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Liposuction in Knoxville TN

Are you bothered by problem areas – pockets of unwanted fat that just won’t go away, no matter how much you diet and exercise?

Liposuction is a non-invasive method of body sculpting which can eliminate unwanted fat and give you the definition and shape you’ve always wanted. Liposuction is not a weight loss tool, but is truly the most effective way to sculpt the body. You may have heard of other procedures like “cool sculpting” which claim to be just as effective. However these techniques are administered by technicians rather than physicians, and require multiple visits. Most importantly, they cannot possibly deliver the same degree of precision sculpting as liposuction performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon.

Once thought of only for fat removal, liposuction has evolved over time to be today’s preferred method of body sculpting and tissue equilibration. Board-certified plastic surgeon in Knoxville Jay H. Lucas, M.D. is highly experienced in using liposuction to contour the body, even transferring tissue from areas where there is too much fat to areas where there is too little. For example, if excess fat causes your upper thighs to rub together, Dr. Lucas can push some fat tissue down your thigh to an area that could benefit from more volume.

Liposuction can yield excellent results wherever your trouble spots are –arms, thighs, buttocks, sides (love handles), abdomen, face, or neck. For that reason, Dr. Lucas incorporates liposuction into many body contouring procedures.

Tumescent Liposuction

At The Lucas Center Plastic Surgery, Dr. Lucas performs super wet tumescent liposuction. This modern liposuction or lipoplasty technique involves injecting a wetting solution containing both an anesthetic (lidocaine) and a vessel constrictor (epinephrine) into the area being treated. This not only helps to free the fat and make it easier to remove, but the lidocaine in the solution helps manage your pain, while the epinephrine shrinks your blood vessels to minimize bleeding and bruising.

During liposuction, tiny blunt tubes called cannula are passed under your skin to loosen and extract fat tissue. Your body’s own natural reaction to this is inflammation, followed by collagen formation which helps to tighten your skin to conform to its new shape.

VASER® Ultrasound-Assisted Tumescent Liposuction

Dr. Lucas uses the added energy of VASER® ultrasound technology to achieve a more precise, sculpted appearance on certain areas including the back, outer thighs, arms, and male breasts. VASER® helps to break up fibrous tissue and allows for more even removal of fat. It can be particularly helpful in improving the appearance of areas of cellulite.

Tumescent liposuction – with or without VASER® – is performed by Dr. Lucas under general anesthesia at Parkwest Medical Center, one of Knoxville’s premier medical facilities. Liposuction performed under general anesthesia by a board certified physician is much safer than visiting a so-called “lunchtime lipo” shop. By using general anesthesia, Dr. Lucas is able to treat a broader area and be more meticulous than would be possible if you were awake. But most importantly, general anesthesia allows Dr. Lucas to carefully control and minimize the amount of lidocaine (painkiller) used during your procedure. One of the most dreaded complications arising from liposuction performed outside of a hospital or surgery center is an overdose of lidocaine which can happen when a technician treats too many areas during a single session.

After liposuction with Dr. Lucas, you will be closely monitored in the recovery room and then sent home later that day with instructions for post-operative care. You will be seen by Dr. Lucas the next day in our office for follow up.

You are an ideal candidate for tumescent liposuction if you:

  • Are close to ideal body weight, but want to eliminate fat in targeted areas
  • Have good skin tone and elasticity; if your skin is stretched or if you have a lot of excess skin, liposuction alone will not give you the results you desire.

If you are interested in learning more about how tumescent liposuction can help you get the results you’ve been looking for, call to schedule a consultation with Jay H. Lucas, M.D. at the Lucas Center Plastic Surgery. He will discuss your specific needs and recommend a treatment plan specifically designed for you.

To schedule an initial consultation for liposuction in Knoxville TN with Dr. Lucas, call The Lucas Center Plastic Surgery at (865) 218-6210.