Dr. Patronella frequently combines liposuction with the True Form Tummy Tuck® abdominoplasty method in order to accentuate the waist and restore more attractive contour lines to the body. With liposuction, Dr. Patronella focuses on shaping more ideal contours rather than simply removing fat for the sake of size reduction alone. Believe it or not, leaving the correct amount of fat creates the soft, shapely contours that are found desirable. How and where the fat is removed is of prime importance, as the over-aggressive removal of fat can lead to an unbalanced look or irregular contours.
Dr. Patronella is nationally renowned for his body contouring expertise and the refinements he has developed to improve results throughout his distinguished 20-year career. His surgical skill and excellent safety record led Ethicon, Inc. to invite him to join the national board of advisors for Shaping Futures, a group which developed safety and procedural recommendations related to body contouring surgery for weight loss patients. In addition, he has received invitations to share his body contouring expertise with plastic surgeons at professional meetings on topics that include:
- Improving the results of tummy tuck and body contouring surgery
- Technical refinements for body contouring and body lift surgery
- Optimizing the safety of body contouring surgery
While numerous methods of liposuction ( ultrasonic, laser, power assisted , etc.) are available today, there is no scientific evidence that one method is superior to another in terms of safety, recovery, or results. The skill and experience of the surgeon, and the application of their preferred techniques will ultimately determine the optimal surgical result for any technology that is used.
Say Good-bye to Muffin Tops, Love Handles, Saddle Bags, and Bra Flab!
To complement the youthful appearance of their waist and abdomen, many patients request additional liposuction to improve other areas of the body that are resistant to reshaping through diet and exercise, including:
- Hips, Buttocks and Thighs
- Legs, Knees, Ankles
The Liposuction Procedure
Dr. Patronella utilizes a tumescent technique that involves the infusion of a carefully formulated local anesthetic and epinephrine mixture into the area targeted for liposuction. This mixture markedly reduces bleeding and postoperative pain, and facilitates the uniform removal of fat, thus making the procedure safer and more effective. After making small incisions approximately one-fourth of an inch in inconspicuous areas of the body, the swollen fat compartments are carefully removed through a thin, hollow cannula tube.
Tummy Tuck and Liposuction Recovery
Following tummy tuck surgery and liposuction, you will be fitted with a compression garment to reduce swelling and help your body conform to its new contours. It is common to experience bruising and swelling, which will diminish over the following weeks.
Most patients are able to return to work and daily activities within 7-10 days, if no muscle wall repair is required, or 10 to 14 days if the muscle wall is tightened. For more detailed information about tummy tuck recovery, please see Dr. Patronella’s Tummy Tuck Recovery Guide. This helpful guide explains what to expect each week and provides detailed recommendations to follow regarding exercise, activities, diet, and incision care in order to optimize the healing process.
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