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Introduction to Liposuction

Most everyone wants to lose weight to achieve the perfect body shape. This comes in many forms, but primarily through diet and exercise. Unfortunately, our bodies tend to hold on to stubborn fat that just doesn’t want to go away. If there are particular areas of your body with excess weight that have not responded to diet and exercise, we encourage you to contact Ravive Plastic Surgery in Tampa for Liposuction surgery. Dr. Deepa Bhat and her team are excited to help you achieve your best body shape.

What is Liposuction?

As one of the most in-demand cosmetic surgeries in the world, Liposuction has helped thousands of patients achieve their ideal bodies. This minimally invasive procedure removes the stubborn fat that won’t go away.

Often referred to as ‘Body Contouring’, this cosmetic procedure involves removing excess fat deposits to slim and reshape specific areas of the body via a few tiny incisions while simultaneously improving your body contours and proportions.

Some of the more common areas that our Liposuction patients in Tampa can treat with the procedure include:

  • Abdomen and Waist
  • Arms
  • Buttocks
  • Cheeks
  • Chin
  • Hips/Love handles
  • Back and upper back rolls
  • Inner and outer Thighs
  • Neck
  • Knees
  • Neck
  • Thighs
  • Upper arms
  • Waist
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What are the Benefits of Liposuction?

Liposuction is a very popular procedure and comes with a myriad of benefits for for patients. Below, we’ve included some of the advantages our Tampa patients have seen from the surgery:

  • Boosts your self-esteem
  • Gets rid of fat that diet and exercise can’t
  • Can target specific areas for fat loss
  • Gives you a more defined body
  • Improves your overall health
  • Clothing fits better 
  • Provides you with a better appearance
  • Safely and permanently removes fat cells from targeted areas

Who are the Best Candidates for Liposuction?

The best candidates for Liposuction in Tampa are patients who have the following characteristics:

  • Are working towards developing a more sculpted body
  • In overall good health
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or less
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Possess regions of localized fat that can be harvested

The best way to find out if you are a good candidate for Liposuction is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bhat. We believe it’s important for our patients to understand that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure or a weight loss solution, but rather a helpful way to remove stubborn fat.

We encourage you to use this procedure as a springboard to lose weight and achieve a better body contour with proper diet and exercise.

What’s the First Step?

The first step to getting your Liposuction surgery in Tampa is to book a consultation at Ravive Plastic Surgery. During your initial consultation, you will meet with Dr. Bhat and discuss the areas you are looking to treat and what your body goals are.

Dr. Bhat will then evaluate your health, determine where your fat deposits lie, and assess the condition of your skin. She will also explain the body-contouring methods that may be most appropriate for you. Once the two of you decide on the best direction for your body contouring procedure, Dr. Bhat will create your customized procedure plan, and our Patient Coordinator will be able to help you schedule your appointment.

You will be provided with specific instructions on preparing for surgery, including guidelines on eating, drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding vitamins, iron tablets, and certain medications.

What to Expect on the Day of Liposuction

On the day of your procedure, the type of anesthesia will vary, with local anesthesia being used for small areas and general anesthesia being used in more extensive procedures.

Dr. Bhat will begin by making strategically placed, tiny incisions. Through these small incisions ( usually only a few millimeters in length), a cannula (a blunt tip, very thin tube) is passed back and forth to knock loose and vacuum out the fat.

The cannula is connected to rubber tubing that is attached to a machine generating high vacuum pressure.

The procedure can last from 30 minutes up to several  hours depending on how many body areas are being operated on.

High-definition Liposuction

Dr. Bhat also performs a very special type of liposuction, termed “high-definition liposuction” or “high-def lipo” in Tampa, due to her specialized training in aesthetic surgery. High-definition liposuction is an advanced cosmetic procedure designed to sculpt and define the body’s contours with precision. It goes beyond traditional liposuction by targeting specific areas to create a more chiseled and toned appearance.

During high-definition liposuction, Dr. Bhat uses specialized techniques to remove excess fat deposits from specific regions of the body. These areas might include the abdomen, thighs, arms, or buttocks. By carefully sculpting the underlying fat layers, Dr. Bhat is able to enhance the natural curves and definition of muscles, resulting in a more athletic and sculpted appearance. High-definition liposuction offers a transformative option for those seeking to enhance their body shape and achieve a more sculpted appearance. It is important to consult with Dr. Bhat to determine if this procedure is suitable for your specific goals and needs. With their expertise and skill, she can guide you through the process, helping you achieve the desired results and boost your self-confidence.

Patients also have the option of having the Liposuction procedure performed alone or in conjunction with other body contouring procedures that utilize the removed fat, such as Fat Grafting or a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL).

Liposuction Recovery

After surgery, you will be monitored in our recovery room until Dr. Bhat decides that you are safe to be discharged. You will need a family member or friend available to drive you home in case you are still feeling some of the effects of sedation.

You will likely experience some fluid drainage from the incisions so Dr. Bhat may leave a small drainage tube inserted beneath your skin for a couple of days to control this. You may also be fitted with a snug elastic compression garment to wear over the treated area for a few weeks to manage swelling and help your skin form to its new contours.

You may still experience some pain, burning, swelling, bleeding, and temporary numbness during your initial recovery. Dr. Bhat will prescribe you some temporary medications to prevent infection, reduce swelling, and alleviate any pain.

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How Much Does Liposuction Cost in Tampa, FL?

The average cost of liposuction in Tampa Bay, FL typically starts at $2,500 and can go up to around $7,000. The price can vary depending on factors such as the area(s) treated, anesthesia costs, and the extent of fat removal desired. For a personalized cost estimate, it is recommended to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bhat. During your consultation, our patient coordinator will provide a detailed quote tailored to your specific needs and desired outcome.

Why Choose Dr. Bhat?

When choosing the right plastic surgeon for your Liposuction procedure, it’s important to find a skilled and experienced surgeon to achieve optimal results, and Dr. Deepa Bhat is a top choice in the Tampa Bay area for several reasons. With extensive training in aesthetic plastic surgery, Dr. Bhat is highly knowledgeable in performing every aspect of liposuction with precision and artistry. Furthermore, Dr. Bhat is fellowship-trained in aesthetic procedures, meaning she did an additional year of training in exclusively cosmetic procedures after her seven years of training and completion of a plastic surgery residency. In fact, Dr. Bhat is one of the few aesthetic fellowship-trained plastic surgeons in Florida!

Furthermore, Ravive Plastic Surgery is committed to delivering personalized care, taking the time to understand each patient’s unique goals and concerns to create a customized treatment plan. By choosing Dr. Bhat, you can trust that you are in the hands of a highly skilled and caring individual who will prioritize your well-being and provide you with the most natural and beautiful results possible.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you are serious about losing weight but can’t seem to shed it off no matter how healthy your diet or how hard you try, Liposuction in Tampa, FL could be the perfect solution to remove stubborn fat deposits. To schedule your liposuction consultation with Dr. Bhat, call Ravive Plastic Surgery or use our website to request an appointment and a helpful member of our team will be in touch with you.

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Patient Resources

We’re here to help, with a number of patient resources designed to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Read through the materials below, and don’t hesitate to reach out and set up your consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.