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.
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.
Local, with sedation, or general.
Usually outpatient. Extensive procedures may require short inpatient stay.
Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness. Temporary fluid drainage from incision sites.
Asymmetry. Rippling or bagginess of skin. Pigmentation changes. Fluid retention.
Back to work: 1 to 2 weeks. More strenuous activity: 4 to 6 weeks.
Duration of Results:
Permanent, with sensible diet and exercise.