Liposuction is one of the most requested cosmetic surgery procedures and is an ideal way to permanently remove fat pockets and cells that exercise and dieting leave untouched. Liposuction surgery is typically performed on the legs, hips, stomach, buttock, arms, knees and ankles which are problem areas for most candidates. Liposuction surgery is performed under anesthesia.
The concept of liposuction is surprisingly simple. Liposuction is a surgical technique that improves the body’s contour by removing excess fat from deposits located between the skin and muscle. Liposuction involves the use of a small stainless steel tube, called a cannula (from the Latin word for reed, tube, cane). The cannula is connected to a powerful suction pump and inserted into the fat through small incisions in the skin. Fat removal is accomplished as the suction cannula creates tiny tunnels through the fatty layers. After surgery, these tiny tunnels collapse and thus result in an improved body contour.
During the liposuction surgery procedure, an incision is made in the area to be contoured, a tube is inserted, and excess fat and fat cells are suctioned out. The end result is a more toned, tighter physique and a more shapely body. If you are interested in liposuction surgery, please contact us to find out more.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT LIPOSUCTION
What is liposuction?
- Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that uses a cannula to suction away fat in certain areas of the body. It is used to contour areas such as the hips, flanks, buttocks, inner/outer thighs, legs, abdomen, arms, chin, neck, and back.
How long is this operation?
- The length of time is dependent on how many areas will be addressed at the time of surgery. This will be discussed at your consultation or preoperative appointment.
What type of incisions will I have?
- This surgery involves small incisions, usually less than 1cm in length, which are used to introduce the cannula into the areas that need liposuction. The number of incisions is dependent on what area and how many areas are being addressed.
What kind of dressings will I have after surgery?
- The incisions will be covered with small tape-like dressings called steri-strips. These stay on the incisions for several days and eventually come off on their own. We do not apply steri-strips on every patient, particularly those that have skin sensitivity or a tape allergy. Over the incisions, there may be small pieces of gauze and tape which may be removed 1-2 days after surgery. The areas should remain covered if they continue to drain fluid.
Will I need to have sutures (stitches) removed after surgery?
- There is typically one suture in each area that an incision is made. These sutures will need to be removed by a provider in the office approximately 7-10 days after surgery.
How long will I need to wear a compression garment?
- The compression garment will need to be worn continuously for the first 3 weeks out of surgery. After 3 weeks, the garment will need to be worn most of the time though at that point it would be okay to go without the garment for several hours at a time. After 6 full weeks, the compression garment does not need to be worn.
How long should I expect to have swelling?
- Although most swelling resolves over the first month after surgery, swelling may persist anywhere from 6 weeks to 3 months. Wearing the compression garment as instructed plays a key role in reducing the amount of swelling postoperatively. Bruising from the procedure should be expected though it usually resolves within the first month after surgery.