Liposuction (also known as liposculpture or lipoplasty) is a highly effective surgical procedure designed to permanently remove stubborn pockets of fatty tissue that have proven resistant to elimination through diet, exercise, and other healthy lifestyle choices. Intended as a fat-removal technique for individuals who are at or close to their ideal weight, liposuction works by dislodging and physically removing excess fat cells in order to achieve a slimmer, more contoured body shape. It can be performed on most areas of the body, including the abdomen, waist, hips, thighs, buttocks, back, neck, chest, chin, and legs, specifically the inner knee, calves, and ankles.
Liposuction remains the single most powerful fat elimination technique available today. While some practitioners tout the benefits of non-invasive alternatives such as laser-assisted lipo or so-called “smart lipo”, the fact remains that surgical suction-based liposuction, when performed by a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon such as Dr. Bryon Richards in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the most effective way to eliminate stubborn fatty tissues and achieve a proportionate and pleasing physique. Dr. Richards has years of experience performing surgical liposuction, and is committed to utilizing the most advanced techniques designed to achieve amazing body shaping results while optimizing patient safety and comfort.
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Liposuction surgery can be completed in the comfortable and sterile environment at Dr. Richards' private practice under IV sedation or general anesthesia. For most patients, the surgery requires between 1 and 4 hours, depending on the number of designated target areas and the extent of the required fat removal. The procedure involves making a series of very small, inconspicuous incisions and inserting a cannula (thin, hollow tube) attached to a surgical vacuum. The cannula disrupts and dislodges the excess fatty tissue, which is then gently and permanently suctioned out of the body.
For male patients suffering from gynecomastia, Dr. Richards may recommend the use of ultrasound to liquefy and help dislodge the fat in this delicate area before removal.
Liposuction does require some amount of downtime immediately after the procedure; most patients should plan on taking at least a week to properly recover. Immediately after the surgery, you will notice bandages or a compression garment covering the treatment areas, which will help minimize post-operative swelling and help your body adjust to its new contours. Small, temporary drains may be placed in the incisions to help remove excess blood or fluids. Once the post-operative swelling and fluid retention diminishes, however, your slimmer, beautifully-contoured shape will become apparent quite quickly! It is critical to maintain a healthy diet and active exercise regime to avoid gaining weight, which will undermine the results of your liposuction procedure.
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At Dr. Bryson Richards' practice located in Las Vegas, Nevada, we strive to offer a comprehensive menu of aesthetic services designed to deliver long lasting, highly effective results while minimizing discomfort and downtime, as well as the potential for risk and complications, as much as possible. Dr. Bryson Richards is a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon dedicated to utilizing only the most state-of-the-art technologies and techniques, while maintaining exceptionally high standards of patient education and care at all times. Whether you are seeking non-invasive rejuvenation to enhance your youthful glow or a surgical solution to a long-standing aesthetic concern, Dr. Richards and his highly trained, fully licensed staff will work closely with you to develop a treatment approach that is custom-tailored to achieve your unique goals and enhance your unique beauty.
If you would like more information on the benefits of liposuction with Dr. Richards, or would like to learn more about our other surgical and non-surgical procedures, we encourage you to contact our office for a consultation today. We look forward to hearing from you!