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Smart Lipo In Columbus: Minimal Invasion, Maximum Results

Are you frustrated with a stubborn bulge on your belly, hips, arms, thighs or some combination? Do diet and exercise never quite seem to be enough? Liposuction can help end the struggle. This minimally-invasive procedure can make dramatic improvements for those who have tried their best and still need a boost. Men and women alike turn to lipo to shed those final few pounds and achieve the most desirable contour. Donaldson Plastic Surgery provides safe and reliable options for beautiful, natural results.

Your Columbus Liposuction Procedure Experts

Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson, Dr. Michelle Sieffert, and our esteemed team create a welcoming environment for patients seeking an improved appearance. To learn more about liposuction and at Donaldson Plastic Surgery, please fill out the contact form or call today! Out friendly staff can answer any preliminary questions and schedule your initial consultation.

Is Liposuction Right For You?

If you have tried to watch what you eat and exercise regularly, but you still have areas with extra fat, you are probably a liposuction candidate. This surgical procedure works best when there are isolated bulges around the thighs and waist, below the navel, behind the arms, under the chin or other discreet locations.

Liposuction surgery may also be desirable if you wish to enhance the curves and contours of your body. If you’d like to accentuate your “hourglass” figure, widen the gap between your thighs or flatten the inner knees, Dr. Donaldson and Dr. Sieffert can help. 

Liposuction can be performed on men and women of almost any age and size. Younger people have a higher rate of success with liposuction due to increased skin elasticity. Dr. Donaldson or Dr. Sieffert will assess your skin’s elasticity at your consultation to determine whether the procedure is appropriate.

There are several types of liposuction available today, based upon different technologies and energy sources. These include:

  • Tumescent/wet liposuction (SAL or suction-assisted lipectomy)
  • Vaser (UAL or ultrasonic-assisted lipolysis)
  • SmartLipo (laser liposuction)
  • CoolLipo (cryo-liposuction)
  • PowerLipo (PAL or power-assisted liposuction)

Our doctors typically prefer SAL and Vaser/UAL for their beauty, consistency and relative safety.

Liposuction is not an obesity treatment, and it is not a panacea for depression or malaise. Interestingly, it has been shown to improve cholesterol levels in certain individuals. If you suffer from any medical conditions, they should be vetted with Dr. Donaldson or Dr. Sieffert before making a final decision. At your consultation, Dr. Donaldson or Dr. Sieffert will go over your medical history to assess risks and determine whether any further testing, referrals or intervention may be necessary.

How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

Liposuction cost varies greatly based on a wide variety of factors, including the type of liposuction used, how much fat will need to be removed, other procedures being performed and more. For that reason, the price of a liposuction procedure could range anywhere from $4,000 to $20,000 in total. It is difficult to provide a truly accurate cost estimation without first understanding your unique goals and desires, which makes scheduling a liposuction consultation so important.

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Tummy Tuck vs. Liposuction

Liposuction is a great option for spot-treating fat deposits that tend to reside in our midsection: the upper and lower belly, back, bra-fat, and flanks. On the other hand, many patients unhappy with belly fat could possibly benefit more from a tummy tuck.

Why Is That A Good Thing?

As a full-service plastic surgery practice, we are uniquely qualified to give you a true and honest analysis of what procedure is going to yield the best results for you. Our interest lies in helping you make the best, well-educated decision for yourself, and we’ll never recommend a procedure you don’t need.

 So, what’s the difference between these two procedures? Get the facts here:


What Should I Expect During My Liposuction Consultation?

During the consultation, Dr. Donaldson or Dr. Sieffert will first ask, “What concerns you?” After listening to your aesthetic goals, they will partner with you in order to achieve them. We will carefully evaluate your physical concerns by taking detailed measurements and photographs, and your surgeon will consider your motivations and expectations as well. Next, Dr. Donaldson or Dr. Sieffert will explain your full spectrum of treatment options, including potential risks and benefits. We’ll share before-and-after photographs of similar patients, and then together, you’ll decide exactly what procedure or combination of procedures seems best. Additional operations that may complement liposuction are Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), Breast Augmentation or Reduction, and Thigh Lift. Liposuction is often considered a key component of a more comprehensive “Mommy Makeover.”

