Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that removes pockets of fatty tissue from specific parts of the body through a small, thin tube (cannula). With this procedure, patients can obtain a slimmer and more contoured appearance.
Liposuction is regularly used to remove fat from various areas of the body, including:
- Abdomen and Waist
- Hips and Buttocks
- Face and Neck
Good candidates for liposuction are in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the procedure. Candidates are close to their ideal weight, but are bothered by areas of fat that have not responded well to diet and exercise.
The amount of time associated with a liposuction procedure depends on which areas of the body are being performed on during surgery. Normally, liposuction is done under twilight anesthesia on an outpatient basis, but general anesthesia may be used if the patient requires a large amount of fat to be removed.
The procedure is carried out by inserting a cannula through tiny incisions. As the cannula is moved back and forth underneath the skin, a suctioning device removes the localized fat deposits and the incisions are closed.
Although the amount of downtime varies from patient to patient, individuals will most likely experience swelling and discomfort. Specialized compression garments and prescribed medication will help ease these symptoms as the recovery process progresses. Generally, patients can return to work after one week, but should avoid any exercise or physical activity for a few weeks.
Liposuction is a popular and effective procedure that many men and women undergo. Patients are usually very satisfied with their results and no longer have to suffer the embarrassment that they felt before the procedure.
To learn more about liposuction or any other plastic surgery procedure, please call at (626) 350-0856 to schedule your consultation.