Almost everyone has a few lumps and bumps — love handles, saddlebags or potbelly — that they wish they could slim down. With liposuction, you can now make that wish a reality. Dr. Francesco Campanile is a liposuction specialist and board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience helping people achieve better body contours.
Liposuction can improve the appearance of almost any area of the body, including the tummy, hips, waist, thighs, back, neck and chin area, and upper arms. It’s common for people to want to slim down several places at once, but liposuction can be just as effective for a single trouble spot as well.
You often hear that cosmetic surgery is a blend of art and science, and this is certainly true when it comes to liposuction. A top liposuction surgeon in Denver, Dr. Campanile customizes each liposuction procedure, using his extensive medical training and the artistic sense he’s developed over thousands of procedures to help each person achieve their ideal outcome.
Liposuction is one of the most popular procedures at Campanile Plastic Surgery, and it’s an excellent way to enhance body contours. Liposuction can be the perfect complement to a healthy diet and active lifestyle but it’s important to note that it’s not a substitute for weight loss.
Campanile Plastic Surgery offers two different liposuction techniques, though the essential approach is the same with each one:
Tumescent liposuction is the traditional method of targeting the problem areas on the body that remain resistant to diet and exercise. A saline fluid injection is used to make the fat cells easier to break up. A cannula, a thin medical wand, is moved back and forth to break up fatty tissue further, and vacuum suction is used to remove the fat.
VASERlipo® uses ultrasound energy to dissolve fat rather than merely loosening the fatty deposits with saline solution. Because these highly targeted sound waves are tissue-selective, VASER can be especially effective for regions of the body where fat is dense.
Individuals may also enjoy an easier recovery with VASER as compared with traditional liposuction, as well as achieve some skin tightening for an improved overall body contour.
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Dr. Campanile begins liposuction by making a few small incisions where he can insert the cannula. A medical solution is administered to the surgical area to reduce bleeding, increase comfort and prepare the fatty tissue for removal.
With VASER, an ultrasonic probe is inserted after the cannula to liquefy fat cells using sound waves. Finally, once all the excess fatty deposits have been removed through suction, the incisions are closed.
Recovery time varies from person to person and depends on the type of liposuction used and how extensive the treatment was. A compression garment may be worn for several weeks following surgery for improved results. Most people are able to return to work within 1 week and are able to resume their normal activities within 6 weeks.
Since liposuction can only target fat, Dr. Campanile may recommend that those men and women with concerns over excess skin consider a combination of tummy tuck with liposuction to streamline their midsection for leaner contours.
Customizing the procedure to the physical needs and cosmetic goals of each person is the best way to enjoy superior results from your liposuction. Dr. Campanile will work closely with you to determine which approach will be best for helping you feel great about your new look.
Request a consultation to learn more about liposuction. Also, be sure to view our liposuction before and after photos to see the results Dr. Campanile can achieve. We’re here for you every step of the way and look forward to meeting with you.
At Campanile Plastic Surgery in Denver, we feel proper preparation for liposuction is essential. Lipo itself is surrounded by a lot of misconceptions, and knowing the straight answers before your appointment can help you feel more positive about your experience.
Since liposuction is performed as an outpatient procedure, there are fewer arrangements to make as compared to a more involved surgery. However, there are still some steps you can take to help your experience be as positive and low-stress as possible, as well as encourage a more rapid recovery.
- Have transportation arrangements ready, both for your appointment arrival and for heading home afterward. It’s smart to have someone stay with you full-time for at least the first 24 hours after your procedure.
- Although you should be able to resume your normal routine quickly, have arrangements made for extra help around the house just in case.
- Arrange your work and home life to ensure that you have a light schedule for the first several days following your lipo.
- Take a shower before your appointment, washing the targeted areas with an antimicrobial soap to reduce the chances of infection. Don’t apply any lotions or makeup after your shower.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Slip-on shoes are best.
- Tell Dr. Campanile if you take any vitamins, supplements or prescription medications.
- Smokers should refrain from cigarettes at least 14 days prior to your appointment, and throughout the healing process (at least for another two weeks after your procedure).
Some patients report soreness following liposuction. This is normal, and is your body’s way of telling you to rest and heal.
- You may experience bruising, which should fade rapidly.
- You may have to wear a support garment to aid in the healing process.
- Your normal routine may often be resumed almost right away, with more vigorous activities after Dr. Campanile gives you the all-clear.
Because of the very small incisions and outpatient scheduling of liposuction procedures, patients may make the false assumption that their bodies don’t really need much time to recover. Resist the urge to do too much too soon; your body still needs ample time to rest and heal.
If you have any questions about preparing for your liposuction, please do not hesitate to contact us online or call us at 303-345-7476.