Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction (Lipocontouring):
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a popular cosmetic surgical procedure employed to improve the appearance of the chin, neck, jowls, cheeks, arms, thighs, buttocks, knees, hips, breasts, and abdomen. Liposuction is an effective tool in reducing a multitude of “figure faults”, resulting in a thinner, healthier body.
Am I a good candidate for Liposuction?
When determining the ideal candidate for Liposuction, general body condition is more important than age. While patients of all ages can benefit form this procedure, the ideal candidate practices good eating habits and exercises regularly. In addition, age and skin quality are important to determine best outcomes.
What are the Liposuction options?
There are three ways to perform Liposuction. Treatment recommendations specific to your needs will be discussed during your consultation with your physician.
Traditional Suction-Assisted Lipoplasty
Traditional Suction-Assisted Lipoplasty, which removes intact fat cells. This is the original Liposuction technique. Using a small, hollow tube called a cannula, fat is removed by applying high suction to the fat cells and drawing them up into the tube. A rapid back-and-forth motion of the tube breaks fat cells from surrounding tissue. Though an effective procedure, suction-assisted Lipoplasty may not be able to remove all the desired fat.
Liposculpture and the newest method Ultrasonic-Assisted Liposuction
Liposculpture and the newest method Ultrasonic-Assisted Liposuction, in which fat cells are crushed and liquefied prior to removal. Similar to suction-assisted Liposuction, ultrasonic uses a hollow cannula to remove fat cells; in this procedure, however, the cannula is connected to an ultrasound generator that causes it to vibrate more than 20,000 times per second. This vibration causes the fat cells to rupture, allowing the emulsified fat to be removed.
Power-Assisted Liposuction, another tool allowing for the removal of fat cells, using a cyclic method of tumescent fat removal. General intravenous or local anesthesia may be required for this procedure; and, recovery time can vary from a day to two weeks, depending upon the areas treated, the extent of fat removed, and the general condition of the patient. Sometimes an overnight stay is required. Pain is usually moderate. You will go home in a compression garment that you will wear from four to six weeks to assure the best outcome.
What is the purpose of Tumescent fluid in the procedure?
Prior to suctioning fat, a relatively large amount of fluid is injected into the areas to be treated (“Tumescent”).
This fluid enables fat compartments to become engorged and firm, allowing the Liposuction cannula to move smoothly beneath the skin as the fat is removed.
For traditional suction-assisted Lipoplasty, the fluid helps separate the fat and minimize the bleeding and bruising, making it easier to remove.
Using the ultrasonic-assisted Liposuction method, the fluid enhances the affect of the ultrasound on the fat tissue.
In both cases, the fluid (which includes certain medications) makes surgery safer and more effective, helping to decrease the risk of complications, such as bleeding, swelling and bruising. It also contributes to the effects of anesthesia.