Liposuction surgery involves the removal of fat beneath the skin using a hollow metal tube that passes through the excess fatty tissue. The fatty tissue is then removed with the assistance of a powerful vacuum. Liposuction surgery is a popular option for those who lack an even body surface or tone due to pockets of fat caused by aging, pregnancy, heredity or other factors. These areas usually cannot be corrected with diet and exercise alone. Areas commonly treated include the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, hips, upper arms and neckline/chin area.
There are a large number of liposuction techniques used to obtain optimal results. The best approach will be determined for you by your body shape, the condition of your skin, and the goals you and Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio discuss.
Am I a good candidate for a liposuction surgery?
One or more of the following may indicate you are a good candidate for a liposuction;
- You are in good physical condition and near average weight
- You wish to gain a more even, toned body after weight loss, pregnancy, natural aging, or inherited factors
- You have pockets of fat that are not in proportion with the rest of your body and cannot be eliminated with diet and exercise
- The areas of fat do not have an associated amount of abundant excess skin, and elasticity of the skin is still good
Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will conduct an examination and discuss with you your expected outcome and determine whether your desires can realistically be achieved. You must come prepared to discuss your full medical history, including any medical conditions, previous surgeries or treatments, drug allergies, current medications, and use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal substances.
Medical conditions: This procedure is not recommended for those with diabetes, heart problems, or a weak immune system. These factors can complicate surgery and interfere with optimal recovery.
Weight: It is important that you complete any weight loss prior to surgery, otherwise the problems may reappear. Afterward, it will be essential to maintain your weight, gaining weight after liposuction will affect the long-term results.
Pregnancy: It is also important to inform Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio if you are considering having children in the future. Pregnancy can cause unpredictable body changes.
Surgery and Recovery
Liposuction is commonly an outpatient surgery, performed with general anesthesia or local anesthesia and sedation. After a few hours to one day recovery you will be permitted to go home. Your incisions will be wrapped in gauze dressings and will likely wear a compression garment used to help keep light pressure on the operated sights while you heal. You will be given detailed information from Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio detailing normal symptoms, signs of complications, and instructions for recovery.
You should be able to walk immediately following surgery and will be up and about within a day or two after surgery. Your incisions will be tender to the touch for the first few days, and you must not lift, pull or push anything and do not engage in any strenuous activity for at least one week. Small incisions are used to allow access for the metal tubes to the fatty tissue, and absorbable stitches are normally used. Bruising will occur, but typically resolves itself within two weeks. Swelling can occur as well, and it may take many months to see final results. Dr. Loghmanee or Dr. Cerio will recommend follow up visits to evaluate your healing process. It is important to follow your doctor’s orders for the best outcome.