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Liposuction in Fairfield County, CT

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Diet and exercise can improve your overall health, but the habits are often not effective at targeting stubborn, unwanted areas of fat. At our office in Fairfield County liposuction is offered by our board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David Passaretti. He can carefully remove fat in selected areas and deliver the leaner, trimmer silhouette you want. What makes liposuction a great option for so many patients?

Liposuction: A Permanent Solution

IMPROVING CONTOURING & DEFINITION

Highlight Your Hard Work

Even if you have lost a large amount of weight and stick to a strict diet and exercise routine regularly, you may not be seeing the results you want due to stubborn, hard to get rid of fat. Liposuction can help you enjoy your hard-earned results to the fullest.

Enjoy Immediate Results

Diet, exercise, and non-surgical procedures can take weeks or even months to show any noticeable effects. Because it involves the surgical removal of excess tissue, liposuction can offer nearly immediate results.

Improve Your Self-Confidence

If you are self-conscious about stubborn fat deposits throughout your body, liposuction can give you the freedom to wear what you want and show off your figure.

Which areas can you address with liposuction?

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Abdomen

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Thighs

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Arms

Liposuction Works Best

FOR PATIENTS WHO ONLY WANT TO ADDRESS FAT

For those who are at or close to their ideal weight but want to address excess, hard to get rid of fat, and are interested in an effective way to remove that fat with liposuction Fairfield County plastic surgeon, Dr. Passaretti, offers this option. Because liposuction cannot help you lose a significant amount of weight, it is important to maintain realistic expectations and understand that liposuction is primarily used to help you achieve a more proportionate and slim silhouette.

If you have more extensive concerns, including loose skin, Dr. Passaretti may recommend other methods of surgical enhancement such as a tummy tuck during your consultation at our Fairfield County practice.

Liposuction Candidates

You can think of your body in three layers: skin, underlying muscle and bone, and the fatty tissue in between. Ideally, we would all have firm, elastic skin on the outside of tight, firm muscle underneath, with a soft middle fat layer that provides smoothness and contour. Liposuction only addresses the middle fat layer. Therefore, it’s entirely dependent upon the quality of the overlying skin and the tightness of the underlying muscle to provide a good contour and shape. If the area of your body, for example, your belly after having children, is missing either of these two important factors, liposuction results can be significantly limited. Other surgical body contouring techniques, such as a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) or a body lift, may be more suited to address the superficial and deep layers of skin and muscle and the fatty layer in between.

Liposuction is a minimally invasive technique that can be used to eliminate excess fat in many areas of the body, so most patients can benefit from it. You may be a good candidate for liposuction if you:

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ABOUT LIPOSUCTION

Many people have areas of their bodies that are resistant to even the most rigorous diet and exercise routines. Normally, these areas include the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, hips, arms, and face. Liposuction allows Dr. Passaretti to surgically remove areas of fatty tissue that you are unhappy with, improving the contours of your body and producing a shape you will be proud to show off. To learn more about the procedure and its costs, schedule a liposuction consultation, contact our Fairfield County plastic surgery practice today.

Liposuction

Liposuction is an effective way to rid yourself of stubborn, excess fat deposits. It should not be looked at as a weight loss solution however. If you would like to enhance your body's natural curves with this procedure, we can help at the Fairfield County practice of Dr. David Passaretti.

Liposuction Techniques

Dr. David Passaretti believes that liposuction is the best option for removing unwanted, excess fat, among all the technique options available today. For patients who are happy with their weight but are displeased with the excess fat on their body in Fairfield County liposuction can produce drastic results.

On the Day of Your Appointment

Typically, the procedure starts with the administration of an anesthetic so that patients at our practice remain comfortable and free of pain throughout the procedure. Then, Dr. Passaretti makes small incisions in the area of the body that is to be treated. He inserts a small instrument called a cannula through these incisions, using it to break up the pockets of fat and gently aspirate them from the body. His approach is one of extreme control and precision, making sure that the results look natural - never artificial.

After he has achieved the desired degree of fat removal, he closes the incisions with sutures, and the patient is ready for recovery. Some specialized liposuction techniques that Dr. Passaretti employs at his Fairfield County practice are:

  • Tumescent liposuction, which uses the injection of a saline solution to “firm up” fat so it is easier to remove from the body.
  • Ultrasonic liposuction, in which a specialized cannula emits ultrasonic energy that liquefies the fat before it is suctioned from the body.

Tumescent Liposuction

Sometimes called “wet liposuction”, this procedure is similar to traditional liposuction in many ways. Similar to traditional contouring techniques, Dr. Passaretti will use a small tube to suction out unwanted fat cells.

The tumescent method, however, involves the injection of a special anesthetic solution. The medications in this solution will plump up the fat cells, facilitating easier removal with limited impact to the surrounding areas. Tumescent liposuction is very safe and effective with a brief recovery time. Because the fat cells will be easier to isolate, Dr. Passaretti can limit discomfort, swelling, and bruising after tumescent liposuction.

