What to Expect Tampa


couple at the beachAt Art Lipo, liposuction is performed with patient’s awake using tumescent local anesthesia. This means that numbing fluid is placed in the fat layer at the beginning of the surgery through very tiny incisions in the skin. These incisions are about the size of grain of rice and placed in strategic places which will allow the doctor to optimally reach all areas treated. After allowing the numbing fluid to take effect, sculpting with a liposuction cannula begins. A large abdomen may take 3-4 hours to do completely and smoothly, not the proverbial lunchtime procedure which some doctors advertise. You should avoid being tempted by doctor’s claims of a short procedure since that only equates to less time doing your procedure as completely or smoothly.

At Art Lipo, the procedure finishes with the patient assessing his or her results in front of a mirror with Dr. Su at this point, the new shape is 90% evident even before the bandages ever go on. A patient then wears a compressive garment for 2-3 weeks Operations are done with music and patients usually engage in conversation with Dr. Su or his nurses throughout. Typically, no tranquilizers are used wither IV or orally. Dr. Su gets his best results with patients wide awake and cooperating with the surgery. Patients often ask if this is painful. A good expectation is that there will be some painful sensations sporadically, and Dr. Su is quick adding lidocaine anesthetic in areas that need it.

99% of patient’s reports that there is some pain during parts of the procedure, but 99% of patients also state that is was worth it and they would do it again. Typically, the healing process which includes temporary swelling will take 3-5 months to complete, but most patients are looking pretty good within a month. Most patients can also expect to be back to sedentary work within a few days. No one is expected to need bed rest for recovery. However, patients can expect to me moving slower and have lots of soreness for 1-2 weeks.

Fly In For Surgery

If you are considering having a procedure performed by Dr. Su and are not located in the Tampa Bay area, we have tailored a fly-in program for many of our patients who come from all over the world. Our office is conveniently located near Tampa International Airport. Our patients are provided with hotel lists, and a list of concierge services to create a comfortable time in Florida to meet their individualized recovery needs.

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