As an expert, experienced body contouring surgeon, Dr. Soto has helped many men and women achieve a more attractive yet natural appearance through liposuction. During a basic liposuction procedure, Dr. Soto injects a fat-hydrating solution into the body which maximizes the fatty tissue to instrument interaction, therefore minimizing trauma to surrounding structures such as nerves, blood vessels, and muscle tissues, and maximizing the amount of fat possible to safely remove. Liposuction can be performed anywhere you may have pockets of localized excess fatty tissue, including the abdomen, thighs, arms, back, and under the chin. Dr. Soto utilizes the most up to date technology and instruments, and has found that the best outcome for many patients is achieved through a highly customized technique in which several modalities are applied. This customization of the plan and procedure is based on careful communication at your consultation and Dr. Soto's detailed physical examination and understanding of your goals and what is causing your concerns. The overall goal is to help patients safely achieve a more attractive contour, however this procedure should not be used as a weight loss solution. Ideal candidates should already be at or near their goal weight, and have a BMI (body mass index) of less than 30.
"Exactly the Change in Body Shape I Was Looking For! - Orlando, FL - Although I have always had a small waist, I have always carried a bulk of fat around my hips, thighs and lower abdomen. In the hopes of having a more attractive silhouette, I got liposuction by another surgeon on my hips, inner and outer thighs but the results were not as dramatic as I would have hoped. I then went to consult with Dr. S about what my options were. I explained to him what I was hoping to achieve - I wanted a flat stomach and I wanted my butt to look curvy and round. He explained to me that with a Brazilian Butt Lift, the fat would be taken out of the areas on my body with excess fat and then transfered to my butt. On the day of my surgery, as Dr. S outlined the areas of my body where fat would be drawn. I received liposuction on my hips, outer thighs, knees, lower and mid back, my waist and my entire stomach. I remember him saying while he was drawing on me that that his goal was "to make me look as good as possible from every angle".....and he wasn't kidding! I am now 4 weeks post-op and I can honestly say that this surgery has completely changed my silhouette for the better and I am extremely pleased with the results. It should be said however that this was not an easy surgery. I have undergone surgeries in the past (breast lift, breast augmentation and liposuction) and this was definitely the most painful. If you are considering undergoing this type of surgery, plan to do it during a time where you will not have any major obligations for the first 1-2 weeks post op. Also bear in mind that you cannot sit, lay or put any pressure on your butt. I was in a lot of pain for the first week but I stopped taking pain medication after only 3 days. After that, the pain was bearable but I was still uncomfortable, swollen and relatively incapacitated for a little while. You must also wear a garment 24 hours a day for 4 weeks. While this surgery definitely requires some planning and some sacrifice, it is well worth it if you are seriously looking for a change in your overall shape. I have no regrets and having this surgery was one of the best things I could have done for myself! My waist is tiny, my stomach is flat, my back is arched and my butt is big, round and smooth. Also, all of the incisions are virtually gone after only four weeks. I would be happy to answer any questions regarding this procedure that anyone has and I highly recommend consulting with Dr. S to anyone who has been thinking about having this done! "- J. / RealSelf / Jan 26, 2011
"I came to Doctor Soto to repair a disfigurement from a liposuction procedure that I had received which left a large lumpy area of scar and fatty tissues above my navel. I also needed to replace my saline implants that were rippled and not completely under the muscle. The staff and Dr. Soto were wonderful and explained what needed to be done to fix everything and realistically what to expect after surgery. Also, they keep following up with you to make sure you are following after care. Even though it was very difficult at times to keep following all the after care rules, they are there to make sure you are successful. I am very pleased with everything and know that I would recommend them to anyone who needs something done."- S.B. / Yellowpages / Jan 08, 2017
"J-Lo Watch Out!!! - I had a brazilian butt lift on 11/12/09 and the results are fabulous.Don't gget me wrong, the pain was INTENSE the first 24 hours but afterwards, I was able to move slowly. The results were immediate and well worth the pain.I recently had a baby 4 months ago and my "baby pouch" never went away and my butt was droopy but big. The liposuction removed the abdominal fat and was placed in my buttocks!Amazing!!!! again, well worth the 24 hour pain and the doctor is soooooo blessed!!! His "work" is amazing!"- Anonymous / RealSelf / Mar 01, 2010
Tumescent liposuction, known as the “Super-Wet” approach, is a suction-assisted (SAL) technique that uses a solution and power-aided motor to help remove stubborn fat. Dr. Soto uses specialized instruments to inject a solution of epinephrine (adrenaline) diluted in saline into the fatty tissue to be treated. This minimizes blood loss and expands the fatty tissue layer, making it easier to remove the problematic fat while minimizing the risks of injury to other structures and tissues. The next step is where Dr. Soto's experience, skill, and eye for beauty will benefit you- as he uses specialized cannulas to remove fat in a sculpting fashion to achieve the most attractive and natural shape possible for your body.
