What is Liposuction?

Suction-assisted lipectomy-also known as liposuction, fat suction, or suction lipectomy-is a technique to remove unwanted fat deposits from specific areas of the body, including the chin, neck, and cheeks; the upper arms and above the breasts; the abdomen, buttocks, hips, and thighs; and the knees, calves, and ankles. Liposuction is not a substitute for weight reduction, but a method of removing localized fat that doesn’t respond to dieting and exercise.

Procedure:

Improves body shape by removing exercise-resistant fat deposits with a tube and vacuum device. Performed using the tumescent technique, in which targeted fat cells are infused with saline containing solution with a local anesthetic before liposuction to reduce post-operative bruising and swelling.

Length of Surgery:

1 to 2 hours or longer.

Anesthesia:

Local, with sedation, or general.

In/Outpatient:

Usually outpatient. Extensive procedures may require short inpatient stay.

Side Effects:

Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness. Temporary fluid drainage from incision sites.

Risks:

Asymmetry. Rippling or bagginess of skin. Pigmentation changes. Fluid retention.

Recovery:

Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4 to 6 weeks.

Duration of Results:

Permanent, with sensible diet and exercise.

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