Dr. Ben Hugo, a board certified plastic surgeon in Virginia Beach, has performed liposuction procedures in his cosmetic surgery practice for over 20 years. He has taken a special interest in refining the techniques of liposuction, using state-of-the-art technology including SmartLipo Triplex™ to achieve highly precise and pleasing results.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction (also known as lipoplasty, suction lipectomy or liposculpture) is consistently the most popular and successful procedure performed to remove fat permanently from selected areas of the body.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses a suction device to remove fat cells through a very thin metal tube (cannula) inserted under the skin. Liposuction will permanently reshape body contours. We aim to achieve a smooth shape and balanced figure, removing fat deposits that create disproportionately large bulges.
Is a Liposuction Right for Me?
The best candidates for liposuction are within 30% of their ideal body weight, with firm elastic skin and good muscle tone. It is not a treatment for obesity, dimpled skin and cellulite. Liposuction can be very effective in safely removing up to 10-15 pounds of fat. When applied to selected body areas, such as the tummy, waist or thighs, a very significant improvement in contour, shape and size can be achieved.
There are various types of liposuction available in Virginia Beach, but they all work on the same principle of fat removal by suction. At your preoperative consultation, Dr. Hugo will discuss the benefits of the various techniques and technologies. He will help you to select the appropriate procedure to suit your individual needs.
We perform liposuction procedures in our fully equipped, state-of-the-art outpatient operating suite, certified to the highest standards by the American Association for Accreditation for Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), located within Dr. Hugo’s office in Virginia Beach. Light sedation or anesthesia is administered by board certified anesthetists to ensure comfort and achieve optimal results. The process will typically proceed as follows:
Preoperatively Dr. Hugo will ask you to stand while he marks you with a pen to determine exactly where the fat will be removed. If a small area is being treated (e.g. a bulge of the lower abdomen) then the procedure can be done under local anesthesia with an oral sedative. If you require multiple areas of liposuction or if Dr. Hugo anticipates that large volumes of fat will be removed, the procedure can be done either under a very light general anesthetic or under light intravenous sedation where you are asleep and do not remember anything – very similar to when you have a colonoscopy or wisdom tooth extraction.
First, fluid containing local anesthetic is injected into the areas of desired fat removal. This is known as a “super-wet” or “tumescent” solution (a combination of normal saline, epinephrine to minimize blood loss, and lidocaine to numb the area).
Next, an External Ultrasound Assist device is applied to the surface of the skin for a few minutes. This non-invasive technology helps to diffuse the local anesthetic fluid which has been injected, providing a smoother contour and therefore more precision when the fat is removed. It also potentiates the action of the local anesthetic and the epinephrine to help prevent bruising.
Tiny incisions are made in the area(s) requiring fat removal. A narrow metal tube (cannula) is inserted to break up and vacuum the fat from beneath your skin. The small incisions are usually sutured with stitches that will dissolve on their own in a week or two. The incision sites will not be easily noticeable once you are healed.
The time required to perform your procedure depends on the size and number of areas being treated and the volume of fat being removed. Typically, Dr. Hugo performs only one surgery per day and takes time and care to achieve the best possible contour and results.
Immediately after surgery you will be in our recovery area and a nurse will stay with you and make sure you are comfortable until it is time to go home. After your surgery you will be given instructions regarding your care and activity. Any discomfort from swelling, bruising and soreness will lessen each day – in the meantime we will instruct you on the use of pain medication to maintain a good comfort level.
You will be placed in a tight surgical compression garment to help encourage the skin to retract around the newly contoured area. The garment is preferably used for 1 to 6 weeks after liposuction until the swelling resolves.
Getting back to normal after liposuction surgery
We will want you to start walking soon after the procedure. You should being to feel better in a couple of days and be back to work within a few days. You can expect to drive after 3 to 5 days (after pain medication has been discontinued). You are able to begin graduated exercise and other strenuous activity after 2 to 3 weeks. You may see some bruising for a month and you should take care to avoid sun exposure to these areas.
Our entire staff is dedicated to help you achieve “your” good outcome. You will visit our office at about 5 days, 2 weeks, and 1, 6 and 12 months postoperatively.
After a few weeks – as the “new you” emerges – we are confident you’ll be happy. The results of liposuction are permanent as long as postoperative weight is maintained. Your clothes will fit better and you’ll feel much more comfortable with your appearance. Even is a few pounds are gained, it may be more evenly distributed.
With an excellent artistic sense, Dr. Hugo has built a reputation for consistently providing natural results for his plastic surgery patients. Before and after photos of Dr. Hugo’s liposuction patients here in the Virginia Beach area are available to help you visualize the possibilities. If you are hesitating due to liposuction cost, we have financing options available.
To find out if liposuction is right for you, contact us at (757) 496-4801 to request your personalized consultation.
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