LIPOSUCTION

2012-04-04

LIPO

Liposuction removes undesirable, subcutaneous fat in isolated areas that do not respond to diet and exercise. These areas include the hips, thighs, abdomen, knees, ankles, face, neck, and arms.  Liposuction is most successful in people with good skin tone who are near normal weight but have localized fatty deposits. It is not a treatment for obesity.  It is intended to produce a more flattering figure by improving contours and proportions.

The procedure involves multiple small incisions through which a cannula or hollow tube is inserted.  This tube is used to break up and remove the fat beneath the skin.  Several areas can be suctioned at one operative setting although your surgeon may limit the amount that can be removed safely at one time.  Postoperatively patients will be significantly bruised and swollen and this will likely last several weeks.  A compression garment is worn for several weeks to minimize fluid accumulation and facilitate skin settling.