Plastic Surgery

Liposuction

Liposuction, or body sculpting surgery, is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. Also, one of the most highly advertised procedures.  Liposuction is a real surgical procedure that requires as experienced, well trained surgeon to perform the procedure.  Liposuction is not a replacement for diet and exercise.

 

Who May Have Liposuction?

Men and women who are in good health and are unhappy with their present body contours are candidates for liposuction.  For those of you who, even with exercise and diet, continue to have an excess of fat deposits, liposuction is ideal.  Please understand liposuction is not a replacement for diet and exercise nor is it a cure for obesity.  Liposuction merely surgically removes unwanted fat, it does not alter our genetics or DNA.

 

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction refers to the procedure of introducing a long, slender instrument through very small, well-hidden incisions to vacuum the excessive fat.  Naturally, the next question one may ask is: “Where are these incisions?”  Your Plastic Surgeon can show you the location of these incisions during your consultation.

 

The most common areas for liposuction are the thighs and hips on women, and the abdomen on men.  Liposuction also may be performed on the knees, arms, neck, back, and buttocks. 

 

Good skin tone is one of the most important considerations for someone contemplating liposuction.  Once the fatty deposits are removed and the bulges are improved, good skin has the ability to shrink to fit the area, thus decreasing the possibility of irregular contours.  Skin that has stretched and lost its elasticity may sag and not form to the contour of the area after surgery.  Good skin tone is not necessarily dependent.  As you may well know, sun exposure will damage skin and cause premature aging with the loss of elasticity.  Smoking is another factor that plays a role in overall skin condition as well as the ability to heal the skin following surgery.

 

On your initial visit, your Plastic Surgeon will examine the areas you wish to improve, assess your skin tone, discuss your expectations and give their professional opinion as to the outcome of your particular surgery.  In certain cases, your surgeon may recommend a technique known as Liposculpture.  Liposculpture is a descriptive term used to indicate that fat is removed at a more superficial level beneath the skin.  In some instances, surgeons are able to improve the body contour, cause the skin to shrink and improve skin dimpling due to the formation of cellulite be performing Liposculpture.  In general, lager amounts of fat may be removed with the tumescent Liposculpture technique. Liposuction is a process that should include pre-operative and post-operative body fat analysis as well as extensive post-operative follow-up to include a dietary and exercise requirement that ensures that the surgical removal of excess fat is accompanied by positive lifestyle changes.  The removal of fat by liposuction is just the beginning of a healthy, trim physique.

 

The Procedure

Almost all liposuction procedures are performed using some sort of anesthesia either general anesthesia or local anesthesia.  Immediately following the procedure, the patient is fitted in a garment to compress the areas of liposuction.  This garment will be tight to compress the skin and the small incisions made during the procedure.  Patients should not remove this garment until directed by their surgeon.  The purpose of this garment is to compress your skin, help minimize bruising, and control drainage.

 

Post-Operative Care

Patients will experience some discomfort after liposuction, but it should be relieved with pain medication.  Patients may experience some drainage from the incisions the first night after surgery.  This is to be expected.  Your surgeon will direct you as to the care following your surgery to deal with this drainage.

 

Your Plastic Surgeon will direct you on how long you will be required to wear the compression garment, or another similar garment such as department store compression under-garments.  Patients should wear these garments around the clock for approximately 2 weeks or otherwise directed by their surgeon.

 

Patients can expect some discoloration and swelling of the surgical area.  You may find that due to the swelling following surgery that you appear larger than before surgery.  Shrinkage and skin tightening begins about four weeks after surgery and continues slowly for about six months.

 

Most patients are able to return to work in as little as a few days, but your surgeon may recommend a longer healing time depending on your specific surgical procedure. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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