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Liposuction Can be Used to Remove Excess Fat in the Stomach, Buttocks and Hips
Despite a proper diet and exercise, many men and women find that they have stubborn areas of fat that won’t go away. Likely the result of genetics, these fat deposits are out of proportion with the rest of their body. It’s these excess pockets that can benefit from liposuction.
Liposuction can be performed on areas of your body with minimal amounts of excess skin. In Fort Wayne, Indiana, Liposuction is performed for many patients and can be combined with other procedures. If your skin also sags, Dr. Lee may recommend a body contouring procedure in addition to your liposuction.
Liposuction can be used to remove excess fat in the stomach, buttocks, hips, “love handles,” “saddlebags,” thighs, calves, ankles, breasts (including male breast enlargement), back, arms, and neck.
This procedure can slim and shape very targeted areas of your body, offering a balanced figure that reflects your healthy lifestyle and a boost in self-esteem.
Before Your Procedure
Knowing what to do and what to expect before your surgery will make for the best possible outcome.
If you’re a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking well before surgery. You may need to get lab testing or a medical evaluation to take certain medications or adjust your current medications. You will need to avoid aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs before surgery because they can cause increased bleeding. Dr. Lee will provide additional preoperative instructions. Your surgery will be performed at the fully accredited Southwest Surgical Suites. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you at least the first night following surgery.
Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you at least the first night following surgery.
Most liposuction patients receive general anesthesia, though local anesthesia and intravenous sedation may also be an option. Dr. Lee will recommend the right anesthesia for you.
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In most liposuction procedures, fat is removed through a hollow metal tube called a cannula inserted into the tissue through very small incisions. It is typically vacuumed out via a pump in suction-assisted liposuction (SAL). The cannula may have a motor that makes the cannula vacillate, also known as power-assisted liposuction (PAL). The fat may be broken down by ultrasound or by laser before SAL removes it. Dr. Lee will choose the procedure or combination of procedures that is best for you.
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Dr. Brian Lee has been in practice for over 2 decades, serving the Fort Wayne community for all their aesthetic and cosmetic needs. He is proud to work alongside his talented team and looks forward to seeing new and returning patients in his office.
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After Your Procedure
When your surgery is complete, you’ll be taken into a recovery area, where you will be closely monitored. You may be wrapped in compression garments to reduce swelling and smooth and support your tissue, or these may be added later. You’ll receive detailed instructions for your post-surgical care, and, in most cases, you’ll go home in just a few hours. You will need a caregiver to drive you home and to stay with you for the first 24 hours to watch for signs of complications. Most patients feel sore after liposuction as if they had been working out. You’ll notice swelling and bruising in the first 48 hours after surgery. The bruising should disappear within seven to 10 days, though the swelling may last longer. You’ll be encouraged to rest for the first few days. Dr. Lee will remove your stitches within a week of your liposuction. You’ll need to avoid straining, bending over, and lifting for the first week to two weeks. But you should be able to resume normal activity in approximately 10 days.
Understanding the Risks
Liposuction is one of the two most common plastic surgery procedures. (Breast augmentation is the other.) Significant complications are rare. And Dr. Lee is a board-certified plastic surgeon with decades of experience. But any surgery comes with risk. The risks associated with liposuction include:
- hematoma (an accumulation of blood under the skin that may require removal)
- changes in sensation
- allergic reactions
- damage to underlying structures
- need for revisions
- unsatisfactory results possibly necessitating additional procedures and medical risks
- indentations and irregularities
- uneven contours
- rippling or loose skin
- irregular pigmentation
- fat clots
- blood clots
- excessive fluid loss or fluid accumulation
- unattractive scarring
- thermal burn or heat injury from ultrasound with the ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty technique
- anesthesia risks
- change in skin sensation
- skin discoloration or swelling
- pain, which may persist
- damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, lungs, and abdominal organs
- poor wound healing
- persistent swelling in the legs
- deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- possibility of revisional surgery
If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or an unusual heart rhythm, seek medical attention immediately. Dr. Lee will discuss these risks with you during your consultation. Please be sure to ask him any questions or concerns you might have.
Results of Your Procedure
Your new shape will continue to reveal itself over the course of several months when the swelling fully dissipates. Your results will be long-lasting unless you gain significant weight, which can reverse your results. Along with improved self-esteem, your new contours after liposuction can better reflect the healthy, fit lifestyle that you lead.
The key to truly successful liposuction is maintaining an open line of communication with Dr. Lee and adhering to his recommendations. He and his team are eager to respond to your questions and concerns and can help provide skin care to maintain and enhance your results—they are your partners in achieving the results that you seek.
Sources: The American Society of Plastic Surgeons; The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Where do I begin with Dr. Lee? For starters, he saved my life! After a horrific car accident, he basically skin-grafted my arm, which saved my arm. When I caught a life-threatening infection in my leg, he did major tissue surgery on my leg, and did amazing liposuction and scar revision surgery on my injured leg. I can only speak from experience—Dr. Lee is truly a remarkable doctor and person. He cares about everyone’s story and will give you the best advice for your plastic surgery adventure!
- Written by Erin B.
Dr. Lee is an absolute artist. Not only does he assure you through the process, he is very detail-oriented. If I can offer any advice to future patients of Dr. Lee, TRUST HIM! He had some ideas of his own, and I sort of let him take the reins, and boy, am I happy I did! WONDERFUL work! I feel perfect! Thoughtful, thorough, insightful, knowledgeable, detail-oriented, caring and experienced. I could go on for paragraphs. Who goes into surgery at ease, and comes out a bit swollen and somewhat swelled…YET SMILING and HAPPY? Dr. Lee’s patients. He even personally called that evening to check in. Absolutely hands down the best doctor I have ever had the experience of encountering—and I did my fair share of research!
- Written by Sarah B.F.
I can speak about someone whom I was in a romantic relationship with who went to see Dr. Lee for a consultation and then to have two fairly significant procedures done. From the very first meeting, all the way through her recovery from both procedures, Dr. Lee and his staff were nothing but the best they could be. I was just amazed how upbeat and positive Dr. Lee and his staff made her feel every step of the way. Dr. Lee is not just a gifted, board-certified plastic surgeon with 22 years of experience who has an amazing staff of caring people. He CHANGES PEOPLE’S LIVES!! He is gifted, he is talented, he is polite, friendly, articulate and, most of all, humble. He does not brag or boast or have an ego. He has a gift and love for what he does, and it shows in how he does it with every single patient every single day. The Fort Wayne medical community is blessed and fortunate to have Dr. Lee as one of its members, and we are fortunate to have him as a member of our community.
- Written by John R.
Request a Consultation
If you would like to address those areas of fat that resist diet and exercise, you’ll first meet with Dr. Lee for a consultation. After you arrive at our For Wayne location, he will take the time to get to know you and understand what you hope to achieve with liposuction. Dr. Lee may ask you to point out in a mirror what areas you would like to target with liposuction.
Be prepared to share your medical history, including previous surgeries, medical conditions, drug allergies, and current medications. Dr. Lee will conduct an exam to assess the elasticity of your skin, take measurements of your lower body and take photos for your records.
You and Dr. Lee will also discuss maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight. You may be required to lose weight before undergoing liposuction. This procedure cannot treat large areas of fat. It’s important to be near your ideal weight before undergoing liposuction surgery.
Share with Dr. Lee whether you also plan to become pregnant in the near future.
Dr. Lee has cared for many patients in the Angola, Warsaw, and Huntington areas. You can feel comfortable working with our experienced surgeon.