Liposuction – A Longwood Plastic Surgery Speciality!
Liposuction is a procedure that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin and back and neck. Although no type of liposuction is a substitute for dieting and exercise, liposuction can remove stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to traditional weight-loss methods. If you’re considering liposuction, this will give you a basic understanding of the procedure — when it can help, how it is performed and how you might look and feel after surgery.
The Best Candidates for Liposuction
To be a good candidate for liposuction, you must have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for you. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon. The best candidates for liposuction are normal-weight people with firm, elastic skin who have pockets of excess fat in certain areas. You should be physically healthy and psychologically stable.
Planning Your Surgery
In your initial consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your health, determine where your fat deposits lie and assess the condition of your skin. Your surgeon will explain the body-contouring methods that may be most appropriate for you. Individuals considering liposuction often feel a bit overwhelmed by the number of options and techniques being promoted today. All of the surgeons at LPS are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and are here to help and will explain the possibilities including non surgical options such as CoolSculpt or open surgical procedures such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) where applicable. Patients are encouraged to consider a doctor certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) such as those at Longwood Plastic Surgery.
Liposuction is usually performed under general or sedation anesthesia at our office-based accredited facility.
The time required to perform liposuction may vary considerably, depending on the size of the area or areas to be treated and the amount of fat being removed. Your Longwood Plastic Surgeon has several liposuction techniques at his or her disposal in order to tailor the procedure to the unique individual needs of every patient! Lipoport incisions are only 3mm in size and are remarkably inconspicuous. After an appropriate time in our Post Anesthesia Care section, patients are discharged to home with specific instructions for postoperative care.
After Your Surgery
After surgery, you will likely experience some fluid drainage from the incisions. To control swelling and to help your skin better fit its new contours, you may be fitted with a snug elastic garment to wear over the treated area for a few weeks.
Don’t expect to look or feel great right after surgery. Even though the newer techniques are believed to reduce some post-operative discomforts, you may still experience some pain, burning, swelling, bleeding and temporary numbness. Pain can be controlled with medications prescribed by your surgeon, though you may still feel stiff and sore for a few days.
Getting Back to Normal
Healing is a gradual process. Your surgeon will probably tell you to start walking around as soon as possible to reduce swelling and to help prevent blood clots from forming in your legs. You will begin to feel better after about a week or two and you should be back at work within a few days following your surgery. The stitches are removed or dissolve on their own within the first week to 10 days.
Activity that is more strenuous should be avoided for about two weeks as your body continues to heal. Although most of the bruising and swelling usually disappears within three weeks, some swelling may remain for six months or more. Your surgeon will schedule follow-up visits to monitor your progress and to see if any additional procedures are needed. If you have any unusual symptoms between visits — for example, heavy bleeding or a sudden increase in pain — or any questions about what you can and can’t do, call your doctor.
Your New Look
You will see a noticeable difference in the shape of your body quite soon after surgery. However, improvement will become even more apparent after about four to six weeks, when most of the swelling has subsided. After about three months, any persistent mild swelling usually disappears and the final contour will be visible. If your expectations are realistic, you will probably be very pleased with the results of your surgery. You may find that you are more comfortable in a wide variety of clothes and more at ease with your body. And, by eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, you can help to maintain your new shape.