Liposuction surgery removes excess deposits of fat to sculpt an improved shape to a patient’s body. While liposuction is best known as a fat removal procedure, it is also one of the best procedures to help a patient refine his or her shape. In fact, cosmetic surgeons often use liposuction to refine the results of other procedures, as no other technique allows for such detailed improvements in body contour.
Liposuction is best for reducing localized fat deposits, and the most satisfied patients are typically happy with their overall weight before surgery. The ideal liposuction patient has localized fat deposits & good skin tone.
However, it’s important to have realistic expectations about what liposuction can achieve, in terms of getting the body of your dreams. Your cosmetic surgeon can recommend the options best suited to your needs.
Since liposuction is designed specifically to target fatty tissue, it will not significantly improve the appearance of loose skin. Other body contouring procedures, such as a tummy tuck or body lift, could be better options for you.
If you want to lose a significant amount of weight, you may know that liposuction can improve your shape, which can help you look thinner and more fit, but it’s not a weight-loss method. While some overweight patients can benefit from the reshaping effects, the most satisfied patients tend to be happy with their weight prior to surgery.
Patients with sagging skin or muscle laxity may get better results from a tummy tuck.
Is liposuction right for me?
Both men and women undergo liposuction every year to achieve a variety of different goals. Some patients want to look better in a swimsuit, while others want to find jeans that fit more comfortably. For men, liposuction can often successfully treat gynecomastia. Cosmetic surgeons will often use liposuction to enhance the results of other procedures.
If one or more of the following apply to you, liposuction is an option to consider:
■I have excess fat deposits on my hips, belly, thighs, neck, or chest that won’t respond to diet or exercise. Liposuction is excellent for reducing fatty bulges and sculpting a beautifully natural contour to the body.
■I feel like certain areas are out of proportion with the rest of my figure. Reducing excess fat on one area of the body can bring it into better balance with your natural features.
■I have good skin elasticity – sagging skin is not a problem for me. For optimal results, the skin should have a good enough tone to contract to the body’s new contours.
There are many different liposuction techniques available to surgeons today. The main difference between each type of liposuction is the technology they use to assist the fat removal process. The manufacturers of each type claim to have unique advantages, and cosmetic surgeons will sometimes prefer a certain technique depending on the nature of the procedure. Just remember that the skill and experience of the cosmetic surgeon performing liposuction will make the biggest difference in your results.
Below are some of the types of liposuction more commonly used by New Life Plastic Surgery’s surgeons today:
Tumescent Liposuction: with this technique, a cosmetic surgeon will inject an anesthetic “tumescent” solution into the treatment area to minimize bleeding and discomfort during the procedure. Depending on the patient, tumescent liposuction can often be performed with local anesthesia.
Suction Assisted Liposuction: This technique uses a vacuum-like device to help remove the fat. Power-Assisted Liposuction is a similar technique that involves a tool that enhances the motion of the cannula used to remove the fat.
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure and can be safely performed using local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on the nature of the procedure. Your cosmetic surgeon will recommend the anesthesia method that is most appropriate for your needs.
The procedure starts with one or more small incisions near the treatment area. A cannula, or thin tube, is inserted through these incisions to lose excess fat beneath the skin. Then, the fat is suctioned out. The entire procedure can take under an hour or up to 3 hours or longer, depending on the number of areas treated.
Liposuction has become a popular way to sculpt the body’s shape, and it can be done in a relatively quick time. With today’s advanced liposuction techniques designed to minimize swelling, trauma, and discomfort when performed by qualified surgeons, recovery from this procedure is remarkably quick for many patients who return to work just days after their procedures depending on the physical requirements of their jobs as well as how much fat was removed during surgery. The degree of pain patients experience postoperatively varies among people but most find over-the-counter medication more than enough at managing any soreness which may occur afterward.
The cosmetic surgeons always recommend that patients wear a compression garment for several weeks following surgery. This will help minimize swelling and encourage optimal skin contraction, which is crucial in minimizing scarring after the procedure and helping the healing process. With proper care, scars should fade significantly over the months of healing; many people’s scars are barely visible within 1-year post-procedure.
It is important to maintain a stable weight to obtain the best results after your surgery. Any drastic changes in weight can affect the final look of the body.
Liposuction is a safe procedure and an excellent option to improve the shape of your body. The best way to decide if lipo may be right for you is to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon.