Dr. Ellen Mahony, a Connecticut plastic surgery specialist, discusses a recent study from the April 2012 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. It found that patients who had liposuction recovered quickly and were happy with their results.
Westport, Connecticut (April 2012) – A recent study shows that the vast majority of liposuction patients are pleased with their results. Dr. Ellen Mahony (www.drellenmahony.com) says these findings confirm what she has seen in her Connecticut plastic surgery practice.
“Most all of my patients are happy with the outcome of their liposuction procedures because they get very noticeable results without a lot of post-operative pain or recuperation time,” Dr. Mahony says. “The incisions are small, so people can usually be back to their normal activities in a few days.”
The study, which was published in the April 2012 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, pointed out that patient satisfaction is one of the best ways to evaluate the success of a cosmetic surgery procedure.
“That’s what it’s all about,” Dr. Mahony says. “When we set out to improve the patient’s appearance and meet his or her specific body contouring goals, we measure our success based on whether the patient is happy.”
For this reason, Dr. Mahony considers the consultation process to be one of the most important steps in cosmetic surgery.
“I sit down with my patients and have them show me pictures and explain to me what their goals are,” she says. “Body contouring is not a cookie-cutter procedure. Not everybody wants to look alike. Some patients are seeking sleek, lean contours while others may want body definition that’s a little more curvy.”
Dr. Mahony says she often uses liposuction for Connecticut patients to enhance the results of abdominoplasty, also known as a tummy tuck.
“While liposuction isn’t designed for removing large amounts of fat, it can do wonders to smooth and refine the little bulges that may remain after a tummy tuck,” she says. “It’s also good for getting rid of small pockets of fat on various parts of the body that don’t respond to diet and exercise.”
Although liposuction is most frequently used to shape the thighs and midsection, it can also play an important role in breast enhancement procedures. It is often used along with breast implants in CT to sculpt the surrounding area.
“Liposuction is a great tool to use alone or in combination with other cosmetic surgery,” Dr. Mahony says. “It helps achieve those finishing touches that can take a procedure from good to glorious.”