Liposuction is a procedure that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck. Although liposuction is not a substitute for dieting and exercise, the procedure can remove stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to traditional weight-loss methods.
If you’re considering liposuction in Sarasota / Bradenton, this page will give you a basic understanding of the procedure – when it can help, how it is performed and how you might look and feel after surgery.
Liposuction in Sarasota and Bradenton
The best candidates for liposuction are normal-weight people with firm, elastic skin, who have pockets of excess fat in certain areas. You should be physically healthy, psychologically stable and realistic in your expectations. Your age is not a major consideration; however, older patients may have diminished skin elasticity and may not achieve the same results as a younger patient with tighter skin.
Liposuction carries a greater risk for individuals with medical problems such as diabetes, significant heart or lung disease and poor blood circulation, or smokers.
In your initial consultation, Dr. Lacerna will evaluate your health, determine where your fat deposits lie and assess the condition of your skin. She may recommend alternative methods of treatment. For example, if you believe you want liposuction in the abdominal area, you may learn that an abdominoplasty or Tummy Tuck may more effectively meet your goals. You may also consider SmartLipo or SculpSure as an alternative to traditional liposuction. Be frank in discussing your expectations with Dr. Lacerna. Again, she will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding vitamins, iron tablets and certain medications. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after liposuction, and to help you at home for a day or two.
You will see a noticeable difference in the shape of your body quite soon after surgery. However, improvement will become even more apparent after about four to six weeks, when most of the swelling has subsided. After about three months, any persistent mild swelling usually disappears and the final contour will be visible. If your expectations are realistic, you will be very pleased with the results of your liposuction. You will find that you look better in a wide variety of clothes and are more at ease with your body. By eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, you can help to maintain your new shape.
Liposuction is normally safe, as long as patients are carefully selected, the operating facility is properly equipped and the physician is adequately trained. Though rare, complications may occur. Risks increase if a greater number of areas are treated at the same time, or if large amounts of fat and fluid are removed, requiring longer operating times. Very rarely, the formation of fat clots or blood clots can migrate to the lungs and cause death. The scars from liposuction are small and strategically placed to be hidden from view. However, imperfections in the final appearance are not uncommon after lipoplasty. The skin surface may be irregular, asymmetric or even baggy, especially in the older patient. Numbness and pigmentation changes may occur. Sometimes, additional surgery may be recommended.
After liposuction, you will likely experience some fluid drainage from the incisions. To control swelling and to help your skin better fit its new contours, you will be fitted with a snug elastic garment to wear over the treated area for a few weeks. Dr. Lacerna may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection. Pain will be controlled with medications prescribed by Dr. Lacerna, though you may still feel stiff and sore for a few days.
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Dr. Melinda Lacerna is an experienced body contouring surgeon who has helped many men and women enhance their appearance and self-confidence through liposuction surgery. If diet and exercise have fallen short for you, consider liposuction surgery. Send an email to info@LAPlasticSurgeryandDermotology.com or call (941) 954-4500 today to schedule a consultation.
In Bradenton and Sarasota, abdominoplasty, more commonly known as a tummy tuck, is a major surgical procedure to remove excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall. Dr. Lacerna performs this procedure that can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen.
If you are considering a tummy tuck, Dr. Lacerna will give you a basic understanding of the procedure, detailing how and when it can help, how it is performed and what results you can expect.
The Best Candidates for Tummy Tucks
The best candidates for abdominoplasty are men or women who are in relatively good shape but are bothered by a large fat deposit or loose abdominal skin that won’t respond to diet or exercise. The surgery is particularly helpful to women who, through multiple pregnancies, have stretched their abdominal muscles and skin beyond the point where they can return to normal. Loss of skin elasticity in older patients, which frequently occurs with slight obesity, can also be improved.
In your initial consultation, Dr. Lacerna will evaluate your health, determine the extent of fat deposits in your abdominal region and carefully assess your skin tone. Be sure to tell her if you smoke, and if you’re taking any medications, vitamins or other drugs. Be frank in discussing your expectations with Dr. Lacerna. She should be equally frank with you, describing your alternatives and the risks and limitations of each.
Dr. Lacerna will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. If you smoke, plan to quit at least one to two weeks before your surgery and to not resume for at least two weeks after your surgery. Avoid overexposure to the sun before surgery, especially to your abdomen, and do not go on a stringent diet, as both can inhibit your ability to heal. If you develop a cold or infection of any kind, your surgery will probably be postponed.
