Introduction to Liposuction

If you ask around, most people say a little weight is a good thing; it helps you look healthy and, these days, people like to have a little something to hold onto. That being said, there are areas where unwanted, stubborn pockets of fat just seem to gestate, which is a common problem that so many people share.

If you are looking for a little extra assistance in losing weight and achieving the best body possible, you should consider Liposuction in Scottsdale from board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alexander Golger. To learn more about this procedure, please continue to read the information we have provided below.

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What are the Benefits of Liposuction?

At Plastic Surgery Scottsdale, our Liposuction patients have seen the following benefits from their liposuction treatment:

  • Boosts your self-esteem
  • Can improve your health and lifestyle
  • Give you a more shapely and defined body
  • Improves your appearance and how others perceive you
  • Permanently removes unwanted fat
  • Removes fat that even diet and exercise can’t
  • Safely removes fat

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction, often referred to as “Body Contouring”, is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that involves removing excess fat deposits to slim and reshape specific areas of the body, while simultaneously improving your body contours and proportions.
Some of the more common areas that our Scottsdale patients can treat with the procedure include:

  • Abdomen
  • Ankles
  • Arms
  • Buttocks
  • Cheeks
  • Chin
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Neck
  • Thighs
  • Upper arms
  • Waist

Patients also have the option of having the Liposuction procedure performed alone or in conjunction with another procedure such other surgical procedures such as a Facelift, Breast Reduction, or Tummy Tuck.

We like to remind our patients that this is not a weight loss procedure or a weight loss solution, but rather a helpful way to remove stubborn fat. We encourage you to use this procedure as a springboard to lose weight and achieve a better body contour with proper diet and exercise.

Different Liposuction Techniques

There are many options available when it comes to Liposuction, so you will need to talk with Dr. Golger about what’s available and what he recommends. Some choices include:

Laser Assisted Liposuction (LAL)

Laser Assisted Liposuction is a fat removal solution utilizing laser energy to liquefy fat cells for easier, faster removal along with mild skin tightening benefits. It offers a quicker and less painful recovery where inflammation will be much less aggressive since it’s a less invasive procedure.

Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL)

Power-Assisted Liposuction is a method of liposuction that utilizes a cannula with a vibrating tip to break down dense deposits of fat quicker and easier for a faster recovery, which may also help make the process smoother. There is a limit to what power-assisted liposuction can do, with the average amount of fat cells that can be removed being between six and eight pounds.

Suction-Assisted Liposuction (SAL)

This is the original type of liposuction. When utilized for body contouring plastic surgery, Dr. Golger will use a cannula attached to a vacuum to remove fat from under the skin. In some cases, the tube may be inserted through several points to treat an area from different angles.

Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is a surgical technique that injects a tumescent fluid into the treatment area before a small tube known as a cannula is inserted into the incision. The fluid breaks up the stubborn fat deposits, making them easier to remove. Also, when the tumescent fluid is injected, it can also help minimize bruising

Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL)

Like LAL, this approach uses ultrasound to break up the fat. It must also be used with SAL or PAL to remove the fat properly. This type of liposuction is helpful for patients that have had liposuction in the past where significant scar tissue is present.

Who Are The
Best Candidates
For Liposuction?

Liposuction Scottsdale patients have seen that this is a great surgery for both men and women of most ages. We feel to be good traditional liposuction candidates, our patients should have the following characteristics:

  • Age is not a major consideration; however, older patients may have diminished skin elasticity and may not achieve the same results as younger patients with tighter skin.
  • Be close to your ideal weight with firm, elastic skin and have pockets of excess fat in certain areas
  • Have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for you
  • Is physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in their expectations.

What’s the First Step?

The first step to getting your liposuction surgery in Scottsdale is to book a consultation at Plastic Surgery Scottsdale. During your initial consultation, you will meet with Dr. Golger and discuss the areas you are looking to treat and what your body goals are. You should let him know if you smoke, have had previous surgery, or if you take any medications or drugs, including aspirin or any other drugs which might affect the procedure.

Dr. Golger will then evaluate your health, determine where your fat deposits lie, and assess the condition of your skin. He will also explain the body-contouring methods that may be most appropriate for you. Once the two of you decide on the best direction for your body contouring procedure, Dr. Golger will create your custom treatment plan, and our Patient Coordinator will be able to help you schedule your appointment.

You will be provided with specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding vitamins, iron tablets, and certain medications. If you develop a cold or an infection of any kind, especially a skin infection, your surgery may have to be postponed.

What to Expect on the Day of Liposuction

On the day of your procedure, the type of anesthesia will vary, with local anesthesia being used for small areas and general anesthesia being used in more extensive procedures.

Dr. Golger will begin by making strategically placed, tiny incisions. Through these small incisions (often around 0.4-0.8 inches in length), a blunt-tipped instrument called a cannula is passed back and forth to knock loose and vacuum out the fat. The cannula is connected to rubber tubing that is attached to a machine generating high vacuum pressure.
The procedure can last from 30 minutes up to 4 hours depending on how many body areas are being operated on.

Liposuction Recovery

After surgery, you will likely experience some fluid drainage from the incisions, so Dr. Golger may leave a small drainage tube inserted beneath your skin for a couple of days to control this. You may be fitted with a snug elastic compression garment to wear over the treated area for a few weeks to manage swelling and help your skin form to its new contours.

Don’t expect to look or feel great right after surgery. In fact, even though liposuction is an outpatient procedure, you should arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure and help you at home for a day or two. Even though the newer techniques are believed to reduce some post-operative discomforts, you may still experience some pain, burning, swelling, bleeding, and temporary numbness. Dr. Golger may also prescribe you temporary medications to prevent infection, reduce swelling, and alleviate any pain.

It is normal to feel a bit anxious in the days or weeks following plastic surgery. However, this feeling will subside as you begin to look and feel better.

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How Much Does Liposuction Cost in Scottsdale, AZ?

The cost of Liposuction procedures in Scottsdale typically start at $5,000. However, the surgery is based on several factors, some of which include the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia cost, and facility fee, as well as the areas of contour change and predicted length of the procedure. For the most accurate cost of your liposuction procedure, please schedule your consultation with Dr. Golger.

Why Choose Us?

Dr. Alexander Golger earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. With numerous published articles in medical journals and years of successful surgical results, Dr. Golger is frequently asked to share his knowledge and insights at national and international surgeons’ conferences. At both of his plastic surgery clinics in Toronto and Scottsdale, Dr. Golger strives to create an atmosphere of trust and relaxation in which his patients feel free to openly discuss their aesthetic vision.

Dr. Golger uses this information to create individualized treatment plans that precisely address patients’ aesthetic trouble zones while emphasizing their natural beauty, providing the best liposuction results that Scottsdale patients can receive.

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If you are serious about losing weight but can’t seem to shed it off no matter your healthy diet or how hard you try, Liposuction in Scottsdale could be the perfect solution to remove stubborn fat deposits. To schedule your liposuction consultation with Dr. Golger, call Plastic Surgery Scottsdale or use our website to request an appointment and a helpful member of our team will be in touch with you.

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