Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Here’s What to Expect from a Liposuction Procedure

First thing’s first: you should know that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. It is surgery to remove diet-resistant fatty deposits from hips, thighs, tummy and back. It is also done on the neck and chin area, upper arms and chest. The best outcomes are experienced by patients who have been successful on a medically supervised weight loss program, and have changed their lifestyle and adopted healthy eating habits and regular exercise that includes cardio and strength training.  The best liposuction surgeons combine years of experience, skill and artistry to sculpt the body into pleasing curves, leaving youthful fullness yet revealing the muscle tone and bone structure that makes your look and shape unique.
All patients undergoing liposuction should be medically cleared for the procedure. Different forms of anesthesia are used for different types of liposuction and your safety is vital. Generally, liposuction is done with tiny incisions and a skilled plastic surgeon will hide them in natural body folds. A thin tube, a cannula, is moved back and forth to loosen the targeted and fat and suction pulls the fat through the tube into a collection bin or syringe.

Once the procedure is done, you will be asked to refrain from strenuous physical activity to allow your body to heal. Most patients experience short-term bruising and swelling in treated areas. Your body’s natural healing powers go to work over the next weeks and months as your new shape is revealed. Your surgeon will monitor your recovery and gradually allow you to return to normal activities as your body and incisions heal. You may also be required to wear a compression garment. Do this as long as directed or longer. The constant and consistent pressure helps your skin form nicely to your new shape.

Laser-assisted liposuction is a common in-office procedure that targets small areas of fat as a final finesse to your shape or to remove small pockets of unwanted fat like the bra area of the back or sculpting the chest or waist. Local anesthesia is typically used in this procedure and the patient remains awake. The laser liquefies the targeted fat which is removed using a tiny cannula and surgical vacuum device.


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