Liposuction

What is this?

Liposuction, sometimes referred to as “lipo” by patients, slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits and improving your body contours and proportion. 

 

The most common areas treated with liposuction are,  Chin, Neck, Upper arms, Chest area, Abdomen and Waist, Thighs, Hips and buttocks, Calves and Ankles

Procedure

Liposuction surgery sculpts your body, eliminating unwanted pockets of exercise and diet-resistant fat by the doctor inserting a thin vacuum tube, called a cannula, through the incision and into the deep fat layer. Your surgeon will move the cannula back and forth to break up the fat cells, and, with the help of an attached syringe or vacuum pump, suction them out .   This procedure may be performed using a “wetting solution” known as Tumescent 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.

Most common areas treated with liposuction are,  Chin, Neck, Upper arms, Chest area, Abdomen and Waist, Thighs, Hips and buttocks, Calves and Ankles

 

Duration

1-2 hours, depends on targeted areas.

Recovery

Patient may return to work and light activities  in 1-2 weeks.  More rigorous activities should resume between 2-4 weeks.   Bruising and swelling should disappear in 1-6 months, depending on the amount of fat removal from targeted areas.

Risks

 

Infection, asymmetry, rippling skin, irregular pigmentation (hyper or hypo), damage to skin, fluid accumulation, and/or excessive bleeding or fluid lost.

 

Results

 

Permanent and can even be improved following proper diet and constant exercise.