Depending on your goals, the area of the body to be treated, and the details of your anatomy as seen on your examination with Dr. Soto, he may recommend VASER liposuction for you, either alone, or in combination with other techniques such as Bodytite or tumescent technique. The VASER platform uses ultrasound energy to disrupt fat cells in a highly selective fashion, meaning that the energy causes this disruption of fat cells well before it affects blood vessels, nerves, connective tissue, or muscle tissue. This makes it a very effective and safe technique, especially in scarred areas or in men, who tend to have more fibrous and tough fat that is more difficult to remove through more traditional liposuction techniques. This selectivity for fat is also why Dr. Soto strongly believes VASER is a much better option than liposuction techniques involving lasers, which are not specific in any way for fat. As with any advanced technology, however, it is important to remember that the quality of the outcomes possible, as well as the safety profile of the technique, will depend highly on the skill and experience of the surgeon handling the instrument in your procedure. Dr. Soto is proud to have been the first plastic surgeon in Central Florida to offer the VASER technique and has performed VASER liposuction on all areas of the body.
Laser-assisted liposuction uses laser technology on specified areas of fat to burst energy that will loosen and liquefy the fat for removal. LAL liposuction includes brands such as SmartLipo, SlimLipo, Lipolite Laser Liposculpture, LipoLite, and ProLipo PLUS.
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure most often performed under general anesthesia our nationally certified and accredited surgery center in Orlando. The procedure lasts about 30 minutes for each body part, depending on the technique and whether or not other modalities are being brought to bear. It can be a stand-alone surgery or combined with other procedures. After surgery, patients are required to wear a compression garment to help the body adjust to its new shape and minimize swelling. Bruising and swelling will largely subside within a few weeks, but you will not see final results for several months. Liposuction does leave small scars, but these are placed in well hidden areas and fade nicely over time.
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Is it Safe?
In the right hands, liposuction is among the most safe procedures performed in all of plastic surgery, but patients can experience poor results and serious complications when performed by inexperienced surgeons or those not properly trained. It is important for patients to do their research, and find an experienced surgeon like Dr. Soto that can help them achieve the best, most natural-looking results.
The results of liposuction can be seen for many years following surgery if the patient follows a healthy diet and exercise program. Removed fat cells do not come back, but patients can still gain weight in other areas if their remaining fat cells grow.
Too Much Fat?
Yes, it is possible to remove too much fat- this is a matter of safety. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons does not recommend removing more than 3-4 liters of fat for the safety of the patient. Removing more than this is considered high-volume liposuction, which increases the chances of complications from the surgery, and will require you to spend the night in the hospital. Liposuction is best thought of as a procedure performed to refine the body's shape- it is not effective, safe or appropriate to perform liposuction as a means of weight loss. All patients are advised to be near or at their ideal weight before undergoing liposuction.
While liposuction removes fat and improves contour and shape, it does not address sagging or drooping skin. If skin laxity is a concern, patients can talk to the surgeon during the consultation to discuss their options for improving skin texture, such as a tummy tuck, thigh, neck, arm, or butt lift.