What to Expect during the Procedure

To begin, Dr. Passaretti will inject the treatment area with a special anesthetic solution containing lidocaine. This solution will have a threefold effect: first, it will numb the area so that you will feel virtually nothing; second, it will cause the capillaries to constrict, minimizing bleeding; finally, it will also swell the fat cells, making them easier to isolate and remove.

Aside from the injections, tumescent liposuction is almost identical to standard liposuction. Dr. Passaretti will make minute incisions, and he will insert the cannula. Through this tube, he will gently vacuum out the fat cells. Finally, if needed, he will close the incisions. However, in many cases, they are so small that stitches are not necessary.

An Experience Well Worth the Investment

“Dr. Passaretti is amazing and he changed my life. I couldn’t be happier with how my tummy tuck and lipo of the midsection turned out."

- Nadia G.

Benefits of the Tumescent Technique

Dr. Passaretti performs this advanced type of liposuction for several reasons:

  • Because the fat cells will be easier to isolate and remove, Dr. Passaretti can limit discomfort, swelling, and bruising after liposuction.
  • You will also experience minimal bleeding since your nearby blood vessels will temporarily shrink.
  • Since your capillaries will constrict, the anesthetic will remain in the area for a longer period of time. As a result, your initial recovery will typically be more comfortable than it would be after traditional liposuction.
  • With this technique, Dr. Passaretti can often use smaller cannulas, or microcannulas. Therefore, he can make even shorter incisions. He can also achieve smoother, more predictable results.
  • Recovery is typically very quick. You may be able to return to work and most of your regular activities in just two days.
  • After treatment, you could enjoy a dramatically slimmer and more youthful-looking body as well as a dramatic boost in confidence.
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HYDRODISSECTION LIPOSUCTION vs. ULTRASONIC LIPO

HYDRODISSECTION LIPOSUCTION

What is the Hydrodissection technique?

This is the state-of-the-art procedure that Dr. Passaretti offers in his practice. This technique involves instilling gently chilled fluid into the area being treated. This gentle water-based technique has several advantages:

  1. The liquid used helps to fluidize the fat cells, making removal much more gentle.
  2. The solution contains epinephrine or adrenaline, which helps to constrict blood vessels and minimize bruising and swelling.
  3. The ability to very precisely control the fat removal allows for shaping and contouring that is not available with other lipo techniques.
  4. Since the fluid is slightly chilled before being injected, it helps reduce and minimize swelling and speed up recovery. Think of it as having an ice pack applied throughout surgery!

How does it differ from other types of liposuction?

Other liposuction techniques that use lasers, heat, and extreme cold (CoolSculpting) can cause significant thermal injury to the tissue. This additional tissue damage prolongs healing and creates more postsurgical discomfort. Additionally, these techniques involve destroying fat cells before they are removed. The disadvantage of using lasers and thermal-based fat removal techniques is that they remove the surgeon’s ability to finally control and sculpt the treatment area. Think of it like trying to sculpt a block of ice. Lasers and other thermal methods are like trying to sculpt with a hairdryer. Fat can be removed, but it’s very hard to control the final shape.

Dr. Passaretti’s hydrodissection technique is more similar to using a chisel. He has direct and immediate feedback on the shape and contour being created, which allows for unparalleled control and precision to provide the best shape and contour.

The hydrodissection technique does have a downside: It is technically significantly more difficult for a surgeon to perform when compared with other methods. This is why choosing the right surgeon is essential and where experience really counts. Dr. Passaretti has been successfully performing this technique for over 20 years, giving his patients unparalleled contour and shaping. Where other methods that involve lasers and extreme cold or heat are generally performed in the medical spa setting or by non-board-certified practitioners, hydrodissection is reserved for the skilled hands of an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. Trust your body and results with experience and skill.

Ultrasonic Liposuction

In many ways, this form of liposuction is similar to other treatments. In addition to eradicating unwanted fat, ultrasonic liposuction first liquefies the cells with powerful sound waves. In this state, they will be easier to remove. A downside of using this technique is that the cannula used is much larger than with other techniques, requiring larger incisions and creating more extensive scars. Additionally, the heat produced by the ultrasound can lead to some tissue damage, which may prolong recovery time and healing.

Is Ultrasonic Liposuction Right for You?

Similar to other methods, the treatment can eliminate fat from most areas of the body. However, it is especially appropriate for larger or denser pockets of fat.

The Ultrasonic Liposuction Procedure

First, the tumescent formula is injected into the treatment area. This solution will cause the fat cells to swell and the blood vessels to shrink, making it easier to identify the fat cells to be removed. Then the surgeon will insert an ultrasound cannula through incisions. The tool will emit high-power sound waves, which will melt and liquefy the fat before removing it. Stitches may be used to close the incisions afterward.

