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Request A Liposuction Consultation Today!

To request a liposuction appointment please call our office at 316-265-1441 or fill out the information below and we will call you to set up your consultation. Dr. Peterson has preformed 1,000’s of liposuction surgery procedures. There is an initial consultation fee of $80.00 that applies towards your surgical costs. We look forward to meeting you!

 

Is Liposuction Right For Me?

Patients with excess fat deposits in areas that cannot be reduced by exercising or dieting, may be candidates for a Liposuction procedure. Localized fat deposits can build up in the hips, thighs, buttocks, back, waist, chest, upper arms, calves, ankles, cheeks, neck and chin. Liposuction (also called Lipoplasty) can be used to minimize these fat deposits by reshaping and smoothing the area for a sleeker and more youthful appearance.

Ideal candidates for liposuction are healthy adults that have the following qualities:

  • Good muscle tone, and whose skin is firm and elastic.
  • They should be non-smokers and not possess any potentially life-threatening illnesses.
  • Liposuction should not be used to treat obesity, and it does not help with cellulite or loose skin.
  • Prospective patients should have realistic goals for the surgery, and be within 30% of their ideal body weight.

 

Wichita’s Experienced & Certified Liposuction Surgeon

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Dr. Peterson is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is recognized by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. With a long-standing practice in Wichita, KS, Dr. Peterson has the experience and credentials necessary to give you the quality care you deserve: Member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Member of American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Voted Best Doctors 2011-2015 by Wichita Business Journal

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Please call our friendly staff at 316-265-1441 so we can discuss your liposuction surgery options in more detail with our Wichita plastic surgeon. We look forward to answering all your questions!

 

Read More About Liposuction Surgery Below

Content provided below comes from American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery & American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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The first step: Choose a surgeon you can trust[+]

Plastic surgery involves many choices. The first and most important is selecting a surgeon you can trust. A doctor’s board certification is one of the best indicators of his or her training. Ask for certification from The American Board of Plastic Surgery® (ABPS), the only one of the 24 boards approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) that certifies physicians in plastic surgery of the face and all areas of the body. To be ABPS board-certified, a physician must meet these rigorous standards:

  • Graduate from an accredited medical school
  • Complete at least five years of surgical training following medical school with a minimum of two years of plastic surgery residency training
  • Pass comprehensive oral and written exams

 

American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) Members must:

  • Be certified by the ABPS or in Canada by The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada®
  • Complete continuing medical education including patient safety each year
  • Perform surgery in accredited, state-licensed or
  • Medicare-certified surgical facilities

Enhancing your appearance with liposuction[+]

Patients with excess fat deposits in areas that cannot be reduced by exercising or dieting, may be candidates for a Liposuction procedure. Localized fat deposits can build up in the hips, thighs, buttocks, back, waist, chest, upper arms, calves, ankles, cheeks, neck and chin. Liposuction (also called Lipoplasty) can be used to minimize these fat deposits by reshaping and smoothing the area for a sleeker and more youthful appearance.

Despite good health and a reasonable level of fitness, some people may still have a body with disproportionate contours due to localized fat deposits. These areas may be due to family traits rather than a lack of weight control or fitness. Liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits, improving your body contours and proportion, and ultimately, enhancing your self-image.

Liposuction techniques may be used to reduce localized fat deposits of the:

  • Thighs
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Abdomen and waist
  • Upper arms
  • Back
  • Inner knee
  • Chest area
  • Cheeks, chin and neck
  • Calves and ankles

In some cases, liposuction is performed alone, in other cases it is used with plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift, breast reduction, or a tummy tuck.

What it won’t  do: Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise. It is not an effective treatment for cellulite, the dimpled skin that typically appears on the thighs, hips and buttocks, or loose saggy skin.

What to expect during your consultation [+]

The success and safety of your liposuction procedure depends very much on your complete candidness during your consuhation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Why you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Previous surgeries

Your surgeon may also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of liposuction and any risks or potential complications

Preparing for surgery[+]

Prior to surgery, you may be asked to:

  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Stop smoking well in advance of surgery
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
  • Special instructions you receive will cover:
  • What to do on the day of surgery
  • The use of anesthesia during your liposuction
  • Post-operative care and follow-up

Your plastic surgeon will also discuss where your procedure will be performed. Liposuction may be performed in an accredited office-based surgical center, outpatient or ambulatory surgical center, or a hospital.

