Also known as suction lipoplasty, liposuction removes unwanted fat from a variety of areas.
Also known as suction lipoplasty, liposuction removes unwanted fat from a variety of areas including abdomen, waist, legs, arms, chin, and neck. Ideal candidates are those who have lost all the weight that they want except for problem areas. Note that lipo is not a weight-loss procedure, but a tool to contour specific, resistant fat regions.
New techniques include ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty and the tumescent technique. You and your surgeon determine in consultation the best approach to achieve desired results with minimal risks. For those who have lost the elasticity of their skin, liposuction may actually cause more looseness, requiring some form a skin tightening procedure to achieve optimal results.
Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia and takes two to four hours. Most patients go home the same day. Patients are encouraged to wear a compressive garment for three to six weeks to help with swelling and improve body contour as they heal. Generally, patients require pain medication for a few days. Most patients return to work in a week, and can return to exercising in three weeks.