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.
- 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. Liposuction can be useful to heavier persons as well.
- A permanent improvement in the contour and proportion of the treated areas.
- A more flattering figure or physique, in or out of clothing.
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.