Despite their best efforts to eat right and exercise, many men and women continue to have stubborn areas of fat deposits around their upper and lower abdomen, hips, and thighs. Liposuction is excellent for removal of localized fatty deposits. Liposuction does have its limitations, however. It’s designed for body contouring and is not meant to be a treatment for obesity. During liposuction, the surgeon makes small, inconspicuous incisions in which he inserts a small metal tube to extract excess fat. When performed correctly, scars are almost undetectable and are generally hidden in the edge of the pubic area or in the belly button. Because of its safety and effectiveness, liposuction has become the most common cosmetic procedure performed by plastic surgeons today.
Who is a candidate for Liposuction?
- If you have excess subcutaneous fat, which is resistant to diet and exercise.
- 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, male chest/breasts, trunk, abdomen, waist, hips, thighs, inner knees, calves, ankles and buttock.
- 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.
What results can I expect from Liposuction surgery?
- A permanent improvement in the contour and proportion of the treated areas.
- A more flattering figure or physique, in or out of clothing.
What is “tumescent liposuction“?
The term “tumescent technique” involves the injection of a large amount of fluid containing saline, adrenaline and local anesthetic into a fatty area. By “wetting” the fat this allows easier fat removal, smoother contouring, elimination of pain and reduction of bleeding, bruising and swelling. Dr. Schantz uses this type of liposuction on all patients.
Will the weight come back after liposuction?
The adult human has a finite number of fat cells and liposuction removes a portion of them. If one were to gain weight afterliposuction the remaining fat cells can increase in size (this is how the body gains weight) but because there are fewer fat cells left in an area treated with liposuction, the added weight tends to distribute itself more evenly throughout other areas of the body. Remember liposuction is not a weight loss technique; it is rather a technique for contouring limited areas of the body. Continuing a proper diet and exercise are important following liposuction to maintain the body’s new contours.
How long is the recovery period after I get liposuction?
The patient will go home with a compression garment covering the treated areas. Compression is advised for about six weeks as it helps reduce swelling and helps you achieve the final results more quickly. Once pain and soreness decrease, it’s frequently more comfortable to wear lycra or spandex garments. Initial discomfort is controlled with oral medication. Bruising usually subsides in approximately 6 weeks. Swelling can take 2-4 months to subside.
What areas are most frequently treated with liposuction?
Most external areas of localized fat deposition in the body can be potentially treated with liposuction. In women the most frequently treated areas are the outer thighs and hip area followed by the abdomen (stomach). In men the abdomen and flanks “love handles” are most popular. Other commonly treated areas are the knees, back, chest, neck and arms.
What are other options that would help enhance the outcome of the liposuction?
Are there risks associated with liposuction?
Any surgical procedure involves risks and potential complications. Liposuction is the most commonly performed plastic surgical operation in the United States and is ordinarily quite safe. As with any surgical procedure, bleeding, infection, thrombophlebitis, nerve damage, etc, can occur and a careful assessment of the potential risks and benefits must be made preoperatively during the consultative process. Aesthetic complications such as skin and fat irregularity and waviness can occur. Fortunately complications are uncommon and most patients are satisfied with their results following liposuction.