Liposuction by Women Surgeons
Liposuction removes fatty deposits from the body to improve its shape. Liposuction can reshape the contours of the body to provide a more attractive body proportion and self-image. Most people have liposuction on the hips, thighs, abdomen and buttocks, and face. Contrary to belief, liposuction does not remove cellulite, but it does remove fatty bulges on the body that even diet and exercise cannot eliminate.
Liposuction will not replace an exercise and a good diet regimen for losing weight, but there are some of the areas that are resistant to dieting and exercise. These areas that develop exercise-resistant fatty deposits include the knees, back, chest, chin, neck and calves. Liposuction is often used with face lifts and tummy tucks to smooth out the contours of the areas.
The liposuction procedure is often done on an outpatient basis in the doctor’s office or a surgical center. An overnight hospital stay may be indicated if the patient is having a lot of fat removed. Some procedures can be performed with general anesthesia; more extensive liposuction may require the patient be put to sleep. This will all be discussed with the physician before the procedure so the patient will know what to expect.
The liposuction procedure is performed with a suction device. Before the suctioning begins a sterile solution is used to reduce any trauma or bleeding that could occur. Small incisions are made and the suction device attached to a cannula (a small steel instrument) is inserted into the incision between the skin and muscle. The suction device is moved back and forth to dislodge the fat through a surgical vacuum. A large syringe can also be used to remove the fat from the body.
There are two techniques that can be used to in the liposuction procedure.
- Tumescent liposuction is when a saline solution, a painkiller and a drug that will contract the blood vessels are injected into the areas of fat before removing it. This allows the fat to be removed easily and it will minimize any blood loss as well as eliminating pain during and after the liposuction surgery.
- Ultrasound liposuction uses ultrasonic energy to first liquefy the fat. The fat is then drained from the body.
The amount of time the liposuction surgery will take depends on the amount of fat that needs to be removed. Liposuction is a relatively safe procedure. Recovery time is generally quick, with most patients returning to work after a few days and resuming normal activities within two weeks.
Small drainage tubes may be inserted to eliminate any blood or fluid after the surgery. After the surgery a compression garment is used to cover the treatment areas to help control swelling. The garments also compress the body into its new shape. Recover time depends on the amount of fat that was removed as well as the patient’s general health condition. There will probably be swelling, bruising and soreness for about a week.
The patient will be informed about how to care for the surgical areas, as well as spotting signs of infection. Topical medication may be prescribed to help with healing and prevent any infection. If more than five liters or fat are removed, surgery to tighten up any excess skin may also have been performed. The patient will be advised of handling the healing from the removal of excess skin is necessary.
Once the swelling and bruising have subsided, a new body will appear. While no surgical procedure can guarantee total success, most people are very happy with the results of the liposuction surgery. The body will maintain its new contours as long as the patient monitors food intake and participates in an exercise regimen. But, if the patient begins to eat the wrong foods and gains weight, the fat will again deposit in the areas where liposuction was performed.
Liposuction is not a cure-all for losing inches on the body. It is a way to help sculpt a body that has fatty deposits in unwanted places. The ideal liposuction candidate is a person who already eats healthily and monitors their weight through diet and exercise. Liposuction provides the extra assist to rid the body of stubborn fat.
Costs of Liposuction
As liposuction is considered cosmetic surgery, it is not covered by health insurance. Prices for the procedures can vary depending on the location of the surgery and the physician cost. Fees will include prescription costs, post-surgery garments, lab tests, and anesthesia fees. These fees are in addition to the surgeon’s fee and the surgical facility costs.