Mini liposuction, or "small-volume liposuction," targets small areas of stubborn, unwanted fat. While diet and exercise are excellent ways to reduce fat and sculpt the frame, these efforts alone cannot always produce the best outcomes – this is where board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ellen Mahony comes in. If you have small areas of persistent fat that have failed to respond to your best efforts, mini liposuction may be precisely what you have been waiting for.
Please call our Westport, Connecticut office at 203-221-0102 to schedule a consultation and learn more today. Dr. Mahony welcomes patients from Norwalk, Fairfield, and all nearby areas.
What is Mini Liposuction?
Liposuction is a procedure used to remove stubborn fat deposits from the body. Mini liposuction does the same thing, only on a smaller scale. By eliminating fat deposits, underlying musculature, and natural contours are restored.
Dr. Mahony utilizes the tumescent liposuction technique. This involves the injection of anesthetic, saline, and epinephrine into the treatment area before the incision is made. Tumescent fluid helps to improve comfort and reduces risks of bleeding. It also helps to ensure a more thorough removal of stubborn fat from the body.
Mini liposuction is performed under local anesthesia as an in-office procedure. This eliminates the risks associated with general anesthesia and general surgical trauma. It also reduces costs. It is not, however, ideal for every need. Capable of removing two to three pounds of fat from various areas of the body, this procedure is best for individuals who are close to their goal BMI but need help with isolated problem areas.
What Areas can be Treated with Mini Liposuction?
Small-volume liposuction can be used anywhere fat accumulates and refuses to leave. This may include:
- Armpits/Bra Fat
- Neck and Chin
If small fat deposits obscure your body's definition, mini liposuction may be the best solution. During your initial consultation, Dr. Mahony will carefully evaluate your areas of concern, discuss various body contouring options, and help you decide if mini liposuction is the right fit.
Is Mini Liposuction Permanent?
Once fat has been removed, it cannot come back. In this way, small-volume liposuction is permanent. However, the remaiming fat cells can become larger if weight is gained in the future. You can help to prevent this issue and maintain your results by choosing a healthy diet and getting enough exercise.
You needn't be a power athlete or go vegan to keep your body trim and toned, but some effort will be required. If you struggle to find foods or an exercise routine that are effective, enjoyable, and sustainable, it may help to work with a nutritionist and personal trainer for a short while after your procedure.
How Long Does it Take to Recover from Mini Liposuction?
Recovery from mini liposuction can take two to six weeks, though most people can resume normal activities, such as work, within 24 to 48 hours.
Some swelling, bruising, and tenderness are to be expected following surgery. These things typically resolve without assistance within two to three weeks. Using a compression garment, keeping incisions dry and clean, and following our postoperative directions will help speed up this process.
You may need to avoid extreme exercise for four to six weeks after small-volume liposuction, but this varies from person to person. During your follow-up visits, Dr. Mahony will evaluate your progress and help you determine when it is safe to resume specific activities.
Are There any Risks Associated with Mini Liposuction?
While it is a minor surgery performed under local anesthetic, some risks are still associated with mini liposuction. As with any surgery, bleeding and infection are possible, though these risks are reduced through our techniques, experience, and commitment to patient care. You can reduce these risks further by following all of our office's pre and postoperative directions.
Risks specific to small-volume liposuction include asymmetrical results, uneven contours, and nerve, muscle, and tissue damage. These risks are reduced when you work with a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Mahony.
Dr. Mahony is a reputable, skilled, and dedicated plastic surgeon who takes time to plan and perform each procedure for optimal patient safety and comfort. During your initial consultation, she will be upfront about the risks associated with this procedure, along with ways you can help to reduce them and optimize results.
How Can I Learn More?
To learn more about small-volume liposuction, please call Ellen A. Mahony, MD, at 203-221-0102 and schedule a one-on-one consultation today. Our board-certified plastic surgeon serves patients from New York, New Jersey, and surrounding areas at our Westport, Connecticut office.