The first step is your personal consultation with Dr. Harris. This is the time to get all your lingering questions answered and hear in detail from Dr. Harris how high-definition liposuction can reveal the increased muscle tone and definition you hope to see. If you decide this procedure is right for you, Dr. Harris will develop a personalized treatment plan.
Preparing for the Big Day
Once your procedure is scheduled, you can begin preparing for the big day. You will want to arrange for some assistance that day and for the few days afterwards. Set aside a room or some space within your home to be your recovery headquarters with water, things to watch or read, etc. close at hand. That way, your body can focus on rest and relaxation.
Perhaps the most important preparation is maintaining your healthy lifestyle. Good nutrition and exercise get your body ready for the changes ahead and will help your recovery go faster and more smoothly. Non-smokers are the best candidates for liposuction, but if you do smoke, we recommend quitting at least two weeks before your procedure and that you stay away from smoking for a time afterward. Smoking constricts blood flow, which interferes with your body’s ability to heal.
Your first stop is our pre-operative area. Since you will be receiving general anesthesia, we will insert an IV to get that started. While we’re waiting, we’ll fill out the requisite paperwork and Dr. Harris will once again review any and all concerns, expectations, or last-minute questions you may have. At this point, we will also take “before” photos to maintain a visual record of your results. Dr. Harris will then draw markings on your body to serve as his guide for fat removal, sculpting and re-contouring. When that is complete, it’s time for your surgery!
We will take you into our state-of-the-art operating suite, where we will clean your skin and cover the areas around the surgical field with sterile towels and drapes. Dr. Harris will numb your skin and then make tiny incisions to insert the cannula through which tumescent will be infused into the areas to be treated. Tumescent is a saline solution that contains lidocaine, bicarbonate and epinephrine. The lidocaine numbs the area(s) to be treated. Bicarbonate decreases discomfort from the lidocaine. And the epinephrine constricts blood vessels in the area to help reduce any bleeding that may occur. Vessel constriction also helps decrease the amount of lidocaine absorbed into the bloodstream.
Once the tumescent solution has had time to take effect, Dr. Harris will use advanced VASER technology to gently disrupt and soften the fatty tissue in the areas that are to be sculpted. The same incision sites are used for each step of the process. The next step is the actual liposuction itself. Small cannulas are used to remove the unwanted fat – for high definition liposuction, Dr. Harris selectively removes both superficial and deep fat cells to sculpt the amount of definition you desire. (Picture a sculptor working with a tiny wand instead of a carving tool.)
Once liposuction, sculpting and final re-contouring are complete, Dr. Harris will perform Renuvion skin tightening, if that is part of your treatment plan. For this, he will gently insert the device under the skin using the same incisions.
Finally, sterile pads will be applied and you will be placed in a compression garment. Then, it’s off to the recovery room and once anesthesia has worn off you can head home. Depending on the details of your procedure, it might take an hour and a half to three hours overall. Usually, Dr. Harris and the team will want to see you back in the office the next day for a follow-up visit. At this time, we will examine the entire operative site to make sure all is well and then apply fresh pads. Dr. Harris’ primary concern is ALWAYS patient safety, and this is just another step that we take to make sure you have the best experience possible.
We like to schedule additional follow-up visits to check your progress more often after high-definition liposuction because of its additional complexity, so we will likely ask you to return at one week, six weeks, and four to six months after your procedure. However, our team is always available to answer any questions or concerns at any time before and after your procedure. The more comfortable you are with all the details, the more comfortable and confident you will be as you recover.