Some of us are burdened with stubborn areas of fat on our bodies that won’t go away, no matter what we do to eliminate them. Liposuction from our experienced surgeon serving Cleveland, Mayfield Heights, and surrounding areas, can significantly reduce these fatty areas and give the body a more contoured appearance. Liposuction can be used on virtually any area of the body, including:
Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic enhancement procedures. At your initial consultation, Dr. Jason Leedy will explain all aspects of the procedure, and, together, you will decide if liposuction is the best option to meet your goals.
During liposuction, a slim tube (cannula) is used to gently break up and suction away fat deposits located several layers beneath the skin. Variations in the technique used for liposuction enable Dr. Leedy to tailor the treatment according to your particular needs and goals, which allows for optimal body contouring results.
Tumescent liposuction is considered the safest form of the technique because of its ability to eliminate large pockets of fat with very little blood loss. Dr. Leedy will inject a saline solution into the fatty area, then insert the cannula and gently move it back and forth, suctioning out the fat cells. The procedure can often be performed under local anesthesia, and typically takes about two hours or less to complete, depending on the size of the area being treated.
For our patients who have more resistant fat deposits that may require follow-up treatment, Dr. Leedy provides secondary liposuction using an advanced procedure called ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL). In this technique, a tiny cannula that emits ultrasonic waves is used to liquefy excess fat, which allows the fat to be removed more easily. This state-of-the-art procedure can help you attain a more balanced, attractive figure if you are unsatisfied with the results of your original liposuction. This procedure may also be performed under local anesthesia. UAL generally takes less than two hours to complete.
SmartLipo™ is the newest, most advanced liposuction technique available. Using laser energy, fat cells are liquefied and suctioned out of the target area, ultimately resulting in tightening of the skin. Typically focused on smaller areas of excess fat, SmartLipo™ generally does not require a trip to the operating room. The technique allows for quicker recovery since general anesthesia is not required. Dr. Leedy is the first and only plastic surgeon in Northeast Ohio offering SmartLipo™ and is a Clinical Instructor for the entire Northeast Ohio region.
Patients should expect some swelling and bruising after liposuction, but these side effects should fade as the treated area heals. Patients who undergo liposuction can generally return to work after one or two weeks and to more strenuous activities after two to four weeks. Liposuction involves very small incisions, so any residual scarring will be minimal and easily hidden. Many of our liposuction patients from Cleveland, Mayfield Heights, and surrounding areas, combine their treatment with a face lift or breast augmentation procedure for greater aesthetic enhancement.
Liposuction procedures at our facility are carried out with great care and expertise; however, as with all surgical procedures, there are risks. These risks include:
- Reaction to anesthesia
- Injury to the skin
- Excessive fluid loss
- Excessive fluid accumulation
- Friction burns
- Uneven shape or contour
- Damage to vital organs
- Blood clots
Many of these risks are extremely rare. Dr. Leedy is a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon who has performed hundreds of liposuction surgeries. He encourages you to voice any concerns you may have at any point during the process, and he will address them with you.
Your Consultation for Liposuction
At the time of your consultation Dr. Leedy will review your medical history and discuss your desires and expectations. He will outline a plan to help accomplish your goals in the safest possible manner. If applicable, Dr. Leedy will provide 3D imaging to help simulate the results that are possible. You will have time to have all your questions answered. If you so desire we can arrange for a previous patient to talk to you about their experience. We approach the consultation as an opportunity to educate a patient about a procedure and you will never feel pressured or rushed to make a decision about what is right for you. All patients are provided the opportunity to return for further discussions about their procedure at no additional charge and if you decide to go forward there is always an additional consultation prior to the surgery. Educated patients are happy patients and your happiness is our only goal.
It’s something you’ve always wanted to do, but something else was always there to hold you back. Well, not anymore. We offer CareCredit, a card designed specifically for your healthcare needs. CareCredit can help you move forward with getting the procedure you’ve always wanted. With low minimum monthly payment options, no up-front costs, no prepayment penalties and no annual fees, you can get your procedure sooner.
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