Liposuction in Little Rock, AR
Dr. English, a triple board-certified surgeon at English Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Center, offers various plastic surgery procedures to the residents of Little Rock, Conway, Pulaski County and the surrounding communities in Arkansas.
What is Liposuction?
Body contouring, or lipo, is a type of procedure that benefits people with unusual fatty deposits in certain areas of their body. Liposuction is intended to address those pockets of fat that do not seem to go away through eating right, working out, or weight loss programs. Body contouring removes fat cells beneath the skin in order to improve the shape of those areas.
The procedure can be performed nearly any place on the body and has proven particularly effective in the abdomen, waist, hips and thighs. It can also be used on the arms, buttocks, knees and ankles. Body contouring by Dr. English at his Little Rock practice is suitable for both men and women who are in good health.
To get a better idea of what this surgery is all about, take a look at our liposuction before and after pictures.
Is Liposuction right for me?
During a consultation, Dr. English considers the objectives of the client their problem areas, and the patient’s skin elasticity before making a recommendation for body contouring. The results of liposuction are often remarkable, but it is unrealistic to expect perfection. Clients should presume that the irregularities and dimpling of the skin present before body contouring are likely to remain following the procedure. While improving the overall shape of the body, the procedure usually does not improve cellulite.
How is Liposuction performed?
Body contouring is performed as an outpatient procedure at the English Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center in Little Rock, AR, under general anesthesia. Prior to the procedure, the areas to be treated are carefully marked to guide the surgeon during surgery. Cannulas are inserted through very small adits, or holes in the skin, to suction out excess fat. Scarring from these ports usually becomes imperceptible over time.
Dr. Jim English offers the latest liposuction techniques. These improved body contouring techniques require Dr. English to inject moderate amounts of fluid into the targeted areas before removing fatty deposits. The fluid contains agents designed to limit blood loss and reduce discomfort. This technique also makes the recovery period much easier. A further innovation in liposuction is the use of very fine cannulas. These cannulas allow the surgeon to use tiny punctures instead of an incision and allow him to approach fat tissue from many sites and directions. The final result is a smoother surgical outcome with a more rapid recovery.
What is Neck Liposuction?
Liposuction of the neck is performed through a small incision placed just beneath the chin and can be done by itself or in conjunction with tightening (plication) of the neck muscles. The results are predicated on the anatomy of the neck, the projection of the chin and the elasticity of the skin below the mandible (jaw line). If it is performed by itself and if the skin is youthful with a normal amount of fat in the area, the results can be very dramatic. If the skin is not taut and/or the chin profile is weak, then the procedure’s results can be enhanced with a lower facelift to tighten the neck skin or augmentation of the chin with an implant to strengthen the profile.
In heavier necks, the position of the hyoid bone may be lower than normal and create a rather unsightly obtuse angle. In these cases, tightening of the neck muscles through the same entrance port that the liposuction was performed produces a smaller and firmer internal neck column and allows the skin to transform into a sharper cervical mental angle and help produce a more pleasant profile. Regardless of your needs, the correct combination of procedures will be discussed with you to optimize your final results.
To see neck liposuction before and after photos, please click here.
What is recovery like?
Dr. English’s neck liposuction patients report minimal discomfort and downtime since the length of the surgery is less than 20 to 30 minutes and is performed in our office surgical suite with sedation commensurate with the patient’s request. A wrap is placed around the head and neck area for 18 hours or so and then removed in our office the next day. The two or three sutures placed at the entrance site where the suction cannula was inserted for the neck liposuction procedure will be removed at day six to prevent suture tracking. Although your results will be noticeable early on, your final results will not be forthcoming for at least three months. To facilitate the best results, we may offer ultrasound treatments to the neck area for a few days to help with the soreness and to induce skin contractility, which is paramount to your final results.
How much does liposuction cost in Little Rock?
Each liposuction procedure is unique because it is performed with YOU in mind. Since your needs will be different from other patients, it will not be possible to provide you with an exact cost until after you meet with Dr. English the first time. Once he has established a treatment plan, we can then go over the cost and discuss which method of payment might be right for you. We accept cash, personal checks, and major credit cards, in addition to financing through CareCredit® or MedLoanFinance.com.
Liposuction procedures are generally considered elective, and are therefore not covered under most health insurance plans. As such, our office does not accept any form of health coverage.
Neck liposuction may be for me. What should I do next?
At English Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center, Dr. English offers plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients in the Little Rock, North Little Rock and Pine Bluff areas. If you are ready to find out more about neck liposuction, please contact the office now to schedule your consultation! There is no obligation. Make sure you make a note of all questions and concerns you have about the procedure and bring them up at your appointment so that your surgeon can address them. This is your first step to a more appealing neck! Call us now!
What can I expect after Liposuction?
The fat that is removed during body contouring cannot return. This is not to say that one cannot gain weight following surgery. A weight gain following this procedure results in a more generalized heaviness with fewer predispositions for fat deposits in the treated areas. Body contouring is usually not an appropriate treatment for obesity and is no substitute for good nutrition and regular exercise. However, obese clients may be suitable candidates for body liposuction if their goal is simply a reduction in body size when combined with weight gain control. Patients must be in good health and committed to avoid significant weight gain.
The patient will wear an elastic garment after their surgical procedure. These garments may be removed 48 hours after surgery so they may shower and wash and dry the garments. After showering, the garments are replaced and worn day and night for the next four to six days. Some patients may need to wear the garments longer after their surgery. Many choose to wear them longer because of the comfort they provide.
A moderate volume of fluid drains from the puncture sites during the first 24 to 72 hours following surgery. In general, if there is more drainage, there will be less bruising and swelling. Massaging and/or therapeutic ultrasound treatments after body contouring may be beneficial to the overall outcome.
Certain activities are restricted to aid healing. However, most of Dr. English’s liposuction patients are able to engage in light activity the day after surgery. Most normal activity can be resumed within a week or so but soreness should be expected. Exposure to the sun is to be avoided during healing because it may darken the small, maturing scars.
Once the excess fat is removed, the body takes several months to tighten the loose skin, provided the patient’s skin has not lost the ability to do so. (Liposuction results are dependent on good skin contracture. This process begins in two to four weeks and progresses slowly. The best results from body contouring show in six to 12 months following the procedure and can be greatly enhanced if the patient continues to lose weight through diet and exercise.
I want to consider liposuction. What should I do next?
After seeing the liposuction before and after pictures, you are ready to make the next step. Before your consultation, think of any questions or concerns you have and make sure to bring them up during your appointment. Contact us to schedule your appointment.
If you would like to look and feel your very best, contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jim English, triple board certified in cosmetic procedures for the face and body. We look forward to seeing you during your liposuction consultation.