Liposuction is also known as lipoplasty. The lipoplasty procedure sculpts your body, removing unwanted pockets of exercise and diet-resistant fat. Lipoplasty is great for targeting areas such as the ankles, arms, back, breasts (including male breasts), buttocks, calves, hips, love handles, neck, saddlebags, and thighs. Liposuction is regularly combined with other procedures to create a desired shape and is one of the safest and most popular cosmetic procedures.
When to Consider Liposuction
1. If you have localized areas of fat deposits that are disproportionate to the rest of your body.
2. If you would like more definition or a sleeker contour in certain areas of your body.
3. If your skin elasticity is good (Liposuction removes fat but does not tighten skin).
Liposuction removes fat from your body utilizing small, thin, blunt-tipped tubes (cannula) to suck out the fat. They are inserted through small cuts in the skin. Your plastic surgeon moves these tubes under your skin to target fat deposits and then suction them out. There is a variety of liposuction techniques, they are:
- Tumescent liposuction utilizes a “wetting solution” with a local anesthetic, such as lidocaine and another medication in IV fluids, which is injected before surgery, causing blood vessels to shrink down or constrict. This allows liposuction to be performed with the patient under local anesthesia, minimizes blood loss and reduces postsurgical pain and bleeding.
- Suction-assisted liposuction (SAL), the most traditional form of liposuction, which draws fat out with a vacuum.
- Power-assisted liposuction (PAL) is traditional SAL with the addition of a specialized tool to increase the motion of the cannula, which speeds up fat removal.
- Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) transmits energy through a special hand piece that helps to loosen and melt fat, thus enabling a greater volume of fat to be removed. This is best performed for larger areas, dense fat, and male patients.
- VASER, a variation of UAL, is an ultrasonic cannula with several grooves that evenly disperse the energy, thereby improving fat disruption and removal.
- Laser-assisted liposuction (LAL), such as Smartlipo and Slimlipo, is a relatively new technology. The theory is that the laser will work like ultrasound to disrupt the fat cells and make fat removal more efficient and less traumatic.
After a consultation with your surgeon about what procedure is right for your needs, the surgeon will then determine which anesthesia to administer. The surgery takes between one to two hours and can be performed under local, epidural or general anesthesia. It is sometimes possible to be released the same day after surgery, but most opt to be cared for overnight for additional supervision.
The following day after surgery, you will need to move around to promote blood circulation. This can be trying as you likely will be sore. You must move gently for brief periods and avoid smoking. Your dressing will need to be removed within several days, and the swelling should subside within one week or two while bruising can last three weeks or longer. It is possible that you may experience numbness in some areas, and it could take several weeks before feeling returns. Stitches are typically removed within ten days.
As with any plastic surgery, liposuction carries some risk. Associated complications may include; bleeding, infections, adverse reaction to anesthesia, scarring, and skin irregularities.
Most Patients can return to work one to two weeks. Patients typically wait three to four weeks after surgery to begin light exercise. Full recovery may take from one month up to six months.
Possible side effects can include numbness, soreness, swelling, temporary bruising and possible lumpy skin texture.
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