Liposuction Surgery Philadelphia
Certain areas of the human body tend to collect and store fat despite our efforts to eliminate it through diet and exercise. Liposuction aims to eliminate fat pockets and give you a more sculpted appearance. It is most commonly used to eliminate fat in the legs, arms, chin, neck, stomach and buttocks. Dr. David Horvath uses safe, effective liposuction techniques and technology to produce beautiful and proportional results.
Tumescent liposuction involves the injection of a special “wetting” solution, which eliminates some of the common side effects of liposuction and shortens the recovery period. The wetting solution contains a local anesthetic to numb the area and reduce pain, and epinephrine to shrink the blood vessels and minimize bleeding and swelling. Once the wetting solution has been injected into the targeted area, the fatty tissue swells and firms, becoming easier to extract from the body. Thanks to the wetting solution, patients have less blood loss (during surgery), post-operative pain, bruising and swelling. Also, in some cases the local anesthetic replaces the need for general anesthesia, eliminating anesthesia-related side effects (e.g., post-operative nausea).
Power-assisted liposuction incorporates a special device that makes it easier for Dr. Horvath to remove fat. He uses a thin, hollow tube called a cannula, which is powered by an electric motor, to break up fat and speed its removal. The cannula rapidly vibrates to break up surplus fat so it can be easily suctioned from the body. This technique and technology enables Dr. Horvath greater control during treatment for more predictable outcomes.
Power-assisted liposuction is also gentler on the body’s tissues, for reduced post-operative bruising and a shorter recovery period.
Power-assisted liposuction and tumescent liposuction techniques can be combined when appropriate.
Natural Fat Harvest/Grafting
Sometimes, your own unwanted fat can be used to enhance another volume-deficient area. Fat harvest/grafting is a two-part process in which your own fat is taken from an area of excess and injected into another area of your face or body to add fullness. For example, Dr. Horvath can remove surplus fat from your abdomen or thighs and inject it into your buttocks to add roundness. Or, he can extract fat from your buttocks and use it to enhance your cheekbones.
Fat grafting offers two primary benefits: the “donor” area of the body looks slimmer and more sculpted, and thin or flat areas get an added boost or lift. Also, since it is your own natural fat, the risk of complications or adverse reaction is minimal. This is a great option if you would like to enhance an area of your face or body, but are hesitant about using an artificial implant.
To begin a fat grafting procedure, the donor fat is extracted from the abdomen, thighs or hips using liposuction techniques. It is purified and prepared for re-injection. Then, Dr. Horvath injects small amounts of the fat into the treatment area, focusing on producing smooth and even results.
Schedule a Liposuction Consultation with Dr. Horvath
If you would like more information about liposuction or fat grafting, please contact our practice to schedule a consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Horvath can explain your treatment options and provide his professional recommendations based on your needs and goals.