Heartland Plastic and Hand Surgery specializes in liposuction for patients from Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Sikeston and surrounding areas
What is liposuction?
Liposuction removes fat cells beneath the skin to shape certain areas of the body. The surgery can be performed nearly anywhere on the body and has proven particularly effective in the abdomen, waist, hips, and thighs. It can also be used on the arms, buttocks, and knees. Body contouring is well suited for an outpatient facility such as Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The surgery is performed with local or general anesthesia depending on the areas to be contoured. The length of the surgery depends on the number and size of the areas being treated.
- Can I see liposuction before and after pictures?
- What is the average cost of liposuction? Is there a charge for the consultation?
- Is financing available? And will insurance cover any of my fees?
- How much weight can I expect to lose after liposuction?
- I have heard about death with liposuction. Have you ever had this happen to one of your patients?
- On average how many liposuction procedures do you perform in a year?
- Is there a better time of year to have liposuction?
- Do I have to stop smoking before a liposuction procedure?
- Is there anything I need to do to get myself ready for liposuction?
- Additional Body Contouring Procedures
- What should I do next?
Can I see liposuction before and after pictures?
During your consultation with our liposuction surgeons at their Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery practice in Cape Girardeau, you will be able to browse through a number of before and after pictures of patients who have successfully undergone liposuction. This will enable you to visualize what liposuction might do for you.
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What is the average cost of liposuction? Is there a charge for the consultation?
The price of liposuction varies for each person. The cost depends on the extent of surgery necessary, including the number of target areas and the amount of fat being removed.
Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery accepts several types of payment: cash, credit cards (Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express), money orders, cashier checks, and financing with a financing company of your choice. Liposuction is not covered by commercial insurance and will need to be paid in full before surgery. Make sure you have made financing arrangements in advance with your financing company.
How much weight can I expect to lose after liposuction?
At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery of Cape Girardeau, we do not believe that liposuction is a solution for weight loss. If you want to lose weight, you need to seek out a weight loss program that fits your needs. Once you are at your desired weight, and if you still have problem areas, then liposuction may help to improve your body.
I have heard about death with liposuction. Have you ever had this happen to one of your patients?
It’s important to understand that liposuction is a surgical procedure and all surgeries carry a certain risk. Death from liposuction has been directly related to large volume liposuction. At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, our surgeons have never had a death as a result of liposuction, but they set the limit to 5 liters of fat maximum that can be removed during one procedure.
On average how many liposuction procedures do you perform in a year?
Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery of Cape Girardeau, Missouri performs about 40-50 liposuction procedures a year.
Is there a better time of year to have liposuction?
To allow yourself time to heal, make sure you schedule the surgery at a time when you will be able to rest. After liposuction, you will be moving pretty slowly, and you will wear a compressive garment for about 3 weeks. You may also have to make adjustments at work due to swelling and being on pain medication. Liposuction patients in Cape Girardeau take anywhere from a long weekend to two weeks off work, depending on how many areas were treated and the physical nature of their job.
Do I have to stop smoking before a liposuction procedure?
We would like for the patient to stop smoking one month before surgery and one month after surgery. Nicotine in cigarettes decreases the blood supply to the skin, and blood supply is important in the healing process. We hope patients of Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery of Cape Girardeau can decrease their exposure not only to firsthand but also to secondhand smoke.
Is there anything I need to do to get myself ready for liposuction?
To reduce bruising and the risk of hematoma, stop taking blood thinners and vitamin E at least one week before and after surgery. If you are on prescription blood thinners, you may need to get medical clearance from your family doctor and instructions on how to stop these medications. We also want all herbal medication and diet pills (prescription and over-the-counter) stopped at least two weeks before surgery and one week following surgery.
At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, we require the liposuction patient to be in overall good health before the surgery can be performed. If there are questions regarding your health, medical clearance from your family doctor may be required.
What should I do next?
At Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, David Deisher, MD and J. Stewart Humphrey, MD are board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. They offer plastic and hand surgery to patients across Missouri including Cape Girardeau, Jackson, and Sikeston. If you believe liposuction may be for you, your next step is to call the Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery office today to schedule your initial consultation. Make a mental note of all your questions and concerns to bring to your consultation so your surgeon can address them. Call us now at (573) 837-1610. Make this first step to a better-looking you!
David Deisher, MD and J. Stewart Humphrey, MD offer plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Missouri including Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Sikeston, Cape Girardeau County, Bollinger County, Perryville, and Dexter. Contact the Heartland Plastic & Hand Surgery office today at (573) 837-1610 to schedule your liposuction consultation!
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