As we get older fat deposits often occur that are resistant to even the most strenuous of diet and exercise programs. In women, these areas are most often the lower abdomen, the outer thigh, or “saddlebag” area, and the inner thigh. In men, these areas are most often the flanks, or “love handles,” the breast area, and the lower abdomen. For these and other areas of fat accumulation, body “liposculpture” using liposuction is a great treatment option.
Liposuction of fat deposits is nothing new. What is new is the manner in which the liposuction is performed. Some years ago the procedure required general anesthesia and large-bore cannulas. Excessive blood loss and contour irregularities were common. However, with the advent of “tumescent” fluid infiltration and newer, fine-bore cannula, the procedure can now be done safely and comfortably under local anesthetic and much finer control of the final contour is possible.
Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity and it is not a substitute for diet and exercise. However, for individuals with resistant body fat, Tumescent Liposuction is a safe and reliable method for improving the body’s contour.
What is liposuction surgery?
Liposuction surgery is the removal of unwanted bulges created by excess localized fat deposits. A straw sized suction tube is inserted through tiny incisions and a high-pressure vacuum removes the unwanted fat.
What areas are treated?
The most common area treated is the upper outer thigh area in women. These areas are commonly referred to as “saddlebags”. The second most common area is the lower abdomen in women. The most common area in men is the flank (love handles) followed by the lower abdomen. Other areas that are also treated are jowls, necks, arms, backs, waists, hips, buttocks, upper inner thighs, knees, calves and ankles. Liposuction is also the treatment of choice for gynecomastia (enlarged breasts) in men.
Who is a good candidate for liposuction surgery?
Athletic individuals who are already on an exercise program and of normal body weight are considered ideal candidates for this treatment. Usually they have done just about everything possible to lose the unwanted localized fat accumulation. Patients can be moderately overweight and still be good candidates for surgery. Patients who are significantly overweight may be adequate candidates for a limited number of areas. The most important thing is to have realistic expectations of what can be achieved. Age is not a significant factor. The patient should be in good general health without significant heart or lung problems.
This technique is not a treatment for generalized obesity and is not a substitute for weight loss. There is a limit to how much fat can be removed safely at one time.
Is this a dangerous procedure?
When liposuction is performed with local anesthesia by the tumescent technique, significant complications are virtually unheard of. The tumescent technique gives superior results while markedly decreasing the risk, expense and postoperative discomfort of liposuction.
Where is liposuction surgery performed?
Nearly all cases are performed in the office OR with local anesthesia. Oral and/or intramuscular sedation is usually used. Oftentimes a patient who has already undergone one session of liposuction will request that the second session be done with only local anesthesia and no sedation.
What is the recovery period?
The recovery time varies with how many areas are treated and the type of activity the patient intends to resume. Most patients are performing routine duties after two days, but in some cases five or six days of “recovery time” may be necessary.
Will there be bandages?
There will be gauze bandages along with special compression garments which are usually worn under clothing at all times except when bathing or showering for 4 to 7 days. These recommendations vary greatly from patient to patient. We supply these garments, which are made specifically for compression after liposuction surgery.
Will the fat regrow?
It is generally accepted that once puberty is reached, no new fat cells develop. The fat cells either swell or shrink in size depending on weight gain or loss. When fat cells are removed from a treated area they do not return. Liposuction surgery is, indeed, the only true spot reducer. Long-term body weight, however, is not influenced by liposuction.
What will happen to the excess skin?
Skin is a dynamic organ which has elasticity and in most cases is able to shrink to fit the new body contour. Excess skin can be removed at a later date if the patient so desires. This is almost never necessary.
Are touch-ups often necessary?
Redo’s are almost never necessary. Subtle fine tuning sessions taking 5 to 15 minutes are not uncommon if large volumes of fat from multiple body sites have been previously suctioned.
When will I notice the results?
Significant improvement is usually seen between 10 to 14 days. Additional improvement may continue for up to 6 to 12 months postoperatively.
Will I lose weight?
Weight loss may be minimal because fat weighs very little. The difference will be seen primarily in the way your clothes fit you. You will probably lose inches and look slimmer. The appearance of cellulite is sometimes improved.
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