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Liposuction

There is probably no other procedure that plastic surgeons perform that has seen more innovation in the last several years than liposuction. It is an ever-popular surgery that can very effectively improve body contouring when the right patient is selected. Liposuction is not a substitution for weight loss, but rather a tool to help patients that are having difficulty with “trouble spots” that seem to be resistant to healthy diet and exercise.

Why choose Dr. Stoeckel?

Dr. Stoeckel uses the technology of Power Assisted Liposuction or PAL in his practice. PAL involves the use of a quickly oscillating or vibrating cannula to extract the excess fat. The difference between traditional liposuction and PAL is similar to the difference between carving a turkey with a kitchen knife and using an electric knife. There is less effort exerted by the surgeon and less tissue trauma delivered to the patient. This results in a smoother contour with slightly less swelling and bruising during the recovery process.

Dr. Stoeckel's Liposuction Results

What areas can be treated with liposuction?

How difficult is the recovery process?

The recovery from liposuction varies greatly from patient to patient. Some have very little swelling, bruising, and discomfort while others have a different experience. Most patients do not experience much pain, but certainly experience being quite sore.  The results are immediate, but they continue to improve dramatically for several months after the procedure as the swelling and inflammation subside.

Are compression garments necessary after surgery?

There really is no scientific proof that compression garments are necessary for great results, but it seems that they help some with the initial swelling immediately after surgery. Dr. Stoeckel suggests wearing the compression garments that are provided with the surgical procedure for about 2 weeks after surgery.

What can be done after surgery to speed up the healing process?

Scientific evidence is also lacking to support the use of vitamins or supplements to assist in the recovery after liposuction or any surgery. Most patients that eat a normal healthy diet have plenty of vitamins and co-enzymes to heal from surgery and additional supplements do not have much or any effect in making things heal faster. With liposuction, there is often a thin film of blood that collects under the skin that feels like “silly putty” in some areas. These areas are often tender to the touch and a bit swollen. Dr. Stoeckel has found that vibrating massage can help speed up the process by which the body normalizes these areas. There are several inexpensive vibration or buzz handheld massage devices that can be useful after liposuction procedures.

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