Diet and exercise are the best ways to lose unwanted pounds, but for those problem areas, liposuction can help you achieve the look you desire.
According to Dr. Mark Deutsch, “Liposuction is a short outpatient procedure using mild anesthesia with minimal downtime and discomfort.”
Patients can expect some bruising and swelling after surgery. A compression garment will be worn for several weeks after surgery, making the chilly months ideal for this procedure. Patients can resume exercise after 2-3 weeks.
Liposuction can be performed on any area of the body, but the most common areas are the abdomen, flanks, thighs, arms and neck. Liposuction alone will not remove excess skin; the skin needs to be removed first, then liposuction will thin out the remaining tissue.
Lipoplasty is the suction removal of fat to sculpture the figure. It is not meant as a form of weight loss, but as a body contour procedure for those of ideal body weight. This plastic surgery procedure works well on diet and exercise resistant fat bulges in men and women. Time and repeated weight loss/gain may affect skin tone, which is not correctable with liposuction. In fact, liposuction of these areas may only enhance the stretched skin. In these cases, alternative surgeries would be more beneficial.
Small incisions, usually within underwear lines, are made to insert the cannulas to suction out the fat. Dr. Deutsch utilizes the tumescent technique, where a solution is injected prior to suctioning to divide the fat planes and reduce bleeding secondary to trauma from equipment. These incisions leave minimal scarring. Patients are placed in compression garments after surgery. The procedure is not associated with a lot of postoperative pain and patients are able to resume normal activities except for exercise immediately after surgery.