Lewis Plastic Surgery: Gordon Lewis, MD
2331-A Robious Station Circle
Midlothian, VA 23113
Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
At our Richmond, Virgina practice, liposuction consistently ranks among the most preferred treatments we offer. If you're looking for an effective way to reduce stubborn, localized fat deposits, liposuction is an excellent option. Dr. Gordon Lewis uses various liposuction techniques to address fat affecting one or more areas of the body. The procedure enhances and reshapes the body, leading to a slimmer, more proportional physique.
Good Liposuction Candidates
Liposuction is not a weight loss treatment and is therefore most appropriate for patients who are close to their ideal weight, but have a hard time slimming down troublesome areas. In addition, skin quality is extremely important to the outcome of the procedure as firm, elastic skin shrinks easier for tight and refined results. In general, patients undergoing liposuction should be in good overall health, and they should not be more than 20 pounds overweight.
Liposuction surgery is a great treatment to sculpt any part of the body, including:
- Lower back
During a comprehensive 1-on-1 consultation with Dr. Lewis, he helps determine if you can benefit from liposuction. He also helps you select the best liposuction method based on your unique aesthetic desires, body type, skin characteristics, and, of course, the amount of fat to be removed.
- He will educate you about the various aspects of this procedure, including:
- The different liposuction techniques
- How firm skin, or the lack of it, affects the outcome
- What to expect before, during, and after liposuction
- Postoperative instructions to reduce the risk of complications
- Anesthesia and facility choices
- The cost of liposuction and financing options
How Much Does Liposuction Cost Near Richmond, VA?
Liposuction starts at $4,300, but procedure prices can vary depending on the extent of the surgery. After discussing your options, we provide a written, detailed price quote. We make absolutely sure there are no hidden costs and no surprises.
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Your Liposuction Procedure
In general, liposuction involves Dr. Lewis making small incisions (about a quarter-inch long) and then inserting a cannula, a thin tube used to break up and suction fat from under the skin. Liposuction surgery can be performed under local or general anesthesia, depending on the size of the treatment area, the amount of fat to be extracted and the liposuction technique used. Small procedures can be done in the office with local anesthesia, but larger ones are performed in the operating room with sedation or general anesthesia.
You will be made comfortable throughout the whole procedure. The choices during surgery include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. After surgery, you will be given instructions on pain relief medication. You will be given a narcotic pain medication which may be helpful for the first several days after the procedure.
Dr. Lewis primarily uses 2 liposuction techniques: Tumescent liposuction and VASERlipo®.
This is a standard technique that Dr. Lewis uses with our liposuction patients. He injects a saline solution combined with a local anesthetic and epinephrine, which helps minimize bleeding and limit discomfort following the procedure. After the tumescent fluid saturates the treatment area, Dr. Lewis inserts small cannulas (tubes) with holes near the end and carefully moves them through the area, carefully suctioning out the fat.
VASERlipo (ultrasound-assisted liposuction)
In certain areas of the body, ultrasonic energy can be a very useful adjunct to liposuction. VASERlipo is a technique in which an additional step is used. During ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL), an ultrasound probe is introduced into the fat after the tumescent solution infuses the area. Heat generated by the ultrasound helps break down the fat that is between fibers underneath the skin. After the ultrasound is done, the liposuction cannulas are used to remove the remaining fat.
Ultrasound can be particularly useful in areas such as the upper flanks and back, where tissue can be very fibrous. Also, specialized probes can make liposuction of fat under the chin more effective. Lastly, gynecomastia (excess male breast tissue) can often be treated without large skin incisions if ultrasound is used to break up the fat fibers. In other areas, ultrasound is much less effective and can contribute to some complications, so is less frequently used at Lewis Plastic Surgery.
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How Long Does It Take to Recover From Liposuction?
While liposuction recovery varies from patient to patient, there are some general guidelines on what to expect during the healing process. Immediately following surgery, patients will be wrapped in surgical compression garments to control post-operative swelling. Our patients are initially taken to the recovery room, where they are observed by our licensed nurses. After you are awake and comfortable, you will be able to go home to rest.
Mild discomfort, soreness, and swelling are common and with proper care can be easily managed with prescription medication. The speed and comfort level associated with liposuction surgery recovery depends on a variety of factors, including:
- Type of liposuction performed
- Volume of fat removed
- Type of anesthesia used
Of course, if liposuction is combined with other cosmetic procedures, the recovery may be more extensive.
