About Liposuction Surgery
Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States and can be performed alone or in conjunction with other types of cosmetic surgery procedures such as:
A tiny incision is made in an inconspicuous location near the area of fat that is being removed. A small cannula, sometimes as thin as a piece of spaghetti, is inserted and the fat is either suctioned out when conventional liposuction is performed or it is liquefied when using laser liposuction, the preferred alternative to ultrasonic liposuction.
In Pittsburgh, liposuction is commonly performed by layering different types of liposuction technology to achieve maximum fat reduction while tightening and toning the skin as well. The use of conventional liposuction in conjunction with laser liposuction achieves this result. In Columbus, liposuction surgery is performed with the same technology and layering technique, achieving optimal skin tightening and fat reduction even in smaller areas that are often difficult to reach through conventional liposuction alone.
After surgery, many patients find that their self-image and self-confidence has greatly improved, making their weight management and weight reduction goals easier to maintain through healthy diet and exercise choices.
Liposuction can be performed on any area of the body, however the most requested areas include:
- Inner and outer thigh
- Back (love handles)
Most individuals wanting to lose fat and reshape the contours of the body are excellent candidates for liposuction; however, the best candidates live a healthy lifestyle and are within 30 pounds of their ideal body weight. Liposuction is not a weight loss tool and should not be used for weight reduction; therefore, it should not be performed on obese individuals.
Recovery from Liposuction
Recovering from liposuction, patients may feel a slight burning sensation and mild to moderate discomfort to the area that was treated. Typically, this discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Patients are asked to wear a compression garment for two to three weeks following the procedure to keep bruising and swelling to a minimum. In addition, heavy lifting and exercise should be avoided for two or three weeks following surgery.*
Even with some minor swelling, results can be seen immediately, however optimal improvement is seen in three to six months after the surgery is performed.