Liposuction can remove radically and permanently localized fat excess. Liposuction is not a method of weight loss and its goal is not to control the weight of the patient or the patient. Despite good health and a reasonable level of fitness, some people may still have a body with disproportionate contours due to localized fat deposits. These areas may be due to family traits rather than a lack of weight control or fitness. Liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposit, improving body contours and proportion, and ultimately enhancing the patient’s self-image. It can be applied to many regions of the body: “saddlebags” of course, but the hips, buttocks, abdomen, thighs, knees, calves, ankles, upper arms and chest area . Technical improvements have also helped to extend its action in the face and neck such as cheek, chin and neck.
Liposuction can be performed under local or general anesthesia. This procedure is performed in ambulatory or may require a one night stay at the clinic. There are three common variation to the procedure : • Traditional liposuction is surgical suctioning of fat deposit • The tumescent or super-wet technique requires an infusion of saline solution with adrenaline and possibly anesthetic prior to removal of excess fat • Ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty uses ultrasound energy to liquefy excess fat prior to surgical suctioning.
In the postoperative course, bruising (bruises) and edema (swelling) in treated areas and will disappear within 10 to 20 days after surgery. Normal activity can be resumed 4-7 days after surgery, sports activities 3 weeks later.
Swelling should subside, bruising should fade and initial results may appear in 2-4 weeks. The skin will take about 3-6 months to fully retract on new contours and readjust to the new silhouette. Final results could appear in 2-6 months. Significant weight gain can cause recurrence of fatty deposit.