Liposuction surgery is a procedure that is uniquely tailored for each patient and therefore each patient’s recovery experience is different. After your initial consultation, we will be able to better inform you of what to expect during your recuperation and what you need to do at home to help facilitate healing.
What happens if you don’t wear the compression garment after liposuction?
Without compression, it will take longer for your body to absorb excess fluid and swelling will last longer than necessary. The swelling will be reduced if you wear the garment as directed.
How long should I wear the compression garment after liposuction?
We usually recommend wearing the garment for 3 to 6 weeks, depending on the areas involved.
How long after lipo can I return to work?
Most patients return to work within 3 to 7 days, depending on the extent of the procedure.
How long before you see the results of liposuction?
Results are visible almost immediately and continue to improve throughout the healing process. Expect some swelling, which decreases after about 3 days. Most residual swelling is gone by 6 weeks after surgery.
Reducing Risks & Complications
There are risks that you should be aware of with any surgical procedure. To minimize the risks, ensure your surgery is conducted in a safe and secure environment using the latest surgical techniques by checking the certifications and accreditation of your plastic surgeon. Accreditation boards and bodies are there to protect you. Dr. Gordon Lewis extensive surgical experience and is affiliated with several important professional organizations, including:
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
- Richmond Academy of Medicine
- Medical Society of Virginia
- American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (candidate member)
- American College of Surgeons (associate member)
- American Society for Surgery of the Hand (candidate member)
Major complications are very rare. During your initial consultation, we will discuss every possible outcome of your procedure including possible complications which may include:
- Uneven skin
- Blood clots
- Need for touch-ups
Combining procedures during cosmetic surgery is common. This can not only help you save money by decreasing associated costs but also can often create a more balanced result over a larger area.
There are a few procedures that are commonly combined with liposuction to achieve a greater result:
Although liposuction can allow a substantial reduction in the amount of fat in the abdominal wall, it does not address any excess skin that may be present. Performing a combination of liposuction and a tummy tuck can achieve fantastic results in people who have both excess skin and fat in their abdomen and flanks.
Many women asking about liposuction are also looking for an improvement in the shape of their breasts or an increase in the size of their breasts. A breast lift combined with breast augmentation and liposuction can dramatically change the shape of the entire torso.
Dr. Lewis performs surgical procedures at an accredited outpatient surgical center or a local hospital. He is affiliated with several local medical centers where his patients undergo surgery. He primarily operates at these locations:
Stony Point Surgery Center
Initial consultations, follow up appointments and all non-surgical treatments and minor surgical procedures are performed at Lewis Plastic Surgery in Midlothian, VA.
Your Liposuction Consultation
During a comprehensive one-on-one consultation at Lewis Plastic Surgery, we will help you to determine your candidacy for liposuction surgery. We will also help you select the best liposuction method based on your unique aesthetic desires, body type, skin characteristics, and, of course, the amount of fat to be removed.
We will educate you about the various aspects of this procedure, including:
- The different liposuction techniques
- How skin firmness or lack thereof will affect the outcome
- What to expect prior to, during, and after liposuction
- Aftercare instructions to reduce the risk of complications
- Anesthesia and facility choices
- Cost of liposuction and financing options
Request a consultation using the online form to meet personally with Dr. Lewis, who can help determine if you’re a good candidate for liposuction. Or give our office a call at (804) 267-6009 to schedule an appointment.
Is liposuction surgery painful?
Mild discomfort and soreness are normal the first few days after surgery; however, liposuction recovery is usually not considered painful.
How much weight can you lose with liposuction?
Patients typically do not lose a considerable amount of weight with liposuction because it is used to remove isolated areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise. Initially, you may weigh more because of the tumescent fluid and swelling from the procedure. It’s important to be patient and give the body time to heal and expel the excess fluids.
Does the fat return after liposuction?
For smooth, even results some of the fat cells are left behind in treated areas during liposuction; therefore, it is possible for them to enlarge if you don’t consistently exercise and eat right. Weight gain can cause fat cells in other areas to expand as well.
Is liposuction safe?
In general, liposuction is very safe. Several factors contribute to the safety of this procedure, including:
- Experience and qualifications of the plastic surgeon
- Surgical facility
- Patient health
- Amount of fat removed
Dr. Lewis takes the time to ensure each liposuction patient is a good candidate for the procedure as part of the personalized consultation process.
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