At The Oaks at Goodwood Medical Spa in Baton Rouge, Dr. Thomas Guillot performs liposuction to remove excess fat located beneath the skin. This procedure is performed using a cannula (hollow tube) and a vacuum. Liposuction is not designed for individuals who are in need of dramatic weight loss; however, it is perfect for those interested in eliminating fat that remains despite continued diet and exercise. The ideal liposuction candidate is active, close to his or her recommended body weight and healthy.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove fat from beneath the skin using a hollow tube known as a cannula and a vacuum. Liposuction is not designed for dramatic weight loss; instead, it gets rid of fat that has persisted despite diet and exercise.
Ideal liposuction candidates are active, healthy and close to their ideal weight. Generally a liposuction procedure involves injecting the area that is being treated with tumescent liquid, which is a saline solution containing local anesthetic, to numb the area and reduce trauma. Small incisions are made on the skin and a cannula is inserted to remove fat. Patients are required to wear specific fitted garments for a minimum of 2 weeks after surgery. This helps the body reduce swelling and repair itself correctly.
At his facility in Baton Rouge, Dr. Guillot frequently addresses deposits of fat located on the abdomen, hips, thighs, face and buttocks. Although liposuction is perfect for eliminating bulges of fat in these areas, it is not an effective procedure for the removal of cellulite. It is not a weight loss tool but a body contouring procedure.
When Dr. Guillot performs a tumescent liposuction procedure at his facility in Baton Rouge, he injects the area being treated with a saline solution that contains lidocaine, which is an anesthetic, and epinephrine, a.k.a. adrenaline. When Dr. Guillot injects this solution, the lidocaine numbs the area and the epinephrine contracts the blood vessels. This solution also causes the area to swell and become firm, which makes the fat easier to remove. Furthermore, it reduces the amount of trauma experienced by the area being treated.
Following these injections, Dr. Guillot will make small incisions; these incisions allow him to insert the cannula and perform the liposuction procedure with an innovative vacuum that is specifically designed to remove excess fat and sculpt the body.
For several weeks after the liposuction procedure, it is common for individuals to experience some swelling, bruising and tenderness. Once your liposuction with Dr. Guillot at his facility in Baton Rouge is complete, he may give you a compression garment to wear. This garment reduces the incidence of swelling and must be worn for the length of time he recommends; usually one or two months, depending.
After a tumescent liposuction procedure, the majority of people recover quickly, generally returning to work within just a few days. Patients can usually resume their normal daily activities within a couple of weeks.
In the areas treated, the fat cells are completely removed; therefore, if you do gain weight, it will usually occur on areas of the body that were not already treated with liposuction.
That said, keep in mind that liposuction does not prevent you from gaining weight altogether. To maintain your new shape and keep from putting on additional weight, you need to continue to or incorporate a healthy diet and exercise plan into your lifestyle.
Even though every surgery involves some kind of risk, liposuction itself has a good safety record. Risks associated with liposuction are rare; however, they may include skin discoloration, uneven skin contours and infection.
The likelihood of experiencing negative aftereffects is reduced by avoiding extremely long liposuction procedures and excessive fat removal; in addition, when a specially trained, experienced, board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon like Dr. Guillot performs the liposuction procedure, the risks are minimized even more.
Insurance companies do not cover elective procedures, including liposuction. The Oaks at Goodwood Medical Spa in Baton Rouge assists patients with applying for United Medical Credit, which is a healthcare payment plan that offers patients a low-interest, monthly payment program.
With more than 30 years of experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Guillot provides his patients with the knowledge that only experience can bring. He offers individuals in and around Baton Rouge a variety of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. If you are interested in learning more about the procedures offered at The Oaks at Goodwood Medical Spa in Baton Rouge, contact the office today; we look forward to meeting you!