Offering liposuction for Harrisburg, Lancaster, and other Pennsylvania communities, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Stratis has helped many women and men to achieve a smooth, toned look. Liposuction addresses areas of stubborn, exercise-resistant fat in the arms, thighs, hips, and abdomen. Several new methods for fat removal have been developed—some surgical, some not—however, under certain circumstances, traditional liposuction is still the best option for some patients.
Also referred to as "tumescent" liposuction, traditional liposuction involves the surgeon using a special liquid to make the targeted fat firmer, constrict blood vessels, and dull sensation in the area, all in preparation for fat cells to be manually loosened and removed.
A patient's suitability for traditional liposuction will be discussed at an initial consultation with the surgeon, but men and women considering the surgical procedure should know that it is generally recommended for people who are in good overall health, who are at or near their ideal body weight, and who have healthy and elastic skin that is more likely to conform to slimmer contours after some of the underlying fat cells are removed.
Traditional liposuction candidates are encouraged to ask as many questions as they want in an effort to get answers and be comfortable with their decision. They should develop a good rapport with their surgeon and feel comfortable and confident in their decision for both the surgery and the surgeon.
It is also important for traditional liposuction candidates to understand that the procedure is intended for cosmetic purposes only. The surgery is not designed as a weight-loss solution and should not be considered as a strategy for improving an overweight patient's health.
*Patient results may vary.
Men and women who want to slim down often make lifestyle changes, including improvements to diet and exercise regimens. These strategies can improve a person's health and cause large fat cells to shrink, but some people may notice that certain pockets of fat seem to resist the slimming changes happening elsewhere on the body.
Every person is different, so while one may enjoy the results of dieting by seeing changes all over their body, another may find that a bulging gut remains, while another can't seem to lose a double chin.
The cells that make up this so-called "stubborn" or "diet-resistant" fat simply don't reduce in size along with other fat cells. Also, it should be noted that any fat cells that do shrink are quite capable of growing larger again if given the opportunity. This is because reducing calories and increasing physical activity do not change the number of fat cells in the body—the efforts merely change some fat cells’ size.
Taking these problematic and unwanted fat cells out of the equation is an increasingly popular solution, whether the answer is disrupting them non-surgically or physically removing them from the targeted area.
Fat cells can be firmly fixed in place where they develop, so reducing their numbers requires disrupting them with energy or chemicals so the body processes them away or loosening and/or liquefying them so they can be suctioned out, as with liposuction.
A fat cell removed from the body is obviously no longer capable of shrinking or growing, and fewer fat cells in a particular area can result in a slimmer, trimmer look.* That said, note that the results from liposuction or other fat-reduction methods are best maintained by a patient's commitment to eating well, exercising, and staying in good health. Weight gain after liposuction is still possible, and remaining fat cells can continue to grow in size, leading to new bulges in the treated area or elsewhere.
Liposuction may be performed under general anesthesia or sedation, or even with the patient completely awake. A specialist will administer any anesthetic and monitor you throughout the procedure.
Once the patient is properly sedated, Dr. Stratis will make small incisions in inconspicuous locations, with the intent to minimize any visible scars after the surgery is complete. Through these incisions, he will infuse the tissues with a sterile liquid solution to reduce bleeding and allow for easier access to the treatment area.
He will next insert a tube, called a cannula, into the tumescent tissue, using a back-and-forth motion to loosen the fat cells. These cells will be suctioned out through the cannula.
When the fat-removal portion of the traditional liposuction procedure is complete, Dr. Stratis will suture the openings closed, again with an eye for camouflaging and minimizing any scars.
Dr. Stratis employs a liposuction technique known as SAFE lipo. This is an acronym for:
For this technique, Dr. Stratis uses specialized instruments. The final result can be smoother and more consistent.*
Dr. Stratis performs SAFE lipo in his Harrisburg office or in the Capital Laser and Surgery Center. The service is available to patients from Lancaster, all of Pennsylvania, and beyond.
After the traditional liposuction procedure, you may experience swelling or fluid retention, but these should subside in the days and weeks following your surgery. When the swelling is gone, you will be able to see the smoother, slimmer body contours.*
By sticking with a healthy diet and exercising regularly, you can best maintain the results of your liposuction.*
Traditional liposuction can be useful as a component of other procedures, such as male breast reduction to address gynecomastia; gut tuck/tummy tuck, which also involves the removal of excess skin and tightening lax tissues; or a face lift, which alters contours on the lower half of the face. If you are interested in improving your skin or facial features, Dr. Stratis's partner, Dr. Scott Gayner, offers a variety of surgical and non-surgical options.
Traditional liposuction is ideal for certain patients, a determination that can be made following an initial consultation. In some cases, a different approach may be needed, with options ranging from surgical to nonsurgical.
Laser liposuction uses heat energy generated by a laser to liquefy unwanted fat, for gentler and more precise removal and skin tightening. At Stratis Gayner, we use AccuSculpt™ for this procedure.
Dr. Stratis is one of the few Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, liposuction surgeons to also offer: