As one of the most popular cosmetic and surgical procedures, liposuction sculpts the body by removing undesired fat from areas that include the thighs, buttocks, waist, hips, abdomen, chin, cheeks, neck and upper arms. These undesired fat deposits may form from over eating, lack of exercise or inherited family traits.
The Liposuction Procedure
Liposuction involves a hollow, stainless steel tube and vacuum to remove localized fat deposits from beneath the skin, through small incisions. This procedure can be performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures like a breast reduction or Brazilian Butt Lift. In many cases, it will be performed under local anesthesia.
There are several approaches to liposuction including standard liposuction, power-assisted liposuction and laser-assisted liposuction:
- Standard liposuction utilizes various cannulas (hollow, stainless-steel tubes)
- Power-assisted liposuction utilizes oscillating cannulas, which help break up fatty tissue deposit in difficult areas. This procedure allows surgeons to effectively perform higher volumes of liposuction in a faster time frame, without burn risks and trauma to fibrous tissues.
The ideal candidate for this procedure is a healthy, non-smoking adult. Patients undergoing this procedure should also have realistic expectations for the results after surgery.
- Adherence to post-operative and recovery instructions is critical and mandatory
- Transportation post-surgery is strongly recommended
- Up to several months for swelling to completely disappear
- Some supplements and vitamins are prohibited to reduced prolonged bleeding