For many of us, no matter how diligent we may be with dieting and exercising, certain ares of excess fat just will not go away. In cases like these, heredity is often to blame, not lack of fitness or weight control. If stubborn fat has become a significant source of frustration, annoyance, or hindrance in your life, then you should consider liposuction.
Today, liposuction is safer and more effective than ever. As you may already know, liposuction can slim and redefine your body. This cosmetic surgical procedure will effectively remove unwanted pockets of fat and enhance your shape. The procedure can be used to slim a variety of areas on the body. In fact, liposuction can even be performed on several area of the body at the same time. Often, the surgery is used in conjunction with tummy tucks, face and neck lifts, and in breast reduction procedures.
Before the Procedure
The total duration of surgery depends upon how much fat is being removed, and how many areas are being treated. In some circumstances, it is necessary for a patient to undergo preoperative testing to guarantee safety. Before surgery, the patient will be given an anesthetic (either general or local) to make the procedure as comfortable as possible.
During the Procedure
To begin, very small incisions are made in or near the area undergoing treatment. Since the incisions are small, liposuction is a nearly “scar-less” procedure. Next, a canula (a surgical tube) is inserted into the incision to loosen and remove unwanted fat; this is the actual “suctioning” portion of treatment. Depending on the size of the canula, or the length of the incision, an absorbable stitch may be used to close the incision. In some cases, the incision is left open to allow excess water to passively drain from the body, or to prevent the accumulation of unwanted pockets of fluid from forming.
After the Procedure
Following the procedure, the treated areas are dressed in a tight compression garment or girdle that will help control swelling, keep fluid from accumulating, and aid in the overall healing process. This girdle is essential to the success of the surgery because it helps your skin to conform to its new shape; the girdle should be “snug”, but not tight.
Generally, patients need about one week to recover from liposuction, however this can vary depending on lifestyles. During the recovery period, it is important to engage in light walking to prevent any complications from occurring. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for several weeks following surgery, and then gradually resumed. You should expect swelling, aches, and bruising for at least a few weeks following the procedure. Secondary procedures be necessary if your skin becomes loose, or if the treated area shows uneven contours.
At American Institute for Plastic Surgery in Dallas / Plano, we have an advanced recovery room for our patients. Before you leave our facilities, our nurses will give you (and/or your caregiver) detailed instructions to follow during your recovery process, and signs to watch out for to ensure optimal results and a safe recovery.
Interested in liposuction? At American Institute for Plastic Surgery, we offer various types of liposuction, including: tumescent liposuction, superwet liposuction, and ultrasonic (UAL) liposuction. Whatever your specific needs are, our highly skilled plastic surgeons can be of assistance.
Contact us today for a consultation. We will be happy to discuss your goals and evaluate your specific case. Our facility is located in Plano, but we serve clients throughout the Dallas, Texas area. We look forward to helping you achieve your cosmetic goals!
The following gallery depicts real patients who have received real results after undergoing liposuction at American Institute for Plastic Surgery. For more detail, please click on an individual image.
Individual results may vary.