Liposuction, also called lipoplasty, involves surgically suctioning excess fat from specific areas of the body that are resistant to diet and exercise. At Nawada Plastic Surgery in Winter Haven, FL, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kesh Nawada performs liposuction using state-of-the-art technology and body contouring techniques. It’s important to understand that Dr. Nawada does not perform liposuction to reduce obesity. Liposuction is not a method of weight loss; it is used to remove excess fat from specific areas. The ideal patient has excess fat that simply won’t burn off in spite of a healthful diet and rigorous exercise. These areas of excess fat are usually determined by genetics and can be practically anywhere on the body. There are also specific guidelines set forth by governing healthcare agencies and medical societies as to how much fat can be safely removed from the body, which for the safety of his patients, Dr. Nawada follows strictly. Patients in central Florida, including Orlando and Tampa, commonly choose to have areas like the stomach, buttocks, back, hips, thighs, arms, breasts, armpits, neck, and knees improved with liposuction, but Dr. Nawada talks to each patient during their consultation to help them create their unique treatment plan with realistic expectations.
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"Liposuction Results Worth Traveling To Winterhaven Florida - I've worked for over 15 plastic surgeons in my 30 years as an O.R. and office nurse, but I choose instead to drive out of town to Dr. Nawada for my surgery instead of the other doctors, because he is the kindest, most honest, caring one of all. For me to choose Dr. Nawada over the surgeons I had worked for, speaks volumes. I gave up discounts, preferential treatment, and the convenience of a local surgeon to use him. His results just can't be beat. - - As a plastic surgery nurse for 30 years, when it came time for ME to have a liposuction "menopause makeover", choosing the best surgeon was my most important decision in determining results. Dr. Nawada in Winterhaven, Florida has the most dramatic beautiful results by far & worth traveling to. He completely reshaped my 60 year old body to it's pre-menopause shape. No more back fat rolls, love handles, fat knees, or tummy. No surgeon I ever worked for got the kind of results I saw my friends get with Dr. Nawada, so I drove all the way to his city to have my surgery performed."- R. / RealSelf / Jan 19, 2016
"Results Worth Traveling To Winterhaven Florida - As a plastic surgery nurse for 30 years, when it came time for ME to have a liposuction "menopause makeover", choosing the best surgeon was my most important decision in determining results. Dr. Nawada in Winterhaven, Florida has the most dramatic beautiful results by far & worth traveling to. He completely reshaped my 60 year old body to it's pre-menopause shape. No more back fat rolls, love handles, fat knees, or tummy. No surgeon I ever worked for got the kind of results I saw my friends get with Dr. Nawada, so I drove all the way to his city to have my surgery performed."- R. / RealSelf / Jan 19, 2016
During a thorough consultation with his patients, Dr. Nawada is able to examine the body and assess the areas the patient feels are problematic. There are various forms of liposuction that can be used depending on the size of the area being treated, the amount of fat to be removed, and the overall aesthetic goal of the patient. At Nawada Plastic Surgery, we are proud to offer the following types of liposuction techniques.
Power-Assisted Lipo ("PAL")
Power-Assisted Liposuction, known as PAL, is an innovation that Dr. Nawada uses regularly to help reduce the physical demands that traditional liposuction can sometimes produce. Using the MicroAire® surgical instrument engineered with the PAL technology, the power behind PAL can be adjusted at speeds that allow the cannula to pass through the fat cells and tissue with ease, precision, and greater control. During the procedure, the cannula is gentle enough so that it is barely visible to the eye. This system has been shown to reduce bruising, swelling, and deliver less trauma to nearby areas. In addition, it is the preferred method for fat removal when transferring it to another part of the body (known as fat grafting and fat transfers).
Tumescent "Super-Wet" Lipo
Tumescent liposuction is a common approach used by surgeons. It is often considered the traditional form of liposuction and is a suction-assisted (SAL) form of lipo that first injects a liquid agent into the area that is to be treated. The liquid agent includes saline, Lidocaine (a numbing agent) and Epinephrine (a medication that controls bleeding). A cannula is then inserted and passed through the fat deposits, suctioning them out. An attached power-aided motor allows the surgeon to remove the fat cells, which can be as great as a few pounds or as little as several ounces.
Ultrasound-Assisted Lipo (UAL)
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (known as “ultrasonic”) is a technique used on areas where a greater amount of dense fat resides. It’s a dual process using ultrasound and suction. First, ultrasound waves transmit energy through a special device aimed to help loosen and melt the fat. This liquid is then suctioned out using a cannula. UAL liposuction is commonly used on men seeking a higher level of muscular definition.
Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited surgical facility. It is considered an outpatient procedure. On average, each body part (i.e. tummy, thighs, etc.) will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment on the treated areas. It takes about a full week for the bruising and swelling to dissipate, and can take several months for the final results to appear. Liposuction will produce scars where the cannula incision was made, but these are usually small and will fade over time.
