Summer, a.k.a. swim suit season, is right around the corner. If you have tried diet and exercise and still have areas of localized fat that make you unhappy, you may be a candidate for liposuction, a popular cosmetic surgery procedure for women and men.
Liposuction Is Not a Treatment for Obesity
Individuals who are at or near their optimal weight and are in good health should consider making an appointment at The Center for Plastic Surgery at MetroDerm, P.C. in Atlanta, GA, where Dr. Farzad R. Nahai, MD, has performed hundreds of liposuction procedures on patients. During the consultation, Dr. Nahai will evaluate your overall health and discuss the benefits and risks of liposuction with you. It’s important to be realistic and keep in mind that liposuction is not a method of weight loss. Rather, it is a body-contouring procedure.
Dr. Nahai uses liposuction to successfully treat several areas of the body:
- Cheeks and chin
- Arms, neck, and back
- Abdomen and waist
- Thighs, hips, and buttocks
- Inner Knee
- Calves and ankles
Dr. Nahai is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is skilled in performing liposuction. When discussing the procedure, he will evaluate your physical condition and the types of fat stored in your body:
- Subcutaneous fat, which lies just under the skin, responds well to liposuction.
- Visceral fat, which is packed around the organs, cannot be removed using liposuction. It can only be reduced by weight loss and exercise.
If you are a candidate for surgery, Dr. Nahai will describe the procedure, the aftercare, and the recovery process patiently and thoroughly. All of your concerns will be addressed and your questions answered.
The surgery is done on an outpatient basis and takes 1-4 hours depending on the extent of the area to be treated. Dr. Nahai will discuss your options for anesthesia at a pre-op meeting.
There are several accepted techniques used to remove fat cells:
- Tumescent liposuction
- Ultrasound-assisted liposuction
- Power-assisted liposuction
- Laser-assisted liposuction
Dr. Nahai is current on all the latest procedures and will choose the ones perfectly suited for your needs. To begin the process, he makes a series of small incisions and inserts a thin tube which is used to dislodge and “vacuum” the excess fat.
After surgery, you will wear compression garments to hold the tissues in place and reduce swelling and bruising. Liposuction causes minimal scarring.
As the swelling diminishes and the newly-contoured features come into focus, patients are thrilled with the results. The patient’s self-image is improved, and the struggle is where it should be—in the past. If you maintain your weight and live a healthy lifestyle, the proportions of your body will remain unchanged.
Liposuction is a procedure that can make a dramatic difference in your life. With those bumpy areas taken care of, clothing options will be unlimited, and you will wear a bathing suit with new confidence this summer.
Dr. Farzad R. Nahai, a board-certified plastic surgeon, has been in practice in Atlanta since 2004 and specializes in plastic surgery of the face, breast, and body, as well as injectables such as Botox and facial fillers. He is a graduate of Emory University’s School of Medicine.