Liposuction in Salt Lake City & Layton, Utah
Suction assisted lipoplasty, also called liposuction, liposculpture, 360 lipo or lipo, is performed to remove unwanted fat in defined regions of the body. This treatment has evolved tremendously over the past thirty years and is now the most common cosmetic surgery in the U.S.
If you are interested in liposuction in Salt Lake City, Layton or surrounding areas, call Dr. York Yates today to schedule a consultation.
Recovery After Liposuction
The cost of liposuction varies based on treatment areas and the experience of the surgeon performing the procedure. Most patients can expect liposuction to range from $4,000 – $8,000. In most plastic surgeon’s offices, you will find that the first liposuction area is full price, and additional areas are commonly discounted.
Traditional liposuction is the gold standard that all other forms of fat removal should be compared to. The procedure varies from surgeon to surgeon. Common to all procedures is the injection of tumescent fluid into the treatment area and suction with atraumatic cannulas. The tumescent fluid consists of a combination of lidocaine (anesthetic) and epinephrine (to limit bleeding). The incisions are less than 1/2 cm in length and placed in well-hidden locations. Superficial liposculpture is a modification of traditional liposuction using modified cannulas close to the skin. There is some skin tightening with this superficial technique but great caution must be used to prevent skin irregularities.
Liposuction technology comes down to 1) effectiveness, 2) risks, and 3) cost. The ideal alternative to traditional liposuction should maximize effect and minimize risks and cost.
- Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction (UAL) – UAL such as Vaser uses ultrasonic energy to “loosen” or “burst” the fat cells prior to removal. Higher cost, increased risks, controversial benefits.
- Laser Liposuction (Smartlipo) – Uses a laser at the tip of the cannula to help remove the fatty tissue. The fat is basically burned and then suctioned. There are increased risks such as burns and contour irregularity from the burning of deep tissue. There may be some slight skin tightening that occurs with the laser, the studies have been underwhelming. Very few plastic surgeons are recommending or using Smartlipo. Most physicians currently using Smartlipo are not trained or skilled in the fine points of liposuction. Liposuction can be dangerous in untrained hands. Here in Salt Lake City, Utah, there are numerous billboards and ads for laser lipo by non-plastic surgeons. Please be very careful and choose only a board-certified plastic surgeon. Correction of laser lipo deformity is something I see regularly and it is a difficult correction as the underlying tissue has been burned and scarred. Here is an all too common example of a patient who emailed me: Hi, In 2009, I went through a smart lipo procedure hoping that it would help with my extra skin issues (after pregnancy). The results are bad, my belly now looks like orange peel full of cellulite. And of course, the loose skin is still there. I wanted to see if there was any way to fix it.
- Water Assisted Liposuction (Body-Jet) – At the tip of the cannula a small stream of tumescent fluid is used to loosen the fat before removal with suction. Very similar to traditional liposuction with the advantage that large areas can be treated more easily due to the larger volumes of local anesthetic available by this technique.
- Renuvion/ J Plasma – This is an energy-based device using Helium Plasma Technology to heath the structural framework below the skin. The claims are that this results in significant skin tightening – a claim that we are evaluating currently. This is often used in conjuction with liposuction rather than a stand-alone procedure. This is something we may or may not offer in the near future based on our evaluations.
- Mesotherapy (Lipodissolve) – involves injections of various substances beneath the skin with the purpose of removing fat. This procedure does not allow for a measurable, consistent amount of fat removal. A dead “fad”. The photo to the left below is one of many lipodissolve patients we have seen for revision (right).
- Zerona – Nonsurgical procedure. External ultrasound claims to melt the fat which is absorbed. The initial excitement has lost popularity.
- CoolSculpting – Nonsurgical procedure. Cold pads are applied resulting in the freezing of the fat. This is absorbed by the body over time. The safety and effectiveness of CoolSculpting have been proven and we are proud to announce that as of April 2013 we are offering this exciting nonsurgical option. The results are not as dramatic as liposuction but it is unquestionably a safe and effective nonsurgical option for permanent fat removal. We have chosen to offer CoolSculpting because in our opinion this is the BEST nonsurgical fat reduction device currently available
- Sculpsure – Nonsurgical procedure. A laser device used to heat fat to temperatures that cause permanent fat damage. Similar to CoolSculpting in that it is noninvasive. Unlike CoolSculpting, which freezes fat, Sculpsure essentially burns fat.
- Vanquish – Nonsurgical procedure. Uses radiofrequency energy to heat and destroy fat cells
- Liposonix – Nonsurgical procedure. High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is placed externally on the skin and the fat cells are disrupted.
- Emsculpt – This is a new nonsurgical device that uses focal magnetic energy to build muscle. There are claims of permanent fat reduction as well. As of 2019, we are offering Emsculpt.