For the first few days, your abdomen will probably be swollen and you’re likely to feel some pain and discomfort, which can be controlled by medication. Depending on the extent of the surgery, you may be released within a few hours or you may have to remain hospitalized for two to three days. Your doctor will give you instructions for showering and changing your dressings. And though you may not be able to stand straight at first, you should start walking as soon as possible.
Abdominoplasty, whether partial or complete, produces excellent results for patients with weakened abdominal muscles or excess skin. And in most cases, the results are long lasting, if you follow a balanced diet and exercise regularly. If you’re realistic in your expectations and prepared for the consequences of a permanent scar and a lengthy recovery period, abdominoplasty may be just the answer for you.
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Tummy tucks are one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures. As an experienced, board certified surgeon, Dr. Lacerna has helped many patients achieve their aesthetic goals through tummy tuck surgery. If you are interested in learning more about abdominoplasty, or would like to schedule a consultation, contact her practice today at (941) 954-4500. You can also send an email to info@LAPlasticSurgeryandDermotology.com.
You take care of your babies, husbands, your household and your career. Now it’s time to take care of yourself and “Bring Your Sexy Back!”
As a mother and busy career woman herself, Dr. Lacerna knows exactly how you feel, and how you want to look again. She is an experienced cosmetic surgeon who has performed hundreds of mommy makeovers and has brought back confidence to moms across the country.
What is a Mommy Makeover?
This very popular procedure combines a breast augmentation with or without a breast lift with an abdominal contouring procedure such as SmartLipo Laser Liposuction, or a mini or full abdominoplasty or Tummy tuck. Some patients may choose to have other procedures performed, such as Brazilian butt lift, to enhance the overall proportion of the female body after pregnancy.
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Mommy Makeovers are one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures. As an experienced, board certified surgeon, Dr. Lacerna has helped many patients achieve their aesthetic goals through Mommy Makeover procedures. If you are interested in learning more about them, or would like to schedule a consultation, contact her practice today at (941) 584-8425 in Sarasota or (941) 954-4500 in Bradenton. You can also send an email to info@LAPlasticSurgeryandDermotology.com.
Brazillian Butt Lift
Dr. Lacerna is regarded as one of the best female plastic surgeons in Sarasota County, and is pleased to offer the all-natural Brazilian butt lift, a plastic surgery procedure which will enhance the appearance and size of your buttocks through a fat transfer method.
Brazilian butt lifts help you maximize your body contouring results. During the procedure, Dr. Lacerna uses liposuction to remove fat from one area of the body, before purifying the fat and injecting it into the buttocks. This leaves your buttocks looking more full, round and perky, while also contouring the area where fat was removed.
Is a Brazilian Butt Lift Right for You?
To achieve desired results, the transplanted fat cells must not be disturbed by trauma or pressure for several weeks following surgery. Therefore, you will not be able to sit or lie on your buttocks for about six weeks. Ideal candidates for this surgery must be able to handle the inconvenience of not being able to sit or lie on their buttocks for this period of time.
You will be instructed to not sit or lie down on your buttocks for at least three weeks after surgery, as pressure can kill or displace the newly transferred fat. It is okay, however, to sit on the back of your thighs, and to lie on your sides or belly. Expect to be sore everywhere fat was harvested from and over the buttock areas for a few weeks. Exercise and a return to normal activity can be anticipated after about two weeks. Swelling may last from a few weeks to a few months.
Be ready for compliments! You will love your new shapely buttocks and mid-section!
Fat grafting from elsewhere in the body into the buttocks is a much better long-term solution because once the fat has successfully taken in the buttock, it is there for good. The operation can usually be done in less than 4 hours, depending on how many areas have to be liposuctioned. The recovery time is usually 2-4 weeks before 100% normal activity can be resumed. This is a very popular procedure and demand for it is very high.
The Brazilian Butt Lift is performed under general anesthesia. Fat is removed by liposuction of the abdomen, flanks, back or thighs. The fat is then specially processed and reinjected into the buttocks. After the Brazilian Butt Lift, special garments are required and will be discussed by your plastic surgeon.
Although rare, complications can occur, such as bleeding, excessive swelling and bruising, infections, complications from anesthesia and blood clots forming in the legs (DVT) that can migrate to the lungs (pulmonary embolus). In addition, expect some decrease in size of the buttocks after a few months, as not all of the transferred fat may survive (fat necrosis).
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Brazilian Butt Lifts are one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures. As an experienced, board-certified surgeon, Dr. Lacerna has helped many patients achieve their aesthetic goals through Brazilian Butt Lift surgery. If you are interested in learning more about this procedure, or would like to schedule a consultation, contact her practice today at (941) 954-4500. You can also send an email to info@LAPlasticSurgeryandDermotology.com.