Lipoplasty, commonly known as liposuction, is a surgical technique that removes fatty deposits from specific areas on the body, leaving it slimmer and more contoured. The procedure is not a weight loss technique, but rather a method for addressing areas of the body where fat deposits have not responded to persistent diet and exercise, which may be due to genetic traits, pregnancies, or other factors.
Liposuction can be used to remove fat cells from many areas of the body, including the lower legs, thighs, hips, waist, back, chest, neck, and chin.
Liposuction is often performed alongside or during other procedures, including thigh lifts and arm lifts, tummy tucks (also known as abdominoplasty) as well as fat transfer augmentations for the breast or butt.
To prepare for liposuction, you should discontinue the use of blood-thinning vitamins, herbs, and medications for two weeks before the surgery. If you smoke cigarettes, you should quit for at least two weeks before and after surgery. If you are over the age of 45, medical clearance by an independent physician may be required before undergoing surgery.
General anesthesia will be administered.
- During the liposuction procedure, incisions are made in the skin where excess fat exists. Dr. Vallecillos will then insert a cannula (a thin, hollow metal tube attached to a vacuum pump) through the incisions to loosen excess fat. The fat cells are then extracted from the body.If liposuction is being performed alongside a fat transfer procedure, the extracted fat will be purified and then injected into the target area of the body, such as the breast, butt, or face.
Liposuction is often used to remove excess fat from the following areas:
- Legs, thighs, hips, back
- Waist, chest
- Neck, chin
- Legs, thighs, hips, back
Who is a candidate for liposuction?
You should consider liposuction if you have areas of fat deposits on your body that are resistant to diet and exercise regimens. You should be near your ideal weight before undergoing liposuction, as it is not a weight loss technique but rather a method for sculpting the body.
What is the recovery time for liposuction?
Recovery from liposuction can vary with each person. A dressing will be applied to the treated area. In some cases, small drainage tubes may be placed in incisions to allow excess fluid to drain from the body. Stitches and drains will be removed within the first ten days after the procedure. Pain medication may need to be taken for 1-2 weeks following surgery.
Are there risks with liposuction?
Expect some bruising for several weeks, and swelling for several months after surgery. As with all surgeries, there is a small risk of infection. Other, rare side effects can include uneven contours, rippling skin, fluid accumulation, and scarring.
How long do the results last?
Once the swelling has diminished, your new shape and final results should become visible. While liposuction should be a long lasting solution, the longevity of your results does depend on maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle.