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Introduction to Liposuction

Are you someone who tries your best with diet and exercise and still isn’t able to get rid of those stubborn fat cells? If so, you are certainly not alone and this might be the right time to learn about liposuction. Liposuction is a ‘body sculpting procedure’ that is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States.

While liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss, it can permanently remove stubborn fat that does not respond to diet and exercise. The goal of the procedure is to improve a patient’s body contours by eradicating unwanted fat from their abdomen, buttocks, thighs, upper arms, and other specific problem areas where stubborn fat is present.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty or liposculpture, is a minimally invasive procedure. Often referred to as ‘Body Contouring’, this cosmetic procedure involves removing excess fat deposits in target body areas via a few tiny incisions.

At Soma Plastic Surgery in Lake Mary, some common areas treated with our procedure are:

  • Abdomen
  • Arms
  • Buttocks
  • Cheeks
  • Chin
  • Hips/Love handles
  • Back and upper back rolls
  • Inner and outer Thighs
  • Neck
  • Knees
  • Thighs
  • Upper arms
  • Waist

What are the Benefits of Liposuction?

Liposuction can help healthy men and women reduce or even eliminate excess fat in problem areas. It is an effective way to remove fat cells in the abdomen, flanks, thighs, back, and arms. Thanks to gentle and minimally-invasive modern techniques, Dr. Papanicolaou may also perform liposuction in the lower chin area to add more definition to the jawline. Some of the benefits our patients have received from liposuction in Orlando are:

  • Achieved a more sculpted body image
  • Better clothing fit
  • Long lasting results
  • Safe and permanent elimination of stubborn fat cells
  • Self-esteem boost
  • Reduced fatty tissue in male breast

Who are the Best Candidates for a Liposuction Procedure?

Ideal candidates for liposuction are men and women who are at or near their goal weight but have regions of localized, excess fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. They typically eat nutrient-rich foods and visit the gym on a regular basis, yet see minimal to no fat reduction results in their stubborn problem areas.

Dr. Papanicolaou discourages overweight or obese patients from undergoing liposuction as this is not a weight loss surgery.

He also recommends that liposuction patients have firm, elastic skin as this allows the skin to retract over the new contours and leads to optimal results.

A consultation is an ideal way for patients to determine whether or not liposuction can help them meet their goals.

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What’s the First Step?

The first step to getting your Liposuction surgery in Lake Mary, just an hour north of Orlando, is to book a consultation at Soma Plastic Surgery. During your initial consultation, you will meet with Dr. Papanicolaou and discuss your challenges and body goals.

Dr. Papanicolaou will then evaluate your health, determine where your fat deposits lie, and assess the condition of your skin. He will also explain the body-contouring methods that may be most appropriate for you. Once you’ve had a chance to share your questions and concerns and collaboratively arrive at the best direction for your body contouring journey, Dr. Papanicolaou will create your customized procedure plan, and our Patient Coordinator will be able to help you schedule your appointment.

You will be provided with pre-surgery instructions which you are encouraged to follow. These include directions on eating, drinking, medications, use of cigarettes and alcohol amongst other specifics.

What to Expect on the Day of Liposuction Surgery

On the day of your procedure, the type of anesthesia will vary depending on the area of concern. For smaller areas, we will use a local anesthetic, with larger areas and extensive procedures requiring general anesthesia to be administered.

Dr. Papanicolaou will begin by making strategically placed, tiny incisions, usually only a few millimeters in length. Through these small openings, a cannula (a very thin tube with a blunt tip) is inserted to remove and suck out the stubborn fat cells. This is possible as the cannula is connected to a rubber tubing that is attached to a high vacuum pressure machine.

The procedure length varies from as short as 30 minutes to as long as several hours depending upon the area of the body being targeted.

Liposuction Recovery

After surgery, you will be monitored in our recovery room until Dr. Papanicolaou decides that you are safe to be discharged. You will need a family member or friend available to drive you home in case you are still feeling some of the effects of sedation.

You will likely experience some fluid drainage from the incisions so Dr. Papanicolaou may leave a small drainage tube inserted beneath your skin for a couple of days to control this. You may also be fitted with a snug elastic compression garment to wear over the treated area for a few weeks to manage swelling and help your skin form to its new contours.

During your initial recovery period, you might experience some pain, burning, swelling, bleeding, and temporary numbness. Dr. Papanicolaou will prescribe you some temporary medications to prevent infection, reduce swelling, and alleviate any pain.

Usually, patients resume work and their everyday activities about one week after the procedure. Patients should avoid vigorous activities such as exercise for several more weeks as directed.

You will also be sent home with post-surgical care instructions. Please follow them with care and precision.

How Much

How Much Does Liposuction Cost in Orlando?

The cost of Liposuction in Orlando is based on several factors, including but not limited to, the area of the body being targeted, anesthesia cost, surgery cost, and the doctor’s office visit fee. For the most accurate cost of your liposuction procedure, please schedule your consultation with Dr. Papanicolaou.

Why Choose Us?

Why Choose Dr. Papanicolaou?

Given the amount of medical clinics sprouting around, we understand that choosing the best match for your treatment is a difficult decision. However, Soma Plastic Surgery is a clinic that will make you feel heard and safe before even attempting to propose a treatment plan, thanks to the guidance that comes from Dr. Papanicolaou’s breadth of experience internationally and from his rigorous training by leaders in the field and at reputable institutions.

Dr. Papanicolaou has contributed to prestigious scientific journals of his expertise including numerous publications. His training and experience have given him the opportunity to excel in the field of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery while fulfilling his sincere goal and passion of practicing within the highest standards and in a compassionate way. He is double board-certified; from The American Board of Surgery (ABS) and The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).

Furthermore, Soma Plastic Surgery is the recipient of stellar reviews from the Orlando community that showcase the depth and breadth of confidence in our quality of service for all the providers on our staff.

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We would love to talk with you about your own personalized treatment at Soma Plastic Surgery. With your own private consultation, Dr. Papanicolaou will be able to recommend the right body contouring plans for your unique goals and concerns. With our office in Lake Mary, men and women in Orlando can achieve the most natural and elegant results. Call 407.478.3151 to schedule your consultation.

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Eve F.

Dr Papanicolaou is the best! Very knowledgable and caring! So glad I found him! I definitely recommend putting your trust in him. Awesome office staff. They make you feel like family. Cant say enough good things about the whole staff.

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Dr. Papanicolaou is the BEST Plastic Surgeon in Central Florida. He is smart, caring and honest.. I have been his patient for over two yrs. His staff is available, responsive and accommodating. They treat you like family. I feel very fortunate and grateful that I found Dr. Papanicolaou. He helped me during a very difficult process.

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Dr. Papanicolaou exceeded my expectations, he is a master at his craft, the entire process was relatively painless, his nurses are amazing, so caring. Also the Florida surgical center was great, they treated me like a princess. Overall I cannot be happier with my experience, I highly recommend Soma Plastic surgery.

Sheila O.

Dr. Papanicalou and staff are exceptional. The process was smooth from beginning to end and I am so pleased with the results. Very natural and as close to perfect as possible. I highly recommend Dr. Papanicalou!

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Dr. P and all of the staff are wonderful. They were amazing to me at the most vulnerable time in my life. I am thankful to have such caring, thoughtful, skilled, knowledgeable and talented human beings to reconstruct the damage that cancer caused. Forever grateful.

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