For nonsurgical options, we prefer CoolSculpting for fat reduction. In our opinion, this is the best nonsurgical fat reducing device available and was chosen only after personal evaluation by Dr. Yates. We are always evaluating new technology as it arrives. For patients who are not a good candidate or want more dramatic results, Dr. Yates prefers a traditional form of liposuction (SAFElipo) as it has an excellent track record of safety and effectiveness in the right hands. There may be an equivalent reduction in fat with Emsculpt but it is too early for us to make that claim.
Dr. Yates prefers SAFE liposuction, a modification of traditional tumescent liposuction. The acronym stands for Separation Aspiration and Fat Equalization. A specialized cannula is attached to a vibrating handpiece that Separates the fat from surrounding tissues. The fat is suctioned with the assistance of vibration of the tip followed by blending of all remaining fat to provide a smooth result. Dr. Yates prefers the artistic control and reliability he feels with this technology. Other technologies such as laser-assisted liposuction that result in heat injury to the cells can cause skin burns, excessive scar tissue resulting in nearly irreparable irregularities and loss of control of the amount of fat that is injured.
Dr. Yates prefers IV sedation which can be light or deep depending on the patients’ desires. The treatment areas are infiltrated with a tumescent solution consisting of diluted numbing medication to eliminate pain and minimize bleeding.
Areas commonly treated with liposuction include:
Liposuction removes fat, a tummy tuck removes loose skin, stretch marks, and fat while tightening the abdominal muscles. The ideal candidate for liposuction of the abdomen has excess fat with good skin elasticity, no stretch marks, and flat abdominal muscles. To determine how much abdominal muscle separation contributes to abdominal bulge “hold in” and let go of the abdominal muscles while standing and notice the degree of change.
There is an increasing number of patients with subsurface burns and irregularity of the skin from laser lipo techniques. This is a difficult problem to treat. A very helpful approach is using a special liposuction cannula to break up the scar tissue and any remaining fat allowing some of the fat to “graft” beneath the scar and smooth out the result. This technique has been elsewhere described as “SAFE” liposuction.
Liposuction is commonly combined with other procedures such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast augmentation. The risks associated with liposuction increase when combined with more invasive procedures.
- Breast fat transfer – Fat is transferred from unwanted areas to the breasts for the purpose of breast augmentation. The best area for fat harvest is the most stubborn fat. The results are very soft, natural feeling, and natural-looking. This is also known as natural breast augmentation.
- Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) – Fat is transferred from unwanted areas to the buttock for buttock reshaping and/ or enlargement.
The ideal candidate for is at or near his/ her ideal body weight with fat bulges in unwanted areas. It is not a treatment for obesity but can decrease fat bulges and create aesthetically pleasing contours. It is not a treatment for loose skin.
You will recover in the recovery suite for as long as necessary (usually less than an hour). You will be given antibiotics and pain medications. Pain following this procedure is generally moderate and lasts for a few days. The liposuction incisions may continue to leak some fluid for a couple of days. Resume showering when this drainage has stopped. You will be placed in a surgical garment. On our Facebook business page, other patients have discussed their recovery and experience after liposuction as well as other procedures.
Desk work can be resumed as soon as you feel up to it, usually around 3-5 days. Vigorous exercising and running may be resumed at 4-6 weeks.
Most plastic surgeons, including Dr. Yates, ask that you wear compression garments for a period of time to limit swelling in the treated area. After the procedure, a first stage compression garment will be placed. This will be worn 24/7 (except showering) for 1-3 weeks followed by a second stage garment (Spanx, Under Armour, or equivalent) for a total of 6 weeks.
Cellulite is difficult to treat with all modalities, including liposuction. Some types of cellulite can be improved with liposuction, particularly with advanced techniques.
No. Except in cases of morbid obesity, our adult bodies have a fixed number of adipocytes (fat cells). As we gain weight those cells expand and enlarge but their number does not change. In other words, the removed fat cells are gone for good. Of course, it is still possible to gain weight after liposuction. If one were to gain weight following treatment, the overall contour achieved with surgery stays fairly proportionate.
Liposuction is not a procedure aimed at weight loss. You may find that you lose a small amount of weight, however, the aim of the procedure is improved contour.
Liposuction has become so common that it is easy to forget that there are real and significant risks associated with the procedure. The risks are much greater when combined with other procedures or when large volumes of lipo are performed. These risks can be best minimized by trusting only a board-certified plastic surgeon with your safety. Dr. Yates will thoroughly discuss the rare but potential risks at the time of your consultation.
Contact Dr. Yates Layton, Utah office to schedule a consultation or e-mail him with any additional questions.
Before & After
33 year old presents for mommy makeover. Before and one year after breast augmentation, abdominal liposuction and modified tummy tuck. Implants were moderate plus profile smooth round silicone 325 cc on the right and 300 cc on the left. Cup size went from a B cup to a C cup. View More.