We are proud to offer patients our extensive experience and expertise in liposuction, the single most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S. today. Liposuction sculpts the body by removing undesirable fat that has not responded to diet and exercise from the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks neck, and back. Liposuction not only offers the opportunity to slim and contour areas of the body by removing the fat cells, it also ensures that these areas will not accumulate fatty deposits in the future.
Dr. Reiffel knows that all patients are different, both in their body shapes and in what they wish to achieve with liposuction. We take as much time as necessary during every pre-operative consultation to learn what each patient wants liposuction to do for them, and to decide which technique is best. In this way, every one of our patients enjoys completely customized treatment designed with his or her specific goals in mind.
The liposuction procedure usually begins with sedation by a board-certified anesthesiologist, so the patient is not aware during the procedure, but the added risks of general anesthesia are avoided. While the patient is sedated, local anesthesia, composed of saline (salt water), a local anesthetic called lidocaine, and a small amount of adrenaline to decrease bruising and bleeding is injected.
Once this solution has been introduced into the area planned for liposuction treatment, Dr. Reiffel proceeds with the procedure, using thin tubes, called cannulas, to fan out under the skin and remove the fat from the desired areas. By doing the procedure slowly and carefully, and using cannulas especially designed for accuracy and safety, the risks of over-correction, depressions, ridges and other undesirable results are minimized. One or two tiny holes, or access points, are needed for each area treated. The holes are usually hidden in inconspicuous locations, as much as possible.
Patients are put into an elastic garment, which they wear for approximately three weeks. They are allowed to shower the next day and resume normal, light, daily activities. Vigorous activity and sports may be resumed after two or three weeks.