Is Liposuction Right for You?
Liposuction is not a replacement for diet and exercise but is excellent for those trouble areas (saddlebags, love handles, etc.). It is performed as an outpatient, and recovery is fairly easy.
You may be a candidate for liposuction if you have excess subcutaneous fat, which is resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction may also be desirable if you wish to change the contours of your body. Commonly involved areas are the anterior part of the neck (under the chin), upper arms and armpits, male chest/breasts, trunk, abdomen, waist, hips, thighs, inner knees, calves, and ankles. Most patients are near normal weight and desire permanent contour changes.
Improved techniques now allow larger amounts of fat removal. Liposculpture can be useful to heavier persons as well.
Liposuction is intended to produce a permanent improvement in the contour and proportion of the treated areas. A more flattering figure or physique, in or out of clothing, is another goal of liposculpture.
Liposuction is done on an outpatient basis. General anesthesia is usually used for safety and comfort. Small suction tubes (cannulas) are inserted through very short incisions placed in inconspicuous locations near the fat deposits, and excess fat is removed.
The patient goes home with a compression garment (or tape) covering the treated areas. Compression is advised for about a month as it helps reduce swelling after liposuction. Once pain and soreness decrease, it is frequently more comfortable to wear lycra or spandex exercise pants. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Bruising and swelling usually subside in 2 to 4 weeks. The final result takes shape over 2 to 3 months.
Additional procedures that may enhance the result of liposuction are tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), breast reduction, thigh lift, or buttock lift.
Liposuction is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment
The specific risks and the suitability of liposuction for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.
Liposuction: What You Should Know
You may watch what you eat and exercise consistently, but some fat remains stubbornly on your body. Many people simply want to wipe the slate clean and just remove the fat. With today’s technology, liposuction is a relatively simple procedure. Surgeons strategically remove fat to give you a slimmer body. However, liposuction isn’t for everyone. Take a look at some of the surgery details to make an informed decision on this cosmetic procedure.
Who is a Good Candidate?
If you have fat distributed evenly across your body, you’re probably not a good candidate for liposuction. Ideally, you need to have specific fat pockets that are bothersome, such as the back of the arms or around the hips. Patients undergoing successful liposuction should also have a relatively steady weight, along with healthy skin elasticity. Yo-yo dieting and sagging skin are a bad combination and may result in a less than successful outcome. The body needs to spring back into shape to make the new look appealing.
How the Procedure Works
Once the surgeon will mark the areas of fat to be removed in the pre-op area. You’ll be under sedation or general anesthesia, making the process comfortable for you. Small incisions are made and narrow tubes, called cannula, are placed in the incisions, allowing surgeons to remove fat cells as necessary. The surgery’s length differs for each patient. Many fat pockets require more time for removal compared to isolated regions. Your surgeon will go over your specific situation before the surgery.
Your anesthesia will last several hours after the procedure, but the pain will slowly set in from the incision points. Your surgeon will provide pain prescriptions to help you through the first days and weeks of recovery.