Are You Ready for Liposuction to Reach Your Body Goals? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, and Nearby Nevada
June 8, 2023
Most people have troublesome areas where they struggle to lose weight. Whether liposuction is right for your needs depends on a few factors. Dr. Stephen M. Miller is a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers laser liposuction (SmartLipo) and ultrasonic-assisted lipoplasty (UAL) to give you your dream body contour.
1. Have You Tried and Failed with Diet and Exercise?
Liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure and should not be used in place of lifestyle changes. Candidates must be at or close to their goal weight before liposuction for optimal results. Most liposuction patients have lost and maintained their weight with a proper diet and exercise regimen but still have problem areas such as the abdomen, thighs, and arms. These healthy habits will help you keep your liposuction results long-term.
2. Do You Have Time Available for Liposuction Recovery?
You will need time off from work and help at home with household chores and childcare (if necessary) so you can recover from liposuction. The procedure is typically outpatient, but some patients may require an overnight stay in the hospital if they have significant fat removal. You may have compression garments and drainage tubes, and you may experience discomfort and soreness during the first one to two weeks. Most patients resume working two weeks after liposuction, but you will have some restrictions for six weeks or longer, such as avoiding heavy lifting and strenuous activity.
3. Do You Have Other Cosmetic Concerns with Your Body and/or Breasts?
You’ve worked hard to improve your body shape, and residual fat pockets may not be your only issue. Many people struggle with loose skin tissue after weight loss, and women may have drooping breasts that lost volume after aging or pregnancy. Liposuction can be combined with breast augmentation, tummy tuck, and other plastic surgeries to transform your figure and address all your cosmetic concerns with a combination procedure. The fat removed with liposuction can even be repurposed to augment the breasts or buttocks.
Liposuction with Dr. Miller in Las Vegas
Dr. Miller will discuss your liposuction options during your consultation. SmartLipo uses laser energy to target and disrupt fat cells, making them easier to remove through a cannula (hollow tube). The heat from the laser tightens loose skin by triggering the body’s healing response and collagen production. SmartLipo may reduce the appearance of cellulite.
UAL uses a special tube that sends ultrasonic energy into the tissues to liquefy fat cells. This type of liposuction is often best for removing significant amounts of fat in a single procedure in areas that are difficult to reach. UAL offers a faster recovery, reduced tissue trauma and bruising, and consistent results.
If you’re interested in liposuction, contact Stephen M. Miller, M.D. today online or at 702-369-1001 to schedule a free initial consultation. Our office serves patients in Summerlin, Henderson, Las Vegas, and surrounding Nevada areas.