Body Contouring Liposuction
The Basics of Liposuction
Body Contouring Liposuction, also referred to as lipoplasty is the most common aesthetic surgical procedure performed in the United States. As the term suggests, liposuction is performed to remove areas of excess fat that are resistant to reduction through diet and exercise. Following the liposuction healing period, the area treated will have greater contour as compared to the pre-procedural state.
The areas most commonly treated by liposuction include the abdomen, lower back, arms, thighs, banana rolls, knees, chest, and under chin region.
I commonly perform liposuction or lipoplasty in conjunction with other procedures including fat transfer procedures to the face and buttocks and breasts, as well as Facetite, and Bodytite.
Peri-Operative Notes on Liposuction
- Preparation: Prior to being considered a good candidate for liposuction, the patient is required to stop smoking for a period of no less than two weeks, as well as discontinue the use of blood thinning agents including aspirin, Motrin, Advil, and Warfarin, among others.
- Preop Workup: In patients over the age of 45, a medical clearance is required prior to consideration for liposuction surgical candidacy. Additionally, an ECG and some basic lab profiles are necessary and must be done within 30 days of the planned surgical procedure.
- Anesthesia: General anesthesia is typically used in larger liposuction cases, although liposuction may be performed awake, under a local anesthetic supplemented with oral pain medication and ProNox for breakthrough pain.
- During the liposuction procedure, incisions are made in the skin where excess fat exists. Dr. Vallecillos will then insert a cannula (a thin, hollow metal tube attached to a vacuum pump) through the incisions to loosen excess fat. The fat cells are then extracted from the body.If liposuction is being performed alongside a fat transfer procedure, the extracted fat will be purified and then injected into the target area of the body, such as the breast, butt, or face.
Liposuction is often used to remove excess fat from the following areas:
Legs, Thighs, Hips, Back
Under Chin Liposuction
Who is a candidate for liposuction?
You should consider liposuction if you have areas of fat deposits on your body that are resistant to diet and exercise regimens. You should be near your ideal weight before undergoing liposuction, as it is not a weight loss technique but rather a method for sculpting the body.
What is the recovery time for liposuction?
Recovery from liposuction can vary with each person. A dressing will be applied to the treated area. In some cases, small drainage tubes may be placed in incisions to allow excess fluid to drain from the body. Stitches and drains will be removed within the first ten days after the procedure. Pain medication may need to be taken for 1-2 weeks following surgery.
Are there risks with liposuction?
Expect some bruising for several weeks, and swelling for several months after surgery. As with all surgeries, there is a small risk of infection. Other, rare side effects can include uneven contours, rippling skin, fluid accumulation, and scarring.
How long do the results last?
Once the swelling has diminished, your new shape and final results should become visible. While liposuction should be a long lasting solution, the longevity of your results does depend on maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle.