Liposuction (Lipoplasty or Suction Lipectomy)

Liposuction surgery by Dr. Polecritti in Tampa, Florida is used to remove unwanted localized areas of fat from the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, knees, chin, neck and upper arms. The goal of this procedure is for body contouring and sculpting. It is not intended as a treatment for obesity and is not a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise. Liposuction is excellent however for eliminating areas of fat that are unresponsive to typical weight loss methods.

How is liposuction performed?

Most liposuction can be performed as an out-patient procedure. Several tiny incisions are made in inconspicuous areas on the skin. The suction tube, called a cannula, is inserted through these incisions and attached to vacuum tubing. The Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Polecritti in Tampa, FL maneuvers the cannula under the skin within the fatty area being treated. The fat cells are dislodged by the cannula and removed leaving a more attractive contour.


What is the tumescent technique?

With the tumescent technique, large amounts of fluid containing saline solution, local anesthesia, and epinephrine are infused into the fatty tissue being treated before the cannula is inserted into the area. This solution provides post procedure analgesia, and limits bleeding by temporarily constricting the small vessels within the fat deposit.

Who is the best candidate for Liposuction?

Those who have:

  1. Realistic expectations and are only moderately overweight
  2. Elastic, healthy skin without excessive stretch marks
  3. Attempted to eliminate the unwanted fatty areas through a healthy diet and exercise
  4. Distinct areas of localized fat deposits which detract from the body contour

Is the fat removal permanent?

Yes, the fat cells removed by liposuction cannot re-grow and therefore, the number of fat cells after the procedure is less than the number the patient started with. However, If one gains excessive amounts of weight post procedure, the remaining fat cells can swell. In addition, areas adjacent to those areas treated with liposuction can enlarge.

What can I anticipate during the recovery period?

You will likely go home the same day and rest for the remainder of the day. You may gradually increase your activity as tolerated over the next 2 to 5 days. Strenuous activity and/or heavy exercise is to be avoided until given permission by your physician. You will likely wear a compression garment most of the day for a couple weeks post procedure. Discomfort is typically mild and adequately controlled with medication prescribed by Dr. Polecritti.

Can Liposuction improve my cellulite?

Many patients have noticed an improvement with the degree of cellulite after liposuction, however liposuction is not a treatment of cellulite.