You may feel "in shape," but common areas of your body may be "out of shape" (abdomen, hips, and thighs). Liposuction can contour localized areas of fat that are resistant to both diet and exercise. Liposuction is a procedure where small, hollow metal tubes are used to vacuum and remove fat to shape your body. Liposuction is intended to better proportion the shape and curves of your body. By carefully combining liposuction techniques such as ultrasound and tumescence, liposuction can enhance the ability to sculpture your body. Balancing your body's contours can significantly improve the way your clothes fit and ultimately improve your self-image and self-confidence.
Candidates for Liposuction
The ideal candidate for liposuction is someone who is in good overall health and maintains a healthy lifestyle, but has one or more problem areas with unresponsive fat deposits.It is also important for patients to have realistic expectations, and remember that liposuction cannot be used as a means for major weight loss. It is instead used to remove localized areas of stubborn fat after the patient has attempted other natural weight loss methods.
Liposuction can be used to treat localized fat deposits within the:
This procedure may be performed alone, or can be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as a facelift, breast reduction or tummy tuck, to achieve maximum results.
There are several different techniques currently available for patients seeking liposuction treatment. New technologies have improved the accuracy of this procedure for both patient and doctor, and allow patients to achieve their desired results. Liposuction is performed through a tumescent technique, and may also include the assistance of ultrasound energy.
Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis under twilight sedation. Your doctor will make several tiny incisions and inject a mixture of IV fluid and local anesthetic into the area to help expand and firm the fat, making it easier to remove (this is a tumescent technique). The cannula is then inserted through the incisions to suction out the fat. The incisions are small enough to either heal on their own or require only a few small stitches.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses ultrasound energy to liquefy fat before it is removed for a smoother removal process. It enhances fat removal in areas that are more tough and fibrous (e.g., hips and outer thighs) and will encourage the skin to tighten for better tone.
Recovery and Results
After the liposuction procedure, patients may experience mild swelling, bruising and discomfort in the treated area. Compression garments or elastic bandages may be used to help reduce these symptoms while the area heals. Patients can return to work and other regular activities as soon as they feel comfortable, which is usually after a few days. Exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for a few weeks.
Your doctor will give you special instructions on how to care for your treated area and reduce any complications after the procedure. The results of your liposuction will start to be visible when bruising and swelling subside in 2-3 weeks, but the final contours will gradually appear over 2-3 months.
The results of liposuction can be permanent, as long as patients maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. If substantial weight is gained after this procedure, the results may be altered.