Liposuction – Treating More Than Just What You See in the Mirror

There may come a time in a person’s life when they want to have some of their excess body fat removed via liposuction. During this procedure, a small, thin tube is placed inside a person’s body using small cuts in their skin, body fat is then suctioned through the tube. A physician will move the tube when it’s inside the skin and target certain fat deposits. This reshapes different areas of the body.
Liposuction is not just about vanity and cosmetics. While there are many different kinds of candidates for liposuction, it is particularly helpful for weight loss surgery patients, as well as patients with other fat-related conditions, as it targets areas of the body that do not change after diet, exercise, and surgery.

What kind of other medical conditions does liposuction treat?

There are some medical conditions that can be treated with liposuction. It can remove benign fatty tumors, otherwise known as lipomas. Liposuction is also great for people who have natural difficulties metabolizing the fat in their body, called lipodystrophy. Other conditions such as gynecomastia or pseudo gynecomastia, where men’s breasts are abnormally large, can also be corrected with liposuction.

Types of liposuction

Tumescent Liposuction is when an anesthetic solution is injected into the fatty tissue in specified areas of a body. Our practice specializes in this state-of-the-art procedure.

Laser-Assisted liposuction uses low-energy waves to turn the body fat into a liquid, which is then removed using a tube.

Ultrasound-Assisted liposuction is a procedure that involves using an ultrasound to turn the body’s fat into a liquid. This is very effective for removing fat from a person’s sides, upper abdomen, neck, as well as back.

Liposuction is done on an outpatient basis. It can be performed in a hospital, properly equipped physician’s office or ambulatory surgery center. Unless there are health issues, an overnight stay at a hospital is not necessary. It’s possible a local anesthesia will be used as well as a sedative. Should a large amount of body fat be removed, general anesthesia or a form of deep sedation and a local anesthetic could be used during the procedure.

Post Treatment

When the procedure is complete, the area of the body where liposuction took place will be firmly wrapped. This is done to decrease pain, swelling, and bruising. A compression garment may need to be worn for up to a month. Bruising and swelling will likely occur for the initial ten days after the procedure. Soon after the treatment, the patient should be able to get up and move around, and able to return to their regular activities as soon as they have no discomfort.

Benefits Of Liposuction

Liposuction is amazing in the way that it can improve the shape of a person’s body. The effects can be long-lasting. This means a patient’s weight will not increase significantly after having the procedure. People who have this procedure often develop healthier habits, like maintaining a healthy diet and exercising. Patients often claim to experience an improved sense of well-being, and regained self-confidence.