What is Liposuction?
Our group at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery proudly offers a wide range of plastic and cosmetic surgery services. Serving the Greater Jacksonville, FL area, one of our specialties is liposuction. Liposuction helps tighten the body and remove stubborn fat from the hips, buttocks, thighs, neck, arms, chest, and stomach. Using a precise technique and a specialized device called a cannula, one of our highly skilled surgeons can help you attain a slimmer and beautiful figure. Depending on your needs, our highly experienced surgeons offer several liposuction techniques to provide a smooth and more youthful appearance. Please schedule a consultation at one of our convenient locations to learn more about the benefits of liposuction surgery.
Our Liposuction Surgical Techniques
Tumescent liposuction is a common technique used by many surgeons. Incorporating suction-assisted (SAL) technology, this type of liposuction starts by injecting a liquid agent into the treatment area. The liquid agent includes saline, lidocaine (a numbing agent), and epinephrine. Epinephrine is a medication that helps control bleeding. Once we have administered the solution, a cannula is placed into the incision, which passes through the fat deposits and suctions them out. As we carefully move the cannula to remove stubborn fat, an attached, power-aided motor helps us control the speed of the fat removal. Fat removal amounts can range from several pounds or as little as several ounces.
What to Expect With Liposuction
At one of our accredited surgical facilities, we start by administering general anesthesia. Liposuction is considered an outpatient procedure, and each treatment area takes about 30 minutes to complete. After surgery, patients will wear a compression garment to reduce fluid retention and promote circulation. Generally, it takes about a full week for the bruising and swelling to subside. Additionally, it can take several months for the final results to appear because your body needs time to get used to the new contours. Liposuction does create scars where we made the incision; however, these will fade over time. Before you leave, you will receive detailed aftercare instructions to encourage healing.
Is Liposuction Safe?
The media sometimes tells stories of liposuction patients who have received bad results because of inexperienced surgeons. Today’s liposuction techniques are much safer and more predictable than ever before. However, a surgeon's skill still remains the number one factor when researching this procedure. The goal is to attain a natural and smooth appearance, and an experienced surgeon can provide this type of result.
Is Liposuction Permanent?
Fat cells that we remove during the surgery do not come back. Unfortunately, patients can still gain weight after surgery because the remaining cells can expand and become larger. However, patients who maintain a healthy diet and exercise program will continue to see results years after their surgery.
How Much Weight Can You Lose with Liposuction?
The amount of fat depends on the size of the patient and their aesthetic goals. From a safety standpoint, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends roughly ten pounds of fat or less. Otherwise, the procedure technique is considered high-volume liposuction, which does have increased risks. Before undergoing liposuction, we recommend being near your ideal weight.
Does Liposuction Help with Loose Skin?
Liposuction decreases fat and enhances the actual shape of the body. It does not address saggy skin or cellulite. During your consultation, we will discuss your goals and select the best treatment options for you. If needed, we can combine nonsurgical and other surgical procedures with your liposuction. These could better address the issue and improve your skin concern. To treat skin laxity, we may recommend a tummy tuck, thigh lift, neck lift, or butt lift surgeries.
What does Liposuction in Jacksonville, FL cost?
The price for liposuction will depend on the selected technique and the number of treatment areas. The average cost of liposuction is $3,000 - $12,000.
