What is Liposuction?
Despite how much you watch what you eat and exercise, you might still be bothered by pockets of fat that prevent you from feeling confident in how you look. This is why liposuction, an outpatient surgical procedure performed by our board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon, Dr. William Vinyard, (to remove unwanted fat deposits from specific areas of the body) is so effective. Lipo can dramatically improve your silhouette and create better proportions. Surgical liposuction at Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery (VIPS) is a body contouring procedure that reduces fat from the neck, upper arms, back, abdomen, hips, thighs, and buttocks (anywhere you want to reduce pudgy parts) to produce a more defined appearance. This fat removal surgery at VIPS can be combined with other surgeries to treat several body parts at a time. Reducing fat with surgery provides a solution to balancing the body’s fat deposits. After liposuction, you will notice that your clothes fit better, and you appear more proportionate both in and out of clothing.
During your initial visit to VIPS in Port Saint Lucie, FL, Dr. Vinyard will examine the areas of your body you wish to address in a private consultation. One of the common misconceptions about liposuction is that it will result in weight loss. Although liposuction may result in the loss of a few pounds, it does not significantly change your weight. Fat in your body does not weigh that much when compared to lean muscle that occupies the same space. Instead, it is a method to even out the proportions of your body to achieve a slimmer profile and reach your cosmetic surgery goals. We want to help you look and feel amazing.
"It's impossible to find a finer surgeon! - I looked all over before I decided on Dr. Vinyard for my tummy tuck and breast lift. I work in the medical community so therefore it was important to me to pick a great doctor I could interact with before and after my surgery. Many of the plastic surgery practices in Florida are store front, strip malls with their own extremely questionable surgical suites and zero aftercare . This is not the case with Dr. Vinyard. While having surgery at an outpatient surgical center costs a little bit more, it saves you the headache of wondering how clean the room was and if you will be safe from post surgery infections. The surgical center where he operates is the finest in the area! I literally remember nothing from just moments after my IV was started until I arrived home. No time to be nervous about anything! When comparing surgeons, belly buttons and incisions are the main thing to look at after safety and overall aesthetics. It was important to me to look natural. Dr Vinyard really takes his time getting he incision line thin and symmetrical and I have yet to see him do a bellybutton that isn't perfect. My bellybutton is cuter now than it has ever been. I am thrilled with my results. He pulled my waist in beautifully and got rid of all the excess skin and fat above the stomach muscle with no lipo needed. I also need to mention my results with the breast lift. I went into my consultation thinking I may need a small implant ( which I was dreading because I don't like idea of something foreign inside me). Dr V was very honest with me and let me know I had plenty of tissue to get the look I wanted without additional implants, which was a huge relief. I am certain many other surgeons would have taken he opportunity to up-sell gummy implants. I found out after-the-fact that he trained under the top breast reconstruction specialists in the USA. This was a huge bonus. Initially the tummy tuck was the most important part of this MMO for me. Now I just love all the results!I can't end this review without praising the amazing staff at Plastic Surgery VIP's. Behind every great man there is a great woman, but in his case there are a half dozen great women! Being a patient at this practice truly is a concierge experience and it is because of them. Mary Louise and Gina are the best. They are so personable, caring and professional. Thank you ladies for holding my hand every step of the way."- J. / RealSelf / Dec 07, 2020
"The entire staff is wonderful and Dr Vinyard is great. He takes his time to explain procedures and ensure you are informed and comfortable with everything. Highly recommend!"- C.L. / Facebook / Dec 04, 2020
"Dr.Vinyard is a phenomenal doctor. I had and continue to have a great experience through my surgery and after my surgery. My mom, my daughter and I all had surgery done with Dr.Vinyard and we are so satisfied with our results and we would recommend him to anyone who is interested. His nurse practitioner Mary is very sweet, kind and patient! I love the mermaid team and there’s no one else I would go to but Dr.Vinyard he’s the best and takes his time and makes sure his work is done well!"- A.P. / Google / Dec 02, 2020
"incredibly amazing experience with no pain! - Incredible Wonderful experience!!! If I could give 10 stars I would! Let me start by saying I have done 14 years of research to find my PS and after my very first phone call to Dr Vinyard’s office after contacting various others I knew I found my surgeon. Not only is Dr Vinyard & Nurse Practitioner Mary Louise comforting, reassuring and educated, they are AMAZING! The office staff are also incredibly knowledgeable and ready to assist and answer any questions you may have. It is so comforting knowing that when you call your dr someone actual answers the phone.I was prepared for surgery with everything I needed to get me through each day. At Pre-op all the medication needed was sent in. I was shown how to take care of drains and supplies needed for post op were apart of the wonderful app My Touch MD. I am so thrilled that I found my forever PS & staff. I am currently 2 weeks post op with NO PAIN! Look no further VIPS is where you need to be! The best care EVER!"- R. / RealSelf / Nov 11, 2020
"I am a breast cancer patient and in absolute love with V.I.P. The team is amazing and caring ❤ 😍 Dr. Vinyard is Amazing and love his singing. Thank you so very much for restoring not only my body but my piece of mind!"- S.M. / Facebook / Oct 28, 2020
WHO IS A CANDIDATE?
Liposuction is ideal for those who have lost weight with diet and exercise and have good skin tone. The best candidates for liposuction are those who do not have loose skin covering the problem area and are otherwise close to their ideal weight. Having healthy skin is essential when considering lipo — you don't want your skin to look beyond stretched out after the procedure. It is also important to know that liposuction is not a solution for losing weight. Women having liposuction should have no plans to become pregnant again as this could compromise the lasting outcome.
