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Lipoplasty (Liposuction)

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Women and men who are of relatively normal weight but have isolated fat pockets causing certain areas of their body to appear disproportionate are particularly well-suited to Liposuction (lipoplasty). These localized fat deposits may at times be inherited traits that normally are impervious to dieting or exercise. Liposuction is often the only way to eliminate them. Though it is possible to undergo liposuction at almost any age, best results can be obtained if your skin still has enough elasticity to achieve a smooth contour following fat removal. Inelastic skin as in some older patients may not redrape well making a skin tightening procedure inevitable.
Consider yourself to be a good candidate for liposuction if you either have localized excess fat or if you desire contouring in any of the following areas:

  • cheeks, jowls and neck
  • upper arms
  • breast or chest areas
  • back
  • abdomen and waist
  • hips and buttocks
  • inner and outer thighs
  • inner knee
  • calves and ankles

Sometimes Liposuction may be used to treat a condition called gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement, which frequently occurs among both teenage and adult males.

Do not consider Liposuction a substitute for overall weight loss.
 
Liposuction is not an effective treatment for cellulite (a condition that gives the skin an uneven, dimpled appearance) as well. To tackle these problem alternative treatments may be considered, in some cases.
INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATION
Considering the individual factors, not everyone will achieve the same results from Liposuction. Your unique characteristics will be considered by your plastic surgeon in determining the most effective treatment. In the consultation process, you will be asked to specify the exact areas which you would like to see improved. Your surgeon will thus understand your expectations and determine whether they can be achieved realistically. Your current weight and your plan to lose or gain weight in the future will be evaluating factors in your liposuction.

Your unique characteristics will be considered by your plastic surgeon in determining the most effective treatment. In the consultation process, you will be asked to specify the exact areas which you would like to see improved. Your surgeon will thus understand your expectations and determine whether they can be achieved realistically. Your current weight and your plan to lose or gain weight in the future will be evaluating factors in your liposuction.

HOW LIPOSUCTION IS PERFORMED
The process begins by first inserting a small, hollow tube, called a cannula, through one or more tiny incisions near the area to be suctioned and fat is removed. Incisions, usually less than one-quarter inch in length are placed as inconspicuously as possible, mostly within skin folds or contour lines. A vacuum pressure unit is connected by tubing to the cannula. Under the surgeon’s guidance the suction device literally vacuums away the unwanted fat.
UNDERSTANDING RISKS
Fortunately for patients significant complications from Liposuction are infrequent. Year after year multitudes of people, who have undergone liposuction experience no major problems and are pleased with the results. However one should be aware of both the benefits and risks when considering surgery.

A personal discussion on the subject of risks and potential complications of surgery between you and your surgeon can prove helpful.

A detailed information booklet will be provided with instructions and precautions for the immediate and early postoperative period. This will also discuss the sequeal of Liposuction.

RECOVERY
Post surgery you will be taken into a recovery area where you will be closely monitored. Going home after a few hours probably might be permitted, although some patients may stay overnight in the hospital or surgical facility.
RESULTS OF YOUR LIPOSUCTION
Liposuction before and after image Areas of fatty deposits that previously created unflattering bulges and perhaps made it difficult to feel comfortable in your clothing or caused self-consciousness will be reduced by Liposuction surgery. The appearance of your new, slimmer contour may be delayed due to factors such as fluid retention following surgery and prolonged swelling. Because of the gradual healing process you should expect to wait a while to see the final results of your liposuction.
HOW lONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST?
As long as you maintain your postoperative weight the results of liposuction will be permanent. In case you gain a few extra pounds, you may realize that the weight is distributed more evenly instead of accumulating in the problematic areas of the past. A touchup might be desired occasionally to further improve the results in the area that has been suctioned. The additional treatment can sometimes be performed under local anesthesia.

Your progress will be evaluated in your visits to your plastic surgeon’s office for follow-up care at prescribed intervals.

Please keep in mind your relationship with your plastic surgeon does not end when you leave the operating room. For any queries or concerns during your recovery, or additional information at a later time, you should contact your surgeon.

 

 

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