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Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes fat from the body. The purpose of this procedure is to improve the appearance of areas of the body such as abdomen, thigs, chest, and more. In this guide, we will discuss the different types of liposuction available, as well as the benefits and risks associated with the procedure.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that targets and removes fat deposits from the body. It can be performed on any area of the body where there is excess fat. For example, the abdomen, thighs, arms, and neck. Liposuction is often performed with a local anesthetic. This means patients are awake during the procedure but will not feel any pain.
In the past, liposuction was performed using a large, blunt-tipp cannula. This type of cannula can cause extensive damage to the surrounding tissues. In recent years, however, surgeons have begun using smaller, more refined cannulas that cause much less damage to the surrounding tissues.
How is Does Liposuction Work?
First, patients receive a local anesthetic, which will numb the area where the surgery is taking place. In some cases, your surgeon may opt for general anesthetic instead. The surgeon will then insert a thin tube called a cannula into the fatty area. He or she will use this cannula to suction out the fat cells. Finally, the surgeon will close the incisions with stitches.
The whole procedure typixally takes about two hours. You may need to stay in the hospital overnight after surgery, but most people are able to go home the same day.
What are the Benefits?
Liposuction has many cosmetic benefits including:
- Improve your appearance by removing excess fat from problem areas.
- Boost your self-confidence by giving you a more sculpted and toned physique.
- Provides a permanent solution to stubborn fat.
Can Liposuction Help With Overall Weight Loss?
The answer is no, Liposuction is not a weight-loss surgery. Liposuction improves the appearance of specific areas of the body that have resistant fat deposits. The best candidates for surgery are those who are at or near their ideal body weight but have pockets of fat that they would like to remove. Liposuction is not a substitute for diet and exercise.
Liposuction is a safe and effective procedure that can help patients achieve a more sculpted and toned physique. However, it is not a “quick fix” way to lose weight.
What Parts of the Body Can Liposuction be Performed on?
Liposuction can be performed on nearly any area of the body where there is stubborn fat. Some of the most common areas include:
- Beneath the Chin (Submental)
After your procedure, you will receive a compression garment to wear. This garment helps to minimize swelling and support the treated area. You will need to wear this garment for approximately four weeks after the procedure.
You may also experience some bruising and swelling after the procedure, but this should subside within a few weeks. It is also crucial that you avoid tobacco use and maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine after your procedure to help ensure the best results.
Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to ensure a smooth recovery. But be patient – the final results will not be visible for several months.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that can help you achieve the body you have always wanted. If you are considering liposuction, it is important to understand what the procedure entails and the results you can expect. This is something you can discuss during a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with Dr. Castrellón. Together you can discuss your unique needs and goals to create a treatment plan that is custom to you.
Contact us today to schedule your consultation and learn more about this life-changing procedure.
Frequently Ask Questions
This can take anywhere from 5 to 7 days before you can return to work and 4 to 6 weeks before you can get back to physical activities, such as exercise. A long-term recovery typically lasts 3 months. This allows swelling to decrease.
During the first few days of recovery, you can expect moderate pain and soreness. Your surgeon will have given you pain medication to make this discomfort manageable, so follow your medication schedule closely. You should plan to limit your activity during this time as well.
- Don’t Exercise. You might be itching to fit in a workout, but it’s best to avoid it for a while. …
- Don’t Drink Alcohol. Like for any other surgery, you can’t drink alcohol for a while. …
- Don’t Gain Weight. …
- Don’t Eat High-Sodium Foods.
- The Day of Liposuction
- Stop eating 8 hours before and stop drinking 6 hours before liposuction.
- Do not apply moisturizer or body creams the day before surgery.
- Take a shower the night before or the morning of surgery.
- Brush your teeth as normal on the day of surgery.
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes to our office.
Typically, liposuction patients are instructed to wear their compression garments around the clock except for showering for three to six weeks after their surgery. After the initial six weeks, they may be instructed to wear the garments only at night and may also change the design or pressure of the garment.