Body Fat Surgery / Sculpturing

Playboy Magazine September 2008




Fat Transfer





Liposuction involves removing specific areas of diet-resistant fat, such as the outer thighs, arms, hips, neck, and abdomen with the use of a narrow metal tube called a cannula, attached to a vacuum. If your only problem is excess fat, then Lipo is a good choice. However, if you have loose skin or stretch marks, your skin will not tighten and in some case it may look worse after suction assisted lipectomy (SAL).

Liposuction gets rid of fats in the deep layer; it will not get rid of your cellulite nor is it a substitute for weight loss. Lipo-sculpturing is the term used to take out fats in specific areas to contour the body. Fats taken from liposuction may be processed and transferred thru injection to specific areas which need fullness like the face and buttocks. If you have excess skin, other procedures may be used like the Tummy tuck, an arm lift or a thigh lift.

At Faces and Curves, the procedure usually starts with a comprehensive and individualized approach to Liposuction and Fat Transfer, noting the patient’s concern and safety as the top priority. Patients are then evaluated giving emphasis on their present medical conditions. Allergies, bleeding problems and medications taken are to be reviewed and when needed a cardio-pulmonary clearance will be required. Dr. Recasata will then provide you with the comprehensive information you need for you to decide on the perfect procedure that would match your concern.

What to Expect if You have a Liposuction:

Anesthesia:                          Local, Sedation or General

Location of Operation:       Faces and Curves Surgical Center or Hospital

Length of Surgery:              1-2 hours/ area

Length of Stay:                     Outpatient (Home on the same day), May require confinement for multiple areas

Discomfort:                           Mild to moderate pain under medication for 7-10 days May feel needle pricks even

                                                 up to 3 months

Medications/Smoking:       (Aspirin, Vit. E, Gingko Biloba, etc.) Stop at least 10 days prior to surgery and

                                                 resumed 2 weeks thereafter.  Antibiotics may be prescribed

Swelling and bruising:        Will be mostly gone 2-3 weeks

Dressing/Bandages:            Binders are kept place for a minimum of 2 weeks

Removal of Stitches:            3rd or 5th day

Complications:                       Prolonged swelling, bleeding, Infection, Fat embolus, Irregularities, Dimples,

                                                  Discoloration, Fluid collection

Return to Work:                     You may do so 5-7 days, appearance and mild discomfort are your limiting factors

Exercise:                                 May be resumed on the 3rd week

Sun Protection:                      At least 3 months with SPF 15 or higher

Final Result:                            Seen 3-6 months

Average Cost:                        Available upon request