What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a body contouring procedure designed to remove excess fat from beneath the skin by using a thin cannula inserted through a small incision. The goal is an improvement in contour with minimal scarring.
- Purpose: To remove localized areas of excess fat
- Types of liposuction
- tumescent - saline solution containing a local anesthetic is infused into the area prior to suctioning, to decrease post-operative discomfort, bruising and swelling
- power-assisted (PAL)
- ultrasound-assisted (VASER)
- Treatment areas: Areas commonly treated include the chin, abdomen, back, waist, flanks, hips, thighs and knees
- Incisions: Approximately 1/4" in length, can usually be placed within natural skin creases
- Length of surgery: 1 - 3 hours, depending on the number of areas treated - outpatient
- Anesthesia: General
- Recovery: Patients generally return to work within a few days. Most activities can be resumed within a few weeks, while strenuous exercise will take longer. A compression garment is worn for four weeks after surgery. Final results may take up to a year.