Liposuction

Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that can leave you slimmer and trimmer, and looking—and feeling—your best. Liposuction remains one of the most effective and most popular body contouring procedures in the United States today.

However, it is important to remember that liposuction is a surgical procedure. And as with any surgery, it involves the potential for short- and long-term complications. As you embark on your liposuction journey, be sure that you fully understand the risks involved in a liposuction surgery.

During your consultation, your Board-certified plastic surgeon will review all potential risks and complications, and how they may impact your specific procedure. They will also ensure that you understand what steps you can take before and after your liposuction to minimize the potential for long-term complications.

What Factors Impact Your Risk During Liposuction?

Each liposuction surgery is unique to meet the specific goals of the patient. Therefore, the risk of complications during your surgery may be impacted by several factors, including:

  • The target body areas for your liposuction surgery
  • Removing fat from multiple areas of the body simultaneously
  • How much fat your liposuction procedure will remove
  • If your surgeon is performing multiple cosmetic procedures simultaneously
  • Whether your procedure can be performed under local anesthesia or requires general anesthesia. Generally speaking, general anesthesia carries greater risk of serious complications than local anesthesia.
  • Your overall health and medical condition at the time of surgery

Risks Associated with Liposuction Surgery

Some risks associated with liposuction are the same as all surgical procedures. The most common risks are excessive bleeding, long-term damage to organs such as the heart and lungs, and a negative reaction to anesthesia. All surgical procedures carry the risk, however unlikely, of death.

Some risks are specific to the liposuction procedure itself. Those risks include:

  • Fat embolism. A serious medical emergency caused by pieces of loosened fat becoming trapped in a blood vessel, accumulate in the lungs, or travel to the brain.
  • Heart and kidney problems. Potentially life-threatening concerns in the kidneys, heart, or lungs may occur as fluid levels change during the procedure.
  • Organ puncture: If the cannula used to suction out fat cells penetrates too deeply, it could potentially puncture an adjacent organ. This complication is extremely rare but may require surgical repair.
  • Swelling/fluid accumulation: Excessive swelling (edema) and pockets of fluid (seromas) are a common side-effect of liposuction surgery. If left untreated, fluid can harden and undermine the long-term results of your procedure.
  • Numbness: Nerve damage can lead to areas of numbness at the surgical site. Numbness is usually temporary but can be permanent.
  • Infection: Skin infections are a rare but potentially serious complication.
  • Contour irregularities: Areas of the body that appear lumpy, wavy, or bumpy may be the result of poor skin elasticity or uneven fat removal. With proper healing, these side-effects are usually temporary but can be permanent.
  • Scarring/spottiness: Damage to the surface of the skin during surgery can lead to long-term scarring. In most cases, the appearance of scars will diminish over time, although they will not disappear entirely. Damage caused by the cannula underneath the skin can give the skin a spotted appearance that is usually permanent.

Liposuction, like all surgical procedures, involves these and other risk factors. Some may be unavoidable. Others can be mitigated by taking certain steps before and after your procedure. For example, following your surgeon’s recovery instructions, such as wearing a compression garment, will minimize the risk for excessive swelling and contour irregularities.

The most important step you can take to minimize the potential for long-term complications is to choose your surgeon carefully. Be sure to select a surgeon who is Board-certified in plastic surgery, and has an outstanding track record of performing surgeries similar to yours. If you must undergo general anesthesia, be sure that your anesthesiologist is also Board-certified.

No surgeon can guarantee that liposuction will be 100% safe. But by choosing a surgeon with the training and experience specifically in liposuction and cosmetic surgery, you are giving yourself the best possible chance that your surgery will be safe and successful.

For More Information on the Treatments and Procedures Offered, contact award winning Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Thomas Fiala at Fiala Aesthetics in Greater Orlando to Schedule Your Consultation:

 

 

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Questions to Ask Before Liposuction

As with any surgical procedure, it’s important that you begin your liposuction journey armed with as much information as you can gather about the procedure and who will be performing it. Doing your research in advance will help ensure that you get the results you want from your liposuction surgery.

You’ve probably already spent plenty of time reading about liposuction and other body contouring procedures on the Internet. And this can be a good place to start. But your best source of information is your surgeon.

Your surgeon will provide you with the most accurate information about liposuction. More importantly, they can offer critical details about how liposuction will work for you. So don’t hesitate to take advantage of your surgeon as a valuable source of information.

You should take as much time as you want during your initial consultation with your surgeon to ask as many questions as you need to in order to feel comfortable with your surgeon and with the procedure.

