Lewis Plastic Surgery: Gordon Lewis, MD
2331-A Robious Station Circle
Midlothian, VA 23113
At our Richmond, Virgina practice, liposuction consistently ranks among the most preferred treatments we offer. It effectively reduces stubborn, localized fat deposits, enhancing and reshaping the body, leading to a slimmer, more proportional physique.
Accumulation of fat pockets in men can be caused by a number of reasons, including decreased physical activity, as well as metabolic and hormonal changes caused by aging.
Liposuction surgery is a great treatment to sculpt any part of the body, including:
- Lower back
What is involved in a liposuction procedure?
Liposuction requires only small incisions of about ¼-inch in length. A cannula – a tube and suction device – is inserted into the incision to break up and “vacuum” the excess fat from the body. There are several different liposuction techniques. The main two that Dr. Lewis uses are as follows:
Tumescent Liposuction is the standard method that Dr. Lewis uses. It begins with the injection of the tumescent fluid, which is a saline solution combined with a local anesthetic and epinephrine. This fluid decreases post-operative pain and blood loss. The small cannulas are then passed into the incisions, and the fat is carefully suctioned.
Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (Vaser Liposuction) can be a useful adjunct to tumescent liposuction in some locations where the tissue can be very fibrous, such as the upper flanks and back. In this technique, an ultrasound probe is introduced into the area of fat, which helps to break down the fat that is between fibers underneath the skin. The cannulas and suction can then proceed as in the tumescent technique.
Ultrasound may also be helpful when performing liposuction under the chin and male breast reduction for gynecomastia. The tissue there is often fibrous, and the incisions can be smaller when ultrasound breaks up the fat before the procedure.
Will anesthesia and pain relief be used during / after surgery?
You will be made comfortable throughout the whole procedure either with a local anesthetic and intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Small procedures can be done in office with local anesthesia, but larger ones are performed in the operating room with sedation or general anesthesia.
After surgery, Dr. Lewis will give you a narcotic pain medication to ease any post-operative discomfort.
What happens immediately after surgery?
Immediately after liposuction, you will be wrapped in surgical garments to control post-operative swelling. You will spend time in the recovery room observed by our licensed nurses, and when you are fully awake and comfortable, you will be able to go home to rest.
How long will complete recovery take?
Male liposuction surgery is a procedure that is uniquely tailored for each patient, so everyone is different. The speed of your recovery depends upon the type of liposuction performed, the volume of fat removed, and the type of anesthesia used. After your initial consultation, Dr. Lewis will be in a better position to advise you what you can expect.
You should be able to return to work in 3-7 days. Results are visible almost immediately and continue to improve throughout the healing process.
In most cases, you will wear a compression garment for 3-6 weeks to decrease swelling as you heal. You can expect mild discomfort, soreness, and swelling for a period of time, but these symptoms can be easily managed with proper care. 80% of the swelling should be gone by six weeks after surgery.
We are available throughout the recovery process, and you are encouraged to contact us with any questions and/or concerns you may have after your male liposuction procedure.
Am I a good candidate for liposuction?
The most appropriate candidates for male liposuction are men who are concerned with localized fat deposits, but are otherwise healthy and fit. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. The treatment helps accentuate your masculinity and muscle definition by diminishing excess fat that has been resistant to traditional body slimming methods.
What are the risks of liposuction surgery?
With any surgical procedure, you should be aware of the risks. Accreditation boards and bodies are there to protect you, so minimize potential complications by checking the certifications and accreditation of your surgeon. Be sure that your surgery is conducted in a safe and secure environment using the latest surgical techniques.
Dr. Gordon Lewis has many years of surgical experience and is affiliated with several internationally recognized professional organizations. He is:
- Board certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Affiliated with the Richmond Academy of Medicine and the Medical Society of Virginia
- An Associate member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons
- A candidate member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Major complications from male liposuction are very rare. Possible risks include, but are not limited to:
- Blood clots
- Need for touch-up liposuction
During a comprehensive one-on-one consultation with Dr. Lewis at Lewis Plastic Surgery, he will examine you and listen to your concerns about your body in order to devise a customized surgical plan. This plan is based on your personal aesthetic desires, your body type, skin characteristics, and the amount of fat to be removed.
In your consultation, you will learn about:
- The different liposuction techniques
- How skin firmness or lack thereof can affect the outcome
- What to expect prior to, during, and after male liposuction
- After-care instructions to reduce the risk of complications
- Anesthesia and facility choices
- Cost of male liposuction and financing options
Surgical procedures are performed at an accredited outpatient surgical center or a local hospital. Dr. Gordon Lewis is affiliated with several local medical centers where his patients undergo surgery. He primarily operates at these locations:
Stony Point Surgery Center
Parham Surgery Center
He also has privileges at St. Mary’s Hospital and Henrico Doctors Hospital, but he operates there less frequently.
Initial consultations, follow-up appointments, and all non-surgical treatments and minor surgical procedures are performed at Lewis Plastic Surgery practice, which is located on the grounds of Johnson-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Virginia.
During your initial consultation, we will be able to give you a breakdown of all costs related to your male liposuction procedure. This will include:
- Dr. Lewis’s fee
- Operating room fee
- Anesthesia fee
- Cost of any additional overnight stays (overnight stays are not usually required after liposuction)
We make absolutely sure that there are no hidden costs and no surprises.
Every patient is required to attend an initial consultation before a procedure can be booked. Once you decide to proceed with surgery, we will assist you in finalizing a date and getting everything ready for surgery. We try to be as flexible as possible and will make arrangements to see you at Lewis Plastic Surgery on the grounds of Johnston-Willis Hospital within a few days after you contact us.
To decrease associated costs and reduce overall recovery time, cosmetic surgery procedures can be combined. The procedure that men often opt to have in conjunction with male liposuction is a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).
While liposuction can provide 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 liposuction and tummy tuck can provide fantastic results if you have both excess skin and fat in the abdominal area and/or flanks.
Gordon Lewis, M.D.
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