Plan to spend about an hour or so with Dr. Vinyard in your consultation appointment at VIPS. We will ask that you fill out the necessary paperwork and medical history forms to be considered for liposuction. This is your time to ask questions, follow-up on your concerns, and decide on the specifics of your liposuction procedure. Being a candidate for a cosmetic plastic surgery, you will meet with the patient care coordinator who will explain your liposuction quote to you. This quote is designed based on the plan that you and Dr. Vinyard decided upon together.
What's the Technique?
Take fat out of the body is not a quick and easy process. Liposuction is a treatment performed as an outpatient procedure using general anesthesia for 1 – 3 hours. The time required for liposuction varies depending upon the number of areas treated, as well as, the amount of fat needed to be removed in each area. Dr. Vinyard will tell you the expected length of time needed for your liposuction procedure during the treatment planning session for your procedure. Once you are prepped for surgery and under the anesthesia, Dr. Vinyard will make a very small incision in the skin for the cannula to be inserted. A cannula is a special tool that helps loosen the fat as it is being suctioned out. Once the desired amount of fat deposits have been eliminated, Dr. Vinyard will close the incision. He may repeat this procedure in several areas or in tandem with another surgery (like a tummy tuck or breast reduction surgery). In the dedicated recovery area, your post-op nurse will help manage any discomfort and care for your incisions until your discharge.
What Can I Expect?
You may need to stay at home for recovery from liposuction surgery for 1 – 3 weeks depending on the number of sections treated and the size of the treatment area. It is normal to see swelling and bruising for several weeks. You can expect the area to be multi-colored in appearance and occurs in the majority of patients. This bruising is usually covered by your garment and clothing. Should you have micro-liposuction of the face in the jowl or submental region, this bruising is usually more minimal and can be covered by concealer. What is most important after having any surgery is to allow your body time to rest and heal. When you decide to return to work after your procedure, you should remember to minimize stress and strenuous activity. To build up your strength, stick to walking and light workouts as recommended by Dr. Vinyard. Keep in mind you may see some changes after six weeks, but it takes 6 – 10 months before your new body shape and contour is attained.
You will be very close to your final result from liposuction at three months. Your shape will continue to improve throughout the first year if you maintain your weight. In addition, the tissues will continue to soften over the first 3 – 6 months. Dr. Vinyard likes to keep a close watch over his liposuction patients. You will see Dr. Vinyard in the clinic on day one after your liposuction procedure, then at multiple appointments throughout the first year.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does liposuction cost?
The cost of your liposuction will vary based on the technique being used and the number of areas being addressed. During your consultation, Dr. Vinyard will develop your personal liposuction surgical plan based on your needs and goals. He will also take into consideration your budget. Once your plan is developed, estimated costs can be discussed. To make your surgery affordable, VIPS accepts many payment options and we can help you find low-interest financing.
Liposuction has a few variables that impact the overall cost of your procedure. This is because the total cost involves the time required for the case, the number of areas that you are having treated, and the volume of fat that needs to be removed. Therefore, once you come in for a consultation with Dr. Vinyard and your treatment plan has been determined you will be provided a detailed quote for review. Your liposuction quote includes Dr. Vinyard's professional fee, anesthesia fees, facility fees, and a compression garment. Dr. Vinyard's professional fee includes your initial consultation, your pre-op visit, and all follow-up visits.
What about nonsurgical liposuction?
Thanks to modern advancements in plastic surgery, there are many nonsurgical options to reduce fat. While nonsurgical treatments may help reduce small amounts of fat, liposuction is the best option for most patients. Liposuction delivers consistent and dramatic results. Talk to Dr. Vinyard about nonsurgical options during your consultation. He will go over the benefits and drawbacks of both methods and help you decide.
What about cellulite and loose skin?
Surgical liposuction only addresses excess fat in the body. If you have loose skin, Dr. Vinyard may suggest combining liposuction with a surgical body lift. Liposuction is often performed with skin tightening surgery, such as a tummy tuck, arm lift, or thighplasty, to produce amazing results. For cellulite, there are several nonsurgical and minimally invasive treatment options. In your consultation, tell Dr. Vinyard about your concerns like loose skin and cellulite so a comprehensive treatment plan can be developed.
Will I have scars?
Since liposuction is a surgical procedure, incisions will be made and stitched. This will cause scars, but Dr. Vinyard does his best to minimize their appearance. This includes making thin incisions in the natural folds of your body or in less visible areas. After your surgery, Dr. Vinyard or a member of his team will teach you how to care for your stitches so they heal flat and eventually fade.
Will my results last?
Before you have liposuction surgery, it's important to be committed to maintaining your results. While liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in your body, you can still gain and lose weight. Dr. Vinyard recommends that you be at or near your ideal weight before having a liposuction surgery. Afterward, it is best to stay within 5 – 10 pounds of your post-surgical weight. Pregnancy after liposuction will also alter your results; however, a second surgery or mommy makeover can be performed to refresh your appearance.
What happens if I need lipo in more than one area?
Liposuction can be performed on many "problem" areas. Commonly the upper and lower abdomen, flanks ("love handles") and outer thighs are treated. Many areas of the body can be stubborn despite your efforts to work out and eat a healthy diet.
Look Fit and Toned
Liposuction at VIPS offers many the opportunity to have bothersome fat diminished almost immediately. We invite you to get in touch with our practice in Port Saint Lucie, FL and make your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Vinyard. He will take the time to get to know you and help you discover how amazing your body can look with liposuction. Contact our office and schedule your 1– 2-hour consultation at your earliest convenience.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 Week
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 – 3 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
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