What happens during liposuction?[+]

Step 1 — Anesthesia

Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation ad general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice for you.

Step 2 — The incision

Liposuction is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions. First, sterile liquid solution is infused to reduce bleeding and trauma. Then a thin hollow tube, or cannula, is inserted through these incisions to loosen excess fat using a controlled back and forth motion. The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula.

Problem areas that can be addressed with liposuction:

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Step 3 — See the results

Your improved body contour will be apparent when the swelling and fluid retention commonly experienced following liposuction subside. With continued practices of healthy diet and fitness, the loss of excess fatty tissue should be permanently maintained. However, substantial weight gain can alter an other wise permanent result.

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Important facts about the safety and risks of liposuction [+]

The decision to have liposuction is extremely personal and you’Il have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. Your plastic surgeon and/or staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery. You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure you will undergo and any risks or potential complications.

Possible risks of liposuction include:

  • Uneven contours
  • Rippling or loose skin
  • Skin or nerve damage
  • Irregular pigmentation
  • Infection
  • Fat clots
  • Blood clots
  • Excessive fluid loss or fluid accumulation
  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Thermal burn or heat injury from ultrasound with the ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty technique
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Change in skin sensation
  • Skin discoloration or swelling
  • Asymmetry
  • Pain, which may persist
  • Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, lungs, and abdominal organs
  • Poor wound healing
  • Persistent swelling in the legs
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Possibility of revisional surgery

Is it right for me?
If you are bothered by excess fat deposits — located anywhere on your body — that don’t respond to diet or exercise, liposuction may be right for you. Ideal candidates for liposuction are:

  • Adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
  • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Non-smokers
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring

Be careful
Following your physician’s instructions is key to the success of your surgery. It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, swelling, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.

My recovery[+]

Recovery time depends on the patient and the duration of the liposuction surgery. You will be required to wear an elastic bandage or compression garment to help reduce swelling and hold your new contours in place during healing.  Since every patient is different, your plastic surgeon will give you specific care instructions to assure a safe recovery.

Once your procedure ¡s completed, a compression garment or elastic bandages may cover treatment areas. These help to control swelling and compress the skin to your new body contours. In addition, small temporary drains may be placed in existing incisions beneath the skin to remove any excess blood or fluid.

A special note: Secondary procedures may sometimes be recommended to reduce excess skin. Special considerations are needed when large amounts –usually more than 5 liters of fat — are suctioned.

Be sure to ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.

  • Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
  • What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
  • Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery?
  • When will they be removed?
  • Are stitches removed? When?
  • When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
  • When do I return for follow-up care?
  • When you go home

If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heart beats, seek medical attention immediately. Should any of these complications occur, you may require hospitalization and additional treatment.

The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. In some situations, it may not be possible to achieve optimal results with a single surgical procedure and another surgery may be necessary.

The results will be long-lasting[+]

It may take several months for the swelling to fully dissipate. As it does, your new contours and enhanced self-image should continue to develop.

The fulfillment you feel from the initial results of liposuction should continue as long as you control your weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. A significant weight gain can reverse your results. Following liposuction, your slimmer and better-proportioned body should more accurately reflect the healthy and active life you lead.

Words to know[+]

Breast reduction: Also known as reduction mammaplasty, reduction of breast size by surgery.

Cannula: A thin, hollow tube used during liposuction to loosen excess fat.

Facelift: A surgical procedure, also known as rhytidectomy, to reduce sagging of the mid-face, jowls and neck.

General anesthesia: Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.

Hematoma: Blood pooling beneath the skin.

Intravenous sedation: Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.

Lipoplasty: Another term for liposuction.

Liposuction: Also called lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, this procedure vacuums out fat from beneath the skin’s surface to reduce fullness.

Local anesthesia: A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.

Suction lipectomy: Another term for liposuction.

Sutures: Stitches used by surgeons to hold skin and tissue together.

Tumescent or super-wet liposuction: Involves an infusion of saline solution with adrenaline and possibly anesthetic prior to removal of excess fat.

Tummy tuck: A surgical procedure, also know as abdominoplasty, to correct the apron of excess skin hanging over your abdomen.

Ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty: Uses ultrasonic energy to liquefy excess fat prior to surgical suctioning.

 

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