Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed today. It is indicated for patients who have localized areas of excess fat that affect their figure. Liposuction is not a way to lose weight. Nor will Liposuction reduce the actual weight on the scale by very much. Liposuction will however dramatically change the body contours of a patient's figure.
Small incisions are made followed by injections of a local anesthetic to the regions being targeted. Next, small canulas are used to aspirate or liposuction the excess fatty tissue out. This fat will not come back or "re-grow." However, if a patient puts on weight, the fat cells that have been left behind can double, triple or quadruple in size. Its very important that a patient maintain a stable body weight following liposuction.
Liposuction can be performed in any area where there is excess fat. Most commonly we see liposuction performed in the abdomen, hips, back rolls and inner and outer thighs. Liposuction can also be used for fat collections located under the chin.
Occasionally we will liposuction areas such as fatty tissues under the arms and legs. Liposuction plastic surgery is usually performed under a general anesthetic. Liposuction can be done as an out-patient cosmetic procedure and typically requires two to three weeks for recovery.
During that time it is recommend that patients wear a compression garment or girdle to squeeze the area operated on and prevent swelling and bruising. Most liposuction patients no longer require pain medications within three to four days, and can return to work in a week.
Liposuction is the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in the U.S. A good candidate for Liposuction would have troublesome, localized fat deposits. The best liposuction candidates would have problem areas despite healthy diet and fitness, for these people liposuction may be an only option to losing the fat in certain trouble spots.
This new technique has elevated liposuction to a new level. It makes use of small suction canullas that reduce the size of scars, and use the injection of dilute local anesthetic solutions, which improves the accuracy of results and reduces bleeding and bruising. It also has the added benefit of decreasing post-operative pain. This technique also calls for the suctioning of fat just below the skin, which leads to shrinkage of the overlying skin, and improvement in results when compared to standard liposuction techniques.
Injection of fat, removed at the time of liposuction, is another recent improvement in liposuction procedures. Fat injections are performed in depressions or dimples to improve overall contour and achieve aesthetic improvements that would be unattainable with liposuction alone. This technique can also be used in the face to achieve fuller lips or more youthful facial proportions.
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