Liposuction

Candidates for Liposuction

The ideal candidate for liposuction is someone who is in good overall health and maintains a healthy life, but has one or more problem areas with unresponsive fat deposits. It is also important for patients to have realistic expectations, and remember that liposuction cannot be used as a means for major weight loss. It is instead used to remove localized areas of stubborn fat after the patient has attempted other natural weight loss methods.

Liposuction can be used to treat localized fat deposits within the:

  • Abdomen
  • Ankles
  • Arms
  • Back
  • Buttocks
  • Calves
  • Chest
  • Face
  • Hips
  • Thighs

This procedure may be performed alone, or can be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as a facelift, breast reduction or tummy tuck, to achieve maximum results.

The Liposuction Procedure

There are several different techniques currently available for patients seeking liposuction treatment. New technologies have improved the accuracy of this procedure for both patient and doctor, and allow patients to achieve their desired results through a much less invasive procedure. Liposuction is performed using a tumescent technique. This involves first injecting a fluid containing local anesthetic and a vasoconstricting agent to minimize blood loss.

Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis under either local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. I usually make several tiny incisions and inject a local anesthetic into the area to help expand and firm the fat, making it easier to remove. The liposuction cannula is then inserted through the incisions to suction out the fat. This procedure is done slowly and carefully to assure the best possible result.

Liposuction Recovery and Results

After the liposuction procedure, patients may experience mild swelling, bruising and discomfort in the treated area. Compression garments or elastic bandages may be used to help reduce these symptoms while the area heals. Patients can return to work and other regular activities as soon as they feel comfortable, which is usually after a few days. Exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for a few weeks.

I always give individualized instructions on how to care for your treated area and reduce any complications after the procedure. The results of the liposuction procedure may not be visible until swelling and bruising subside. This may take several months, and results will appear gradually throughout this time.

The results of liposuction can be permanent, as long as patients maintain a healthy and active life. If substantial weight is gained after this procedure, the results may be altered.

Liposuction Risks

Although liposuction is considered safe, there are certain risks associated with any type of procedure. Some of these risks may include infection, scarring, allergic reactions, hematoma or unsatisfactory results. Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures and is almost always performed without serious complications.

You can minimize potential risks by choosing an experienced doctor and by following instructions before and after your procedure. To learn more about the liposuction procedure, we encourage you to call us today and schedule a consultation.

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