Liposuction is a type of body-contouring surgery that aims to get rid of stubborn excess fat. Stubborn fat is the fat that isn’t easily burned away by diet or fitness. This kind of fat is normally found in areas such as the breasts (both male and female), neck, arms, back, ankles, thighs, calves, hips, buttocks, and waist.
Liposuction is one of the safest and most effective body-contouring procedures available. Many women and men go through this procedure to attain a shape that they consider more desirable.
Ideal Candidates for Liposuction
You may be a good candidate for a liposuction procedure if you desire to have a more defined and toned body with more balanced proportions. Good candidates have isolated fat deposits in areas such as the thighs, neck, arms, and abdomen.
Ideal candidates have very little excess skin and have a high level of skin elasticity. Having low skin elasticity can affect the results of the liposuction procedure. Because of this, older patients must talk to their doctors before deciding on the procedure.
It will be very helpful if the patient is healthy and physically fit. Individuals who are 20 pounds or more above their normal weight should not opt for liposuction. Individuals planning to lose weight or expecting to gain weight due to pregnancy or other causes should also avoid liposuction. It is important to remember that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure.
How Is Liposuction Performed?
The procedure for liposuction varies according to the specific type of liposuction being carried out. You may have options that would suit your specific needs and goals, and it is best to speak to your surgeon about your options during a consultation.
Generally, liposuction involves the removal of stubborn fatty tissue using a tool known as a cannula. A cannula is a thin tube with a sharp end. The end dislodges fat cells, and then vacuum suction is used to remove the fat cells from the body.
Often, tumescent liposuction is the preferred technique. In this method, before the procedure begins, a tumescent fluid injection is administered. This contains a local anesthetic like lidocaine, along with a saline solution and epinephrine. The injection allows the blood vessels to shrink. This makes it easier to carry out the liposuction procedure with minimal blood loss and a better anesthetic effect. It also causes swelling of the fatty tissue for easier removal.
After your liposuction procedure is complete and you have returned home, the next step will be healing from the surgery. The most important aspect of the healing process is following the care directions of your surgeon. Following these directions is the best way to have a short, comfortable, and complication-free recovery.
It may be recommended that you wear a post-surgical elastic garment around the area that received liposuction. These garments are ideal when it comes to helping the healing tissues conform to their new curves. They also minimize the amount of post-surgical bruising and swelling that accompany the healing process.
Staying home from work for a time and taking a break from your typical routine will help your recovery go smoothly. Avoid exercise and other physically stressful activities during this time.
Your Liposuction Consultation
If liposuction sounds like the ideal option for you, get in touch with our office and arrange a consultation. Doctors Lupo and Fontenot have a great deal of experience and are available to answer any questions you