. 

However, it is important to note that liposuction is not meant to be used as a weight-loss solution. Liposuction is a body contouring treatment that cannot replace bariatric surgery or a weight loss program. Liposuction is a great procedure for men and women who live a healthy lifestyle and are bothered by certain areas of fat. These areas of fat will be resistant to diet and exercise and may even be a source of self-consciousness. Dr. Gentile will masterfully sculpt the problem area and reduce as much fat as he deems healthy. A layer of fat will need to remain between the skin and muscle for health purposes. Fat is meant to keep us warm and protect us, a layer between our skin and muscle is necessary. So although you can lose a few pounds with liposuction, weight loss should not be the goal of the procedure.

Is it better to lose weight before or after liposuction?

It is best to keep a stable weight throughout the liposuction process. We prefer our patients to have achieved their ideal weight before seeking out liposuction. Maintaining  a healthy weight will help you obtain your best outcome. 

Being within your ideal weight range will help Dr. Gentile have a better idea of your body’s shape and allow for your ideal results. It is not a good idea to lose a lot of weight immediately before or after treatment because it will affect your results. The best way to approach liposuction is to be at a healthy, consistent point in your life. Eat healthy and only splurge on sweets, fatty foods, and high-calorie meals occasionally. Find an activity that you love and can see yourself doing for years to come. Once you get to this point and are within your ideal weight range, consider liposuction.

Is liposuction effective for weight loss?

Liposuction is not an answer to weight loss but rather a tool with which to enhance your body’s curves and achieve your body goals. Liposuction should not be used as a weight loss treatment. Liposuction removes and sculpts subcutaneous fat. This fat is cushioned between the skin and muscles of your body. Subcutaneous fat is a very difficult fat to remove because it is saved by your body as a last-resort energy source. So although subcutaneous fat is healthy and necessary, too much will weigh against your skin and cause dimpling and bulges. Exercise and dieting will only do so much to reduce this fat and surgical intervention may be necessary. Dr. Gentile specializes in removing and sculpting subcutaneous fat to help individuals look and feel their best.

How long after liposuction do you see results?

You will be able to see some of your lipo results right away. These results will only get better as swelling and bruising diminish. Your final outcome will set in after several months. Dr. Gentile is highly-trained in various liposuction procedures and commonly helps men and women slim down and show off their curves. Liposuction is the most effective body contouring technique today and allows Dr. Gentile to artfully sculpt your body and achieve precise results. Liposuction surgery will allow you to achieve your body goals and feel your best. Most patients experience a boost in confidence and get to enjoy buying new clothes and showing off to their friends within a week or two of surgery!

Is it easier to lose weight after liposuction?

Liposuction will not affect your body’s ability to lose weight, but many patients feel more motivated to lose weight after liposuction. It is important to be within your ideal weight range before lipo surgery. We encourage patients to have a healthy lifestyle that will help their procedure and recovery go well and allow them to keep their best results for years to come.

What is the fastest way to recover from liposuction?

The fastest way to recover from lipo surgery is to follow Dr. Gentile’s instructions, get plenty of rest and stay hydrated. Liposuction does not often require extensive downtime but the length of your recovery will depend on the size of the treatment area, whether multiple areas were improved and what techniques were implemented. Dr. Gentile will provide an estimated downtime and instructions on how to have a healthy recovery and see your best result.

What is the difference between regular lipo and aggressive lipo?

Regular liposuction and aggressive liposuction often refer to the amount of fat removed during surgery but can also regard certain techniques of liposuction, such as traditional or ultrasound-assisted and laser liposuction.

An aggressive approach to removing fat with liposuction is not healthy. As mentioned above, liposuction should not be used as a weight-loss treatment but rather as a body contouring technique. A certain amount of subcutaneous fat is necessary for the function and health of your body. Regular liposuction refers to healthy fat removal and body sculpting, the approach that Dr. Gentile implements. He will never put your health on the line for more dramatic results. Dr. Gentile’s experience and eye for detail will help him remove the maximum amount of fat to embellish your features safely.

Aggressive liposuction oftentimes refers to traditional liposuction using large cannulas.  These cannulas are moved back and forth aggressively to detach and remove fat cells from surrounding tissues. This fat removal technique requiring a lot of movement causes a lot of swelling and bruising which can be associated with more complications.  Downtime after a traditional liposuction procedure can be lengthy and you will not receive the beautifully sculpted results achieved with Dr. Gentile’s cutting-edge techniques.

Regular liposuction, like ultrasound-assisted or laser or using smaller cannulas, provides seamless body sculpting with much less swelling and bruising than traditional techniques. Dr. Gentile opts for advanced surgical methods because they allow him to sculpt his patient’s bodies flawlessly, with much less downtime and a more comfortable recovery.

Dr. Gentile works hard to help his patients look and feel amazing. A personal consultation will provide a beneficial setting where you can learn more about liposuction and Dr. Gentile can create the optimal treatment plan for your needs. To schedule a consultation, give us a call at (361) 881-9999.

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