Do you have stubborn pockets of fat that haven’t responded to diet and exercise? This common, and highly sought after procedure, can be used in just about every area of the body. Removing undesired fat from locations such as thighs, lower back, flanks, hips, neck, knees, arms, and/or abdomen, liposuction can be very effective in shaping the body into a desirable contour, further enhancing overall curvature.
Liposuction requires a small incision (with Tumescent anesthesia applied first, so the patient does not feel any pain) in the desired area to remove fat with a specialized, hollowed cannula. The fat tissue is then suctioned away from the targeted areas of the body. The decision for the best method of anesthesia is left to the surgeon on a case to case basis, however, small areas can typically be done under local anesthesia, and larger areas are best done under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
Patients can generally return to work after a week of resting. Normal walking amounts are recommended, but strenuous exercising like running is best to be avoided for several weeks to follow. Patients with small amounts of liposuction may take less time to heal. Bruising and soreness is normal and may last for a couple weeks but will soon subside. Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise.