Body contouring, also known as liposuction, lipoplasty, or suction lipectomy, is the surgical removal of localized or regional excess fatty tissue to improve body contours and proportion. Liposuction is not a proper substitute for healthy diet and exercise, nor is it a treatment for obesity or cellulite. However, in healthy individuals within 30 percent of their ideal weight with firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone, it can permanently reshape the body contours where excess fat deposits have created areas that are disproportionately large in an otherwise balanced figure.
Dr. Hardy offers two specialized types of liposuction surgery: tumescent and laser-assisted. These procedures utilize advanced technology to perform liposuction with enhanced precision. This results in faster recovery time, more targeted results, and less discomfort to patients.
Tumescent liposuction is among the safest and most popular liposuction techniques available today and is quickly growing in popularity. During the procedure, Dr. Hardy will inject a liquid saline solution containing anesthetic and epinephrine into the targeted area of fat on the body. The liquid anesthetizes that part of the body so the patient is comfortable during the procedure. The liquid shrinks the blood vessels and causes the unwanted fat pockets to swell and firm up. They are then easier for Dr. Hardy to extract.
If you would like to speak with Dr. Stephen Hardy about traditional or tumescent liposuction, contact our Missoula practice today by completing the email form on this page.
Dr. Hardy will work closely with you to find the body contouring technique best suited to your body. Special considerations may be necessary for clients with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or previous surgery to the treatment area. Dr. Hardy's top priority is patient comfort; thus, he provides safe liposuction techniques that are conducive to the best overall experience possible.