A review of your medical history is another important part of your consultation. Be prepared to discuss any previous medical issues, hospitalizations, surgery, allergies and medications, as well as the contact information for any physicians who provide you with care. This discussion ensures the safest possible outcome, as testing and preparation can be done in advance. Our medical providers prefer a team approach, especially when other physicians and providers of support already know you well.

The consultation is a great opportunity to ask Dr. Donaldson or Dr. Sieffert and their staff any question that comes to mind. You may wish to discuss health concerns, technical details of the operation, likely range of results, specific elements of the recovery process, or any other related matter. There is such an emphasis on education that some patients even experience “information overload,” and it may take a few days or even a second visit to digest it all!

Dr. Donaldson or Dr. Sieffert will commit their full and undivided attention to you during consultation. Patients appreciate their ability to focus on one patient at a time, calling our surgeons “warm,” “welcoming,” “professional,” “great bedside manner,” and “The BEST — just like the rest of the Donaldson Plastic Surgery team!”

What Questions Should I Ask My Surgeon About Liposuction?

Although we answer many general questions over the phone, on this website and in our information packets, it is important to discuss the details of your specific situation at length with Dr. Donaldson, Dr. Sieffert, and our team during your visit. Your unique circumstances will help shape your plan and your results, and thorough discussions will help avoid surprises.

You can start by asking for procedure recommendations. Although you may have one procedure in mind, Dr. Donaldson or Dr. Sieffert may know of a safer, more efficient or comprehensive option for your particular case. There are so many minimally-invasive liposuction options available that you may be able to achieve your ideal results without undergoing more extensive surgery.

Once you have decided on a surgical plan, some frequently-asked questions might include:

  • Should I try to exercise more or lose some weight before surgery?
  • Are there any clothes, support garments or supplements I should buy in advance?
  • When can I go back to work?
  • How many follow-up visits will I need?
  • When can I resume exercise? How about sexual activity?
  • What kind of risks are involved?
  • Are the results permanent?
  • Is it true that if I gain weight, it will just go somewhere else instead?
  • Are there any financing options available?

After you’ve made a final decision to undergo lipoplasty, it is important that you are well-aware and comfortable with specific instructions. Dr. Donaldson or Dr. Sieffert and their team will explain exactly what to do before and after surgery to ensure the best possible results and a speedy recovery. Make sure to ask for clarity in advance so you understand exactly what is required of you on the day of your operation, and you can recognize problems or complications if they arise afterward. Like any other important endeavor, information and preparation is key to success.

How Should I Prepare For My Liposuction Procedure?

Start taking good care of yourself! The healthier you are, the easier it is for your body to heal after the surgery. Dr. Donaldson and Dr. Sieffert recommend that you are within ten to twenty pounds of your reasonable, typical body weight. Most patients are up or down ten to twenty pounds over the course of their lifetimes, and as long as you are within that range, then your liposuction results will not suffer. If you anticipate larger weight swings, then it is best to make some progress before having surgery so revisions are less likely.

Nutrition, proper fluid intake, exercise and rest will aid your recovery. You should also cut out unhealthy habits, such as drinking alcohol and using tobacco, in the time leading up to the surgery. Dr. Donaldson and Dr. Sieffert advise their patients to quit smoking for at least two weeks before surgery and two weeks after surgery in order to avoid infections, wound complications and problems with healing. Our staff is happy to help you plan for these lifestyle changes well in advance.

Certain medications and dietary supplements can impair healing, or cause more bleeding, bruising and scar tissue. Dr. Donaldson or Dr. Sieffert will provide a list of some of the most common contraindicated substances; however, it is wise to cross-check the side effects of anything you are taking yourself to be sure.

Before your procedure, make sure your home is ready for recovery. You will need a comfortable place to rest and relax for the first day or two, as your movement will be restricted. Take care of physical projects in advance, because you will not be ready for heavy chores right away. It is best to recruit a family member or a good friend to be available to assist you for at least the first twenty-four hours. Most patients rebound very quickly, but it is best to take precautions nonetheless.