We recommend going into your consultation with a list of questions that you have prepared in advance. That way, you can be sure that you will have the information you need to make informed decisions about your procedure.

Generally speaking, your questions should focus on what the surgery will involve and what you can expect before, during, and after the procedure. You will also want to ask about the qualifications of your surgeon and the steps they will take before, during, and after the procedure to ensure your safety and well-being.

Here are 15 questions that you should ask your plastic surgeon during your consultation:

  1. Am I a good candidate for liposuction? Why or why not?
  2. What surgical technique will you use during my liposuction procedure?
  3. What can I expect to look like after my procedure? (Ask to look at Before and After Photos to get a better visualization of potential results.)
  4. What will my results look like if I age? What happens if I gain weight or get pregnant?
  5. What if I don’t like the way I look after my procedure?
  6. What can I do to ensure the best results before and after my liposuction surgery?
  7. How long will my recovery be, and what will it involve?
  8. What are the potential risks and complications associated with liposuction surgery?
  9. How will you mitigate or handle complications if they do arise?
  10. Where will my liposuction procedure take place?
  11. If you will perform my procedure in your office, is the facility accredited by a state- or federally-recognized accrediting agency?
  12. Do you have hospital privileges, and if so, do you recommend using a hospital for the procedure? If so, what hospital(s)?
  13. Are you a Board-certified plastic surgeon? Is your certification with the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
  14. How many years of training in liposuction surgery have you had?
  15. How long have you been performing liposuction surgery?

This list is meant to help guide your discussions with your surgeon so you can feel comfortable and informed about this important decision. But you should not feel limited by this list. You should feel empowered to ask your surgeon any and all questions that you feel are important to help you make the best decision for you.

Liposuction can be a truly life-altering procedure, so you want to do everything you can to get the results you want. Don’t hesitate, ask!

For More Information on the Treatments and Procedures Offered, contact award winning Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Thomas Fiala at Fiala Aesthetics in Greater Orlando to Schedule Your Consultation:

 

 

Serving patients in and around Greater Central Florida: Orlando, Altamonte, Lake Mary, Maitland, Winter Park, Clermont, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Longwood, Celebration, Heathrow, Windermere, Dr. Phillips, Sanford, Deltona, Deland, Daytona Beach, Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Tampa, Jacksonville, Sarasota and more.

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Four Ways to Use Liposuction Before and After Photos  

The idea of a cosmetic procedure such as liposuction is pretty exciting. After all, most of us have at least one problem area that we’d like to get rid of. Cosmetic procedures like liposuction offer a great way to address those problem areas.

See Liposuction Before & After Photos

At the same time, the decision to move forward with liposuction or another cosmetic procedure is not always an easy one. Even if you have been dreaming of a taut, flat stomach or smaller thighs, it can be challenging to visualize exactly what your body will look like after surgery.

Luckily, your surgeon has a number of tools that can help you visualize potential results as you plan your procedure. One such tool is what’s commonly referred to as Before and After Photos. As the name says, these are photos of individuals who have had liposuction: one photo taken before the surgery and one photo taken after the surgery.

Here are four ways you can use liposuction before and after photos as you work with your surgeon to plan your liposuction cosmetic surgery.

Choose where to get liposuction

Did you know that liposuction isn’t just for unwanted belly fat? As you will see by looking at before and after photos, liposuction can also remove excess fatty tissue from the buttocks and thighs, back, upper arms, and even under the chin.

You can target multiple areas of the body during one liposuction procedure. Before and after photos may help you visualize what it might look like to have a smaller tummy and smaller hips, for example. Or the photos may help confirm that slimming down your abdomen on its own will be just right.

Decide how much fatty tissue to remove

Viewing before and after photos of liposuction procedures can help you visualize just how much fatty tissue the procedure could remove. After all, when your surgeon tells you they could remove up to 4,000cc of fat, it’s tough to know exactly what that means.

But seeing photos of prior patients in before and after photos, it becomes just a bit easier to understand what removing a certain amount of fatty tissue might actually look like.

Visualize what your body might look like after liposuction

And before and after photos of patients who have had liposuction can help you see what you might look like after your procedure.

Of course, it’s important to view these photos with the proverbial grain of salt. Each person’s body is unique and different. Before and after photos are not a crystal ball with foresight of the future; they can’t show you exactly what you will look like after your procedure. But they can give you a basic idea of the types of changes liposuction can have on problem areas similar to yours.

