Liposuction, also called lipoplasty, is a reshaping procedure that slims specific areas of the body by removing excess fatty deposits beneath the skin. Common areas for liposuction include the tummy (abdomen), flanks and waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, inner part of the knees, upper arms, chest, back, and neck. Dr. Hubert strives to deliver the best liposuction Richmond residents can rely on.
The technique uses skinny metal tubes (cannulas) to put in wetting solution and then suck out the fat cells through small incisions with a minimum of scarring.
It can be performed by itself, or in combination with other procedures such as a tummy tuck, breast reduction, or facelift. Dr. Hubert uses his experience and creativity to help you come up with a plan that best addresses your individual wishes and needs.
Liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss and works best on localized fatty collections beneath the skin.
At Richmond Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Hubert utilizes the exciting and cutting-edge technology of the VASERlipo system.
This minimally invasive system uses ultrasound energy to assist in breaking up the individual fat cells, making them easier to remove, especially in stubborn areas. After the ultrasound part of the procedure is finished, regular liposuction is used to “clean up” and remove the unwanted tissues broken up by the ultrasound energy.
The VASERlipo procedure is especially useful in denser areas of the body where fibrous tissue is mixed in with the fatty tissue. These areas include the male chest, the lower back, hips, love handles, and thighs.
The VASERlipo system is effective and offers long-lasting body-contouring results. Schedule a consultation if you would like to learn more about the VASERlipo system.
The Liposuction Recovery Process
Most liposuction procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis, with you going home the same day. During your liposuction recovery, make sure to follow Dr. Hubert’s post-surgical care directions as closely as possible in order to minimize complications. Painkillers will be prescribed as needed.
Patients will need to take time off from work, typically around one week. With traditional liposuction, strenuous activities like heavy exercise and sports can be resumed after four to six weeks. Less recovery time will be required for VASERlipo, since it creates less tissue trauma.
It is normal to experience a degree of bruising and swelling in the treated areas; these will fade in time. Patients wear a fitted compression garment after surgery, usually for a period of at least several weeks, to help keep any swelling to a minimum and to help the skin heal in appropriate position. VASERlipo typically results in less bruising and swelling than regular liposuction.
After the procedure, immediate change will be apparent in the treated regions in the form of a reduction in volume. Once all swelling has subsided, patients can see the final results of their liposuction procedure.
Cost of Liposuction in Richmond
As an experienced liposuction Richmond plastic surgeon, Dr. Hubert will meet with you in his office to discuss all options and pricing. The cost of a liposuction procedure varies from patient to patient. This is because there are a number of variables involved, including the type of liposuction used (VASER or traditional), the amount of excess stubborn fat to be treated, and the number of areas to be targeted. The procedure is often more affordable than many patients assume, and Dr. Hubert also has financing options available.
The First Step: The Consultation
Before a date can be set for the liposuction procedure, the patient must meet with Dr. Hubert for a consultation. This process will involve a discussion of the patient’s needs and goals, their complete medical history, and the details of the procedure.
During the consultation, Dr. Hubert will evaluate the trouble areas of the patient’s body to determine the best technique. A surgical plan can then be created.
Liposuction is ideal for non-smokers, since it requires skin that has a high degree of elasticity. Smokers must quit weeks before the procedure and continue to avoid smoking for weeks afterwards in order to ensure that the recovery process goes as smoothly as possible.
Get Started Today
During your appointment, your Richmond liposuction plastic surgeon will discuss the different techniques and options available. To arrange your consultation with Dr. Darrin Hubert, contact our practice today and set up your appointment. Dr. Hubert will be available to answer your questions and walk you through your chosen procedure.