What is liposuction?
Liposuction (“lipoplasty”) is a body sculpting procedure that removes excess fat from selected regions of the body. The most common places where liposuction is performed are the abdomen, hips, buttocks, inner and outer thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks, and neck. This cosmetic surgery procedure is intended to remove excess fat that an individual is unable to get rid of with regular diet and exercise.
- Has realistic goals and expectations
- Is normal weight, with firm, elastic skin, and pockets of excess fat in certain areas
- Is in good physical health (no current medical problems, i.e. diabetes, heart disease, etc.)
What to expect during your initial consultation:
During your appointment at the Women’s Institute of Cosmetic & Laser Surgery, our plastic surgeon will evaluate your health, determine where your fat deposits are, and assess the condition of your skin. From there, the two of you will discuss which liposuction technique is best for your condition, or if another procedure would better fit the goals you want to achieve. The surgeon will also discuss the potential risks and complications associated with liposuction.
Some of the risks include:
- Delays in healing
- Blood clots or fat clots
- Skin irregularities
- Aesthetic risks
- Dissatisfaction with results
How is liposuction performed?
Liposuction may be performed in an office-based facility, an outpatient surgery center, or a hospital.
Depending on the technique and the area(s) where you receive treatment, you can receive either local anesthesia, which only numbs the affected areas, or general anesthesia, which will put you completely to sleep.
During traditional liposuction, the surgeon will make an incision in the selected area and insert a tube called a cannula; this pushes through the fat layers, breaks up the fat cells, and then suctions them out.
You may experience fluid drainage after surgery. An elastic garment will be used to prevent swelling. You will experience bruising, swelling, and temporary numbness and fluid fluctuations with possible weight gain. When the swelling and bruising subside, approximately four to six weeks after surgery, you will begin to see the results of better contoured, slimmer body that should continue to improve over the next year.