Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures because it can help re-sculpt the body. It is used to slim and reshape areas of the body by removing fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction can improve body contours and proportion, and result in a more slender and better-balanced body shape. The best candidates for liposuction are normal-weight people with firm, elastic skin who have pockets of excess fat in certain areas.Liposuction is used in many areas of the body, including:
|Ankles, calves, inner knee and thighs|
|Waist and abdomen|
|Hips and buttocks|
|Chest and back|
|Chin, neck and cheeks|
Your surgeon will make small, dime-sized incisions in the areas to be treated. Then, two possible methods will be used to loosen or liquify fat deposits prior to the actual liposuction procedures.
With standard liposuction, a mixture of a saline solution, local anesthetic and other medications will be injected. The solution helps break up fat deposits, minimize trauma to the surrounding tissue and minimize bleeding. If an ultrasound-assisted liposuction is performed, your doctor will use ultrasonic energy to liquify excess fat after the injection of the solution.
The actual liposuction procedure is performed by inserting a thin tube into the fatty area. The tube operates as a powerful suction that removes the fat. The tube is also used to shape the area into a better proportion.
After your liposuction procedure, you will have some bruising, swelling and
soreness. These can last for a few weeks. Most people can go back to work within a few days, and resume normal activities in about two weeks. The swelling should subside, and the bruising should fade in about 2-4 weeks.
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