Are There Any Risks With Liposuction?

As with all surgical procedures, there are risks inherent to liposuction. Complications are rare, but it is best to be aware of them in advance so you can weigh the pros and cons of surgery and be able to recognize them early if they occur.

The most common risks associated with liposuction are subtle cosmetic differences, such as contour defects or asymmetry, rippling or dimpling of the skin, or the appearance of grooves. Contour abnormalities generally result when the patient has excess or loose skin, and they can often be fixed with skin-tightening procedures or fat transfer. Additional risks are rare, but may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Changes in sensation or chronic pain
  • Swelling/edema
  • Anesthesia complications
  • Irregular pigmentation
  • Blood clots
  • Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, or organs
  • Fluid accumulation

Dr. Donaldson or Dr. Sieffert will address many of these risks during your consultation, and you will see them listed again during the informed consent process before surgery.

What Will Liposuction Recovery Be Like?

Pain medication is given before, during, and after the operation, and lidocaine/Marcaine local anesthesia (numbing medication) will continue to linger in the operated areas even after you return home the same day. Your compression garment will cover the treated areas and provide supportive comfort as well. Compression is advised for two to four weeks as it continues to minimize swelling even as your activity level increases. After this period, you may find Lycra or spandex exercise garments more comfortable as a transition or bridge therapy.

The tiny dissolvable sutures are buried beneath the skin, and you will never notice them before they are gone in a few weeks. The surgical glue overlying the incisions will gradually peel off in the shower after 1-2 weeks.

There are three distinct phases to liposuction healing. The first phase is Day 1-6, when you have the dramatic effect of the operation, followed by some amount of bruising and swelling. You will already be able to see an improvement during this phase, right away! The second phase occurs from Day 6 to approximately Week 6, when your body clears swelling, inflammation, fluids and injured fat cells that are left behind from the operation. This period brings with it a further tightening effect. The final phase lasts from Week 6 to approximately Month 6, during which scar tissue sets in and has a final “shrink wrap” effect. Patients often describe a slow and steady continuation of improvements in their contour even six months out from surgery!

The final result should not be measured until at least six months, and sometimes a year has passed since surgery.

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What About Liposuction Scars?

Scarring is generally minimal with liposuction, as the incisions are miniscule and often well-hidden near a freckle, inside the belly button, near a hairline, or within a pre-existing scar or stretch mark. More scars are necessary as more areas or larger areas are treated.

All scars fade over time, and some disappear almost entirely. Your scarring will depend on your skin type, your activity level immediately after surgery and your compliance with post-operative instructions. At your consultation, Dr. Donaldson or Dr. Sieffert can assess your skin and give you a more accurate estimation of your personal chance for scarring. After surgery, you will meet with our patient care team to learn about the most current scar creams and therapies. Steroid injections, dermabrasion or laser resurfacing are very rarely needed because the scars are so small.

Why Choose Donaldson Plastic Surgery?

Dr. Jeffrey Donaldson and Dr. Michelle Sieffert have a keen eye for detail and an artistic sense of human form. They prize symmetry and a natural appearance. Dr. Donaldson and Dr. Sieffert hav extensive experience with liposuction in patients of all ages and body types, and in many ways their training has “overqualified” them to perform these procedures. They prefer minimally-invasive techniques and have an outstanding record of patient safety and satisfaction. Both are revered by patients for excellent results, as well as a warm and genuine bedside manner.

Dr. Donaldson devotes personal attention to each patient, making sure they are fully informed and comfortable before making final decisions. You will see why he has been voted one of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors! Dr. Donaldson was named one of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons in 2013 and one of the Columbus Forty Under 40 in 2014. He is a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery as well as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and he is a Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

For more information about Dr. Donaldson and Dr. Sieffert, visit More About Dr. Donaldson, More About Dr. Sieffert, and Awards & Distinctions.

Schedule Your Columbus, Ohio Liposuction Consultation

If you are interested in undergoing liposuction, the first step is scheduling a consultation at our office. Dr. Donaldson, Dr. Sieffert, and the Donaldson Plastic Surgery Staff will guide you through the entire process, including financing options and/or travel arrangements if necessary.

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