Getting those hard to reach places
Women and men who are not overweight but have isolated areas of fat they cannot get rid of through diet and exercise are good candidates for liposuction. Localized fat is often an inherited trait and liposuction is usually the only way to eliminate them. Liposuction is not effective for cellulite.
Dr. Rosen will assess the quality of your skin and may ask you how your areas of localized fat were affected by weight loss in the past. You will realize good results from this procedure if your skin has the tone and elasticity necessary to achieve a smooth result following fat suctioning. Liposuction if effective on the arms, abdomen, hips, thighs, calves, ankles, and even under the chin.
The Liposuction Procedure
Fat is removed by first inserting a small tube (a cannula) through tiny incisions close to the area to be suctioned. Incisions are very small – usually under a quarter inch.
There are 3 methods of liposuction: a “dry” technique, a “tumescent” technique that introduces large amounts of fluid and an ultrasonic technique. The latter two are used most frequently today.
Though infrequent, some complications include bleeding, infection and reaction to anesthesia. Skin numbness is to be expected and is usually only temporary. It is possible, however, for some numbness to persist or even be permanent. Occasionally, there is skin discoloration in the areas that have been treated. Irregularities of the skin surface, including depressions or wrinkling can happen.
You will be asked to wear a compression garment for the first several days after surgery so that the tissue can “learn” its new shape.
You can return to work in just a few days after liposuction, though you will still have some swelling and bruising; this subsides within about a week. It may take several weeks before skin sensation returns.
It is not uncommon for a touchup to be performed later to further improve an area that has been suctioned.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Who is an ideal candidate for liposuction?
The ideal candidate for liposuction is an individual who is within 20% of their ideal body weight and has one or two resistant areas which do not respond to the typical diet and exercise regimens.
Is liposuction permanent?
We have a certain number of fat cells in different parts of our bodies. As one loses or gains weight we do not add or lose fat cells, but each cell actually becomes larger or smaller. After liposuction in a particular area of the body, that area becomes more proportional to the rest of the body and when one gains or loses weight, it is more evenly distributed.
Which type of liposuction do I use? Why?
There are multiple liposuction techniques. I use power-assisted liposuction where the end of the cannulae vibrates, permitting more fat to be removed with less passes of the cannulae. I also use the tumescent or wet technique. Both of these result in less bruising and discomfort postoperatively. I do not use ultrasonic or laser assisted liposuction as I believe the number of side effects out-weigh the advantages as of this time.
What is my recovery from liposuction like?
Patients who have liposuction do not complain of significant pain. Most patients report it feels like they have worked out in the gym too hard. Postoperatively, patients are placed in a compression garment that is worn for 3-4 weeks to assist the skin in tightening over the smaller amount of fat left behind. Down time from most non-physical jobs is quite short.
On what parts of the body is liposuction most frequently requested?
Liposuction is most commonly requested on the outer thigh or lower abdomen region on women, and the love handle region or chest of men. Liposuction may be used on most areas of the body successfully with minimal if any scars left after the procedure.
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