What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is surgical procedure that permanently removes fat from selected areas of the body. Using a special type of local anesthesia, known as tumescent anesthesia to freeze the area to be operated on, the surgeon inserts long slender metal tubes under the skin directly into the fat in the area to be sculpted. The metal tube or cannula is attached to a vacuum pump. The fat is directed into the tip of the tube and removed by suction. By this means, the surgeon can remove excess undesirable fat from almost any area in the body, often dramatically improving the shape of a patient’s hips, waistline, back, thighs, knees, buttocks, abdomen, legs, arms, or neck.
What Can Liposuction Do For Me?
For those who have failed diet and exercise, liposuction is the most effective way to permanently change the shape of your body and improve your figure. Specifically, it is meant to remove areas of disproportionate fat accumulation-areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction is very effective for correcting “saddlebag”‘ hips, flattening bulging abdomens, recontouring a sagging neck, removing stubborn “love handles,” sculpting a more pleasing waistline, reducing facial “jowls,”‘ and thinning out fat thighs, knees, and legs.
Is Liposuction Safe? Is It Painful?
Tumescent anesthesia has revolutionized liposuction over the past ten years. Liposuction is now an exceedingly safe and comfortable, in-office surgical procedure. Patients are awake during liposuction and feel only minimal discomfort. The numbing effects of the tumescent anesthetic solution last from twelve to twentyfour hours following the procedure, providing good relief from pain during this period. After the effects of the anesthestic wear off there is only mild to moderate pain, easily controlled by oral analgesics.
Because of the unique properties of the tumescent anesthesia, there is very little blood loss during or after the procedure, very little bruising, and no need for a hospital stay afterwards. Patients can usually return to work two days after the surgery and resume most of their regular activities within a week. Tumescent liposuction is now one of the safest surgical procedures performed today.