Liposuction begins with a small incision in the area to be treated. Next, a thin, hollow tube is inserted into the incision and fat cells, pockets and tissues are vacuumed out and discarded. Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis under anesthesia and can last two or more hours.
Common side effects include temporary bruising, numbness, soreness and burning sensations, but most of these effects will subside within a few days or weeks time. Once the area has healed, the patient should notice a firmer, tighter physique.
Patients are recommended proper rest during the recovery and they are advised to refrain from engaging in physical exertion. Complete healing takes up to three months and any rigorous activity such as going to the gym should be resumed only after that. The ideal wait period is four months.
* Results and patient experience may vary.
When stubborn fat deposits resist all your best efforts, consider treatment with liposuction at Advanced Skin Care, Dermatology, and Plastic Surgery in Fullerton and Newport Beach. Our state-of-the-art liposuction procedures are skillfully performed to remove targeted pockets of fat to achieve a more toned and sculpted body.
Liposuction is not designed for weight loss – that should be accomplished through diet and exercise, or specialized weight loss surgical procedures. However, for many people, no matter how rigorously they exercise or how carefully they count calories, carb grams, or fat grams, it can only do so much to overcome genetic code. People are predisposed to accumulate fat in certain areas, and unfortunately, in many cases those areas are not where we want the fat to go.
CANDIDATES FOR LIPOSUCTION
The best results are observed in patients who are healthy and have no medical conditions that can obstruct the healing process. Patients with a fairly good muscle tone and firm skin end up with satisfactory results.
TYPES OF LIPOSUCTIONS
Medical technology in the area of liposuction has advanced in recent years. New, improved techniques have made liposuction safer and easier to perform, with less post-operative pain and discomfort and shorter downtime than ever before. Our skilled plastic surgeon can recommend the most appropriate liposuction techniques for your custom-tailored procedure.
Thin tubes called cannulas are used in liposuction procedures. In tumescent liposuction, local anesthetic is used to numb the area where the cannula will be inserted. Large amounts of an anesthetic solution containing lidocaine (anesthetic) and epinephrine (adrenaline produced in a laboratory) are then injected into the fatty tissues before liposuction is performed.
This procedure is often performed without general anesthesia and can reduce some of the side effects associated with traditional liposuction. Because the solution injected into the fatty tissues temporarily shrinks the capillaries, it can dramatically reduce bleeding, swelling, and post-surgical pain for a faster, easier recovery.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU GAIN WEIGHT?
A slight weight gain after the procedure may be inevitable. Weight gain up to 5 pounds does not have much impact on the results of the surgery.
Considerable weight gain however, can cause fat cells to develop in the areas treated by liposuction. Even in such cases, patients still look better than they did before the surgery.
Your surgeon is likely to recommend a maintenance weight after the procedure.
Liposuction essentially destroys fat cells. Following a proper diet and adding a workout routine to your schedule can help the results to last longer.