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Liposuction FAQ

Is Liposuction right for me?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes deposits of fat from specific areas of the body. Liposuction may be used to slim the hips and thighs, flatten the abdomen, shape the calves and ankles or eliminate a double chin. It can also be used in male breast reduction to help resolve gynecomastia. Remember, however, that liposuction is not a substitute for exercise or weight loss.

Lipo is ideal for people who have good skin elasticity. When an area shrinks in volume, skin with good elasticity can more effectively shrink down around the area’s new contours. Patients with poor skin elasticity experience sagging skin and must undergo a body-contouring procedure to address this.

Ideal candidates are in good overall health (making them less prone to complications) and have realistic expectations regarding their results. Looking over liposuction before and after photos in our gallery helps to develop realistic expectations.

Smokers are not ideal candidates, because smoking negatively affects the health of the skin. This can result in post-surgical complications and a prolonged healing process. If you are a smoker, you must quit at least two weeks before the surgery and must continue to avoid smoking during the recovery process.

What Happens During The Liposuction Consultaion?

At your liposuction consultation, Dr. McKeown will discuss all aspects of the procedure with you, including preparation and recovery. He will also ask you about your aesthetic goals for the procedure.

You will need to tell Dr. McKeown about your complete medical history, which includes any allergies you may have, any medications or supplements you are currently taking, and all past procedures. He can then create a surgical plan and set a date for your procedure.

What happens during a Liposuction Procedure?

To perform liposuction, one or more small incisions are made near the area to be suctioned. Whenever possible, incisions are placed within the natural folds or contour lines so that they are inconspicuous. Dr. McKeown then places a slim, hollow tube, called a cannula, through the incision and moves it back and forth through the fat, which is then vacuumed into the tube. There are several variations to the basic liposuction technique. The fat-removal technique that best meets your needs depends on a number of individual factors which Dr. McKeown will discuss with you at a private consultation.

What results should I anticipate?

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Liposuction should give you the reduction of localized fat deposits which can improve your body contours and proportion. If followed by a healthy diet and exercise your new contours and enhanced self-image should continue to develop.

What can I expect post-surgery?

Following surgery, a snug-fitting, girdle-like garment is placed on the treated areas to reduce swelling and encourage a smoother contour. For several days following the procedure, you may have some soreness, but this is very well controlled with the prescriptions provided. Whether a small amount of liposuction was done or multiple areas, you will be encouraged to get out of bed very shortly after the surgery. You will notice a difference in the shape of your body soon after surgery, but improvement will become most apparent after a couple of months

How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

The cost of lipo is not fixed; rather, it depends on many factors. Included in these are the time it takes to perform the surgery, the size of the treatment regions, the techniques employed, and the number of areas being treated.

How Can I Arrange An Appointment?

Contact the office of McKeown Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Joseph McKeown regarding liposuction in Richmond. Dr. McKeown will be available to meet with you and discuss the details of the procedure.