Many people can benefit from liposuction. When diet and exercise just aren’t able to help you achieve the body contours you are looking to meet. Liposuction quickly became one of the most popular plastic surgical techniques because it’s safe and targeted to only the areas you want. Many who are having another plastic surgical procedure done, such as a “tummy tuck” or breast augmentation will have liposuction at the same time.
How Does It Work?
Liposuction is the removal of unwanted fat cells in specific areas. Popular areas are the upper arms, thighs, abdomen, and chin, but other areas can be targeted. Liposuction surgery consists of the surgeon making small incisions where a metal tube (cannula) is inserted. It is connected to a powerful vacuum, and the fat cells are sucked out. Most liposuction surgeries a medicated fluid is injected before the procedure to help lubricate the cells for easier removal. The liquid, or wetting, helps to reduce bleeding and minimize any pain.
What to Expect After Liposuction
The area will be wrapped firmly to decrease bruising, swelling, and pain. This elastic wrapping or another form-fitting garment will need to be worn for three to four weeks. Often the swelling and bruising will last the first seven to ten days. If you are at risk for infection, antibiotics will be prescribed. It is an outpatient surgical procedure and most area able to move around as soon as it’s completed. Most improvements are noticed within a few days, but it can take up to six months for the skin to tighten in some areas.
Who are Candidates for Liposuction?
The best candidates are women or men over the age of 25 years old in excellent health, are within 25 pounds of their ideal weight, and have fat deposits that have not responded well to their diet and exercise. The skin’s elasticity, or ability to bounce back, will be assessed to determine if liposuction is the best route to treat any problem areas you have. A plastic surgeon will determine your candidacy when you have a consultation.