Is Liposuction Right for You?
You have dieted and exercised, but you still have excess subcutaneous fat… you may be a candidate for liposuction. Liposuction seems to work best when there are isolated areas of fatty deposition behind the neck, under the chin, behind the upper arms, in the male chest/breasts, around the waist or below the belly button, to the side of the hips, beneath the buttocks, within the inner thighs or inner knees. It may also be desirable if you wish to change the contours of your body.
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About the Procedure
Liposuction techniques have improved dramatically since their inception. Better instrument designs, stronger suction, more targeted medication infiltration and applied ultrasonic and laser technologies allow larger amounts of fat to be removed more safely with less pain and bruising.
“Liposculpture” has taken the discipline to another level with consideration of deeper and more superficial layers of fat and their removal and manipulation. Fat that is removed from one area may be injected or grafted into another area. Heavier persons can now be contoured with greater precision and predictability as well.
Liposuction is outpatient surgery. General anesthesia is used during large volume liposuction or when multiple areas are being treated at once; local anesthesia with oral pain medication may be used when the area is small or isolated. Small suction tubes (cannulas) are inserted through tiny (2-3 mm) incisions placed near the fat deposits next to a freckle or inside a natural skin fold for further camouflage.
Pain medication is given before, during and after the operation, and local anesthesia (numbing medicine) will continue to linger in the operated areas even once you return home the same day. You will be fitted with a compression garment or supportive tape to cover the treated areas. Compression is advised for about a month as it helps reduce swelling after liposuction and encourages proper tissue contouring. Once soreness decreases, you may find lycra or spandex exercise garments more comfortable.
Bruising and swelling usually subside in 2 to 4 weeks. The final result takes shape over 2 to 3 months. Additional procedures that may enhance the result of liposuction are Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty), Breast Reduction, or Thigh Lift.
If you are interested in liposuction, Columbus, Ohio, surgeon, Dr. Donaldson, is a board certified plastic surgeon. Call 614-442-7610 or contact us through our form at the upper left of this page.