Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, reshapes and slenderizes specific areas of the body by removing fat deposits. Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity, and is not intended to replace a healthy diet and exercise.
Liposuction is most often sought after by patients who want to rid their selves of stubborn fat deposits on their abdomen, waist, thighs, buttocks, hips, back, arms, neck, inner knee, chest, cheeks, chin, calves and ankles. You may be a good candidate for Liposuction if you are at a stable healthy weight, exercise regularly, and eat a balanced diet.
Understanding the procedure and using an experienced, certified plastic surgeon is important to the overall success with this and any other cosmetic surgery.
Most cosmetic surgeons perform Liposuction using local anesthesia with IV sedation. The Doctor will take great care to make small inconspicuous incisions near the fat deposits. After the incisions are made the doctor will insert a cannulas (petite suction tube) to remove the excess fat.
Many plastic surgeons perform Liposuction on an outpatient basis, meaning that you will go home the same day you have your procedure. You will be sent home in either medical tape covering the treated areas and/or a compression garment.
After any tenderness subsides you may be given another compression garment to wear for the following 3 / 4 weeks. The purpose of the compression garments is to reduce possible swelling.