Atlanta, GA Liposuction – Fat Removal

Liposuction is a great way for patients to look fit and fabulous. While fat removal surgery is not for weight loss, it is a fantastic technique to remove unwanted fat in troublesome areas. Dr. Amy Alderman spends a good deal of time examining the patient and making sure that the skin quality is sufficient for an optimal outcome.  It is important to not just remove the unwanted volume but also ensure that the surrounding tissue will tighten and shrink to the new contour.

If you have questions about liposuction in Atlanta, GA and Buckhead, contact Dr. Alderman and her team today for your consultation.

What Can Liposuction Do for Me?

Fat removal can be the perfect procedure for fine-tuning and trimming multiple areas of the body. The chin and neck region is one of Dr. Alderman’s favorite areas to perform liposuction.  It always amazes her how rejuvenating neck liposuction can be, often mimicking a much larger procedure such as a neck or facelift. 

Below are the most common areas of treatment:

  • Abdomen
  • Waist/Love Handles
  • Flanks
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Calves
  • Under the chin
  • Neck
  • Bra roll
  • Pre-axillary fullness (area above the outside of the breast)

Liposuction to the upper back/bra roll region along with the back hips and flanks can make a significant improvement in contour and a very slimming silhouette.  Women especially love to have the bra roll and fullness above their breasts near their axilla (armpits) reduced. Arm liposuction is a great option to provide improved definition of the upper arm muscles and provide a slim arm contour. Abdominal liposuction, especially around the belly button, can give both men and women significant confidence in tight fitting clothing and bathing suits.  The lower abdominal area, called the mons pubis, can also be reduced with liposuction.  And, last but not least, all women want a gap between their legs.  Liposuction can greatly improve the inner and outer (saddlebag) area of the thighs and inner knees.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Women and men have different genetic predispositions for fat deposits.  For men, the most common areas of concern are the flanks, lower abdomen, and chest.  All of these areas respond very well to liposuction and are associated with very little downtime from work and exercise.  Dr. Alderman frequently hears patients tell her that they see problem areas in their older relatives and that they want to intervene now before it happens to them. 

When you are at your ideal body weight and still have areas of fullness, genetics are not in your favor.  Dr. Alderman loves helping patients achieve their desired results when they have put in the time and effort at the gym and with proper nutrition.  She likes to think of liposuction as being part of a life-changing trilogy, along with diet and exercise.

Liposuction is best for people who are near their ideal weight but have stubborn localized pockets of fat in one or more areas of the body. Candidates for liposuction should also have good skin laxity and no loose skin. For example, if you have excess pockets of fat in the abdomen, you are probably a candidate for liposuction. If you also have loose skin on the abdomen, you would be a candidate for abdominoplasty, which excises the loose skin and also removes fat with liposuction.

Liposuction is often part of a mommy makeover for women who have excess fat as a result of pregnancy. However, it is best to postpone this procedure until after you are finished having children, as a subsequent pregnancy could create the need for additional liposuction.

Meet Dr. Alderman

Dr. Amy Alderman is a nationally known, board-certified plastic surgeon located in Buckhead near Atlanta. As a female surgeon and mother of two children, she provides a unique perspective to patient care. Each surgical plan is individually tailored to each patient’s needs and lifestyles and is aimed at enhancing her patient’s natural beauty and restoring confidence. She is known for her personal approach to patient care and has unparalleled commitment to patient safety, which can be attributed to years of education, professional experience and involvement in national patient safety initiatives.

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Your Atlanta Lipo Options with Dr. Alderman

Dr. Alderman spends a lot of time during the preoperative consultation discussing the results you desire, the amount of recovery that can fit into your lifestyle, and assessing your anatomy. In all methods of liposuction, the incisions are small. A cannula (tube) is inserted in the incisions, and the tube is attached to a suction device, which removes the fat similar to a vacuum.

With Vaser liposuction, the ultrasonic energy helps to break up the fat. The vibration produced by the Vaser gently loosens and ultimately emulsifies the fat cells, facilitating the gentle removal of the fat by a small cannula. This technology is often considered more gentle than traditional liposuction techniques and allows Dr. Alderman greater control when contouring and sculpting your areas of concern. The procedure is performed with tumescent solution to help minimize bleeding and provide post-operative pain relief.

Tumescent Liposuction involves a sterile solution that is injected into the treatment areas before the procedure. The solution reduces blood loss, provides post-operative pain relief and causes the fat to become firmer so that it can be removed more easily. This technique is usually used on the neck, under the chin, arms, and legs.

Autologous Fat Transfer involves one of the above liposuction techniques, followed by transferring the fat to the face, buttocks, or breasts. Sometimes called fat grafting, the fat is removed and then purified before it is injected into the area of the body that needs more fat. Fat transfer can be used in place of facial dermal fillers, and it is used for a Brazilian butt lift. It is also sometimes used to smooth out the breasts after a breast augmentation or auto- augmentation breast lift.

