Liposuction is also commonly called suction lipectomy or fat suction. It is a surgical technique to remove localized unwanted fat deposits from specific areas of the body e.g. chin, neck, arms, breasts, abdomen, buttocks, hips, knees, calves, and ankles.
Ideal Candidates for Liposuction
Due to genetic and inborn tendencies, body fat deposits in one area more than others. These fat deposits are very resistant to diet and exercise and thus frustrating an individual. The good candidates are people of relatively normal weight, but have specific areas of excess fat. Good firm skin tone helps good outcome. People with loose skin or excess skin may need surgical removal in addition to liposuction.
Before the operation, it is absolutely necessary that you be in the best physical and psychological state. You should stop smoking 2-3 weeks before surgery, in addition to not taking aspirin or any other anti-inflammatory medication, etc. It is also necessary to stop taking birth control pills to decrease the chances for venous thrombosis.
About the Procedure
This body contouring procedure is undertaken in an outpatient clinic under local, epidural, or general anesthesia, depending upon the number of areas involved. The operation may take anywhere from 1-3 hours. Small incisions are taken in natural skin folds to enter specific areas. Liposuction is next carried out with small metal tubes called “cannulas”.
After liposuction, pain is controlled with medication. Firm, pressure garments need to be worn up to 3 weeks or more. It is easy to remove the garments for showering and then put back on. Bruising should be resolved is 3-4 weeks time. Swelling also generally resolves in a month or two. In some cases, swelling may last up to 6 months or more. Getting back to normal is generally an easy process. Often post-operative massage therapy is recommended to further reduce bruising and swelling.
Liposuction is a very satisfying procedure for both men and women. The results can be permanent when you continue dieting and exercising. Liposuction is NOT a treatment for obesity. The new look brings lots of self-confidence and people enjoy wearing a wide variety of clothes.Liposuction Photo Gallery