Liposuction
Liposuction

Men and women with stubborn accumulations of fat often feel that diet and exercise have failed to help them achieve the physique they desire. Unwanted fat deposits can contribute to a flabby, undefined appearance that lacks tone. Liposuction not only permanently removes undesirable fat, but this procedure can also help enhance your body’s natural contour.

Candidates

Ideal candidates for liposuction are in good health and have realistic expectations about their results. Patients should have good skin elasticity with deposits of excess fatty tissue. Patients with skin laxity should consider combining liposuction with other body contouring procedures. Both men and women can benefit from liposuction and may utilize the procedure to remove fat from one or more of the following areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Knees
  • Ankles
  • Arms
  • Back
  • Breasts
  • Neck

Procedure

Liposuction is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. Small, discreetly placed incisions are created along the treatment area. A cannula (a thin, hollow tube) is inserted through the incisions. Gentle vacuum suctioning removes the fat. During this process, fat removal can target specific areas to help define or sculpt your body’s contour. When fat removal is complete, your incisions are closed and bandaged. Depending on the treatment area and the volume of fat removed, the liposuction procedure can take one to four hours.

Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction uses a special solution of lidocaine and epinephrine to help loosen fat for better results. The tumescent solution constricts the surrounding blood vessels to minimize blood loss during the procedure. Additionally, the solution allows for fat removal that will help provide better, more even skin contraction during recovery.

Ultrasonic Liposuction

A special probe focuses ultrasonic energy into the liposuction areas, which helps loosen the fat stores. This technique is most beneficial in highly fibrous areas such as the hips, thighs, and back.

Recovery

Bruising and swelling around your liposuction site can be expected. A compression garment should be worn to minimize swelling and to promote healing. You will be required to rest for several days following your procedure. Most patients can return to work and resume light physical activity within five days of their treatment, although more strenuous activities should not be resumed until after four weeks. Most major swelling will subside within six weeks. Your final results may develop gradually and can usually be seen after three to four months.

Results

Liposuction results in very minimal scarring that is often in discreet locations on the body and can be easily covered with clothing. Any scarring that does develop is likely to fade over time.

While liposuction permanently removes fat, additional fat may develop. It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes diet and exercise to maintain the quality of your results.