LIPOSUCTION

Seattle Minimally Invasive Body Sculpting & Liposuction

Perhaps you’re unsatisfied with your body, but have tried a multitude of exercise, potions and pills to make it more streamlined, firm and stellar. Despite your many efforts, you can’t seem to get rid of that abdomen that protrudes, or those thighs that house fat. For the body you desire, it’s time to consider body sculpting and liposuction at Kirkland’s Northwest Face & Body.  Proudly serving residents of the Seattle area with body sculpting and liposuction procedures, we offer patients an answer to remove stubborn fat.

At Northwest Face & Body, Dr. Julie E. Voss and her team of medical professionals offer an extremely safe and effective way to reshape many areas of the body.  Dr. Voss has over two decades and over 6,000 cases of experience. If you have tried diet and exercise to improve the look of your body, but have not achieved the results you desire, then you may wish to consider liposuction from the accomplished and skilled hands of Dr. Voss.

Understanding Liposuction

Liposuction is a procedure that entails suction to remove fat from particular areas of the body. Places such as the thighs, abdomen, buttocks, hips even neck can collect fat. Many individuals can find it increasingly difficult to exercise to remove or dissolve fat in these areas; therefore, liposuction serves as a viable alternative for fat removal.

Liposuction or also referred to as lipoplasty, isn’t generally considered an overall weight-loss method. For individuals who are overweight, exercise and a more healthful diet may prove to decrease weight. Additionally, you may find that procedures such as gastric bypass surgery may prove more beneficial for the removal of fat, than liposuction. According to our own Dr. Voss: “Liposuction is for people who have a body shape that they are unhappy with. It is not a weight-loss procedure, but it can help those that are disproportionate in certain areas.” For example, for an individual with larger thighs, a liposuction procedure can trim down the number of fat cells in that area.

At our Seattle area liposuction facility, we have various methods that are available.  Laser-assisted, power-assisted and more methods, offer patients stellar results. Regardless of the methods we use, all liposuction methods are safe, effective and done under a local anesthetic.

History of Liposuction

The first known use of suction for fat removal was performed by Charles Dujarier, a French surgeon back in the 1920s. The father and son team of Italian physicians Giorgio and Arpad Fischer are credited with the development of modern liposuction. In 1974, the two created an instrument called a cannula, a hollow and blunt surgical instrument, that created tunnels between major blood vessels of the body while extracting fat deposits. By 1980, liposuction gained popularity in the United States.

Liposuction /Body Sculpting Frequently Asked Questions

How popular is liposuction/body sculpting?
Liposuction is one of the most sought-after and popular cosmetic procedures, due to is versatility and success rates. Generally, a one-time procedure, liposuction can target unwanted fat and remove it from the body, leaving the patient with a completely streamlined and customized total body transformation. Gone will be unsightly and unattractive bulges of fat from the stomach, arms, thighs, back, hips and other areas of the body, where fat has collected.

What areas can Dr. Voss treat with liposuction?

Dr. Voss can treat a number of areas on the body, with liposuction. Some of those areas include:

  • Thighs (both inner and outer thighs)
  • Abdomen
  • Waistline
  • Hips (love handles or muffin top)
  • Arms
  • Neck and Jaw line
  • Back (above and below the bra)
  • Asymmetrical breasts and breast tissue by the armpits

What will happen during my consultation with Dr. Voss regarding liposuction/body sculpting?
Your liposuction consultation with Dr. Voss is an opportunity to discuss all aspects of your proposed surgery.  During this time, you will have an opportunity to discuss your goals and desires. Feel free to share which body parts are the most problematic for you, when it comes to slimming, toning and getting rid of fat. It is also important to provide Dr. Voss your complete medical history, making her aware of any previous surgeries and allergies you may have. Dr. Voss will evaluate your health history as well as share any risk factors. Additionally, she will take photos of you before the proposed surgery and discuss in detail, her methods and techniques. Dr. Voss will also discuss the proposed outcome of your liposuction and address any concerns or issues you share. Your consultation is a great way for us to come to know you, as well as for you to come to know us! Whether you have excitement, apprehension or anxiety, it’s important that we address it all, ensuring a successful outcome!

Although liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure, will I lose weight anyways?
Liposuction is indeed not a weight loss procedure, but there have been reports of patients losing up to five pounds after a treatment. Liposuction offers effective and efficient treatment of fat that cannot compare to other cosmetic procedures. Even compared to some weight-loss surgeries, they cannot target precise areas of fat on the body or offer the patient a smoother and more contoured body shape.  Even though you will not lose a significant amount of weight, you will have a more toned and stellar body after a liposuction procedure.

How can I prepare for my liposuction procedure?
Dr. Voss recommends taking time to prepare for your liposuction procedure, ensuring successful healing and recovery. For the days and weeks leading up to your liposuction surgery, it is imperative that you follow the instructions and directives of Dr. Voss. You may be asked to remove certain medications from your routine, as they may pose a risk to your recovery and healing.  Additionally, pick out clothing that is loose and comfortable that you will wear on the day of your surgery. You will be bandaged tightly and tight clothes coupled with tight bandages are not ideal.

