For some reason, no matter how much you exercise or watch your diet, there are pockets of fat that simply won’t go away. Liposuction surgery sculpts your body, eliminating unwanted pockets of exercise and diet-resistant fat. A tube inserted through tiny incisions in the target areas suctions out the fat. Liposuction can remove fat in the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, inner knees, chest, cheeks, chin, calves, love handles, breasts (including male breasts) and ankles. This body-contouring procedure can also be used to enhance other procedures such as tummy tucks and facelifts.
Because liposuction incisions are small, the scars are also small. Most liposuction scars fade and are barely visible over time making this procedure one of the safest and most popular cosmetic procedures.
For certain individuals, diet and exercise will never get rid of stubborn pockets of fat. If you are in good general health and have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.
Recovery After Liposuction
After the procedure, the treated areas will be wrapped to help reduce swelling, bruising, and pain. Compression garments, elastic bandages, or other form-fitting garments will need to be worn for the next three to four weeks to help your body adjust to its new contour. There will be a good deal of bruising and swelling for the first week to 10 days.
Your specific recovery period will depend on the extent of the treated areas. If you’ve only had a very small amount of fat removed from a single area, you can usually return to work within two to three days. If you’ve had multiple areas treated, you may need about a week of rest.
You will be able to see results immediately after your procedure, but the full extent may take up to a month to be realized, due to swelling and adjustment from your body. Most patients can return to their full routine, including exercise, within six weeks.
If you take care of yourself, your liposuction results can last forever. But, while the fat removed won’t return to that specific site, if you gain weight, it can form pockets elsewhere. That’s why a continuing healthy lifestyle will produce the best results.
During your initial consultation you will have the opportunity to discuss your specific cosmetic goals. Dr. Sasson will evaluate you as a candidate for liposuction and clarify what liposuction can do for you and if you are the right candidate.
Women may have liposuction performed under the chin, on their hips, thighs, and stomach, and in the under arm and breast area.
For men, common sites include under the chin and around the waist. Liposuction may also be used in the reduction of enlarged male breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia.
Healthy, normal-weight people with elastic skin and pockets of excess fat are good candidates for surgery.
The best candidates for liposuction are of normal weight with localized areas of excess fat– for example, in the buttocks, hips, and thighs.
The surgeon inserts a cannula through small incisions in the skin. At the other end of the tube is a vacuum-pressure unit that suctions off the fat.