Who is a candidate for liposuction?
- You are a candidate for liposuction if you have excess subcutaneous fat, which is resistant to diet and exercise.
- If you wish to change the contours of your body. Commonly involved areas for liposuction are the anterior part of the neck (under the chin), upper arms and armpits, male chest/breasts, trunk, abdomen, waist, hips, thighs, inner knees, calves and ankles.
- Most liposuction patients are near normal weight and desire permanent contour changes.
- Improved techniques now allow larger amounts of fat removal. Liposculpture can be useful to heavier persons as well.
Intended Results from Liposuction
Liposuction is intended to create a permanent improvement in the contour and proportion of the treated areas and will provide a more flattering figure or physique, in or out of clothing.
Liposuction Procedure Description
Liposuction is performed by a certified cosmetic surgeon, such as Dr. Brandow, on an out-patient basis. General anesthesia or epidural is used for safety and comfort in the hospital or out-patient surgery center. If the liposuction is to be done in our office, a local anesthesia will be used in conjunction with Valium. Small suction tubes (cannulas) are inserted through very short incisions placed in inconspicuous locations near the fat deposits, and excess fat is removed.
Recuperation and Healing from Liposuction
The patient goes home from liposuction with a compression garment (an exercise unitard that you bring to the hospital or surgery center the day of surgery) covering the treated areas. The unitard is advised for about a month as it helps reduce swelling and helps you achieve the final result more quickly. Initial discomfort from liposuction is easily controlled with oral medication. Bruising and swelling usually subside in 2-4 weeks. The final result takes shape over 2-9 months.
Other Options to Enhance the Results of Liposuction
Additional procedures that may enhance the result of liposuction are Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), Breast Reduction, Breast Lift, Breast Rejuvenation, Thigh Lift or Buttock Lift.
Liposuction is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.
The specific risks and the suitably of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.