Every year more patients seek pleasing body contours. Many have tried extreme diets and strict exercise routines with no results. It’s a common problem that revolves around the fact that excess fat tends to linger in areas such as the thighs, hips, and stomach, which only liposuction can treat.
Liposuction has become one of the most popularly performed cosmetic procedures at our practice. This body contouring approach can achieve smooth and toned contours with results that can be enjoyed for longer than you can imagine.
Liposuction is not a weight-loss tool, but rather a quick and safe way to remove isolated and stubborn fat deposits. The best candidates for this procedure have reached their target weight and maintained it for at least a few months. Candidates considering this procedure should be in good health, have minimal excess skin, and good skin elasticity.
Liposuction can be used almost anywhere, but most notably in the midsection to create a slimmer look. However, facial liposuction is also very common to restore youthfulness to the neck and face. It can be combined with other procedures including abdominoplasty, facelift, neck lift, and breast reduction to maximize the results as one procedure alone may not be able to address all the areas of concern. Fat cells removed during liposuction are treated, and processed to be used in other procedures. Some popular procedures such as Brazilian butt lift, fat grafting, and breast enlargement start with extracting fat cells through liposuction.
When it comes to liposuction, there are a variety of approaches, but tumescent liposuction remains the average surgical approach. The procedure begins with making several small incisions near the targeted area just a few millimeters long. A solution containing saline water and a local anesthetic is then injected through the incisions. This tumescent solution also contains epinephrine to treat and prevent bleeding by constricting blood vessels. The fat is then suctioned out of the targeted areas through a thin tubbed called cannula.
It’s natural to experience some discomfort after liposuction. The initial bruising and swelling will eventually subside. A compression garment will be provided to aid with healing and help the body adapt to the new contours. The area will eventually heal and the swelling will dissipate with the final results taking up to six months. Most patients go back to work a week or two after surgery. The treated area will look slimmer and smoother right after surgery, but the swelling takes some time to dissipate. All our patients report feeling a boost in their self-esteem as their body shape improves.
During your liposuction consultation, your surgeon will discuss any preexisting medical conditions you may have, medications you are currently taking, allergies, prior surgeries, alcohol and drug use, and smoking habits. Patients will be instructed to quit any unhealthy lifestyle habits that interferes with surgery and recovery. The surgeon will further evaluate the patient’s health, take pictures, and talk about liposuction options available to meet your goals.
Once the course of treatment has been chosen, the potential risks and complications as well as outcomes will be covered as well. It’s very important you understand what liposuction will and will not accomplish for you. You may feel a bit anxious at first, but as you understand the process, your fears will be laid to rest.
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