If you are at or near your goal weight but are still unhappy with your body, Liposuction may be able to help by targeting unsightly bulges of fat that prevent you from achieving the svelte, attractive look you desire. Belly fat, love handles, bra rolls, thigh fat, and other stubborn fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise can be removed with Liposuction. So many people would like to have a smooth and sculpted body and do not believe it’s possible. We can make it happen!
Atlanta lipedema liposuction specialist, Dr. Marcia Byrd, M.D., at Lipedema Surgery Center has performed thousands of liposuction procedures. Liposuction is probably the procedure she enjoys the most because it gives them great pleasure to see the look in their patients’ eyes after they see their results. After having liposuction many patients start exercise routines and change their eating to a healthier lifestyle to achieve even greater long-term results.
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Candidates for Liposuction
As people age their body shape changes in a variety of ways. Countless men and women suffer from unsightly fat around the stomach, waist and love-handles. Many of Dr. Byrd’s patients say they exercise and try to eat healthy but have areas that are resistant to their efforts to loose. These individuals are the perfect candidates for Liposuction!
- Physically fit men or women that eat well-balanced meals
- Individuals that are unable to reduce fatty deposits that are well-localized and often seem to involve genetic susceptibility.
- Patients that are not using procedure for weight loss
- At or near their target weight
- Is not taking medications that may increase risks
- Has realistic expectations for results
Before surgery, a complete medical history is taken and a physical examination is conducted in order to evaluate the body’s condition. During the consultation, Dr. Byrd describes the procedure and what results should be expected. Alternative treatment options, the possible risks and complications that may occur will be explained. Photographs are taken before and after surgery.
It is recommended that patients adhere to standard pre-op guidelines to allow for patient safety and maximum post-op results as follows:
- Eat a healthy diet rich in nutrients.
- DO NOT smoke for 2 weeks prior to the procedure.
- DO NOT take pain medication containing aspirin or ibuprofen for 2 weeks prior to your procedure.
- DO NOT take Vitamin E for at least 3-4 weeks before surgery.
- Provide Dr. Byrd with a list of any medications that are taken regularly.
- DO NOT eat or drink after midnight the night before the procedure.
- DO take medication with a small sip of water that morning.
- DO NOT shave or remove hair near the regions to be sculpted the day of surgery to prevent ingrown hairs.
- DO wear loose fitted clothing that opens in the front or pulls over easily to allow for pressure garments and dressings.
- Patients must have a friend or relative drive them to and form the procedure.
About the Procedure
Liposuction is designed to be performed as an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia. Thus, the potential complications from general anesthesia and a costly hospital stay can be avoided. In addition, since the patient is awake, he or she is able to sit or stand during the procedure, allowing Dr. Byrd to check the status of the patient and progress of the contouring.
Before the procedure begins, areas of excess fat are identified ad injected with a large amount of local anesthetic fluid to prevent pain. Next, small incisions are made in the skin to gain access to the fatty areas. These incisions are usually about ½ inch long or less. Specially designed hollow metal tubes are inserted through these incisions and passed through the subcutaneous tissues to reach the area of excessive fatty deposition. Typically, the incisions (ports) are placed to allow approaching the fatty area from more than one angle to help assure a more even removal of the fat. The ports can be placed at a significant distance from the fatty area to insure they are hidden in natural skin creases or areas that are covered with clothing. High suction is placed on the hollow tube, and fat cells are suctioned out of the area by passing the tube back-and-forth many times.
Cellulite is a condition that gives the skin a rippled, dimpled appearance. Liposuction is not an effective treatment for cellulite. Liposhfting has been found to be the most effective way of removing cellulite. Irregularities from cellulite or previous Liposuction defects can now be treated with a new development called Liposhifting. This procedure allows for fat transfer without ever removing the fat from the body by utilizing new instrumentation called a Micro Graft Fat Cutter, or MGFC.
Aftercare and Recovery
After Liposuction, most patients are generally alert and able to function without the nausea, grogginess, and the washed out feeling associated with general anesthesia. In fact, patients are encouraged to walk and drink hydrating fluids to prevent dehydration immediately after surgery to enhance the healing process. Although you will not be laid up for a significant period of time, it is important to remember that you cannot simply resume your life immediately after Liposuction.
- During your first week, you will experience some discomfort from your liposuction procedure. This is typically minor and can be controlled with medication. You will also be wearing a special compression garment or girdle that helps encourage your body to heal into the desired shape.
- Taking a week off from exercise after liposuction will reduce your risk of complications and improve the overall quality of your results.
- During this first week you can engage in short, non-strenuous walks and you may return to non-strenuous work within a day or two after your procedure. Please avoid alcohol during this first week.
- Stabilizing your tissues in a special garment increases your comfort and ability to get around. Your tissues will be more comfortable after Liposuction when they are not jiggling around.
- Compression also helps control swelling and bruising. Our patients wear this for about 2 weeks full-time and then part time for a third week.
- Different styles are available for the various zones treated by the Liposuction. Girdle-like pants are used for the buttocks and thighs. An elastic vest is used for the male chest. Hooks and zippers on side openings assist in getting the garments on and taking them off.
- At the end of your first two weeks of recovery, we will evaluate your recovery. You will likely be able to stop wearing the compression garment after the first week. In addition, you can begin returning gradually to your normal exercise routine. At your follow-up we will talk about your routine and advise you when you can return to each activity.
Liposuction uses local anesthesia and is a remarkably safe procedure with few significant side effects. Infrequent minor complications such as skin irregularity, lumpiness, dimpling, loose skin, numbness, infections, and objectionable scarring (rare) may occur and are usually easily corrected.
Atlanta liposuction and lipedema specialist, Dr. Marcia Byrd treat patients for lipedema throughout the United States, Canada, and internationally. They are located in the Atlanta Metro area of Roswell, Georgia. Locally, they service the North Atlanta, GA area including, Alpharetta GA, Milton GA, Woodstock GA, Canton GA, Dunwoody GA, Sandy Springs, GA and more. If you would like to make an appointment to be diagnosed and treated for lipedema, call (770) 587-1711 and schedule a consultation. Be the best you can be and live a full life – there is no reason to wait!