Undergoing liposuction can be a daunting proposition. It is a surgical procedure, and you may have questions on what to expect before, during, and after. Dr. Kimberly Finder is one of the most experienced surgeons performing the tumescent liposuction procedure in the US, and she and her staff at The Face & Body Place are ready to answer your questions.
Before: The Consultation and Preparation
No question is too trivial, and at The Face & Body Place, your goals and concerns are our number one priority. During your liposuction consultation, we’ll discuss your goals and expectations, and Dr. Finder will help you understand everything you need to know. Liposuction is an excellent tool to remove fat pockets that are resistant to diet and exercise, but it is not meant for rapid or significant weight loss. If you’re a good candidate, Dr. Finder will write a proposal to include treatment and costs of the procedure.
Next, you’ll meet with one of Dr. Finder’s skilled nurses for a pre-op visit. Lab work will be performed, and measurements and photos of your treatment location will be taken. Consent forms will need to be signed, but only when you’re satisfied you’re fully informed and prepared for the day of the procedure.
The Day of the Liposuction Procedure
Wear loose, comfortable clothing and be sure you’ve arranged transportation to and from The Face & Body Place, where you’ll undergo liposuction in a specially equipped procedure room. Mild oral or intramuscular relaxation and pain medication will be administered as the patient requires. Even without medications, it is not advisable to drive following the procedure.
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Dr. Finder will map the skin of your treatment area, take photos, and answer any last minute questions. The procedure begins with numbing solution, called tumescent anesthesia, which is introduced into the tissues surrounding the fat to be removed. The suctioning process is next, and because you’re awake during the procedure, you can talk to Dr. Finder and her nurses, drink fluids, or even take a restroom break if necessary.
Not all fat cells will be removed during your procedure. It’s technically impossible and inadvisable to have zero fat cushion under the skin. Removed fat cells do not come back, but continued weight maintenance is very important. Some of the tumescent fluid is removed with the fat, but not all of it, so it acts as a natural flush to prevent infection. Sutures are unnecessary because the incisions are very small, and this allows the remaining fluid to drain. This process also results in less bruising and swelling.
Pain can vary from patient to patient, and most report feeling bruised, but not so severely it impairs concentration on mild activities such as reading or walking. Results are also not immediate due to swelling and fluid that still needs to drain. The majority of the swelling recedes within 4 weeks, and you’ll wear a customized compression garment 4-6 weeks post-op for swelling and pain. The tiny incisions may have some scarring depending on the patient’s healing abilities, but these incisions are conscientiously placed in natural creases or folds so they’re less obvious.
Having performed over 6,000 tumescent liposuction procedures, more than any other San Antonio based physician, Dr. Finder is the best choice to perform your liposuction procedure.
My appointment was last Friday with Lori. She was amazing. I appreciate all the information from her and Dr. Finder, all the attentiveness, and caring attitude. Looking forward to my next visit.
Take the Next Step – Request A Consultation
To schedule your in-person liposuction consultation, call Dr. Kimberly Finder at The Face & Body Place at (210) 879-4809. We look forward to hearing from you!