After this Ohio winter, we all deserve to watch a surfing competition on ESPN and think about the coming summer weather. And with that warm weather will come sundresses and swimsuits…unless you’re worried about those stubborn bulges here and there from unwanted pockets of fat.
No matter what kind of shape you’re in, just about everyone has pockets of fat here and there that are impervious to exercise, changes in diet, or general hating by the owner of said fat. Spots such as the abdomen and the thighs can be almost impossible to target, and so the fat just keeps on keeping on.
But Dr. Fedele can target the fat with liposuction, and you can say goodbye to it forever.
Liposuction In The Beginning
Everyone has heard of liposuction, but some people still associate it with the procedure that first came to the U.S. from France in the 1980s. That procedure was pretty violent. The patient had to be under general anesthesia. Then the surgeon inserted a relatively large cannula through an incision. He or she then moved the cannula back and forth quite aggressively to break lose the unwanted fat cells in the treatment areas. This back and forth movement of the cannula caused two problems: tissue trauma and bleeding. Because of this, early liposuction caused extensive bruising that could take months to fully resolve itself. Also, patients could lose a fair amount of blood. Plus, the wholesale removal of fat could leave a wavy pattern on the patient’s skin in the treatment area.
Liposuction has come a long way since then. Today, Dr. Fedele uses what is called the tumescent technique. After the patient is sedated or receives twilight anesthesia, a saline solution containing lidocaine and epinephrine is injected into the treatment area. The lidocaine acts as a local anesthetic, eliminating the need for general anesthesia. It also firms the fat, making it easier to remove. The epinephrine acts to constrict the blood vessels. This limits blood loss and bruising.
Cannulas are smaller today, requiring tiny incisions and allowing more controlled fat removal.
In certain areas, Dr. Fedele can also add ultrasound energy to the liposuction procedure. This sound wave energy breaks up and partially liquefies the fat, making it even easier to remove in difficult areas.
Are you interested in getting rid of pockets of stubborn fat and having a new contour for the summer? Now is a great time for liposuction with Dr. Fedele. Call us at (216) 464-1616 to set up a consultation, and then get ready to break out that teeny weenie polka dot bikini!