Liposuction, also known as Liposculpture or Suction Assisted Lipoplasty, is among the most commonly
requested cosmetic surgery procedures. This surgical procedure is a technique for recontouring the body by permanently removing fat deposits
using a blunt tipped, hollow cannula to suction out the fat cells. While exercise and diet may make you health, muscular, and lean, it does
not always remove stubborn localized fat deposits. It is best suited for localized fat deposits in troublesome areas that do not respond to
dieting or exercise. Liposuction can be used to slim the hips and thighs, flatten the tummy, reduce the waist or "love handles," or eliminate
a double chin. Dr. Weeter likes to remind candidates for this surgery that "it is a procedure to remove inches (in specific areas), not pounds."
WHO IS A CANDIDATE
- Women or men that have localized excess subcutaneous fat, which is resistant to diet and exercise.
- Patients who wish to improve the shape and contours of their body. Areas commonly treated with liposuction include: the anterior part
of the neck (under the chin), upper arms and armpits, male chest or breast region, trunk, abdomen, waist, hips, thighs, inner knees, and calves.
- The best candidates for liposuction are of average weight with localized fat collections and healthy elastic skin.
- Patients desiring liposuction that show loss of some skin elasticity, such as having stretch marks or possibly cellulite, may also be
acceptable candidates. Some of these patients will appreciate the greatest improvement in the better fit of their clothes.
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- A permanent improvement in the contour and proportion of the treated areas.
- A more flattering figure or physique.
- While liposuction does not replace or serve as a substitute for good diet and exercise, it can supplement or compliment these healthful activities.
- Improved self-confidence with one's appearance.
Liposuction is most commonly performed in the safety of an accredited surgery center or hospital under general anesthesia. In some cases,
when larger volumes are anticipated, surgery is done at the hospital with an overnight stay.
During surgery wetting solutions similar to natural body fluids are infused into the areas to be treated via small incisions. These help
reduce post-operative pain and bruising. The incisions are most often hidden in natural, skin folds.
A blunt-tipped instrument called a cannula is passed back and forth while vacuuming out the fat.
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RECUPERATION AND HEALING
Following surgery, a firm elasticized garment is applied immediately in order to provide compression and reduce swelling and discoloration
at the surgical site. The garment required for the abdomen and thighs will have a hole in the crotch area so that it does not need to be removed
for urination. For the first few days, the garment is to be left undisturbed. After that, it may be removed for laundering, but should be worn almost
constantly for at least 3 to 6weeks in order to assist with skin contracture and swelling.
Swelling and bruising are to be expected and will diminish at variable rates depending on the treated areas. Most patients experience 2 weeks
of swelling that gradually diminishes. Noticeable, positive results should be apparent as early as 3 weeks after surgery, but it may continue to evolve
for up to a year.
Pain and discomfort varies greatly among patients. That said, most patients would need pain medications for the first 3 to 4 days. Continuing
discomfort can last varying lengths of time and can usually be alleviated with Tylenol.
Exercise may be resumed after 2 weeks. Normal day-to-day activities can be restarted after a few days depending on comfort level. Full athletic
activities may be resumed by 6 weeks after the surgery.
Additional procedures that may enhance the result are: Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), Breast Reduction, Breast Lift, Breast Augmentation,
Thigh Lift or Buttock Lift.
Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck) or Liposuction: Choosing the right operation for the right patient. -
NOTE: The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for you may be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical
procedures have some degree of risk. All of this web site content, and any email responses to your inquiries are strictly for general informational
and educational purposes. It is not medical advice and should not be taken as medical advice. It should not be used to diagnose or treat
a health problem or disease. It is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical care.
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