Liposuction removes fatty deposits on your abdomen, buttocks, cheeks, chin, hips, knees, neck, thighs, upper arms, and waist. It’s not meant as a replacement for diet and exercise, but instead as a solution when diet and exercise haven’t helped.
Not every man or woman is a good candidate for liposuction. Ideal candidates do not have an excess amount of loose skin, but the amount of fat on their body isn’t proportionate. Finally, they want a sleeker, more defined body but have realistic expectations of what liposuction can do. The best candidates are within 30 percent of their ideal weight, do not smoke, are healthy, and the skin elasticity and muscle tone are good.
Liposuction techniques include the super-wet technique, tumescent liposuction, and ultrasound assisted liposuction. Super-wet and tumescent liposuction both involve the injection of a medicinal solution into the areas where fat is being removed. The fluid includes an anesthetic, epinephrine, and saline. The difference between these two methods is that less fluid is used with the super-wet technique, so it takes less time. Ultrasound liposuction uses ultrasound energy to melt fatty deposits before they are removed.
With all three techniques, tiny incisions are made in areas where they are not noticeable. A cannula is inserted into each incision and pushed back and forth to loosen the fatty deposits. The cannula has a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the other end. With that vacuum or syringe, the excess fat is removed.
Each liposuction is different. The length of time involved depends on how much fat you have removed. Following liposuction, the affected areas may be wrapped in bandages or compression garments. Sometimes, doctors use drains in some of the incisions to remove extra blood and fluids. Your doctor discusses how you must care for yourself once you’re home, medications you should take, and when to arrange a follow up appointment.
Expect to stay in the doctor’s facility for a few hours while the medical professionals monitor your recovery. Once you go home, you will be told to rest for a few days. You can walk around, but make sure you walk slowly and don’t overexert. Swelling and bruising are normal. Swelling usually subsides after a couple days, and bruises disappear within 7 to 10 days. You’ll return to have stitches and any drains removed within a week.
After your stitches are removed, you can usually get back to your usual routine. It’s important to maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise following liposuction to maintain your new contour.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure designed to eliminate excess fatty tissue in a targeted area, improving the body’s shape and contour.
How is Liposuction performed?
To begin the Liposuction procedure, Dr. Kessler will make several tiny incisions in the designated area. From here, a cannula (small tube) is inserted; then moving back and forth, the cannula will loosen the fatty deposits. Using suction, the fat is then removed through the cannula. Sutures will be used to close the incisions.
Is there more than one Liposuction technique are available?
There are three Liposuction techniques available. Which method is best will depend on the specific patient’s needs.
• Super-wet: A solution of anesthetic, epinephrine, and saline is first injected into the targeted area. Next, the cannula will loosen the fat and eliminate it through suction.
• Tumescent Liposuction: Performed the same way as the Super-wet technique, although the Tumescent method uses a greater volume of solution, therefore takes longer.
• Ultrasound Liposuction: Utilizing ultrasound energy, the fatty deposits are melted down before they are removed.
Who is a good candidate for the Liposuction procedure?
Both men and women, wanting to improve their physical contour, can make a potential Liposuction candidate. Not everyone is good fit for Liposuction, though. The best results are seen in patients with a high proportion of fat, but with taut skin and muscles, versus loose/lax tissues. At your consultation appointment, Dr. Kessler will discuss if Liposuction is best choice for your specific needs.
Where is the Liposuction procedure performed?
Dr. Kessler performs all of his Liposuction procedures at the nearby Star Point Surgical Center, or a local area hospital. Liposuction will be performed as an outpatient procedure.
What type of anesthesia is used during Liposuction?
Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia.
How long is a Liposuction procedure?
Depending on the extent of correction, a Liposuction procedure will take between one and three hours to complete.
What can I expect from the recovery after Liposuction?
The recovery time after Liposuction will last about one week. Patients may have initial bruising, swelling, and temporary numbness. The state-of-the-art techniques utilized by Dr. Kessler lower the extent of bruising and swelling, as seen in years past. Patients may have a burning sensation or soreness in the treatment area, but appropriate mediations will be prescribed to improve comfort level.
A compression garment is normally worn for several weeks after the Liposuction procedure, to promote the healing process. Strenuous activities and exercise should be postponed for four and six weeks after a Liposuction procedure.
When can I return to work after Liposuction?
Patients are generally feeling well enough to return to work within five to seven days, after their Liposuction procedure.
Will there be scarring after Liposuction procedure?
Liposuction will result in extremely small scars, although these are well concealed within the natural creases of the skin, therefore almost imperceptible.
What are the risks involved with Liposuction?
Liposuction has been performed since the early 1970s; it is considered extremely safe and effective. It does carry the rare risk of complications though, these can include excessive bleeding, scarring, blood clots, and infection.
Can I finance my Liposuction procedure?
Liposuction procedures can be financed through CareCredit. Contact Kessler Plastic Surgery for more information, or go to carecredit.com to apply online.