"Mommy Makeover- Tummy Tuck with Liposuction of Hips and Breast Lift - I am thrilled with my tummy tuck and breast lift results! Dr. Snyder is a very talented surgeon and I cannot thank him enough for helping me regain my pre-baby shape! The staff were so helpful and the facility at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery was nice and private. Keep up the great work. - - Dr. Snyder operated on my daughter at Nemours a few years ago and did an amazing job, he is a very talented surgeon. So, when it was my turn to have a "mommy makeover" I knew exactly who I wanted to go see! Everyone in the office has been so helpful and caring so far, from the front office to the nurses."- A. / RealSelf / Feb 02, 2014
"Male Liposuction - Abdomen and Flanks - I went to Dr. Sternberg for a consultation and from the beginning everyone on his team put me at complete ease, was very encouraging, understanding and clearly explored all options. Dr. Sternberg was extremely honest and open about my options and expected outcomes. For a person who was very uneasy about this type elective procedure Dr. Sternberg and his team was the reason I decided to move forward and I am beyond happy with the results. This team puts patient care as #1, they treat you like a member of the family and are very accessible post OP for questions. My procedure fell near a holiday weekend and I still received a call from the nurse and Dr. Sternberg daily for checkup, this makes all the difference in patient care and a recovering mind. As far as the results, WOW, my expectations were blown away. My advice, you can get a procedure anywhere but you cannot get high level patient care and exceptional results without going to the best. I unequivocally recommend Dr. Sternberg and his team for anyone considering a procedure of any kind. ~ S.M~"- Anonymous / Vitals / Dec 03, 2017
"#MommyTune-up - First-time cosmetic surgery patient; first-time surgery/anesthesia patient Period! My Dr. & staff met me at my level of experience, ignorance, & education regarding the procedure. This journey began with a dreams convo with the hubby & evolved to the results I’ll share in pictures. After hubby’s homework, we choose Dr. Sternberg of Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery. We completed an initial consultation, received quotes for several options we were considering, & made a decision within the next week or so. I’ll credit our decisiveness to Dr. Sternberg’s professionalism, expertise AND my husband’s due diligence with researching doctor’s credentials, years of experience, etc. Reviews were considered as well, but we had to consider that results are based on the individual. Any reviews we found for our doctor was nothing but positive. So, we decided on a mommy makeover-Abdominoplasty with Liposuction and Breast Augmentation/Lift with Liposuction Surgeries. After the consult, I had pre-operative appointment to sign my life away (lol)-mostly medical awareness, precautions, & pre-/post-op instructions.The only significant preparations I made were adjusting my work schedule & sending my toddler to my in-laws. My husband & other children picked up the slack during my downtime. This is important to keep in mind; while this is elective in nature, it is still a REAL medical procedure that will require some alterations to your normal schedule. I also purchased post-op meds, stocked on water/Gatorade, & altered diet items (broth, soup, applesauce, jello).I dressed in what I would need to wear home post-surgery-a front-zipped-down mumu, a long-sleeved front-button-down nightgown, oversized jogging pants, fuzzy socks (to keep on during surgery), comfy slippers, a scarf, & beanie (it was freezing the day of and after).My surgery took a total of 6 hours, but I probably wasn’t fully aware that it was over until about 1 hr 15min later. I was so cold & shivering because naturally the temperature is very low in the surgery room. I was also a little disoriented from the anesthesia-I began talking myself through what I slowly began remembering was happening. I was also talking my self out of what I thought was hearing from a nearby patient to be death-talk. Again, it was from the anesthesia-the more I became aware, the less disoriented I was. Because of the complexity of my surgery, I was an overnight stay but successfully discharged the next morning. The entire experience was very personal, seamless, and discreet. 5 weeks, 4 post-op visits later & I’m healing well and cleared to return to normal activities. My abs are still not 100% cleared (this is usually an 8-week healing process, per Dr.). Otherwise, I’m returning to as much normalcy with minimum aches and NO complications. I’d recommend Dr. Sternberg hands-down!"- A. / RealSelf / Feb 28, 2020
"Can’t say enough wonderful things about Dr Rumsey. I had a lower body lift in 2005 and outer thigh Lipo and inner medial thigh lift in 2018. They go above and beyond. HIGHLY recommend!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jul 10, 2018
"I have done multiple treatments at PVPS and love them. They did my arm liposuction and fat grafting, and I have done a couple hydrofacials. Dr. Snyder did my liposuction and I was very pleased with my results, and I got fat grafting to fill a dent where I had a tumor. This is the only place that doesn’t make me breakout for facials too. They are clinical, so there’s more of a premium than your average spa, but they give results. When I had my surgery, it was like I was getting it in a home which made me comfortable and not worried. I trust PVPS and love Mary who did the facials. She hadn’t seen me in a year and still remembered me. I love going!"- M.K. / Google / Jan 14, 2021
Get a slimmer, smoother figure
Schedule a consultation to receive a tailored treatment plan that meets your body goals. Offering beautiful, safe, and effective results, many patients feel pleased with their tighter and healthier-looking figure. To learn about the benefits or costs of liposuction, please schedule an appointment at Ponte Vedra Plastic Surgery in Jacksonville, FL. Our group of expert surgeons looks forward to helping you attain your cosmetic goals!
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