A person who is fit and in good health can still develop unwanted fat deposits in the hips, love handles, buttocks, and other areas of the body for reasons that are beyond our control, including genetics. In these cases liposuction is used to improve body contour and create a more proportional body.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction uses suction to remove fat from the body. During liposuction, small, thin cannulas are inserted through tiny incisions in the skin. Fat is suctioned out of the body through these tubes as the tubes are moved under your skin to target particular fat deposits.
The ideal candidate for Liposuction
If you have excess fat deposits in different areas of your body that do not seem to respond to diet and exercise, liposuction may work for you. A good candidate for Liposuction is an individual with good overall health who is at or close to his or her ideal weight but has stubborn fat deposits that won’t go away with exercise. Typically, a good candidate has a visible bulge, and at least an inch can be “pinched” in the area to be treated.
The Liposuction Procedure
Liposuction is performed by Dr. Price as an outpatient procedure and does not require an overnight stay in the hospital. Improved liposuction techniques in recent years have made it safer and less painful. General anesthesia is not required during the procedure. It is performed using local anesthesia or intravenous sedation instead.
Common areas for Liposuction
Liposuction can be done on the following areas of the body:
- Face and Neck
- Thigh and Buttocks
- Hips and Back
- Knees and Calves
Face and Neck: Fat deposits in the cheeks, jowls, and chin can be effectively removed by liposuction. For improved results, facial liposuction can be combined with other procedures like laser rejuvenation.
Breast: Liposuction can be done on both men and women as part of breast reduction surgery. Liposuction can help reduce scarring during breast reduction surgery. It is also an excellent technique when correcting asymmetrical breasts.
Abdomen: Fat deposits are removed from the stomach to improve body contour. Abdominal liposuction is often combined with a tummy tuck. For long-lasting results, patients should stick to a proper diet and exercise routine after the procedure.
Thigh and Buttocks: Removing fat from the thighs and buttocks can improve the contour of the lower body.
Hips and Back: A slimmer midsection can be achieved by removing fat deposits from the hips and back.
Arms: Individuals tend to feel uncomfortable wearing sleeveless shirts due to fat deposits in the arms. Arm liposuction is usually done on women to improve the appearance of bulky arms.
Knees and Calves: Fat deposits around the knees and calves that have accrued over the years can be reduced with liposuction.
What risks are involved with surgery?
Liposuction is generally safe when done by a qualified, experienced surgeon like Dr. Price. However, like every other procedure, there are risks. The common side effects of liposuction are temporary bruising, swelling, and numbness in the treated sites. There is also the risk of infection, poor wound healing, fluid accumulation, and the need for revision surgery.
The Liposuction Recovery Process
The treated areas typically show some bruising for about two weeks. Many patients experience a “bruisy” type pain, which can require pain medication for several days. Swelling from the procedure will subside enough by two weeks that some improvement in contour can be seen. About 75 percent of the final result is visible at six weeks after the procedure, while final results take three to six months. Exercise is limited for two weeks after liposuction to help speed recovery, but patients may return to full activity after two weeks have passed. Most areas treated with liposuction will benefit from the use of a compression garment postoperatively. These are provided as part of the procedure.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in learning more about Liposuction, and would like to see if you are a good candidate, contact us to schedule a consultation at our office in Connecticut.