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What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a body contouring surgery that permanently removes fat cells by suctioning them away. This popular body contouring procedure has been in use for years as an effective and efficient way to contour the body for a slimmer, toned physique. Liposuction in Orlando, FL can be used to reduce fat in many areas of the body, including the abdominal area, back, hips, flanks, arms, chin and neck, thighs, or buttocks.

Who is a Candidate for Liposuction?

Most patients who are interested in reducing fat make good candidates for liposuction in Orlando, FL. However, it’s important to remember that liposuction is not a fat loss procedure, so you should be at or near your ideal, healthy weight before choosing the surgery. Rather than losing weight overall, the goal of liposuction is to remove stubborn areas of fat to sculpt the body. In addition, you should be in good overall health before having liposuction. Dr. Mercado will review your goals for the procedure and your health history during a consultation to determine whether liposuction is right for you.

Liposuction vs. Colombian Liposculpture

Dr. Mercado specializes in a technique known as Colombian Liposculpture, which is used to sculpt the body for a curvier, feminine look by removing a small amount of fat from key areas. This technique is very beneficial for those who have some fat in areas such as the abdomen but want to maintain an hourglass shape with fuller hips or buttocks. However, the Colombian Liposculpture technique is not suitable for all patients’ goal results. If you’re concerned about simply reducing fat overall or targeting areas such as the chin or upper arms, a traditional liposuction approach may be better for you.

The Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction is usually performed under general anesthesia but can be performed using local anesthesia or twilight sedation in some cases. First, a small incision is made in the treatment area so that a cannula, or hollow tube, can be inserted. The cannula is then used to manually break apart fat before suctioning it away. Some liposuction procedures may also be performed using a tumescent solution, which is injected into the treatment area to help remove fat more easily. The liposuction procedure takes up to two hours, depending on the size of the treatment area and the amount of fat removed.

Liposuction Recovery

Liposuction in Orlando, FL is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home the same day as the surgery. Most liposuction patients take 1-2 weeks to rest and recover at home. During this time, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and soreness as you heal. Dr. Mercado will prescribe a pain medication to keep you comfortable throughout your recovery. You can also expect to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and ensure you heal with the intended contour. Dr. Mercado will give you specific instructions for your recovery period during your consultation and follow-up appointments.

Schedule a Consultation

The liposuction process begins with a thorough consultation with Dr. Mercado to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure. To schedule a liposuction consultation at Eterna MD, call (407) 664-1073 or contact us online.