The healthiest way to lose weight is with a well-balanced diet and exercise. For some people, however, no matter how hard they try they just cannot get rid of certain stubborn areas around the neck, hips, tummy, chest, and thighs. This is where liposuction surgery can help!
Liposuction is the surgical removal of fat through small incision. Numbing fluid is instilled into the affected areas, the fat is broken up from its surrounding structures with a thin, hollow tube (cannula), and then it is sucked out of the body. The patient wears a compression garment after surgery to decrease bruising, swelling, and local fluid retention. Liposuction surgery is a very powerful procedure to sculpt your body when performed either alone or as an adjunct to other surgeries, such as a tummy tuck or thigh lift.
The fat that is harvested during liposuction can also be injected into other parts of the face or body, such as the buttocks or the cheek bone areas, to restore volume and attain curvier contours. The fat is processed in a sterile environment and is injected back into the area of interest. It is interesting to note that the fat is not only excellent at restoring volume and lifting sagging skin in certain areas, but it also has a rejuvenating effect on the skin itself. This younger looking appearance may be due to the presence of growth factors and stem cells within the fat that was harvested.
Scars can occur any time that a surgeon has to make an incision, so liposuction is no different. That being said, the scars from liposuction are very small because very minimal access is necessary to create a dramatic improvement in body contour! The scars are placed strategically in locations that hide and heal well.
No, liposuction will help to reduce fat deposits underneath the skin, but it will not remove sagging skin. If you sagging skin, it is very likely that you would benefit from an excision procedure like a tummy tuck, thigh lift, or arm lift.
It should be stated that there are four different types of liposuction surgery. Those are:
The one you choose with your surgeon should be based on your goal of getting the best results. Yes, these are all methods that surgeons can use to help the liposuction cannula break up the fat. There are claims that some tools create more skin tightening, but these results are truly on the microscopic level and not something that one would appreciate with plain eye sight.
The true advantage of these tools is that they make liposuction easier for the surgeon, particularly in areas that have more dense and fibrotic fat, scar, or were previously liposuctioned. In short, make sure to a have a thorough discussion upfront on which type of surgery is best for you.
After the liposuction is performed, the compression garment is helpful to reduce swelling, decrease the risk of fluid accumulation (seroma), and apply even pressure along the area that was liposuctioned. This will help you to recover faster from your surgery.
If you think that you might be a candidate for liposuction, please call our office to schedule an in-person consultation. The staff, along with Dr. Jeremy White, at ARC Plastic Surgery are ready to be your cosmetic surgery team. (305) 697-5901.