Facts About Liposuction
- 11 March 2014
- Dr. Nidal (Nick) Masri
Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure done to remove small amounts of fat from various parts of the body including the hips, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, and even the face. Many times, liposuction is done in conjunction with other surgical procedures because it has the ability to remove fat pockets that do not seem to respond
to exercise and diet. It is not for everyone, and it is essential to have realistic expectations before undergoing the procedure.
Liposuction is not designed for obese people. It is better for people who have tight, elastic skin with little or no cellulite. Unfortunately, liposuction does not remove any of the cellulite, only the fat. If you suffer from obesity, liposuction should not be your route to shed weight. Several other options should be considered and discussed before you go into a liposuction procedure.
Imagine a vacuum sucking the fat out of your stomach or thighs or wherever you wish to have liposuction performed. That is exactly what a liposuction procedure does. It removes the excess fat through a cannula type vacuum. The amount of fat that needs to be removed will determine the type of anesthesia that will be used. It is possible that you could just receive local anesthesia and be able to go home the same day. However, if you are having a larger amount of fat removed and require general anesthesia, you may have to have the procedure done in a hospital and stay overnight. Generally speaking, if you are a good candidate for liposuction, then you should have the procedure done as an outpatient and go home the same day. As for the recovery, expect to be sore. Liposuction usually is associated with a significant amount of soreness, bruising and swelling for a few weeks after the surgery. With that said, you should still not be experiencing excruciating pain. Your recovery time will depend on how much fat you have removed. Normally people recover quickly and are able to return to work after a few days of rest and recovery. Within a few weeks, you should be back to normal.
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Expectations are important when you commit to any surgical procedure and liposuction is no exception. First and foremost, remember that liposuction will not fix cellulite, dimples, or unwanted stretch marks. This is a common misconception of liposuction and you should know what to expect so you do not come out of the procedure unsatisfied. Also, liposuction does not prevent you from gaining unwanted weight in the future. It will completely and permanently remove the current fat cells but it cannot guarantee that new fat cells will not develop later. However, it is unlikely that fat cells will develop in the particular area that was treated with liposuction. However, it is important to follow a proper diet and exercise regularly after a liposuction procedure.
Overall, liposuction is a relatively safe procedure. As long as you have your procedure done by licensed and board certified professionals, you should not expect significant problems. As with any surgical procedure, liposuction has the risk of infection, though since liposuction is normally a rather short procedure with small incisions, the risk of infection is low.