Liposuction and Liposculpture
In Buffalo Liposuction has been performed by Dr. Samuel Shatkin Jr. since 1989. Dr. Shatkin has refined the technique to be considered Liposculpture. Liposuction or Liposculpture is an operation where localized areas of fat can be removed from areas that a patient desires improved contour. It is not uncommon for patients who are overweight to inquire with Dr. Shatkin during the consultation of the possibility of liposuction. In most cases Dr. Shatkin and his staff will work with the individual to help them lose weight if necessary to allow them to be an ideal candidate for liposuction. Liposuction is frequently used to contour the tummy, the love handles for men, or saddlebags for women. It can also be used for other areas of the body including the face, neck, arms and legs.
Dr. Shatkin Speaks About Liposuction at the ASAPS Meeting
Reasons for considering liposuction
- Eliminate areas of fat in selected areas.
- Improve balance and proportions of the body.
- Remove areas of stubborn fat that cannot be managed with diet and exercise
Types of Liposuction
There are several types of liposuction that can be performed. Dr. Shatkin typically uses the tumescent technique for most patients. The tumescent technique involves infiltration of fluid in the areas to be treated. This allows the fat to be liquefied thus facilitating removal. Some patients require the use of additional energies to remove fat such as ultrasonic liposuction. During the consultation, Dr. Shatkin will help you choose the liposuction procedure that is best suited for you.
In most cases liposuction is performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. This is typically performed by Dr. Shatkin in his office based surgery center at the Aesthetic Associates Centre. The operation is performed by making several small incisions located in the area that fat removal is desired. The operation is performed with passing a cannula, which essentially is like a stainless steel straw with small openings at the tip, through the skin and through the fat pad removing the fat with light suction. Dr. Shatkin uses small cannulas and essentially sculpts the area for treatment during the procedure. This technique of Dr. Shatkin allows for improved contour and reshaping and by using smaller cannulas there is a reduced amount of swelling and bruising after the surgery.
The patient will be required to rest at home following the procedure and elevate the areas that are treated as best as possible. Compression garments will be used to allow for reduced swelling and bruising after the surgery and typically will be required to be worn for at least two weeks all the time and for most of the time for an additional two weeks. The patient will return to the office and see Dr. Shatkin and his staff the day after the surgery and then will be allowed to shower at home. Although complications are rare these risks will be diminished with the patient following the instructions given to them by Dr. Shatkin and his staff.