What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction, also known as lipo, is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses a thin, hollow tube called a cannula to remove localized areas of body fat. The cannula is inserted through extremely small incisions, and then moved back and forth to loosen excess fat. We then use a vacuum, or cannula-attached syringe, to suction out the fat. Treated areas look slimmer and more contoured. The results should be in overall better proportion to the rest of the body.
Candidates for Liposuction
The ideal candidate for lipo is in good overall health, but has one or more areas of fat that do not respond to diet or exercise. Liposuction can be performed alone, or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures. The most common areas of treatment are as follows:
One of the most common liposuction techniques is tumescent liposuction, which may get an assist from ultrasound or laser. It is performed on an outpatient basis.During tumescent liposuction, a solution comprising saline solution, lidocaine (an anesthetic) and epinephrine (a blood-vessel contractor) is injected into the area being treated. The solution causes the targeted tissue swell and become firm, which makes it easier to remove via the cannula. The advantages to this technique are that the anesthetic is built in, so there is no need for general or IV sedation, and blood loss is minimized because the epinephrine constricts blood vessels.
In laser-assisted tumescent liposuction, a laser is used to liquefy the fat, which makes removing it easier. The laser can also be used to tighten treatment-area skin after fat is removed. Similarly, ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses ultrasound energy to liquefy fat.
Results of the liposuction procedure may not be apparent until swelling and bruising subside. Scarring is almost nonexistent because the incisions used for the cannula are so small. The results of lipo are long-lasting. However, excessive weight gain will change the outcome of your procedure.
Recovery From Liposuction
After liposuction, patients experience mild swelling, bruising and discomfort in the treated area. Compression garments or elastic bandages are typically worn to help reduce these symptoms as the area heals. Patients can return to work and other regular activities as soon as they feel comfortable, which is usually after a few days. Exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for a few weeks.
Risks Of Liposuction
In addition to the usual risks associated with surgery, risks associated with liposuction include the following:
- Loose or rippled skin
- Worsening of cellulite
- Contour irregularities
- Pigmentation irregularities
When large amounts of fat are removed, surgery to remove excess skin may be necessary.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in Liposuction, please contact Olack Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Call our office at (928) 537-6767 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Olack. Our practice serves Show Low, AZ and surrounding areas.