Maintain realistic expectations for liposuction

Perhaps one of the best reasons to look at before and after photos of liposuction is to see what liposuction can’t do. Your surgeon has likely told you that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure and that it’s not appropriate for individuals with a lot of loose skin.

But seeing realistic images of people who have actually have liposuction can help keep your dreams about your results realistic. They can show you that you may still have some curves or a rounded tummy, that you may still have some stretch marks or areas of saggy skin.

And being realistic about your potential results before your surgery will help you be satisfied with your actual results after your procedure.

For More Information on the Treatments and Procedures Offered, contact award winning Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Thomas Fiala at Fiala Aesthetics in Greater Orlando to Schedule Your Consultation:

 

 

Serving patients in and around Greater Central Florida: Orlando, Altamonte, Lake Mary, Maitland, Winter Park, Clermont, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Longwood, Celebration, Heathrow, Windermere, Dr. Phillips, Sanford, Deltona, Deland, Daytona Beach, Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Tampa, Jacksonville, Sarasota and more.

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Liposuction

Surgical body shaping has been popular with both men and women since the introduction of suction-assisted fat removal in the 1980s. Nearly five decades later, liposuction is still one of the most popular forms of body shaping in the United States.

Why has liposuction remained so popular over the years? The answer is pretty easy. It’s a highly effective method of removing stubborn pockets of fatty tissue that don’t respond to elimination through diet and exercise alone.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure in which subcutaneous fat cells are suctioned out of the body through a thin, hollow tube inserted through small incisions in the skin. While liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, it can result in a slimmer, more toned shape. And once those fat cells are gone, they cannot regrow (although future weight gain is always possible because remaining fat cells can continue to grow and expand).

Liposuction is also popular for two additional reasons. It can be performed nearly anywhere on the body that has significant amounts of subcutaneous fat. And it can be performed in conjunction with other body shaping techniques to help patients achieve their ideal physique.

What Factors Impact the Cost of Liposuction?

Liposuction’s flexibility as a body shaping technique make each procedure as unique as the patient. For this reason, it is impossible to offer a specific cost quote based on generic information over the internet. In fact, there are a variety of different factors that will determine how much your liposuction will cost.

Two of the most important factors impacting the cost of liposuction are where you need fat removed and how much fat will be removed.

As noted, liposuction can be performed almost anywhere you find unwanted subcutaneous fat, including under the chin, the upper arms, the torso or trunk, male breasts or chest, the abdomen, waist, and hips, and the legs, including the thighs, inner knees, and calves.

Depending on your aesthetic goals, you may choose to have liposuction in one area only or you may choose to target multiple zones. Florida law permits one liposuction procedure to target multiple zones simultaneously, up to a limit of 4,000cc of fat removed (this limit may be lower if a tummy tuck is involved).

Another factor that may impact the cost of your liposuction is whether you choose to have it in conjunction with another body shaping procedure.

For example, individuals with loose skin may not benefit from a stand-alone liposuction. If you have loose, saggy skin, a tummy tuck procedure in conjunction with a liposuction may be more appropriate. While this will impact the overall cost of your procedure, the aesthetic results will be significantly more satisfactory.

Other popular body shaping procedures that are often performed in conjunction with liposuction include fat grafting, in which the removed fat is used to augment other areas of the body such as the buttocks, and a so-called Mommy Makeover, a comprehensive body shaping procedure that often includes both a tummy tuck and breast work.

Finally, other factors that can impact the cost of your liposuction depend on your overall health, any pre-op medical clearances and pre- and post-operative prescriptions that may be required, and where your procedure will occur.

How Do I Get An Exact Quote for My Liposuction?

If you are ready to learn more about liposuction, here are the next three, very easy steps in the process:

  1. Fiala’s office can send you a personalized information pack that will offer both general and specific information about liposuction, what you might expect, and other relevant details. To obtain your information pack, fill out Dr. Fiala’s Contact Us form here.
  2. Contact Dr. Fiala’s office directly to speak with a nurse or patient coordinator. Our experienced office staff can answer any preliminary questions you might have about your liposuction procedure.
  3. Schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Fiala. Dr. Fiala will review your medical history, discuss your aesthetic goals, and help you understand whether liposuction is right for you.
For More Information on the Treatments and Procedures Offered, contact award winning Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Thomas Fiala at Fiala Aesthetics in Greater Orlando to Schedule Your Consultation:

 

 

Serving patients in and around Greater Central Florida: Orlando, Altamonte, Lake Mary, Maitland, Winter Park, Clermont, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Longwood, Celebration, Heathrow, Windermere, Dr. Phillips, Sanford, Deltona, Deland, Daytona Beach, Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Tampa, Jacksonville, Sarasota and more.

