Liposuction is an operation that removes excess localized fat through small, hidden incisions. The most common affected areas include the abdomen, flanks, thighs, buttocks, medial thighs and knees. Other areas that can sometimes be helped are the arms, chest, neck and calves. The fat is removed by a carefully controlled cannula that first breaks up and then aspirates the unwanted fat. The procedure includes injection of large volumes of very dilute local anesthetic that reduces pain, bleeding and helps restore fluid balance affected by removal of large volumes. Liposuction is not an alternative to weight loss. It is a procedure that re-contours your shape after you are within five to ten pounds of your ideal or goal weight. If the areas to be re-shaped are small (only the hips or just around the belly button), then it may be possible to do this under local anesthesia. I have found that the vast majority of my patients are too uncomfortable during the injection of the local anesthetic, even in some “small” cases to recommend this. Elective surgery should not be an ordeal to be endured and I feel most patients do better having surgery of this nature done under general anesthesia administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. At the end of the case, all patients are placed in a compression garment that is not removed for five days. After this period, the garment and sutures are removed. You may now shower but a new compression garment is now worn for an additional five weeks. Liposuction and all procedures I do are performed exclusively by me in my state of the art, AAASF certified operating room. No part of the operation is done by any other surgeon, nurse or assistant. Patients do not stay in a hospital or overnight facility but must be accompanied by a responsible adult the first night after surgery. The length of surgery varies according to the number of areas as well as the amount of fat to be removed from two to five hours. I do not believe it is safe to remove more than five liters of fat as an outpatient. Patients are encouraged to be mobile the first day of surgery, though not excessively so. Most patients can return to work in about one week. Some swelling and firmness can persist for three to six months but your final result is often evident by three months. Changes are permanent since the fat cells removed to not regenerate. However, the remaining cells can store fat and an injudicious diet accompanied by a sedentary life style will result in a recurrence of fat accumulation at the operated and/or other areas of the body.
What is it Like to Have Liposuction?
Having laser lipo has affected by life positively by helping me improve myself physically and by minimally interrupting my normal daily life.
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