What is liposuction?
Liposuction or suction assisted lipectomy is removal of subcutaneous fat with body recontouring to create a more cosmetically appealing shape. While goals include size improvement, this procedure is not for treatment of obesity. Final results are not apparent for 6 to 8 months following your procedure, although recovery from surgery is generally 2 to 6 weeks. Although many factors affect surgical outcome, final results greatly depend on proper nutrition, exercise and decreasing your caloric intake.
Who Is A Candidate?
Any healthy patients desiring an improved face, neck, or body shape. Liposuction is not for patients who desire massive weight loss. Liposuction can be performed for most age groups who are healthy. Also patients who had previous liposuction can have additional surgery to improve their body contour. Minor complications which do not affect the overall cosmetic results occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.
Liposuction is performed either under local or conscious sedation, or under general anesthesia. The procedure involves introduction of tumescent solution through a small incision, generally < 1 cm. The solution not only provides anesthesia to the areas, as well as limiting the usual blood loss, but also aids in the ease of liposuction of the fatty tissue. Fat is then removed from the areas using a surgical instrument called the cannula, which is attached to a liposuction machine. The time for each procedure depends directly upon the number of area and the total amount of fatty tissue removed. It is crucial that the surgeon monitors the amount of fat to be removed to maintain the proper safe guidelines. At the end of the procedure, the area liposuction is inspected both visual and tactile to assure a good aesthetic outcome. At the end, the skin openings may be sutured or left open to heal. The patient is placed in a compression garment that is worn for a period of 2 to 6 weeks.
Recovery-Recuperation and Healing
Liposuction results in minimal scaring. You will be discharged home on the night of surgery and you are encouraged to be up and about the first night. While recovery is relatively quick and easy, some swelling, bruising and discomfort should be expected. Compression garment will minimize the swelling, bruising, discomfort and most importantly assist in the retraction of any loose skin. Although in some cases results are noted immediately, your final shape and form will continue to improve as your swelling resolves. It is crucial to be up and about the night of your surgery and progressively increase your activities as the discomfort subsides. Usually light work duties may be resumed within three to seven days and light exercise within two weeks. Most patients will resume full activity and exercise regimen within one month after surgery. Over activity too early may result in post operative complication. Minor complications which do not affect the overall cosmetic results occur occasionally. Major complications are rare. You should consult your physician for post operative regimen.