Voted the #1 Best Plastic Surgeon in Orlando, Florida by the readers of Orlando Magazine.

 

 

 

Liposuction

Do you have a healthy lifestyle, maintain a good weight, and exercise regularly, but find you still can’t quite achieve the body shape you really want?

When it comes to realizing our own ideals of “the perfect body”, it’s frustrating to learn that some stubborn pockets of fatty tissue just don’t go away with diet and exercise. So-called love handles around the waist, the dreaded muffin top across the belly, and other pockets of fat are, unfortunately, stubbornly resistant to elimination through diet and exercise alone.

If you have an ideal shape that you believe would really work for you, but are having trouble achieving that goal despite a healthy lifestyle, you might be a candidate for liposuction. Also called “lipo” or “liposculpture”, liposuction is a surgical procedure that literally removes unwanted fat cells. It really might be an ideal way to create the ideal you!

What Liposuction Can Do For You

Liposuction can help you achieve a slimmer, thinner body shape by removing excess fatty tissue.

It can work on nearly any point on the body where unwelcome fat accumulates—and can’t be removed through diet and exercise alone.

Liposuction can be used to shape the:

  • Abdomen
  • Waist
  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Knees
  • Calves
  • Ankles

Liposuction works by gently removing excess fat cells from the targeted zones.

The surgeon inserts a thin, hollow tube called a cannula under the skin, through a small incision. The fat cells are then flooded with a tumescent fluid that makes them expand and stiffen. Then, they are literally suctioned out of the body. The tumescent fluid also helps minimize discomfort, bleeding, and bruising at the point of suction.

What Liposuction Can’t Do

Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure or a treatment for obesity. And it’s not a substitute for a good diet and a healthy, active lifestyle.

It is generally only appropriate for patients who are at, or near, their ideal weight. Usually, it is recommended for patients who are within 10-15 pounds of their goal weight.

Liposuction is not an appropriate treatment for cellulite, the appearance of ripples or dimpled skin on the thighs, hips, or buttocks. It is also not a treatment for loose, saggy skin and is usually recommended only for patients with good skin tone.

Liposuction does remove fat cells from the body. Once those cells are gone, they can’t return. However, weight gain after liposuction is always possible as remaining cells continue to grow and expand. Therefore, in order to maintain the results of your procedure, you should always maintain a healthy diet and exercise regime.

Is Liposuction Considered Surgery?

Liposuction is considered a surgical procedure. As such, it does involve the potential for risk, complications, and potential side effects, however rare.

As with all surgical procedures, it is important to let your doctor know about any medications you take or any pre-existing conditions. It is also important to follow all of his or her pre- and post-procedure instructions.

You should expect to need several days of risk and downtime after your procedure. You may be asked to wear a compression garment around the operative site to minimize post-operative swelling and help the body settle into its new shape. And once you resume normal activities, especially exercise, it’s important to do so slowly and carefully, while following your surgeon’s instructions, to avoid increasing your heart rate or blood pressure.

For More Information on the Treatments and Procedures Offered, contact award winning Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Thomas Fiala at Fiala Aesthetics in Greater Orlando to Schedule Your Consultation:

 

 

Serving patients in and around Greater Central Florida: Orlando, Altamonte, Lake Mary, Maitland, Winter Park, Clermont, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Longwood, Celebration, Heathrow, Windermere, Dr. Phillips, Sanford, Deltona, Deland, Daytona Beach, Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Tampa, Jacksonville, Sarasota and more.

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As Seen on RealSelf.com – Poor Liposuction Candidates

Wanting a procedure and being able to pay for it are only two of the many qualifications needed in order for a reputable surgeon to schedule you in for surgery. And liposuction, though it seems like a quick, simple, decades-old fix for excess fat, isn’t a suitable solution for a surprising number of people. To determine whether it’s right for you, doctors have to take into account your expectations, skin, visceral fat, medications, and more. Here are the factors that make you a less-than-ideal liposuction candidate.

1. You fall outside a certain BMI range.
2. You want more fat removed than is allowed.
3. You don’t pass medical clearance.
4. You have cellulite, loose skin, or a history of keloid scarring.

