A patient’s decision to undergo lipo is an important one that should be made with careful consideration. At Bayshore Plastic Surgery in Tampa, FL, we understand this. To help prospective patients find the information they need to facilitate their decision-making, our well-respected, Board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Daniel Greenwald, provides in-depth consultations during which he offers sound advice and expert guidance. Most patients feel comfortable with Dr. Greenwald, who answers their questions and honestly assesses whether lipo could be the right option for them. He also shows them before and after photos of his liposuction patients to help them understand exactly what can be accomplished with the various techniques he performs.

Lipo candidates are often curious about what the procedure will entail. Dr. Greenwald can provide specific information about the procedure that is tailored to a patient’s unique circumstances during a personal consultation at his clinic in Tampa, Florida. In the meantime, here are some general details on some of the techniques he utilizes to perform lipo:

  • Tumescent lipo – A numbing fluid is injected into the targeted fat layer, causing fat cells to enlarge. Then, through tiny incisions in the skin, Dr. Greenwald meticulously sculpts the patient’s body with a microcannula (a tiny, vacuum-like instrument).
  • Power-assisted lipo (PAL) – Similar to tumescent liposuction, PAL incorporates the use of a specialized, mechanized cannula that reduces the need for manual movement during the suctioning process.
  • Ultrasound-assisted lipo (UAL) – With UAL, ultrasonic waves are used during suctioning to precisely target fat cells and minimize potential disruption to surrounding tissue.

Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that liposuction is intended only to address small pockets of excess fat in specific, isolated areas of the body. If it is necessary to treat lax muscles or excess, sagging skin to achieve optimal aesthetic results, Dr. Greenwald might recommend a more extensive procedure, such as a tummy tuck, thigh lift, arm lift, body lift, or breast lift to be performed in lieu of or in conjunction with liposuction.

At a follow-up appointment after a lipo procedure, Dr. Greenwald can help the patient assess the initial results. Oftentimes, a patient’s new shape is readily discernible, even at an early stage. To provide support and facilitate the healing process, compression garments are usually worn during the first few weeks. While some residual swelling can be expected to linger for up to three to five months, most patients are pleased with their appearance both during and after the healing period.

If you’d like to meet Dr. Greenwald and discuss your lipo goals with him, please contact Bayshore Plastic Surgery at 1-888-840-3199 to schedule an appointment at our clinic in Tampa, FL.