Liposuction Specialist

Advanced Plastic and Hand Surgery

Hand Surgeons & Plastic Surgeons located in Kettering, OH

Liposuction may be the perfect solution for those stubborn pockets of fat that refuse to release their grip on your thighs, abdomen, and other areas of your body. Dr. R. Michael Johnson, and Dr. Sunishka Wimalawansa are well-respected, board-certified plastic surgeons at Advanced Plastic and Hand Surgery serving Kettering, Ohio and Dayton, OH, who are experts at using liposuction to create the body shape you crave. Call the office today to make your appointment for a consultation or try their patient-friendly online scheduling service.

Liposuction Q & A

Advanced Plastic and Hand Surgery

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure during which Dr. Johnson or Dr. Wimalawansa insert a thin, hollow tube (cannula) through small incisions in a targeted area. He uses the cannula to loosen excess fat with a controlled back-and-forth motion. The fat is then suctioned from your body using a surgical vacuum device or syringe attached to the cannula.

What Can You Treat with Liposuction?

Liposuction isn’t intended for overall weight loss and does not remove cellulite. It can, however, remove excess fat from specific areas, including your:

  • Thighs, hips, and buttocks
  • Abdomen and waist
  • Upper arms, back, and chest area
  • Cheeks, chin, and neck
  • Inner knees, calves, and ankles

Dr. Johnson and Dr. Wimalawansa can perform liposuction alone or may suggest you consider it to enhance the results of another plastic surgery procedure you’re planning, such as a facelift, breast reduction, or a tummy tuck.

Who is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?

Liposuction may be a good alternative for:

  • Adults who are within 30% of their ideal weight
  • Individuals who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
  • Men and women who are healthy and do not have a medical condition that can impair healing
  • People with realistic body-contouring goals

Is Liposuction Safe?

Like any surgery, liposuction carries certain risks that Dr. Johnson or Dr. Wimalawansa discuss with you in detail before you schedule the procedure. Both Dr. Wimalawansa and Dr. Johnson are certified by the prestigious American Board of Plastic Surgery and have extensive experience in liposuction. Their patients can trust their skills as surgeons to provide the best possible outcome for this and other surgical procedures.

The most common after effects of liposuction include:

  • Bruising
  • Change in skin sensation
  • Temporary swelling and discomfort in the treatment area

What is the Healing Process Like?

Depending on the number of areas treated, it can take several weeks to months to fully recover from liposuction. You can typically expect to wear a compression garment or elastic bandage to cover treatment areas for several weeks after the procedure. This helps control swelling and compresses the skin to your new body contours. Small, temporary drains may also be inserted beneath the skin to remove excess blood or fluid.