What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a procedure that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck. During the past decade, liposuction has benefited from several new refinements. Today, a number of new techniques, including ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL), the tumescent technique, and the super-wet technique, are helping many plastic surgeons to provide patients with more precise results and quicker recovery. Although no type of liposuction is a substitute for dieting and exercise, liposuction can remove stubborn areas of fat that don't respond to traditional weight-loss methods.
There are several liposuction techniques that can make the procedure easier and enhance the outcome. The time required to perform liposuction will vary, depending on the size of the area, the amount of fat being removed, the type of anesthesia and the technique used.
Liposuction removes localized deposits of fat to re-contour one or more areas of the body. Through a tiny incision, a narrow tube is inserted and used to vacuum the fat layer that lies deep beneath the skin. The tube is moved through the fat layer, breaking up fat cells and suctioning them out. If many sites are being treated, your surgeon will then move on to the next area, working to keep the incisions as inconspicuous as possible.
After Surgery and Recovery
Final results take time following surgery. Even though the newer techniques reduce some post-operative discomforts, you may still experience some pain, burning, swelling, bleeding and temporary numbness. Pain can be controlled with medications prescribed by Dr. Siwy, though you may still feel stiff and sore for a few days. Healing is a gradual process. You'll be encouraged to start walking as soon as possible to reduce swelling and help prevent blood clots. You'll begin to feel better after about a week or two and you should be back at work within a few days following your surgery. The stitches are removed or dissolve within the first week to 10 days.
Though liposuction is normally safe, complications can and do occur. Risks increase if a greater number of areas are treated at the same time, or if the operative sites are larger in size. Removal of a large amount of fat and fluid may require longer operating times than may be required for smaller operations.