Liposuction in Seattle, WA
Successful liposuction depends on your surgeon having plenty of experience with the procedure, an excellent sense of aesthetics, the right tools, and a safe facility. Seattle cosmetic surgeon Dr. Alexander Sobel typically performs 8 to 14 liposuction operations per week. He uses the newest, safest liposuction techniques to provide safe surgery and desirable results.
Liposuction, also known as liposculpture, was developed to remove fat deposits that fail to respond to diet and exercise. However, Liposculpture is not a method for general weight loss: it serves as a body contouring technique only. Frequently targeted areas include the hips, thighs, abdomen, buttocks, knees or love handles. Submental liposuction involves removal of fat from under the chin and neck. When you come in for a free consultation with Dr. Sobel, he can help you decide what areas of liposuction would help you balance out your figure and have curves you love.
Dr. Sobel is highly skilled with the most advanced and up to date liposuction techniques. These include tumescent liposuction (liposculpture) and the use of thin cannulas. Non-smoking women of all ages who are healthy can be good candidates for this procedure. Each patient receives an extensive consultation to plan the most effective procedure for her specific needs.
What Happens During Liposuction Surgery
During the surgery, small incisions are made near the area where the fat is to be removed. A thin, hollow tube called a cannula is attached to a machine that creates a vacuum. Dr. Sobel carefully removes the unwanted fat as gently as possible to minimize bruising. Depending on the extent of the patient’s liposculpture, local anesthesia may be used in combination with IV sedation. Liposuction is typically performed in Dr. Sobel’s AAAHC accredited surgical suite in Bellevue, Washington. You can rest assured knowing that the operating suite has modern hospital-level safety measures in place.
Watch a patient get prepped for liposuction
Dr. Sobel will draw a “map” on your body to use as a guide when sculpting your new contours. (These are not marks for incisions!) This short video helps illustrate the art and science of liposuction.
Recovery from Liposuction
Patients are back home resting the same day as their liposuction and can enjoy a relatively painless recovery with the help of a tight fitting garment that is worn to reduce swelling. The results of liposculpture are apparent within two to three weeks, but the full benefits may not be visible for several months or more. Individual results may vary, but with realistic expectations, most seattle liposuction patients experience improved self-esteem and positive body image.
Will I have to wear a garment after liposculpture?
Normally, the garment must be consistently worn for two weeks, then reduced to 12 hours per day for the remaining 4 weeks of the healing process. This can vary from person to person.
When can I resume working out or doing strenuous activity?
You may start light exercises within 5 days, and gradually build up to your normal exercise routine over the next two weeks.
Is there any scarring after liposuction?
Dr. Sobel’s liposuction incisions are so small they do not even require a suture, and leave nothing more than a tiny mark. The marks usually fade away with time.
How does the body handle becoming pregnant after liposuction?
No differently than before liposuction.
Will there be excess skin left behind after liposculpture?
This depends on the elasticity of each individual’s skin and how much fat is removed from a given area. Dr. Sobel will discuss any concerns and recommend the correct procedures during your consultation. Often, a tummy tuck is the best option for patients with lax or sagging skin in the abdomen.
I had a C-Section and cannot get rid of my belly pooch. Can liposculpture correct this?
Liposuction is at times successful in treating the pooch that can gather from a C-Section, at least to lessen the effects. However, liposuction can do nothing to tighten skin or improve c-section scars. If desired, Dr. Sobel can suggest other solutions for these issues during your consultation.
Is Liposuction OK for diabetics that have an overhang tummy?
Yes, we can and we have performed the procedure with good results.
I had liposculpture in a number of areas years ago and want to have it again. Is this possible?
Yes, liposculpture can be done more than once if enough fat was not removed the first time, or if there are irregularities.
Is liposuction effective in decreasing (or even eliminating) cellulite?
No, liposuction is not effective at treating cellulite.
Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Sobel has performed thousands of successful Seattle liposuction surgeries. If you have been considering liposuction and live in the Seattle area, Dr. Sobel is the first specialist with whom you should consult. Call today or contact us online to ask questions or schedule a free consultation.