Liposuction, also known as lipo, is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess fat to slim, contour, and define particular areas of the body.
What Liposuction Can Do
Liposuction is intended to remove localized deposits of fat surrounding the hips, thighs, buttocks, abdomen, arms, lower legs, chest, back, and portions of the face. The procedure is often combined with other plastic surgery techniques, such as a tummy tuck, breast reduction, or facelift to create a slimmer and more defined profile.
What Liposuction Cannot Do
Liposuction is not effective in treating sagging skin or cellulite that can cause dimpling of the skin on the hips, buttocks, and thighs. It is also not a weight loss treatment and is not a substitute for regular exercise and a healthy diet.
What Does Liposuction Involve?
The procedure is performed using intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. The area is infused with a diluted local anesthetic to limit the amount of bleeding and to eliminate pain. The doctor then makes a small incision and inserts a hollow cannula. The cannula is moved back and forth to dislodge the fat and suction it away. Temporary drains may be inserted into the incisions to aid in removing any excess fluid or blood. Patients must wear compression bandages or garments following the procedure to alleviate swelling and to help shape the skin into the desired contour. It is important to follow the doctor’s aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing and to prevent post-operative complications.
What Results Can Be Expected?
Patients notice an improvement in their body contour once the normal post-operative fluid retention and swelling resolve. The results are long-lasting in patients who maintain a healthy weight and fitness level; however, some loss of firmness due to aging is to be expected.