Liposuction FAQs

Is advanced liposuction right for me?

Advanced liposuction is minimally invasive and well suited for most patients. Ideal candidates should be within 20lbs of their goal weight and looking to target stubborn areas of fat. Advanced liposuction is minimally invasive, giving patients the ability to sculpt and blend trouble areas while tightening the skin. Compared to traditional lipo, our advanced procedures are more comfortable and have a much faster recovery period. Dr. Malan will evaluate your problem areas and discuss which type of lipo is right for you and what results you should expect.

Why should I choose Dr. Malan?

Dr. Todd Malan is the founder of Innovative Cosmetic Surgery Center. He is one of the leading experts in advanced liposuction and body sculpting technology. Dr. Malan is also an educator and physician trainer for advanced liposuction techniques and frequently asked to participate in FDA trials for emerging technology. While many cosmetic physicians offer only one type of liposuction technology, Dr. Malan understands that not all liposuction devices are appropriate for each individual person or case. He is committed to offering his patients products and services that are safe, minimally invasive and offer optimal results with the least amount of down time. Dr. Malan specializes in advanced liposuction and performs procedures five days a week. Dr. Malan and his staff strive to create an empowering and supportive experience from beginning to end.

Which type of liposuction is right for me?

Dr. Malan believes that one technology does not fit all. During your consultation Dr. Malan will evaluate your specific needs and educate you on his multidisciplinary approach to body sculpting. He believes a customized approach in which he can tailor your specific procedure to your desired goals is far more effective. By combining technologies and techniques he can offer patients the most advanced treatment plan to effectively sculpt problem areas while tightening the skin without damaging surrounding connective tissue.

What is the recovery period?

With advanced liposuction technology, there is very little downtime. Most patients can expect one to two days, depending on the number of areas being treated. Our patients often ask to have their lipo procedure scheduled on a Friday so they can return to work the following Monday. It is normal to have soreness and mild swelling in the treated area. This is described by patients as feeling similar to the way you would feel after a strenuous work-out. If we are treating several areas at once or you have a physically challenging job, you may want to plan for a lighter schedule. Each patient’s experience is as unique as they are and listening to your body will ensure you have an optimal healing experience.

When will I see results?

Results can be seen immediately, however the body does not heal instantly. Patients can expect some swelling in the treated areas. Swelling is your body’s way of telling you it is healing. We have found post-operative supplement use to be very effective in assisting the body with resolving inflammation. Our medical staff will advise as to which products are most effective. Typically at 4 weeks post-operative, patients will see a noticeable benefit from their procedure. Clothing will fit better and the treated area will be smaller.

When can I restart my exercise routine?

Most patients can return to light cardiovascular exercise within the first week of their lipo procedure. We recommend waiting until the end of two weeks to return to more vigorous exercise programs. Patients are encouraged to ease into exercise routines and listen to their body to optimize healing.

Will there be bruising or scaring?

You should expect some bruising, though it will vary from patient to patient. There are pre-operative measures you can take to minimize your risk, including: avoiding alcohol, aspirin, fish oils and flax seed oils two weeks prior to your procedure. Starting a homeopathic remedy such as Arnica one week prior to your procedure will assist in preventing bruising. Typical bruising can last up to 2 weeks. If you are someone who is prone to bruising then proper preoperative planning and use of Arnica is strongly advised.

There will be a small, temporary scar at the incision site that typically disappears within one to three months. Dr. Malan is a skilled cosmetic surgeon, he strategically places his incisions so that they will have the best aesthetic outcome. We will provide you with post-operative instructions for incision care. It is important to apply sunscreen to the incision site for the first year following your procedure to further reduce your risk of scarring.

With any surgical procedure, there is a risk of scarring. Some patients may be more prone to scarring or have a history of keloid scarring. If this is the case, Dr. Malan and our medical staff will discuss specific care instructions and products that can reduce your risk of scarring.