Despite good health, a reasonable level of fitness and normal body weight, some people may still have a body with disproportionate contours due to localized fat deposits. These areas may be due to family traits rather than a lack of weight control or fitness.
Liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits, improving your body contours and proportion, and ultimately enhancing your self-image.
These techniques may be used to reduce localized fat deposits of the thighs, hips and buttocks, abdomen and waist, upper arms, back, inner knee, chest area, cheeks, chin and neck and calves and ankles.
What it won’t do: Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise. It is also not an effective treatment for cellulite, the dimpled skin that typically appears on the thighs, hips and buttocks, or loose saggy skin.
Am I a good candidate?
If you are bothered by excess fat deposits – located anywhere on your body – that don’t respond to diet or exercise, liposuction may be right for you.
Ideal candidates for liposuction are:
- Adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
- Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
- Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring
Liposuction is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions.
First, sterile liquid solution is infused to reduce bleeding and trauma. Then a thin hollow tube, or cannula, is inserted through these incisions to loosen excess fat using a controlled back and forth motion.
The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula.
The location of the liposuction treatment plays an important role in determining the size of the cannula and the number of incisions. The most common liposuction cannulas are 3 mm, but they can range from 1.5 mm to 6 mm. For smaller cannulas, more incisions are needed, but the incisions are smaller and leave less scarring. Larger cannulas with larger incisions achieve results over a larger area through possibly only one incision. In either case, your surgeon works to minimize scarring as much as possible.
There are three tried-and-true options for the permanent removal of localized fat:
Tumescent Liposuction, otherwise known as Micro-Liposuction: In tumescent liposuction your surgeon would first inject a large amount of anesthetic solution into the tissue, causing it to swell and become firmer. Currently this technique is considered the safest and most effective
Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction, also called Ultrasonic Liposuction: In ultrasound-assisted liposuction, ultrasonic wave energy ruptures the fat cells so they are liquefied before removal. It may be a good option in places where the tissue is firm or especially fibrous, or when large amounts of fat are to be removed. This method takes significantly longer to complete than tumescent liposuction. For more details on this procedure please refer to VASER LIposelection/Liposculpture.
Superwet Technique: The superwet technique is similar to the tumescent technique, but the amount of fluid is equal to the amount of fat to be removed.
The skin will be swollen and sore, and this can last for several days. In some cases the incisions are left open temporarily so that fluids and residual fatty deposits can empty through an inserted drain. An antibiotic may be prescribed to reduce the possibility of infection.
Often the treatment area is wrapped with elastic bandages, or support hosiery or a girdle is prescribed, to compress tissue and help control swelling and bruising. Your surgeon may want you to wear the bandage or garment for several days.
Swelling should subside, bruising should fade and initial results may appear in 2-4 weeks. Final results could appear in 2-6 months. Significant weight gain can cause recurrence of fatty deposits.
Risks and Complications
Below are possible risks that you need to be aware about before deciding on a liposuction. This is not meant to scare you but it is vital that you understand and accept these risks no matter how remote they may be. In the hands of a properly qualified and experienced surgeon, such as ours at Perfect Enhancement, these risks are significantly reduced:
- Uneven contours
- Rippling or loose skin
- Skin or nerve damage
- Irregular pigmentation
- Fat clots
- Blood clots
- Excessive fluid loss or fluid accumulation
- Unfavorable scarring
- Thermal burn or heat injury from ultrasound with the ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty technique
- Anesthesia risks
- Bleeding (hematoma)
- Change in skin sensation
- Skin discoloration or swelling
- Pain, which may persist
- Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, lungs, and abdominal organs
- Poor wound healing
- Persistent swelling in the legs
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Possibility of revisional surgery
Liposuction is commonly performed in combination with other procedures such as Tummy Tuck and your surgeon may recommend this to you. Please check out our attractive combination surgery packages for further discounts!