Introduced in the U.S. in the early 1980s, liposuction, also called liposculpture, lipoplasty, or suction lipectomy, is a cosmetic surgery technique developed by cosmetic surgeons to remove stubborn fat deposits that don’t respond to dieting and exercise.
These fatty bulges are most commonly found in the thighs, hips, abdomen, buttocks, knees, ankles, calves and arms.
They are also found in the facial areas such as the chin, cheeks, jowls and neck. Liposuction can be performed alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery procedures such as a Tummy Tuck, Facelift, Cheek Augmentation, Chin Augmentation to achieve the desired result.
After making small incisions in the areas to be suctioned, a cannula is inserted into the subcutaneous tissues and fat is aspirated into a special suction machine.
The procedure takes between 1-2 hours, depending on the amount of area to be suctioned.
Although performed on an outpatient basis, liposuction is not without its complications. The patient may suffer contour irregularities, asymmetry, development of dense scar tissue, bleeding, infection, and the development of fluid collections under the skin.
We utilize a combination of local anesthesia and IV sedation. You will be asleep and comfortable during the procedure. The risky general anesthesia is not used.
- Is Less Risky
- Assures Quicker Recovery
- Causes Less Nausea and Vomiting
Many surgeons still utilize general anesthesia. After all, the patient is completely paralyzed and is easier to work on. However, surgeon’s ease does not translate to the patient’s advantage. Another reason why so many surgeons choose general anesthesia over IV sedation is the experience of their anesthesiologist. It takes more experience to administer IV sedation. Many anesthesiologists and nurses anesthetists do not know how to handle it properly. Many anesthesiologists have little practical experience with sedation. It takes a lot of skill to make certain that patients are comfortably asleep and do not wake up during surgery.
You will notice significant bruising and swelling post-operatively. You will be given special garments to wear post-operatively to apply pressure to the affected areas and minimize swelling while providing support during healing. The results of the surgery will be recognizable soon after surgery, but it will take several weeks for the full effect of the surgery to be noticeable.