Dr. Spies offers two different techniques for liposuction. During your consultation, you will discuss your health history and desires for the procedure with Dr. Spies, and together, you and he will decide the best approach. Techniques include tumescent liposuction and ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL).
After surgery, patients should have someone drive them home and take care of them for at least the first day because bending and walking may be difficult. Depending on the treatment area, you may be advised to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and speed the healing process. Most patients feel well enough to do most routine activities after one or two weeks and take one week off from work. Swelling may be present for several weeks although complete healing is around six months. Typically, exercise and other strenuous activities can be resumed after six weeks.
Liposuction is performed under a general anesthesia, so you will not experience any pain during the operation.. You will feel moderate discomfort during recovery, but pain medication that Dr. Spies will prescribe can help keep you comfortable.
Since the incisions for liposuction are very small, usually only a quarter of an inch, the resulting scars will be the same length. They are typically placed in inconspicuous areas and fade significantly with time.
According to the most recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the national average surgeon fee for liposuction is $2,971. This number will vary depending on the geographic location of the procedure, the technique chosen, and the extent of fat removed. A higher price does not necessarily equal better results; the best results can be achieved by undergoing the procedure with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon.