|Liposuction is a procedure that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck.
DetailsDuring the past, liposuction, which is also known as "lipoplasty" or "suction lipectomy,". Today, a number of new techniques are available, including the tumescent technique, super-wet technique, with more precise results and quicker recovery times. Although no type of liposuction is a substitute for dieting and exercise, liposuction can remove stubborn areas of fat that don't respond to traditional weight-loss methods.
ProcedureThrough a tiny incision (as inconspicuous as possible), a narrow tube (cannula) is inserted and used to vacuum the fat layer that lies deep beneath the skin. The cannula is pushed then pulled through the fat layer, breaking up the fat cells and suctioning them out. Tumescent technique, a procedure in which a medicated solution is injected into fatty areas before the fat is removed. Super-wet technique is similar to the tumescent technique, except that lesser amounts of fluids are used.
LengthOn an average, 1 to 4 hours, depending on the size (area), & amount of fat.
AnesthesiaVarious types of anesthesia can be used for liposuction procedures including local, epidural or general.
In/OutpatientExtensive procedures may require short inpatient stays.
Side-Effects / RisksLiposuction carries greater risk for individuals with medical problems such as diabetes, significant heart or lung disease, poor blood circulation, or those who have recently had surgery near the area to be contoured.
In the tumescent and super-wet techniques, the anesthetic fluid that is injected may cause lidocaine toxicity (if the solution's lidocaine content is too high) or the collection of fluid in the lungs (if too much fluid is administered).
The combination of these factors can create greater hazards for infection; delays in healing; the formation of fat clots or blood clots, which may migrate to the lungs and cause death; excessive fluid loss, which can lead to shock or fluid accumulation that must be drained; friction burns or other damage to the skin or nerves or perforation injury to the vital organs; and unfavorable drug reactions.
The scars from liposuction are small and strategically placed to be hidden from view. However, imperfections in the final appearance are not uncommon. The skin surface may be irregular, asymmetric or even "baggy," especially in the older patient. Numbness and pigmentation changes may occur. Sometimes, additional surgery may be recommended.
RecoveryBack to work: 1 to 2 weeks. More strenuous activity: 2 to 4 weeks. Full recovery from swelling and bruising: 1 to 6 months or more.
ResultsYou will see a noticeable difference in the shape of your body quite soon after surgery. However, improvement will become even more apparent after about four to six weeks, when most of the swelling has subsided. You may find that you are more comfortable in a wide variety of clothes and more at ease with your body. And, by eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, you can help to maintain your new shape.
Frequently Asked QuestionsQ. Who are the best candidates for Liposuction?
A. The best candidates for liposuction are normal-weight people with firm, elastic skin who have pockets of excess fat in certain areas.
Q. With all of the variations in liposuction, how will I know which is best for me?
A. Individuals considering liposuction often feel a bit overwhelmed by the number of options and techniques available today.