3-4 hours (depending on extent of procedure)
Inpatient usually 1 day is required
Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain
Pain, bleeding, infection, rare damage to nerves, asymmetry, incomplete improvement
1 - 2 weeks back at work
3 weeks more strenuous activity:
8 -12 weeks for swelling to completely resolve
DURATION OF RESULTS:
Can be permanent if diet and exercise are maintained
Allure Magazine - November 2008
Dr. Kenkel discusses the device that reduces fat with ultrasound waves- without anesthesia, incisions, injections, or suction.
FEATURED INTERVIEW BY BUZY MOMS
Dr. Kenkel answers questions about liposuction surgery
Liposuction is a surgical technique used to removed fat from the body by suctioning it using a cannula-like device. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction is a liposuction technique that uses sound waves to "liquefy" the unwanted fat prior to suctioning it.
Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel is a *Board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic surgery. He is Vice-Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery and Director of the Clinical Center for Cosmetic Laser Treatment at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He is actively involved in the education of plastic surgery and teaches nationally and internationally on the topics of liposuction and excisional body contouring following major weight loss.
* Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Watch the video below as Dr. Kenkel talks about the importance of diet and exercise after body contouring surgery.
Am I a good candidate for the surgery?
Your visit with Dr. Kenkel will determine if you are a good candidate. If you are in good physical and mental health with reasonable expectations you should be an appropriate candidate.
Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with Dr. Kenkel.
What should I expect from my consultation?
During your consultation, you will learn about the surgery, its limitations and risks, and discuss your needs and concerns. This will help Dr. Kenkel understand your expectations and determine whether they realistically can be achieved. He will examine your body and will consider such factors as the quality of your skin tone and the contour of your body. He will explain which surgical techniques are most appropriate for you. Afterwards a photographer will take photographs for your medical record. You may also schedule an additional consultation to view computer imaging so that you may visualize your results post surgery.
You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. This will include information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries and medications that you currently take. It is important for you to provide complete information.
What happens the day of surgery?
Your liposuction will be performed in a hospital. You will stay 1-2 days in the hospital and be released to very limited activity. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home from surgery and to stay with you to assist you in and out of bed the first couple of days while at home. The "Patient Care" link provided will give you instructions to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating, drinking and smoking. If you are a smoker, you will be asked to stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Aspirin and certain anti-inflammatory drugs can cause increased bleeding, so you should avoid taking these medications for a period of time before surgery.
Prior to the procedure, medications are administered for your comfort and to lessen the anxiety if need be. General anesthesia and intravenous sedation are used for patients undergoing abdominoplasty. When surgery is completed, you will be taken into a recovery area where you will continue to be closely monitored.
What is the recovery like?
You will have some discomfort and/or pain following surgery. While you are in the hospital your pain control is intravenous narcotics for the first 24 hours. When you are discharged, you will be given prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics as well.
You will wear a compression garment or binder for two weeks day and night following surgery and then during the night for the next two weeks.
What should I know about my results?
Whenever surgery is performed on your body a scar will result. Although the scar heals very well, it will always be present. It will take at least a year for the scar to mature and fade from pink/red to pale. It is usually not visible in your swimsuit or underwear. Dr. Kenkel will discuss the placement of the incision on your first visit.
Liposuction should not be used as a means for weight control. It is only used to reduce localized fat deposits. Dr. Kenkel can give you information about nutrition and exercise but ultimately it is up to you to retain your results.
How many visits do I have after surgery?
You will usually return in 3-4 days following surgery then in 7-10 days for suture removal and drain removal. During your postoperative visits, Dr. Kenkel will discuss further postoperative activity and concerns you may have. Following this visit you will return in approximately 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and one year.
What does the surgery cost?
At the time of your initial consultation, you will be quoted a price that will include Dr. Kenkel's fee as well as hospital and anesthesia fees. Fees are due three weeks prior to your surgery. Checks, money orders, cash and credit cards may be used for payment. A $500.00 deposit will reserve a specific time and date for our surgery.
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