“Lipo” has been one of the most popular elective surgeries around the globe for decades, including in Oregon. While it’s not necessarily a “fat loss” procedure and certainly not a weight-loss method, larger amounts of body fat can be removed in minutes compared to non-surgical alternatives such as CoolSculpting. The results are instant, although swelling can delay the appearance of full results by a few weeks.

What Can Liposuction Achieve?

This popular surgery is largely for body contouring, specifically to target stubborn areas that won’t budge with exercise and diet alone. Every year, about 415,000 liposuction procedures are performed around the world. The maximum amount of fat loss from liposuction is around eight pounds.

The most reputable surgeons usually utilize liposuction as a complementary procedure to more intensive surgeries such as a tummy tuck, mommy makeover, breast augmentation, or body lift. Liposuction is not usually recommended as a solo procedure, though that does occur in some instances

Ideal Liposuction Candidates

The perfect lipo candidate is usually within 30 percent of a healthy body weight, has elastic skin, and is a non-smoker. However, if you think you don’t fall into all of these categories, you may still be a lipo candidate and can learn more during a consultation.

Today’s liposuction is highly versatile thanks to state-of-the-art lipo technology and skilled cosmetic surgeons. Liposuction might be performed on one or more of these areas during a procedure:

  • Face, jowls, and neck
  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Upper arms
  • Chest or breasts
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Calves and ankles

Compared to many other elective surgeries, liposuction is minimally invasive. The entry points are barely scars and nearly invisible with today’s tiny liposuction vacuum heads used for fat removal. However, not everyone is an ideal candidate for lipo. Schedule a consultation with Salem plastic surgeons Dr. Keith Neaman or Dr. Dustin Christiansen to explore liposuction as an appropriate treatment for your body contouring goals. 

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Combining Liposuction With Other Treatments

Our highly-skilled surgeons at Neaman Plastic Surgery commonly recommend adding liposuction as part of a larger surgery such as a tummy tuck. This allows our surgeons to enhance the final contouring results of the procedure and improve overall patient satisfaction. Liposuction almost always requires general anesthesia or “being under.” For patient safety, general anesthesia can only be used for a certain length of time. Liposuction time requirements will vary based on total procedures being performed, the amount of fat being removed, the number of liposuction areas, and the total space of the body undergoing lipo. A potential side effect of poor liposuction is contouring issues, which is why a skilled lipo surgeon takes time and sometimes more than one appointment to ensure optimal results.

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Meet the Doctors of Neaman Plastic Surgery

Dr. Neaman and Dr. Christiansen are both board-certified plastic surgeons. They have spent years honing their craft to bring the latest surgical techniques to their patients in Salem and beyond. At Neaman Plastic Surgery, we believe that collaboration is the secret to a successful surgical outcome. We work with you to craft a customized plan to address your needs and tailor the process to best suit you.

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From the original consultation through all my post op visits, Dr. Neaman and his staff made me feel at ease and comfortable. Everyone is so kind and caring. I am totally amazed at the results of my procedures and recommend Dr. Neaman to anyone wanting to make awesome improvements in their lives. I couldn’t be happier.

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Differences in A Body Lift and Abdominoplasty

A popular surgical pairing is a body lift and abdominoplasty (liposuction of the abdominal area). Body lifts are the surgical removal of excess skin, not fat, often due to weight loss, childbirth, or simply aging and poor genetics. Body lifts often address multiple areas, and can encompass both the upper and lower body. A body lift to address just the abdominal area is a tummy tuck. Dr. Keith Neaman can tell patients more about tummy tuck/abdominoplasty and a body lift.

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Using Liposuction During Tummy Tuck Surgery

It’s no surprise that combining liposuction with a tummy tuck, the surgery to remove excess belly skin, is common. Liposuction can help maximize the results of a tummy tuck and create a natural harmony of bodily proportions. With lipo in the stomach, patients can enjoy a flatter, tighter, and more toned-looking core than ever before.

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What can I do to treat my double chin?

Double chins aren’t just a struggle for those who are overweight. The dreaded “turkey neck” can happen due to genetic fat distribution and aging. Kybella is a revolutionary technology designed specifically to remove fat from the under-chin area. Complementary procedures include the radiofrequency device Exilis, as well as a number of aesthetic non-surgical treatments such as laser skin resurfacing for skin tightening. More severe double chins might require a surgical neck lift in addition to chin liposuction.

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Liposuction vs. Tummy Tuck Surgery

Liposuction is often used interchangeably with the term tummy tuck. These two procedures are often paired, but they are not the same surgery. Dr. Dustin Christiansen can help patients understand the difference between the surgical contouring of liposuction and the removal of excess skin via a tummy tuck.

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Candidates for Liposuction 

There are some general parameters of the “perfect candidate,” and that usually includes being within a reasonable range of your ideal body weight. A person with skin that “snaps back” well will achieve better results than someone who—due to age or genetics—doesn’t have as much collagen or elastin in their skin. Certain drugs and habits, including smoking, can put someone at too high of a risk to merit elective surgery. However, only a cosmetic surgeon specializing in lipo can tell you if liposuction and any complementary procedure are right for you.

Liposuction may be used on nearly any part of the body, including the back, arms, and even the knees. It can be a stand-alone procedure, or more commonly, part of larger body contouring procedures. Both men and women might be candidates for liposuction, and there are no age restrictions (although advanced age and related issues might put someone at too high of a risk if liposuction is performed).

If you’ve gone as far as you can go with diet and exercise and still aren’t achieving the results you want, don’t wait too long to explore liposuction.  Generally speaking, the younger your skin and body are when undergoing an elective procedure, the quicker the healing process and the more likely the skin will snap back. For those who aren’t deemed good candidates for lipo, there are still other options available. Our surgeons can recommend alternative procedures for excess skin and fat removal to enhance appearance and self-esteem.

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Liposuction Consultation With Neaman Plastic Surgery

At Neaman Plastic Surgery a consultation is the first step on your cosmetic journey. During this time our doctors will work to understand your goals and help educate you on each step of the procedure. 

If you are interested in learning more about liposuction, contact Neaman Plastic Surgery for your consultation. Located in Salem, Oregon, we regularly serve patients across the entire state.

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