It’s a part of being human but for some reason, no matter how much you exercise or watch your diet, there are pockets of fat that simply won’t go away. Liposuction, formally known as lipoplasty, takes care of those pockets. A tube inserted through tiny incisions in the target areas suctions out the fat. Liposuction can remove fat in the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, inner knees, chest, cheeks, chin, calves, and ankles. This body-contouring procedure can also be used to enhance other procedures such as tummy tucks and facelifts.
Am I a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
Almost everyone has an area or areas on their body where the fat won’t respond to exercise or changes in diet. If you’ve tried working on these areas to no avail, liposuction could be the answer. Liposuction is not a weight reduction procedure; it is simply a way to remove those stubborn pockets of fat. The procedure could work for you if:
- You are within 15% of your ideal body weight
- You have firm skin with good elasticity
- You have good muscle tone
- You maintain a consistent weight
Before your initial consultation, all potential patients should do some research. Learn about the procedure and look at many before and after pictures of liposuction patients to find photos of people with similar body types as yours. During your consultation, Dr. Saltz will discuss the procedure, your expectations and goals, and if it seems like a good fit for your particular situation. Dr. Saltz will go through your medical history and conduct a physical exam. As with any surgical procedure, successful candidates need to be in good general health.
Dr. Saltz begins the procedure by making small incisions in targeted areas. Next, a liquid solution is injected to loosen the fat before removal. This reduces bleeding and trauma. Then a thin tube, called a cannula, is inserted through the incisions and Dr. Saltz moves the tube around under the skin to suction out the unwanted fat.
Recovery After Liposuction
After the procedure, the treated areas will be wrapped to help reduce swelling, bruising, and pain. Compression garments, elastic bandages, or other form-fitting garments will need to be worn for the next three to four weeks to help your body adjust to its new contour. There will be a good deal of bruising and swelling for the first week to 10 days.
Your specific recovery period will depend on the extent of the treated areas. If you’ve only had a very small amount of fat removed from a single area, you can usually return to work within two to three days. If you’ve had multiple areas treated, you may need about a week of rest.
You will be able to see results immediately after your procedure, but the full extent may take up to a month to be realized, due to swelling and adjustment from your body. Most patients can return to their full routine, including exercise, within six weeks.
If you take care of yourself, your liposuction results can last forever. But, while the fat removed won’t return to that specific site, if you gain weight, it can form pockets elsewhere. That’s why a continuing healthy lifestyle will produce the best results.