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LIPOSUCTION, liposculpting and body contouring
Surgery that is used to sculpt and contour specific areas of the body
and remove localized fat deposits.
Liposuction can be used to remove pockets
of imbedded fat from the body, arms, face and chin.
People with excess localized fat on the
body. Liposuction can be performed in combination with other procedures,
and typically is.
The procedure can take anywhere from one
to four hours.
The recovery period is usually anywhere
from three to six weeks. Bruising and edema can occure for 2 to 6
weeks. Sometimes post surgical requirements involve the wearing of
a girdle or liposuction garment for up to six weeks. Typically you
can return to work in a few days after having liposuction.
Costs vary depending on the amount of
liposuction to be performed. See Costs &
for more information.
Liposuction can help remove impacted fat, however, it is
not a substitute for weight reduction in obese individuals. It is best
suited for addressing those fat areas that have resided years on end,
and are now immune to traditional method of weight control. It can also
enhance body contours and be used to highlight areas of the body and
Liposuction can sculpt hips, thighs, the abdomen and love
handles, knees, ankles and areas of the face and neck. It can also treat
large or overdeveloped breasts in men and in this capacity is used to
treat gynocomastia. Often several areas can be treated during a single
Your surgeon will mark the areas to be sculpted prior to the surgery.
A small incision is made in the skin. Through this incision the surgeon
will inject a solution usually called tumescent fluid. It consists of
saline (salt water) and other medicines to help minimize bleeding, swelling,
pain, and provide for easier and more efficient fat removal. A thin
hollow stainless steel tube, a cannula, is inserted through this same
small incision. The other end is connected to a vacuum pump machine
that suctions the fat and tumescent solution while the cannula is moved
in a back and forth pattern under the skin.
After surgery you'll be sore and will need to wear a special compression
garment to reduce swelling and bruising. The garment will also help
shrink skin to its new contours. The garment should be worn for about
four weeks and is not noticeable under your normal everyday clothes.
Any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication prescribed by
Recovery is fairly rapid after your surgery. You may return to work
in a few days and resume your normal exercise routine in two weeks.
The final result of you surgery will be apparent in about six to eight
weeks when most of the swelling is gone.
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