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Liposuction


Stubborn deposits of fat may be contributing to your flabby, unsatisfactory appearance. Excess fat may be preventing you from having the toned and firm appearance you desire. For both women and men, localized fat may be impossible to eliminate using diet and exercise. When hard work and time in the gym yields little results, you can become discouraged, which negatively impacts your confidence. Liposuction is designed to safely and effectively remove unwanted fat deposits to help you achieve a slimmer, more toned appearance.

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Type of Fat Treated Using Liposuction

Naturally Localized Fat


For many men and women, their troublesome fat deposits are the result of genetics. If you cannot achieve your desired physique through diet and exercise, it might not be because you aren’t trying hard enough. Patients with naturally occurring localized fat can be young or old and have likely had lifelong issues with certain deposits of fat. For some, this unwanted fat may be the result of weight gain that they are unable to correct.

Post-Pregnancy Fat Accumulation


It is healthy and normal for women to accumulate fat during pregnancy. However, due to changes in your body after giving birth, it can be difficult to restore the appearance of your body. These unwanted areas of fat can contribute to a flabby, untoned appearance that may decrease your confidence. It is common for women to store excess fat around the abdomen, hips, and thighs following their pregnancy.

Age-Related, Stubborn Fat Deposits


As we age, our metabolism and ability to burn fat doesn’t function as efficiently as it once did. You may have found that fat has begun to accumulate in areas that were once lean and firm. These stubborn fat deposits can begin to age your appearance, creating an unflattering silhouette.

Areas Corrected Using Liposuction

Abdomen


Fat accumulation around the abdomen can prevent you from having the defined midsection you desire. Clothing may not fit the way it should, and you likely struggle to feel confident in your appearance. Abdominal fat is one of the most common areas of fat localization. Small incisions placed low in the bikini line are used to remove fat from the stomach area. Expert suction techniques ensure even, smooth fat elimination that highlights the contours of your abdomen.

Hips and Thighs


Hip and thigh fat accumulation occurs often in women, but men can also struggle with stubborn fat in these areas. Fatty tissue along the hips can lead to the appearance of unsightly bulges that affect the comfort and fit of clothing. Fat on the inner thighs can cause uncomfortable rubbing and skin irritation. Liposuction not only slims your hips and thighs, but it can also restore better definition. More defined hips can help women achieve that coveted hourglass figure, and slimming the thighs provides a more distinct thigh gap.

Arms


Deposits of fat along the arms can create a flabby and unattractive appearance. For some, toning the muscles in the arms does little to correct unwanted fat. Liposuction can be used to treat fat that has accumulated around the elbows, along the arm, and at or below the armpits. Correcting unwanted arm fat allows you to gain a more toned and lean arm appearance.  

Breasts and Back


Large, cumbersome breasts that are the result of excess fatty tissue can be reduced using liposuction. For women looking to subtly decrease the size of their breasts, liposuction helps them avoid the need for a more extensive breast reduction surgery. Relieving yourself of the excess weight in your breasts can correct many physical ailments that include back and neck pain. Men and women can also eliminate unsightly rolls from their back using liposuction. This often helps patients feel more confident in swimsuits and other types of revealing clothing.

Neck


Liposuction can be performed on the neck as a stand-alone procedure or in combination with a neck lift. Fatty tissue accumulations around the neck can lead to the appearance of a turkey neck. Removing fat from along the neck restores graceful definition to the face and erases years for a more youthful appearance.  

Addressing Your Concerns

Recovery


You will experience bruising, swelling, and redness following your procedure. You may be required to wear a compression garment to minimize swelling. It is important that you limit your physical activities and avoid taking blood-thinning medications until your surgeon gives you permission to resume these actions.

Most patients return to work within one week of their procedure. You can resume your regular physical activities after three to four weeks. After six weeks, most major swelling will have subsided and your final results will become visible.

Scars


Liposuction only requires minimal incisions to insert the cannula. These incisions are often placed in easily concealed areas. Most patients will experience zero to mild scarring. The healing process varies from patient to patient. If you do develop scarring, it will likely fade over time.

Cost


The cost of liposuction varies depending on the extent of correction needed. Hospital, anesthesia, and surgical fees will also affect the cost of your liposuction. On average, the price of liposuction treatment starts at $3,000 (does not include OR and anesthesia). The exact cost of your treatment will be provided during your consultation.

Pain


Most patients only experience some minor discomfort following their procedure. Pain medication may be used to control any discomfort that may occur.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

    People seeking liposuction are in good health and have excess accumulations of fat. Patients should also have good skin elasticity because the procedure doesn’t tighten the skin. Liposuction should not be used as a weight-loss tool. Patients should attempt to reach or get near their goal weight using natural diet and exercise. Liposuction is designed to eliminate stubborn fat and enhance definition. If you haven’t changed your lifestyle to prevent future weight gain, you will likely re-accumulate fat.  

  • What type of anesthesia is used for liposuction?

    Liposuction can be performed using local anesthesia or intravenous sedation. However, patients that require more extensive correction or who desire more sedation can have their procedure performed using general anesthesia.

  • What are my options if I have skin laxity and excess fat accumulations?

    Liposuction is commonly combined with other contouring procedures designed to tighten the skin. Commonly combined procedures include tummy tuck, thigh lift, butt lift, breast reduction, neck lift, and arm lift. If you have concerns about skin laxity, you and Dr. Bonaldi can discuss combining your liposuction surgery with another body contouring procedure.

  • Are there any complications associated with liposuction?

    Liposuction is a generally safe and effective procedure. However, some minor complications can occur. Excessive bleeding and infection are the most common complications. While rare, seromas (a collection of fluid under the skin) can develop. Wearing a compression garment can help reduce your chances of developing a seroma.

  • How long do the results of liposuction last?

    The fat that is suctioned out using liposuction is permanently removed from your body. However, liposuction doesn’t prevent new fat from forming. With a healthy lifestyle, most patients achieve results that last them many years.

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Louis A. Bonaldi MD
6630 South McCarran Blvd. Suite B20
Reno, Nevada 89509
775-828-7400


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