Sometimes eating well and working out isn’t enough to get rid of stubborn excess fat. Diet and exercise can only shrink the size of fat cells, but Dr. John V. Williams at the Plastic Surgery Center of Baton Rouge in Baton Rouge and Alexandria, Louisiana, can help you get rid of those fat cells forever with Liposuction. Dr. Williams studied the Liposuction technique directly from the person who invented it — Dr. Yves-Gerard Illouz, in 1982. Today, Dr. Williams uses PAL (Power Assisted Liposuction) for the newest advance in Liposuction-High Definition Lipostructure. This technique removes fat from selected areas to create a sculptured definition. If you’re considering Liposuction, call or click to book an appointment.
Sometimes eating well and working out is not enough to get rid of stubborn excess fat. Diet and exercise shrink the size of the fat cells but does not eliminate the cells. These fat cells remain. When you stop dieting and exercise the fat cells get bigger. Liposuction removes the fat cells forever. Dr. Williams studied the Liposuction technique directly from the person who invented it Dr. Yves Gerard Illouz in Paris. Today Dr. Williams uses Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) to perform the latest advance in Liposuction called High Definition Lipo-Sculpture. This new technique not only removes fat but sculpts and defines the body.
Dr. Williams feels that the most important part of the consultation is to listen to you and understand what you want to achieve. During your consultation, Dr. Williams will discuss with you and explain the procedure and your expected results. Each of the possible options for the surgery will also be explained. Depending upon your goals, alternatives, as well as additional procedures, may be recommended. The goal is for you to be fully informed so that you are confident that the choice you make is the right one to give you the result you want.
The procedure is usually performed with general anesthesia. Initially, through very small ½" incisions a small cannula is inserted into the areas of adiposity. A large amount of sterile fluid called Tumescent fluid is then injected into the adiposity. This is done to enlarge and fill the fat cells with fluid. The concept for this Tumescent fluid injection is that it is easier to burst a balloon that is overly inflated compared to one that is not. A (PAL) Power Assisted Liposuction cannula is inserted into the adiposity. The tip of the PAL cannula creates thousands of tiny vibrations or oscillations that gently breaks up the fluid-filled fat cells. The released fat and disrupted fat cells are removed with suction.
After surgery, a compression garment is placed. This helps reduce swelling. The garment also helps the skin and tissue re-drape evenly over the area of Liposuction. This helps to ensure that the skin re-drapes to your new shape and contour. Normal activity can be resumed within a few days after surgery.
The procedure is performed at the Plastic Surgery Center. This is performed in a nationally accredited (AAAASF) surgical facility. This ensures that the surgery is done in complete privacy and that it is done with the highest quality of patient safety standards for ambulatory surgery. Prior to surgery, all cases are reviewed in conjunction with Dr. Williams and Anesthesia. Depending upon your present health and the type of procedure planned it may be necessary to have lab work done prior to surgery.
Dr. Williams will discuss with you and give you instructions for before and after your surgery. The surgery is outpatient surgery. That means that you will be able to go home after the surgery. It will be necessary for you to have a caregiver with you for 24 hours after your surgery. This is to ensure your safety and that all necessary post-operative instruction are followed. If you do not have a caregiver, arrangements can be made for this. Dr. Williams understands that patients and their caregivers often have anxiety, concerns, and questions after surgery. Dr. Williams is always available 24 hours a day to respond to you. Every effort is made throughout to make certain that you have a great experience and that you obtain your best possible desired result.
The cost of Liposuction depends upon the size of the area, the number of areas and the amount of adiposity of each area. Liposuction of a small amount of fat or a small area is less expensive than Liposuction of a large amount or a large area. The cost ranges from $2,500-$10,000.
The fat cells that are removed with Liposuction do not grow back or return. Liposuction does not however removal all the fat cells from the area. A small amount of fat is left under the skin. This is left so that the skin has an even smooth contour. If all of the fat was removed from directly under the skin it would scar down to the muscle and cause a very uneven indented contour. With general weight gain the fat cells that remain can enlarge and cause recurrent adiposity of the area. The reason for localized adiposity is that the number of fat cells do not increase but the remaining fat cells get larger. The number of fat cells do not increase in other areas, but can get larger and gain weight in those areas that did not have Liposuction. It is important to maintain a good diet and exercise to maintain the results of Liposuction.
Liposuction does not tighten the skin. Liposuction removes fat to improve the shape and contour. The skin will re-drape to the new shape and contour. Re-draping of the skin, however, depends upon the amount of skin elasticity and the amount of adiposity that has been removed. The less skin elasticity and the greater the amount of fat removed, the less skin re-draping or skin tightening. Liposuction will not tighten or improve sagging skin. Patients that have excess skin and laxity need to have some other proceed to achieve a good result. For example, if a patient has adiposity of the abdomen and laxity and excess skin, a “Tummy Tuck” combined with Liposuction of the abdomen at the time of the ‘Tummy Tuck” or after would be necessary to obtain the desired result. These options would be discussed in consultation with Dr. Williams.
The amount of fat that can be removed at one time with Liposuction is dependent on the patients’ health, laboratory results and type of Liposuction. For a moderate to large amount of fat removal it is necessary to have a very good Hemoglobin and Hematocrit. This is a measure of the amount of red blood cells in the body. For safety reasons it is recommend not to removed more than 10 pounds during a single procedure