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Liposuction


Liposuction, or liposculpture, is not a substitute for healthy weight loss through diet and exercise. However, many people simply cannot get areas of fat to go away, no matter how much they exercise or diet.

Are you someone who has spent countless hours in the gym or tried all sorts of fat-busting diets, only to see little change in your appearance? If so, Dr. Wally Zollman can help you through the liposuction techniques used at his practice. Dr. Zollman has also been recognized for his expertise in large volume liposuction.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical technique utilized for removing excess fat that has collected in isolated areas of the body. The procedure can be performed in a variety of body regions, including the:

For many people, liposuction surgery is a starting point for a whole new diet and exercise regimen. For others, it is a way to combat areas of the body that have historically been a source of physical discomfort and undesirable contour. Liposuction can help you achieve a new waist, or a curvaceous new body, both of which can be hidden underneath your body’s fat. Although they will be significantly noticeable, the long-term benefits of liposuction really depend on what your expectations are and how you choose to treat your body following the procedure.

While it is possible to undergo liposuction at almost any age, you will obtain the best results if your skin has enough elasticity to give your body some contour following fat removal. When skin is inelastic, as it can be in some older patients, the body’s skin is more likely to sag after liposuction surgery, and the patient may therefore need a skin tightening procedure. Also, it is possible to regain the removed fat by overeating. During your initial consultation with Dr. Zollman, he will evaluate your needs and talk with you about your goals. If liposuction is the best option for you, he can create a customized treatment plan designed to meet your expectations. If liposuction is not the ideal treatment to attain your goals, Dr. Zollman can recommend potential alternatives that may be of benefit.

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What Are the Types of Liposuction Available?

Variables of the surgical procedure will be discussed during your liposuction consultation at our cosmetic surgery practice. Dr. Zollman can talk with you about the advanced liposuction techniques that are available, which include the following:

Large Volume Liposuction

Large volume liposuction tends to refer to any liposuction procedures that remove more than five liters (approximately ten or eleven pounds) of fat. When performed by a less-experienced surgeon, large volume liposuction can be a dangerous surgical procedure. However, when a plastic surgeon has developed an expertise in large volume liposuction, the safety concerns are minimized and the results can be amazing.

Respected by his peers for his experience in large volume liposuction, our cosmetic surgeon has the necessary skills to provide you with peace of mind for your large volume liposuction surgery.

Dr. Zollman’s reputation for his large volume liposuction procedures extends beyond the Indianapolis area. In fact, he has worked with liposuction patients from throughout the United States and even Canada. Involving more fat removal than his average large volume liposuction procedure, Dr. Zollman successfully removed about 42 pounds of fat from a Canadian patient.

Because of the amount of fat removed during large volume liposuction, general anesthesia and a hospital stay are usually required for the procedure. Dr. Zollman can address these issues and any other concerns you may have about large volume liposuction — including whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure — during your initial consultation.

Tumescent Liposuction

During the tumescent liposuction surgery favored by Dr. Zollman, large amounts of fluid (a mixture of saline and epinephrine) are injected into the area of the body where the fat will be removed. Tumescent liposuction (called “super-wet liposuction technique” by some surgeons) allows Dr. Zollman to more easily remove the fat. In addition, the tumescent liposuction technique reduces blood loss.

Depending on your needs and desired results, Dr. Zollman may outline other plastic surgery procedures that can be combined with liposuction for a more optimal outcome, including a tummy tuck, buttock augmentation, and breast reduction. He will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

What Is Liposuction Recovery Like?

The recovery process is somewhat different for each patient depending on the type and extent of liposuction that has been performed. In general, patients can expect some degree of swelling and bruising in the treatment areas, which should dissipate over the next few weeks. Individuals who have larger amounts of excess fat removed may experience swelling in the treatment areas for several months following the liposuction procedure. Even so, most patients are able to return to work and other daily activities within one week. Dr. Zollman often advises patients to wear a compression garment during the healing process to facilitate recovery; medication can often be prescribed to control discomfort. Depending on the particulars of each patient’s customized liposuction procedure, visible scarring is typically minimal since the incisions required for liposuction are usually very small.

Are There Alternatives to Liposuction?

For patients who are considering options to remove excess fat from specific body areas, there are alternatives to liposuction that can be explored. Whether these options may be effective for each person’s unique needs and goals can be determined once Dr. Zollman has performed an evaluation during the initial consultation. One popular non-surgical alternative to liposuction is called CoolSculpting®. This innovative treatment involves the controlled cooling of the excess fat in the targeted body region. This begins a process in which the fat breaks down and is gradually expelled from the body naturally. CoolSculpting® does not require surgical incisions or general anesthesia, and can be performed here at our practice.

How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

The average cost of liposuction at Zollman Plastic Surgery typically falls in the $7,000 and $9,000 range; however, the price of this procedure can be highly variable among patients since it is customized to each individual’s needs and goals. Factors that will affect the total price of liposuction include the specific technique utilized, the number of areas being treated, the size and extent of the treatment areas, fees for the surgeon, facility, and anesthesia, any post-operative garments that may be necessary, and other associated costs. Once your treatment plan has been developed during the consultation, a member of our team at Zollman Plastic Surgery can produce an estimate for the cost of all expenses associated with your liposuction procedure and talk with you about payment options. Our practice accepts many convenient forms of payment, including plastic surgery financing arrangements through reputable companies such as CareCredit® and Federal Credit Union. We can help you find the way to pay for your liposuction procedure that works best for your budget.

Contact Our Leading Liposuction Surgeon in Indianapolis, Indiana

Whether they are interested in large volume liposuction or a standard procedure with tumescent liposuction, patients can trust in the experience of Dr. Zollman. He is respected by other cosmetic surgeons and patients alike for his expertise in liposuction surgeries. To schedule a liposuction consultation, contact our plastic surgeon, Wally Zollman, M.D., today.

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