We may not always be satisfied with our looks, especially when it comes to our weight. As we both age and go through life, sometimes we become disappointed with our weight. At Plastic Surgery of Southern New England, we offer cutting edge liposuction treatment to allow you to feel comfortable in your own body again.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is considered a minimally invasive and completely cosmetic procedure that uses an extremely thin and hollow tube which is called a cannula, to help remove localized areas of fat in the body. This cannula is inserted into an incision that is made in the spot where fat is. It is then moved back and forth to help loosen up all that excess fat, which will then be suctioned out with a vacuum-like device or with a cannula-attached syringe. The newly treated areas will look slimmer and contoured and will give you an overall better proportion to the rest of your body. Liposuction, however, is not a clear cut method for losing weight and is highly ineffective in eliminating cellulite or tightening loose and sagging skin.
Candidacy for Liposuction
The ideal candidates for the liposuction procedure should be in good overall health but have one or more areas with fat that has not responded to both diet and exercise. These areas that are usually treated with liposuction are the abdomen, thighs, back, arms, buttocks, hip, face, chest, ankles and calves. Liposuction can also be performed in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, such as abdominoplasty and a thighplasty.
The most common lipo technique is what is called tumescent liposuction, which can be assisted by the use of an ultrasound or laser technology. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis.
During a tumescent lipo procedure, a solution comprised of saline and epinephrine (a blood-vessel contractor) will be injected into whatever area we are treating. This solution causes the tissue to begin to swell up and become very firm, this will make it much easier to help remove the cannula tube. Your blood loss will also be minimized because of the epinephrine constricting your blood vessels.
What’s the recovery like from a Liposuction procedure?
Once your liposuction procedure is completed, typically, patients will begin to experience a bit of mild swelling, discomfort, and even bruising in the areas that have been treated. Compression garments or elastic bandages will typically have to be worn to help reduce the symptoms and help your body heal. Most if not all patients can return to work and other activities as soon as they feel up to it or comfortable, which is usually after only a few days. Exercise or other strenuous tasks, however, should be avoided for at least a few weeks.
Risks of Liposuction
Besides the usual risks associated when having surgery, risks associated with your liposuction include:
- Worsening of your cellulite
- contour irregularities
- Loose or rippling skin
- Pigmentation irregularities within the skin
When you remove large amounts of fat, surgery is required to help remove the excess skin if necessary.
Your Results after Liposuction
Once the swelling and bruising subside, usually after about a week, the results of your liposuction procedure will become more apparent. The full amount of swelling should completely subside within a few months. Incisions are minimal, so the scarring is often not noticeable. These liposuction results are long-lasting unless of course, a substantial weight gain occurs.
schedule A Consultation
If you are interested in liposuction or want to learn more, schedule a consultation with us by calling (508) 567-3202. Our practice serves Fall River, Massachusetts and the rest of the surrounding areas.