When extra fat remains on the thighs, belly or elsewhere on the body with no sign of going away anytime soon, it can be frustrating to say the least. Sometimes no amount of spin classes or the latest diet will do the trick. For this reason, individuals bothered by the appearance of extra fatty tissue on their body often turn to liposuction to assist with those stubborn areas.

Liposuction (lipo) targets specific areas of the body where the patient wants to remove excess fat deposits for a more pleasing, slimmer shape. This can help to create better overall body proportion. The need for liposuction does not signify the person is overweight; in fact, the most fit person can have an imbalance around his or her body due to localized fat deposits that are difficult to get rid of even with diet and exercise. It may often be due to genetics. Lipo is not intended to be used as a substitute for regular exercise or a healthy diet. If good habits are followed and a substantial amount of weight is not gained in the future, results should be permanent.

Ideal candidates for liposuction have firm skin and good muscle tone, with no medical conditions that can hinder the healing process. They should also be non-smokers who are within 20 pounds of their ideal weight.

Common areas on which lipo is performed are the neck, cheeks, chin, abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, arms and chest. It can also be utilized to remove fat from the back, inner knee, calves and ankles. Lipo can be performed as a singular procedure, but may also occur in conjunction with a facelift, tummy tuck, or any other forms of plastic surgery.

Liposuction Surgery

Small, discreetly placed incisions are made in the treatment area while the patient is under local anesthesia. A sterile liquid solution is infused to limit bleeding and harm to the surrounding tissue. A narrow hollow tube, called a cannula, is inserted into the incision and moved back and forth by the doctor in a controlled manner. The fat becomes dislodged and is then suctioned out of the body through the use of a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula.

Liposuction Recovery

A compression garment is used to cover the treated areas to help keep swelling under control. This will also constrict the skin and help it to shrink to the new body contours. Some garments may need to be worn for up to 4-6 weeks. Patients experience swelling and bruising for at least 7 to 10 days. Normal activity can be resumed as soon as the person feels comfortable doing so. This could be within a day or two or could take several weeks. The size and location of treatment plays a significant role in recovery times. The majority of people who receive lipo are able to return to work within the week.Call Aesthetic Specialty Centre Plastic Surgery & Dermatology in Roswell at (770) 393-9000 or Greensboro at (706) 467-6500 for your liposuction consultation.

*The information about Liposuction was reviewed by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Marc E. Yune. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.