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For More Information on the Treatments and Procedures Offered, contact Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Thomas Fiala at Fiala Aesthetics in Greater Orlando to Schedule Your Consultation:

 

 

Serving patients in and around Greater Central Florida: Orlando, Altamonte, Lake Mary, Maitland, Winter Park, Clermont, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Longwood, Celebration, Heathrow, Windermere, Dr. Phillips, Tampa, Jacksonville, Sarasota and more.

Voted the #1 Best Plastic Surgeon in Orlando, Florida by the readers of Orlando Magazine.

The “best age” for a mommy makeover is really whatever age you are when you decide to restore your body to its pre-pregnancy state.  Outside of being a healthy adult, there are no age restrictions regarding the mommy makeover procedure.  There are, however, some practical considerations.

Woman holding child and wondering when is the best age for a mommy makeoverIf you are not finished with having a family, it is best to postpone things, until you are finished having children. It is very likely that changes made during the mommy makeover procedure would be undone with subsequent pregnancies, making the procedure best for women who are satisfied with the size of their families and do not plan on having more children.

The best way to learn if now is the right time to undergo a plastic surgery procedure is by talking with Dr. Fiala about your desires, your future plans, and your ultimate goals.  During your consultation, he will take time to listen carefully to where you are and where you would like to be, and provide you with honest information about those options that will be best for your needs now, and into the future.

Breast & Body Procedures Combined

During mommy makeover surgery, breast and body procedures are often combined to correct issues brought about by pregnancy. These can include excess fat accumulation throughout the body, stretch marks and sagging skin, separated abdominal muscles, and breast deflation.  Drooping breast tissue and nipple displacement are also common results of pregnancy and nursing.

To address these issues and restore the body to its pre-pregnancy shape, Dr. Fiala typically offers a “three-in-one” mommy makeover procedure which includes:

  • Tummy tuck surgery to remove excess skin and fat from the abdominal area and hips. This procedure can also be used to address abdominal muscle separation, which is common after multiple pregnancies, and to reposition the belly button. When excess skin is removed, stretch marks may also be eliminated, allowing tummy tuck surgery to provide comprehensive results to the midsection of the body.
    Why Choose Us:
    At Fiala Aesthetics, the “TAP block” technique is utilized to minimize pain after tummy tuck surgery.  This revolutionary technique, which Dr. Fiala helped to develop, provides optimal comfort during the initial stages of recovery.  The extended abdominoplasty method is used to dramatically tighten the abdominal skin.
  • Breast augmentation to restore lost volume, shape, and symmetry to the breasts.  In some cases, breast lift surgery is combined with augmentation to restore the breasts and the nipples to a more youthful and perky position.
    Why Choose Us:
    Dr. Fiala prefers dual plane placement for breast implants – which reduces complications while producing optimal results.  Inframammary incisions help protect against a loss of nipple sensitivity, and the various implant options, including “gummy bear” implants, allow for complete personalization and the most natural-looking results.
  • Liposuction to sculpt the waist and lower back and produce an “hour-glass” figure.
    Why Choose Us:
    Dr. Fiala offers SAFElipo, a comprehensive body contouring technique that has been shown to preserve vascular integrity and minimize risks and complications, all while maximizing skin retraction for enhanced results.

These options are commonly included in the mommy makeover procedure at Fiala Aesthetics, but others may be offered, depending on the circumstances.  During your initial consultation, Dr. Fiala will determine which treatments will be of most benefit in helping you reach your goals.
Why Choose Us:
Dr. Fiala brings two decades of experience into every procedure he performs and his results speak for themselves. Please review our before and after gallery to see pictures of real patients who Dr. Fiala has helped reach their goals, and take time to read our reviews on realself.com, doctor.com, realpatientratings.com, and google.com to see how real men and women have benefited from our exceptional customer care, attention to detail, and commitment to patient satisfaction.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Fiala, please call 407-339-3222.  Located in Altamonte Springs, Fiala Aesthetics welcomes moms from all surrounding areas, including Orlando and Winter Park.

For More Information on the Treatments and Procedures Offered, contact award winning Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Thomas Fiala at Fiala Aesthetics in Greater Orlando to Schedule Your Consultation:

 

 

Serving patients in and around Greater Central Florida: Orlando, Altamonte, Lake Mary, Maitland, Winter Park, Clermont, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Longwood, Celebration, Heathrow, Windermere, Dr. Phillips, Sanford, Deltona, Deland, Daytona Beach, Melbourne, Cocoa Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Tampa, Jacksonville, Sarasota and more.

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