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Liposuction

Liposuction is a procedure that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas:

• Abdomen: Used alone or with a tummy tuck.

• Limbs: Thighs, knees, calves, ankles, buttocks, fat arms and other abnormal isolated fat deposits.

• Breasts: Excess amount of fat in breasts (must common in men).

• Face and neck: The double chin and fatty neck. It is a procedure combined with a facelift.

THE BEST CANDIDATES FOR LIPOSUCTION

Liposuction can benefit many patients where previous techniques of body contouring have not achieved desired results.

To be a good candidate for liposuction, you must have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for you. It’s important to understand that liposuction can improve your appearance and self confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal or cause other people to treat you differently. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.

RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS

• Bruising and swelling: These are inevitable in the immediate post-operative period. It will last no more than 10 to 15 days, in some patients bruising and swelling can last for months.

• Scars: Scars are very small and usually wherever possible placed at inconspicuous sites.

• Rippling, looseness and sagging of skin: This can occur if either excessive amounts of fat have to be removed from an area, or if skin has a poor tone initially. It is impossible, however, to predict accurately how much skin will tighten up after the liposuction.

• Lumpiness and hardness: After the surgery this usually occurs. This is part of the normal healing process.

PLANNING YOUR SURGERY

In your initial consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your health, determine where your fat deposits lie and the condition of your skin. Your surgeon will explain the body-contouring methods that may be most appropriate for you. For example, if you believe you want liposuction in the abdominal area, you may learn that an abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” may more effectively meet your goals.

PREPARING FOR YOUR SURGERY

Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, and taking or avoiding vitamins, iron tablets and certain medications. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure and, if needed, to help you at home for a day or two.

WHERE YOUR SURGERY WILL BE PERFORMED

Liposuction may be performed in a hospital. Smaller-volume liposuction is usually done on an outpatient basis for reasons of cost and convenience. However, if a large volume of fat will be removed, a stay in a hospital or overnight nursing facility may be required.

ANESTHESIA FOR LIPOSUCTION

With your surgeon will select the type of anesthesia that provides the most safe and effective level of comfort for your surgery.

If only a small amount of fat and a limited number of body sites are involved, liposuction can be performed under local anesthesia, which numbs only the affected areas. However, if you prefer, the local is usually used along with intravenous sedation to keep you more relaxed during the procedure.

However, this surgical procedure is done under general anesthesia, particularly if a large volume of fat is being removed.

THE SURGERY

The time required to perform liposuction may vary considerably, depending on the size of the area, the amount of fat being removed, the type of anesthesia and the technique used.

Liposuction is a procedure in which localized deposits of fat are removed to reshape one or more areas of the body. Through a tiny incision, a narrow tube or cannula is inserted and used to vacuum the fat layer that lies deep beneath the skin. The cannula is pushed then pulled through the fat layer, breaking up the fat cells and suctioning them out. The suction action is provided by a vacuum pump or a large syringe, depending on the surgeon’s preference. 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 YOUR SURGERY

After surgery, you will likely experience some fluid drainage from the incisions. Occasionally, a small drainage tube may be inserted beneath the skin for a couple of days to prevent fluid build-up. To control swelling and to help your skin better fit its new shape, you may be fitted with an elastic garment to wear over the treated area for a few weeks. Your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection.

GETTING BACK TO NORMAL

Healing is a gradual process. Your surgeon will probably tell you to start walking around as soon as possible to reduce swelling and to help prevent blood clots from forming in your legs. You will 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 on their own within the first week to 10 days.

Activity that is more strenuous should be avoided for about a month as your body continues to heal. Although most of the bruising and swelling usually disappears within three weeks, some swelling may remain for six months or more.

YOUR NEW LOOK

You will see a noticeable difference in the shape of your body quite soon after surgery. However, improvement will become even more apparent after about four to six weeks, when most of the swelling has reabsorbed. After about three months, any persistent mild swelling usually disappears and the final shape will be visible.