Liposuction is a procedure that removes excess or disproportionate fat in areas that are resistant to exercise, such as breasts, arms, back, stomach, hips, buttocks, and thighs. This procedure is available to both men and women.
When you first meet with your surgeon, thoroughly discuss the goals you have for your liposuction procedure. Your surgeon will tell you if these goals are realistic or not. Be precise in pointing out exactly where you would like liposuction performed. Inform your surgeon of any upcoming major life decisions, including weight gain or loss, or pregnancy.
A hollow tube called a cannula is used during a liposuction procedure to suck the fat out of your body. The cannula is inserted through the fatty tissue and is gently moved back and forth to loosen excess fat. The dislodged fat is then sucked up using the cannula. The different methods for the actual liposuction procedure including the use of ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL), which melts the fat before suctioning, are something your surgeon will discuss with you fully.
Before the surgery begins, you will be given anesthesia for your comfort. Depending on the extent and amount of liposuction you want done, the procedure should be between one and four hours in length. Afterward, the area in which you had the liposuction performed will be wrapped in a compression garment to help the skin shrink, and will probably feel sore. There is no need for you to stay overnight at the facility following the procedure.
Be sure to allow your body adequate time to heal in the days and weeks following your surgery. The area in which you underwent liposuction will probably be bruised and swollen, but that should subside within a week or so. If at all possible, elevate the part of your body that underwent the procedure. Do not perform any strenuous physical activity until you are fully healed and are feeling recovered.
For more information about a liposuction, call our office at (702) 671-5110 or schedule your appointment online today.