• Liposuction, sometimes referred to as “lipo” by patients, slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits and improving your body contours and proportion.

    Liposuction techniques may be used to reduce localized fat deposits of the:

    • Thighs
    • Hips and buttocks
    • Abdomen and waist
    • Upper arms
    • Back
    • Inner knee
    • Chest area
    • Cheeks, chin and neck
    • Calves and ankles

    Liposuction can be performed alone or along with other plastic surgery procedures, such as a faceliftbreast reduction or a tummy tuck.

    What liposuction won’t do

    Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise.

    It is also not an effective treatment for cellulite – the dimpled skin that typically appears on the thighs, hips, and buttocks – or loose saggy skin.

    Ideal liposuction candidates are:

    • Adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
    • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
    • Non-smokers
    • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring

    If you are bothered by excess fat deposits – located anywhere on your body – that don’t respond to diet or exercise, liposuction may be right for you.

    Liposuction recovery

    During your liposuction recovery, a compression garment or elastic bandages may cover treatment areas once your procedure is completed. These help to control swelling and compress the skin to your new body contours. In addition, small temporary drains may be placed in existing incisions beneath the skin to remove any excess blood or fluid.

    You will be given specific instructions that may include:

    • How to care for the surgical site and drains
    • Medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
    • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
    • When to follow up with your plastic surgeon

    Your improved body contour will be apparent when the swelling and fluid retention commonly experienced following liposuction subside. The results of liposuction will be long lasting, provided you maintain a stable weight and general fitness. As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness, but most of your improvement should be relatively permanent.

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