Liposuction (Suction Lipectomy)
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a procedure that can sculpt the body by reducing the size of areas with excess fat, including the hips, thighs, buttocks, abdomen, upper arms, and neck. It can address areas that do not respond well to weight loss or exercise, but it is not a weight reduction procedure. The best candidates for liposuction are patients with good skin tone (elasticity), who have areas of excess fat in localized regions. It may be performed on several areas of the body at the same time, and it can be combined with other procedures.
How does liposuction work?
Liposuction is performed using the tumescent technique, in which fluid containing a saline solution, lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and epinephrine (helps to contract blood vessels and limit blood loss), is injected subcutaneously prior to the removal of fat. This method allows fat to be removed more easily, reduces blood loss, and provides anesthesia both during and after the procedure. The scars from the incision used for liposuction are small (less than 1 cm), and are placed in locations that are hidden from view. Through these incisions a narrow tube or cannula is inserted and used to vacuum the fat layer deep beneath the skin.
What should I expect after a liposuction procedure?
Liposuction takes between 1 and 3 hours to perform depending upon the number and size of the areas to be treated. The procedure is performed in our private ambulatory surgery facility. In cases where very large volumes of fat are removed, an overnight stay in the hospital for observation may be required. Local anesthesia alone may be sufficient for small areas, but most patients are more comfortable with a combination of local anesthesia and sedation provided by an anesthesiologist.
Following the procedure, you may experience some drainage of fluid from the incisions that could last for 1-2 days. A compression garment is placed immediately following the procedure and must be worn at all times for two weeks and then at night for another four weeks. We will measure you and order the appropriate size garment for you prior to the procedure. Purchasing two garments will allow you to wear one while washing the other. You will be encouraged to walk the day following the procedure, but heavy exercise should be avoided for three weeks. Most patients have moderate bruising which resolves within 3-4 weeks. You should anticipate remaining out of work for 3-4 days after the procedure depending upon the amount of liposuction that was performed.
Why should I choose Body Cosmetica for my liposuction?
At Body Cosmetica, we refer you to physicians whose core competency is liposuction. Every physician within the network is extremely knowledgeable about this procedure. They employ the latest techniques and technologies to achieve optimal results. In fact all of our procedures including breast reduction, breast augmentation or tummy tuck, for example are administered by physicians whose core competency is with that particular procedure.
Benefits of Liposuction
- Fat removal that improves overall health
- Targets resistant problem areas
- Reduces the appearance of cellulite
- Contours the body