Liposuction is also known as "lipoplasty" or "suction assisted liposuction." Liposuction is a procedure that helps slim and contour specific areas of the body. Some of these areas include the abdomen, back, flanks, buttocks, thighs, neck, cheeks, arms, calves and chest region. The procedure can be performed under local, local with sedation, or general anesthesia. The safety of the technique is related to the amount of tissue removed, and is determined by the physician.
To be a good candidate, one must be over 18 years of age and in good health. It is also recommended to be on a good diet and exercise routine. Liposuction is an excellent procedure to remove unwanted or stubborn fat. It is not the treatment for weight reduction. It is recommended that if you are a smoker to stop smoking 2 months prior to your procedure. Individuals should also have a positive outlook and realistic perspective on their results.
During your consultation, be candid on your past medical and surgical history. Drs. Chung and Kevitch will evaluate your needs and discuss realistic outcomes with you.
Types of Liposuction:
Tumescent - With this technique, the surgeon will inject a solution into your fatty areas before the fat is removed. It is made up of a saline solution, a numbing medication, and epinephrine. The solution helps remove the fat more easily, reduces blood loss and eases pain during and after the procedure.
Ultrasound - sound energy is used to melt the fat which is then removed from the body. This procedure decreases the amount of bleeding and blood loss.
Laser - Light energy is used to melt the fat which is then removed from the body with a traditional lipo canula. This procedure allows for less bruising and helps tighten loose skin.
Liposuction is usually performed as an in office or outpatient procedure. Most people return to work within a few days and resume normal activities in about a week. You should expect swelling and bruising for a few weeks and may be asked to remain in a compression garment for up to 1 or 2 months. Your final result will take 3 months to achieve.
The results from liposuction are permanent as long as you maintain a good diet and exercise plan. It is important to note that liposuction will not prevent you from gaining weight.
All surgery has some risks. Liposuction has a good safety record and risks can be minimized when performed by a board certified plastic surgeon.
Because liposuction is considered a cosmetic procedure, it is not covered by your health insurance plan. If liposuction is something that you are considering, please contact our office for a consultation, pricing, and possible financing options.