What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is an effective procedure to help contour your body and remove isolated areas of fat that cannot be managed through diet and exercise. Usually, one treatment is enough to reshape and contour the problem area and multiple areas can be treated in one procedure. Compared to Non-Invasive Procedures the results of liposuction are more consistent and predictable. It can be used to safely remove fat from virtually any area of the body; Neck, Arms, Legs, Hips, Waist, Thighs, Stomach.
Liposuction is not a weight control method and is not effective for treating cellulite.
Who is a Good Candidate?
You are a good candidate for liposuction if:
• You are within 30% of your ideal weight
• You have localized areas of fat deposits that have affected your body’s proportion
• You have firm skin with good elasticity
• You are otherwise healthy and do not have a serious illness or medical condition that may impair the healing
• You are a Non-smoker or can abstain from smoking for at least three weeks before and after the surgery
• You have a positive outlook, with a clear and realistic vision of what you want the procedure do for you
• You are willing to keep up with a healthy lifestyle to keep the results of your procedure last long.
There are several Liposuction techniques. Traditional Liposuction involves removing fat from a problem area using a hollow tube and vacuum through a tiny incision (1-2 cm) close to the area. Typically targeted fat cells are infused with a saline solution containing a local anesthetic and adrenalin to decrease blood loss and to assist in separating the fat cells. More recent techniques utilize the energy of Laser, ultrasound or radiofrequency to dissolve fat before it is removed.
The procedure takes about one to two hours and possibly more depending on the area being treated. It is done under general or local anesthesia.
Once your surgery is completed, you may be given a compression garment to wear to facilitate your recovery and help the tissue habituate to its new shape. You may experience temporary bruising, numbness, soreness or burning sensations after the surgery. Swelling may last for a couple of weeks after which you will be left with enhanced contours that will better suit your bodily proportions.
You can usually return to work in 5 to 14 days, though some swelling and bruising may persist. This usually lessens within one or two months depending on the area of the body and the amount of fat that was removed.
Though infrequent, complications may include:Fluid retention or excessive loss of blood and fluids, infection, reaction to anesthesia medications, pigmentation changes (hypo/hyper), irregularities of the skin surface(compression garments worn for the first several weeks after surgery reduce this risk), skin numbness – this is to be expected and is usually only temporary.