If you follow a healthy diet and exercise regimen but have difficulty losing a pocket of stubborn fat, you may be interested in a liposuction procedure. This cosmetic surgery manually breaks up fat and removes it via a cannula. Over time, the area becomes more contoured, resulting in noticeable inch loss.
Suction-assisted lipectomy or liposuction is a safe, accepted plastic surgical technique used to remove localized collections of excess fat. It is most often used in areas that have been resistant to diet, exercise and weight loss. It is best thought of as a method of “body contouring” or “body sculpting” and is not a substitute for weight loss in cases of generalized obesity.
Candidates for Liposuction
Liposuction can be performed in most areas of the body safely and effectively. The best candidates for liposuction are those patients who are in good general health, have young elastic skin, are of relatively normal weight and whose localized fat collections have been resistant to diet, weight loss, and exercise.
At the initial liposuction consultation, your goals and expectations about liposuction surgery will be discussed in detail. Liposuction techniques will be discussed and an individual decision as to the most appropriate technique(s) to be used will be selected.
How Does It Work?
Liposuction is performed at our accredited in-office surgical facility on an outpatient basis. Several types of anesthesia are available, including local (which gives the fastest recovery time) and general. These options will be discussed at the consultation. Though other types of anesthesia are available, Dr. Greenberg feels general anesthesia gives you the greatest degree of safety and comfort and allows for the most effective treatment of all areas.
Pre-injection with a wetting solution is then done. The incisions are made in inconspicuous locations through which a blunt, hollow rod called a cannula is inserted. VASER ultrasound energy is then used to break up the fat and the excess fat is removed. There are distinct advantages to fat removal using the VASER ultrasound system.
You’ll begin to see your initial results after two to three months when most of your swelling and bruising have gone down. Your final results can be seen after six months to a year. Results can be long-lasting, but aging and weight changes can affect your appearance even after surgery.
Compression garments are worn for several weeks after liposuction surgery. The areas treated with suction assisted lipectomy will be swollen and bruised in the early postoperative period. Most of this will resolve within the first 3 weeks but it may be several weeks longer before the swelling completely resolves and normal sensation returns to the area. You should expect to be able to return to work after one week and resume all normal activities, including exercise, after 3 weeks.
If you’d like to learn more, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Scott A. Greenberg at Winter Park Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Winter Park, FL (serving the Central Florida area). (407) 644-3137