Liposuction Expected Cost
As is the case with most cosmetic procedures, the cost of liposuction varies depending on several factors. One of the most important things to consider is if one or more areas of the body are being targeted and what those areas are. The technique used and how much fat is being removed are also involved in calculating the total cost of liposuction. Geographical location also influences the price. Dr. Nawada is committed to offering liposuction at a cost that is competitive for the Tampa-Orlando region and emphasizes the importance of selecting a plastic surgeon based on training and experience, rather than who offers a procedure for the lowest cost. The price for liposuction will vary depending on the technique used and the extent of the surgery. Below are the factors that determine the cost of liposuction in the U.S. for the most common body parts.
Factors in the Cost of Liposuction
- Volume of fat to be removed
- Amount of time spent in surgery
- Area of body (upper vs. lower abdomen, flanks, thighs, arms)
- Anesthesiologist’s fee
- Operating room fee
- Related fees, such as cost of specialized pressure garments
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,000 - $9,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
It’s common for patients to have plenty of questions about liposuction. Our practice between Tampa and Orlando, FL offers tumescent liposuction with ultrasonic energy, which we can use to treat many different areas and also incorporate into other surgeries. Because your liposuction treatment will be customized to your specific situation, you’ll likely have your own unique questions. Here, we’ve provided our answers to some more frequently asked questions.
Dr. Nawada specializes in body contouring procedures, including liposuction, for patients at his Winter Haven practice. Request a consultation online to meet personally with Dr. Nawada.
How Safe is Lipo?
The media sometimes tells stories of liposuction patients who have endured bad results at the hands of inexperienced surgeons. Today’s liposuction techniques are much safer and more predictable than ever before, but surgeon skill still remains the number one factor when researching this procedure. The goal is to attain a natural and smooth result. An experienced surgeon will be able to provide this outcome.
Is Lipo Permanent?
The good news is, fat cells that are removed during liposuction do not come back. Unfortunately, patients can still gain weight after surgery because the remaining cells can expand and become larger. However, patients who adhere to a healthy diet and exercise program will continue to see results years after surgery.
How Much Fat?
The amount of fat removed really depends on the size of the patient and their aesthetic goals. From a safety standpoint, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends roughly 10 pounds of fat or less. Otherwise it is considered a high-volume liposuction, which does present an increased set of risks. It’s advised to get down to your ideal weight before undergoing a liposuction procedure.
Skin Tautness (Laxity)?
Liposuction is a surgery that removes fat and enhances the actual shape of the body. It does not address skin imperfections caused by sagging skin or cellulite under the skin. During your consultation, a discussion can be had regarding the available procedures, which address and improve skin texture. Some procedures recommended to correct skin laxity include abdominoplasty, thigh lift, neck lift, and butt lift surgeries.
How Much Weight Loss?
Can Lipo be Combined?
Yes. Dr. Nawada often performs liposuction along with a tummy tuck or other body contouring procedures such as mommy makeover surgery. It’s also a common addition to facelift surgery to remove fat under the chin. Liposuction is used to fine-tune many procedures and can be used on the arms, legs, face, breasts, or nearly any other area where fat is present.
Liposuction or Tummy Tuck?
It’s common for patients to know they dislike the look of their abdomens but to be unsure which treatment can help. Liposuction is used exclusively to remove fat. For patients who have stubborn midsection fat but relatively resilient, elastic skin, it’s usually a good choice. For those whose skin has stretched to the point where it won’t “bounce back,” a tummy tuck may be better. This often includes patients who have lost weight or been pregnant. Dr. Nawada also frequently combines the 2 treatments for those who have both excess fat and skin on their abdomens.
What is Tumescent Liposuction?
Most liposuction procedures that are performed today use the tumescent technique. Tumescent means swollen and firm. During such a procedure, Dr. Nawada injects a saline solution that includes epinephrine. When the fluid saturates the fatty tissue, it becomes swollen and firm. That makes it easier to break up with the thin tube called a cannula, which is then used to suction the fat from the body. Some surgeons use different kinds of energy to enhance the process of breaking the fat apart. Dr. Nawada also uses an ultrasonic wand to help melt the fat before it’s suctioned away.
Gynecomastia with Liposuction?
Dr. Nawada often uses liposuction to treat gynecomastia, which is a condition associated with overdeveloped male breasts. In most cases, he uses liposuction in conjunction with male breast reduction surgery, which includes surgical removal of breast tissue. Liposuction can be used alone in some cases.
Can Lipo Remove Cellulite?
Not really. Cellulite results from fibrous bands of tissue that pull on the skin from below, causing dimpling at the surface. Fat squeezed between these tissue bands causes the contour of the skin to appear uneven. Removing fat may slightly improve the uneven contours, but because it does not affect the bands, the results are negligible.