A well-contoured physique is often a highly desirable goal for both men and women. Smooth contours and a well-proportioned aesthetic can provide an image of health and vitality that works in combination with an individual’s sense of self-confidence. However, the desire to achieve this look and the means to naturally obtain it are not always aligned. Over time, the body’s metabolism naturally slows often causing fat deposits to accumulate in certain areas of the body. These fat deposits can often be worked away through regular diet and exercise, but it’s not guaranteed in every case. For some individuals, genetic predisposition determines where fat deposits are inclined to congregate and for many, no amount of time put in at the gym or attention paid to menu selections will change the course of nature.
One of the most common areas of concern for men and women struggling with stubborn fat cells is the area around the hips and flanks. Deposits in this area can create an illusion of a wider overall appearance—a fact that pushes many individuals to look at cosmetic solutions for counteracting the accumulation of fat in this area.
Advancements in technology have multiplied the options available to prospective patients looking for a route to removing stubborn fat cells around the hips and flanks. Today, patients have the means to choose the type of services they are comfortable with as well as from a variety of treatment options that keep pain and recovery periods to a minimum. Among these options, tumescent liposuction has proven to be a safe and highly effective choice.
Tumescent liposuction is a great option for those patients that have tried diet and exercise and still struggle to remove fat around their hips and flanks. While it’s easy to assume that liposuction is a cure for weight loss, this simply isn’t the case. The best candidates for tumescent liposuction around the hips and flanks are those that are close to their ideal weight in proportion to their body type and have tried diet and exercise before selecting cosmetic services as a solution. Tumescent liposuction around this area of the body is designed to sculpt and smooth a patient’s physique and create an overall healthier appearance through permanent removal of fat cells in the area.
This type of liposuction can generally be performed as an out-patient procedure in the comfort of the attending physician’s office and completed in less than an hour. Once the treatment area is clearly defined, the physician will administer a local anesthetic to keep the patient as comfortable as possible throughout treatment. Once the treatment area is sufficiently numb, a microcannula will be used to suction fat cells from the problematic region. Tumescent liposuction can safely be used in combination with other types of liposuction during treatment if the physician deems this to be the best route of treatment for the patient in order to achieve the most successful results.
Because fat cells are removed during tumescent liposuction, some results are immediately noticeable with improvements generally showing up over the following weeks after treatment. Side effects for the vast majority of patients are mild at most and might include slight swelling and bruising at the treatment site. Over the counter painkillers are often enough to manage this minimal amount of pain. Patients are often prescribed compression garments following treatment in order to promote healthy blood flow and healing in the area. Most individuals can return to normal, everyday activities within a day or two following tumescent liposuction with a full recovery and best results expected in approximately 3-4 weeks. Patients that stick to a regular diet and exercise following tumescent liposuction can expect to see results lasting for years into the future.
The team at the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center has plenty of in-clinic financing and payment plan options to make the cost of care manageable for every patient that walks through our door. As with all cosmetic services, the final price of treatment will depend largely on the severity of the treatment area as well as the number of treatments required to achieve successful results that match up with a patient’s expectations and health requirements.
At the St. Louis Laser Lipo and Vein Center, Dr. Wright and his team of professionals take a comprehensive approach to patient care and understand that cosmetic treatments and emotional well-being go hand in hand. For this reason, a consultation comes standard at our clinic and a thorough review of health history and plenty of time to understand your options are part of the process of creating a customized treatment plan. Contact us today to learn more about our many services and how tumescent liposuction may be a great solution for you.