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Awake Liposuction in Sarasota with Dr. Kristopher Hamwi

Traditional male liposuction or female liposuction provides a solution to your body contouring needs when exercise and dietary approaches fail to help you reach your goals. However, there is another option for body contouring that offers outstanding results and safety: awake liposuction. Awake liposuction is performed while patients are numbed but not asleep with general anesthesia.

Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Kristopher Hamwi has undergone years of extensive, specialized training in liposuction with some of the industry’s leading specialists. For these reasons and more, he is your best choice for awake liposuction in Sarasota, FL.

Restore your figure with Sarasota awake liposuction! Contact Florida Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation at (941) 800-2000 or complete our online form today.

What Can Awake Liposuction Accomplish?

Awake liposuction is a technique to perform liposuction on an area that has been numbed with anesthetic, but the patient is not put to sleep with general anesthesia. During the procedure, the patient remains awake and interactive, allowing both the patient and Dr. Hamwi to move into various positions to better sculpt and evaluate the outcome throughout the procedure.

The primary difference between the procedures is that Dr. Hamwi will ask awake patients to participate by holding certain positions they couldn’t if they were asleep or stand up to evaluate the shape, contours, symmetry, or any irregularities.

Dr. Hamwi prefers awake liposuction as it allows him to get a better sense of the symmetry and shape that he is creating. Awake liposuction also avoids the medications used with general anesthesia, reduces the risks to the patients, and allows for a faster recovery from anesthesia. Following awake liposuction, patients can stand immediately and walk out of the office without assistance.

Any areas that can be treated with traditional liposuction can be treated awake. Some of the more common areas include:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Waist
  • Flanks
  • Arms
  • Armpits
  • Legs
  • Chest
  • Chin

Awake liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. However, it provides the perfect balance to a healthy diet and exercise routine to address problem areas. Ideal candidates for liposuction are healthy women and men who are close to their target weight but might still have stubborn pockets of fat on their bodies.

Is Awake Liposuction Right for Me?

We’re all working hard for a slim, trim appearance. Awake liposuction is another body contouring option to help you achieve it with fewer side effects. Like traditional liposuction that uses general anesthesia, awake liposuction works to decrease fat and sculpt troublesome areas.

As fat is removed via liposuction, the skin gets deflated and loosens. Patients should have skin with good elasticity or consider a skin tightening treatment following their awake liposuction procedure. If you have loose skin or wrinkles prior to treatment, liposuction may worsen that problem.

Liposuction also cannot repair diastasis recti—separated abdominal muscles that occur during pregnancy; however, Dr. Hamwi is expertly skilled in tummy tucks that can address this issue.

Am I a Candidate for Awake Liposuction?

Typically, good candidates for awake liposuction include patients in good overall health who are looking to enhance the appearance of their figures by reducing fat.

Dr. Hamwi recommends awake liposuction candidates should:

  • Be non-smokers or willing to quit prior to surgery
  • Be physically healthy and at a stable weight
  • Understand the risks of the procedure
  • Have a positive outlook and realistic goals
  • Be prepared to closely follow pre- and post-operative instructions


Choosing Dr. Hamwi as My Awake Liposuction Surgeon in Sarasota, FL

Selecting the right plastic surgeon is one of the most important factors in your successful plastic surgery results. With over 10 years of training through the finest programs in Washington D.C., Manhattan, and Harvard, double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Kristopher Hamwi is an expert in the field of aesthetic plastic surgery. This training combined with Dr. Hamwi’s dedication to patient safety and outstanding results set him apart.

At Florida Plastic Surgery, our goal is to help you feel comfortable, educated, and empowered to make decisions about your body. Dr. Hamwi aims to help patients feel better about themselves. In addition to his unparalleled training and expertise, Dr. Hamwi’s passion for helping his patients gain confidence and renewed self-image through aesthetic plastic surgery is unsurpassed.

What Can I Expect During an Awake Liposuction Procedure?

While each awake liposuction procedure in Sarasota, FL will be unique in detail, here are some general steps you can expect during the procedure.

After you’ve been greeted by our team and checked in, Dr. Hamwi will evaluate you, perform surgical markings, and ensure you are comfortable before entering the operating room. Then, you will be safely numbed; however, you will remain awake.

During your liposuction procedure, Dr. Hamwi will create small, well-concealed incisions based on your anatomy and the areas to be treated. During the procedure, Dr. Hamwi will have you contract specific muscles or move in ways you could not if you were under general anesthesia.

Following your awake liposuction procedure, you may be fitted with a compression garment that should be worn for approximately four to six weeks to minimize swelling and help your body adjust to its new contours.

Typically, most patients can return to work and resume most normal activities in approximately three to five days after surgery. However, you may need to avoid strenuous exercises or other physical activities for at least four to six weeks.

Dr. Kristopher Hamwi

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Dr. Kristopher Hamwi has trained for over ten years at some of the world’s top institutions to become one of Florida’s best aesthetic plastic surgeons. Utilizing his exceptional skill, rigorous training, and genuine, caring approach, Dr. Hamwi strives for total patient satisfaction. Ready to partner with Sarasota’s leading aesthetic plastic surgeon?

How Soon Will I See My Awake Liposuction Results?

Following awake liposuction, most patients will notice some improvement to their figures immediately. However, you may also experience swelling and bruising that obscure your true results. Residual swelling may take several weeks to fully resolve. You will continue to see improvements to your figure as your body adjusts to its new contours.

By maintaining your healthy weight and lifestyle, you will continue to experience your long-lasting awake liposuction results.

Schedule Your Awake Liposuction Consultation Today

Ready to renew your figure and boost your self-confidence with the long-lasting results from awake liposuction? Partner with one of the best awake liposuction surgeons in Sarasota! Contact Florida Plastic Surgery at (941) 800-2000 or complete our online form to schedule your consultation today.

Awake Liposuction Florida - FAQs

Awake liposuction cost is determined by individual needs and aesthetic goals. During your consultation, Dr. Hamwi will provide an estimate for your awake liposuction cost in Sarasota, FL.

Typically, most patients do not have a lengthy recovery period and can return to most jobs in three to five days. However, you may need to avoid strenuous activities, such as exercise, for approximately four to six weeks.

You can experience long-lasting results from your awake liposuction procedure by maintaining your ideal, stable weight through your healthy lifestyle choices, including your diet and exercise regimen.