(Suction Assisted Lipectomy, Liposculture)
Liposuction helps with the reduction of abnormal body fat deposits by using a hollow tube (cannula) connected to a vacuum pump which is introduced beneath the skin through small incisions. This gives the patient a more sculpted appearance; however this procedure is not used for weight reduction.
While not a treatment for obesity, liposuction- liposculpture selectively removes persistent and unwanted subcutaneous fat.
Bothersome fatty deposits are found in areas that are resistant to diet and exercise, such as the face, neck, breast, abdomen, upper arm, hips, thighs, knees, and ankles. Liposuction-liposculpture can be performed on multiple areas at one time – your surgeon will follow accepted guidelines regarding safe volumes which may be removed in one session.
While goals include size improvement, this procedure is not for weight loss. Final results may not be evident until 6 months following your procedure. During this time your body balances fluids and the skin and remodels underlying tissues. The final results are also dependent on proper nutrition, exercise, and a decreased caloric intake.
You should understand that in order to get a good result your skin should be able to retract in a proper way; otherwise it will be necessary to resect skin to avoid hanging looking skin after the procedure.
Small incisions are made in hair bearing areas or natural skin folds. A special tumescent solution is next placed within the fatty areas to be removed. This solution provides anesthesia to the areas, while limiting the usual blood loss.
Fat is then carefully removed from the areas of concern to the patient using the cannula, which is attached with tubing to a suction machine.
The time for completion of the procedure depends upon the total amount of fatty tissue removed. At the end of the procedure, the skin openings may be sutured or left open to heal, depending on the size of the openings. The patient may be placed in a compression garment afterwards.
While recovery is easy, you should expect some initial drainage along with swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Your compression garment will minimize the swelling, bruising, and discomfort and assist in the retraction of any loose skin.
While some results are noted immediately, your final shape and form will continue to improve as your swelling subsides. You will be encouraged to be up and about the day after your surgery and progressively increase your activities. Usually light work duties may be resumed within three to five days and vigorous exercise within two to four weeks.
You are a good candidate for the procedure if you are healthy, desire to improve your neck, breast, body, or leg shape, and if you understand that this is not a weight loss procedure.
Liposuction- liposculture is usually performed under local anesthesia and sedation or general anesthesia on an outpatient basis.
Most patients resume standard activities by 2 to 4 weeks after their surgery, but easier light activity is resumed in a few days.
The specific risks and suitability of this procedure for a given individual can only be fully determined at the time of consultation with your plastic surgeon. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications which do not affect the overall cosmetic results occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.