When determining the ideal candidate for liposuction, general body condition is more important than age. While patients of all ages can benefit from this procedure, the ideal candidate practices good eating habits and exercises regularly. Dr. Shaw has been performing tumescent liposuction since 1984. With over 30 years of liposuction and body contouring experience, Dr. Shaw has a lot of advice and knowledge to share. Please call for a comprehensive evaluation and consultation to find out which procedures would benefit you best.
The SHAW Center is proud to offer patients our extensive experience and expertise in liposuction, the single most popular cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S. today. Liposuction sculpts the body by removing undesirable fat that has not responded to diet and exercise from the abdomen, waist, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck. Liposuction not only offers the opportunity to slim and contour these areas of the body by removing the fat cells, it also ensures that these areas will not accumulate fatty deposits in the future.
Dr. Shaw is an expert in all forms of liposuction including traditional suction-assisted lipectomy, ultrasonic-assisted liposuction, SmartLipo or Laser Lipolysis and S.A.F.E. liposuction. To illustrate the difference, think of fat cells as a bunch of grapes on a vine. Suction-assisted lipoplasty is like picking the grapes off the vine and removing intact fat cells. In contrast, with ultrasonic-assisted liposuction the grapes on the vine are crushed and liquefied before they are removed. Laser lipolysis melts the grapes and S.A.F.E. liposuction Separates, Aspirates and Equalizes using special cannulas. Dr. Shaw will go over all options at your consult and determine what’s best for each area of concern.
Results of Liposuction
Depending upon Dr. Shaw’s evaluation of the patient, general, intravenous or local anesthesia may be required. Recovery time can vary from a day to two weeks, depending upon the areas treated, the extent of fat removed and the general condition of the patient. Sometimes an overnight stay is required if the volume removed is over 2,500 cc. Pain is usually moderate and begins to subside in a few days. You will go home in a compression garment which you will wear from 3-4 weeks.
Results are visible immediately, and improvement often continues as swelling subsides during the first three months. Dr. Shaw carefully places the incisions so that the scars from the liposuction cannula insertion point are small and inconspicuous.