Dr. Alderman enjoys helping patients in all stages of life, but one scenario always puts a big smile on her face.  It goes like this: the couple comes together for the initial consultation with the wife as the patient, she undergoes liposuction, does well and at the 6-week post-operative appointment the husband reappears.  She gives him a look, and he proceeds with asking if he would be a good candidate for liposuction.  It’s so cute! And it’s very fun taking care of multiple family members.  Of note, Dr. Alderman has never had the husband to volunteer to go first!

Is Liposuction Comfortable?

The tumescent solution injected into the surgical site has a long-acting local anesthetic to provide pain relief.  In addition, we allow patients to start anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen soon after surgery, which provides additional pain relief along with the narcotic pain medicine. We find that with the use of ibuprofen, patients are more comfortable and require much less narcotic pain medicine.  In general, patients can return to work within four days of surgery and begin exercise within two weeks.

What Happens During Liposuction?

Depending upon the extent of your liposuction, your surgery may be completed with a local anesthetic and sedation or under general anesthesia. Incisions are small and placed in discreet locations, such as below the bikini line, under the chin, or under the arms. The surgery time varies based on the amount of fat to be removed and the number of areas to be treated.

The cannula is inserted into the incisions and moved in and out until the desired amount of fat has been removed. The incisions are then sutured and dressed. In some cases, the incisions may be tiny enough that they will heal on their own without the need for sutures.

What Can I Expect During Recovery from Liposuction?

If you have had liposuction on your body, you will wear a compression garment for a period of weeks that will aid in the healing process. After 24 hours, we will ask you to walk several times throughout the day to encourage circulation and prevent blood clotting.

As long as your work is not strenuous, you should be able to return to work within 1-2 weeks, depending on the extent of your liposuction. You can resume exercise and lifting in 2-3 weeks.

Liposuction causes some bruising, swelling, and discomfort for a few weeks. Oral medications can help you through this time. Your body will look trimmer and smoother right away, but the swelling will resolve slowly over a period of about 6 months. You will then see your final results.

Do you have stubborn pockets of fat that won’t go away? Call us today to schedule a consultation to find out more about liposuction in Atlanta, GA with Dr. Alderman.

Dr. Alderman’s National Efforts on this Topic

Chairperson of the Body Contouring Section for Aesthetica, a national cosmetic surgery meeting sponsored by the American Society of Plastic Surgery

American Society of Plastic Surgery Patient Safety Committee

ASPS Aesthetic Surgery Advisory Committee

Vice Chairperson, ASPS Education Aesthetic Council

VTE Prevention in Cosmetic Surgery.  Georgia Society of Plastic Surgery Annual Meeting, Aug 2013, Brasstown Resort, GA.

Patient Safety: Prevention of VTE in Cosmetic Surgery.  QMP Aesthetic Surgery Symposium, Nov 2013, Chicago, IL

VTE Prophylaxis and Body Contouring: What is the Evidence?  Aesthetica 2015, Las Vegas April 30-May 2, 2015.

Combining Multiple Abdominal Procedures and Related Complications. Aesthetica 2015, Las Vegas April 30-May 2, 2015.

Thunderdome: Risk/Reward of Combined Surgical Procedures: What’s Too Much?  American Society of Plastic Surgery, Oct 20, 2015.

How Long of Surgery is Too Long?  Length of Surgery and VTE.  Aesthetica, June 2016, Washington, DC.

VTE Prophylaxis: What are our options?  Aesthetica, March 2017, New Orleans, LA.

Alderman, AK. Body contouring. In The Michigan Manual of Plastic Surgery. Ed Brown & Borschel, Lippincott, Philadelphia, 2004.

Pannucci, C, Alderman, AK.  Venous Thromboembolism and the Aesthetic Surgery Patient.  Essentials of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Alderman, AK, Kerrigan, CL, Lemaine, V, Pusic, AL, Vidal, DC.  Evidence-Based Medicine &Health Services Research in Plastic Surgery.  In Plastic Surgery  1st Edition

Alderman, AK, Chung, KC.  Outcomes for Surgical Guidance in Plastic Surgery: Measuring Outcomes in Aesthetic Surgery.  Clinics in of Plastic Surgery, 2013:297-304.

Alderman, AK, Kerrigan, CL, Lemaine, V, Pusic, AL, Vidal, DC.  Evidence-Based Medicine &Health Services Research in Plastic Surgery.  In Plastic Surgery 4th Edition

Kassen, AF, Cano, SJ, Alderman, AK, et al.  The BODY-Q: A Patient-Reported Outcome Instrument for Weight Loss and Body Contouring Treatments.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Glob Open 2016;4:e679, April 13, 2016.

Murphy, RX,Jr, Alderman, AK, Gutowski, K, Kerrigan, C, Rosolowski, K, Schechter, L, Schmitz, D, Wilkins, E. Evidence-Based Practices for Thromboembolism Prevention: Summary of the ASPS Venous Thromboembolism Task Force Report. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: 130: 168e-175e, 2012.

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