What are the goals of liposuction?
Liposuction is a contouring procedure. Having the procedure will remove several inches from the area addressed. Areas such as love handles and saddlebags are just a couple of the more common areas that are addressed.
Will liposuction help with cellulite or loose skin?
The honest answer to that question is no. If cellulite or loose skin from weight loss is your main concerns, you should not have the procedure because you will be disappointed. If you have loose skin not only will liposuction not improve it, it may make it worse.
What are the different types of liposuction?
The goal of each technique is to remove fat cells with as little trauma as possible. There are several types: suction assisted liposuction; ultrasonic assisted liposuction; laser assisted; and recently, water pressure assisted liposuction.
What is tumescent liposuction?
Today all liposuction procedures are performed with tumescent solution. It doesn’t matter if you use suction assisted, ultrasonic, or laser-assisted systems; tumescent solution is introduced into the tissues first. The tumescent solution is a combination of local anesthetic and epinephrine. Infusion of the tumescent solution prior to aspiration will decrease pain, swelling, bruising, blood loss, and make it easier to remove the fat.
Will the fat come back? And if it does will it come back in other places?
People are born with a finite number of fat cells. They never grow any more or less. When people gain weight it is because they are storing more fat in each cell so the cells themselves get bigger. As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle of good diet and exercise the fat will not come back. On the other hand, if you do not maintain your healthy lifestyle and gain significant weight you may see more fat depositing in other areas.
What type of anesthesia will I get?
If the area is small, you may only need a little sedation with the tumescent solution. If on the other hand there is a greater volume to be removed, you may need general anesthesia.
When can I go back to work and exercise?
Depending on the amount of liposuction you had done, you may return to work after a couple of days or a week. Full, unrestricted activity may be resumed in 3-4 weeks.
When will I see the final result?
It takes up to 6 months for all of the swelling to leave your tissues. So at 6 months you will have your final result.
What are some of the potential complications of liposuction?
- Poor Scarring
- Uneven Skin or Contour
- Pain and Numbness that may be Permanent
- Worsening of Cellulite
- Creation of Dimples