Next, designate a trusted friend or family member to drive you to the surgery and assist you as you recover and heal from your procedure. You may wish to clean your home before hand, as you will not be able to, post- procedure. Try to organize your home for your healing and recovery. Place all needed supplements, medications and other items on your nightstand. Lower plates and cups for eating and drinking in accessible areas, as opposed to the high shelves they may be in your cabinets. Locate blankets and pillows for your comfort and place them in an area that will be more accessible, as you will need ease in getting them after your liposuction treatment. Your healing and recovery will depend upon you, so, make all necessary adjustments to home and lifestyle that will incorporate time for rest and relaxation.

What will happen on the day of my liposuction procedure?
On the day of your liposuction procedure, the patient will be asked to eat a meal. Dr. Voss will take time to answer any questions that were not asked during the consultation. Next, you’ll be asked to pose for “before photos” or photos pre-surgery. Afterward, you will be offered a sedative, ensuring your comfort and relaxation during the procedure. You will then be escorted to the operating suite. A heating device will be applied to the areas that will not receive liposuction, allowing for additional relaxation and comfort. Next, the areas receiving liposuction will be locally anesthetized. Dr. Voss will then begin the procedure. Dr. Voss is thorough and detail oriented when she sculpts.  She concentrates on getting the area as thin, smooth, and symmetrical as possible. After the procedure is complete and she has evaluated the areas and stands pleased with the liposuction performed, you will be bandaged. A compression garment will also be placed on you for ultimate healing and recovery. After discussing the procedure with Dr. Voss and a recovery plan, the patient will be driven home by a trusted individual.

What kind of pain can I expect after my liposuction procedure?
During the days following your liposuction procedure, the amount of pain you will experience, will depend on the kind of anesthesia used. Many patients report soreness. Many times, that soreness can become intense. Patients may also experience some tenderness at the treated areas. Thankfully, the discomfort gradually subsides over the next month or so. For any discomfort that feels abnormal, contact our facility immediately so that Dr. Voss can examine you and address your pain.

What is my recovery time after my liposuction treatment?
According to Dr. Voss, most individuals who have liposuction will return to work and their exercise regimen after three days.  She does, however note that there may not be a desire to return to exercise within that time frame. Two weeks may be ideal for a full return to daily activities.

Will my liposuction procedure be permanent?
Once fat cells are removed from the body, it’s permanent. After your liposuction treatment, it may take several months to see permanent results; this is due to your body adjusting to its new shape and the loss of the fat cells. Some patients report seeing a vast improvement in their bodies immediately.  If you gain weight after your liposuction treatment, the areas treated with liposuction will retain a more streamlined shape, than they would, without having been treated with liposuction at all. Dr. Voss will always recommend adopting a healthier lifestyle that incorporates both a healthful diet and exercise or physical activity, to maintain a healthy weight and optimum wellness.

Am I a good candidate for liposuction/body sculpting?
Viable candidates for liposuction/body sculpting include:

  • Persons who do not smoke
  • Individuals within approximately 30% of their ideal weight  
  • Persons with good muscle tone and have firm as well as elastic skin
  • People who are committed to the procedure as well as the recovery and healing
  • Persons who have tried to dissolve excess fat deposits with exercise and diet, and have seen no results.  

Are there any differences between a liposuction in the abdomen and a “tummy tuck”?
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is a major surgical procedure that requires general anesthesia. It also involves liposuction and excision for fat removal, as well as a large excision of skin. For many patients, abdominal liposuction can provide the equivalent or better results than the traditional “tummy tuck”. This is due to liposuction being safer and garnering less scarring afterward. Given such, abdominal liposuction is now more sought-after than traditional “tummy tucks”.

What are the costs associate with my liposuction/body sculpting procedure?
The cost of your liposuction procedure depends upon the area being treated as well as how large the area is. If your inner or outer thighs are being treated, the cost can be approximately $7,000. Dr. Voss will provide you with a specific cost of your procedure during your consultation.

When will I see the results of my surgery?
According to Dr. Voss, most liposuction procedures will have an end result visible after four months, although many patients report seeing results after two weeks. For special occasions, it is important to plan ahead and schedule your surgery, allowing time for healing, recovery and optimum results.

Why choose Dr. Voss and Northwest Face & Body for my liposuction procedure?
At Kirkland’s Northwest Face & Body, our primary focus is on your wellness and health. We also focus on the quality of each procedure performed. We also have more experience and skill than most facilities. As a devoted and dedicated team of medical professionals, we offer the care, compassion and tenacity needed for effective liposuction procedures that are long-lasting and exceed the expectations of our patients. We strive to be the medical professionals you can count on, for a successful outcome.

Contact Northwest Face & Body Today!
You deserve a body that you can be proud of and we would be honored to assist. Whether you’re looking to address fat deposits in one area such as your neck or arms, or several areas, we are here to help with the most innovative, effective, efficient, safe, secure and private liposuction/ body sculpting procedure ever. Contact us today for your consultation and let’s begin the journey to a better you, together! Dial 425.576.1700 or 206.525.2525 to schedule your consultation.