Lipo 360

Lipo 360 is a liposuction strategy that removes fat from a targeted 360-degree section of your body. For example, this technique could eliminate fat cells all the way around your midsection — front, sides, and back, including hips.

Lipo 360 refers only to a surgical decision. It is not a trademark, a brand, a special technology, or a particular device. So, Lipo 360 is an approach instead of a specific procedure or protocol.

The difference between Lipo 360 and other liposuction techniques is that while other lipo procedures address a single area at a time, Lipo 360 targets multiple areas simultaneously, using 360-degree, circumferential suctioning, often making it a more efficient procedure. It also can achieve a more sculpted and balanced “finished product.”

It’s important to note that Lipo 360 only addresses the midsection and does not treat your arms, thighs, calves, or upper back. Typically, Lipo 360 involves only one treatment session, depending on the size of the treatment area and the type of anesthesia used.

Recovery time from Lipo 360 depends on the size of the cannulas used. Larger cannulas result in longer recoveries. But in most cases, Lipo 360 requires minimal downtime, and patients can resume their normal activities in a matter of a few days. Discuss this thoroughly with your surgeon before scheduling your procedure.

Lipo 360 is priced according to the size and location of the treated body area.

Liposuction Recovery

AFTER THE PROCEDURE

Dr. Passaretti uses gentle, precise techniques to speed your liposuction recovery. Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgeries because it is an efficient, effective, minimally invasive technique to sculpt your body into a fitter, more attractive shape. Since it is a relatively simple procedure, it typically does not require a lengthy healing period, especially with Dr. Passaretti’s guidance. By undergoing liposuction at our office and following our post-surgical instructions, you can quickly begin enjoying your enhanced appearance.

Directly after Your Visit

Immediately following your procedure, we will apply compression garments to enhance contouring while you heal. As the numbing agent wears off, you may begin to feel sore. Your skin may also swell or redden, with inflammation and bruising reaching its height about two days after your procedure. Dr. Passaretti may prescribe painkillers, antibiotics, or other medications to help manage any discomfort and encourage swift healing. Once you return home, you should begin resting with the treatment regions elevated, if possible. You should not engage in strenuous exercise or heavy lifting until you receive approval.

The Week after Your Surgery

In the week following your liposuction, your swelling and soreness should diminish. You may need to attend a follow-up visit to remove any sutures during this period. Most patients return to work, school, and other activities within three to seven days. You should not drink alcohol or smoke during this period, as these habits could disrupt or slow your recovery.

Several Weeks following Liposuction

In the weeks after your procedure, you should engage in gentle exercise to reduce inflammation and lower your risks for hematoma (blood clotting). You should avoid exposing the treated areas to excessive heat or light. You will need to wear a compression garment at all times during this period.

Three to Six Months after Your Procedure

During this period, your swelling should continue to subside as your skin tightens. About six months after liposuction, you should be fully healed and able to enjoy the results of your procedure.

Liposuction Procedure

For those looking for liposuction Fairfield County plastic surgeon, Dr. Passaretti, has years of experience and proven results with the procedure. It is safe, effective, and in most cases, minimally invasive. In short, a cannula is inserted into the body to remove unwanted fat deposits. The details of the surgery will be explained to you prior to your treatment so that you can decide if it is right for you.

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Benefits of Liposuction

Liposuction creates a slimmer, sleeker physique that generally improves a patient’s overall self-confidence. When coupled with other cosmetic surgery procedures such as abdominoplasty, or breast augmentation, liposuction is incredibly transformative. Usually patients are able to return to their regular schedules after a short recovery period, making liposuction an easy option for those with busy lifestyles.

How Much Does Treatment Cost?

Dr. Passaretti takes measures to keep down liposuction cost at our practice. Undergoing treatment at our operating facility, for example, avoids costly hospital fees. We work to make this popular, relatively simple treatment as affordable as possible so that our patients can enjoy its many benefits. Since we customize each patient’s liposuction treatment according to his or her particular needs and preferences, the price of this procedure varies.

Cost Factors

Each patient’s liposuction treatment is slightly different. Common cost factors for this procedure include:

  • Any specialized approaches Dr. Passaretti uses. Tumescent or ultrasonic liposuction may be more expensive than the traditional treatment.
  • The number and size of the regions you wish to sculpt. Liposuction can be used in many areas of the body. Obviously, the larger the treatment area, the more complex your procedure will be, raising its cost.
  • The expense of post-surgical materials, such as medications and compression garments to be worn during your recovery.

Your liposuction may also be more costly if you undergo this procedure as part of another combined treatment. For example, Dr. Passaretti often uses it during abdominoplasty.

If you are considering plastic surgery in Darien, CT, or anywhere around Fairfield County, contact us to schedule a one-on-one consultation with top plastic surgeon Dr. Passaretti.

722 Post Rd, Ste 201, Darien, CT 06820