Localized fat deposits are an issue even with people who keep a good diet and exercise. These problems may be due to family traits rather than a lack of weight control or fitness. Liposuction removes excess fat deposits and reshapes specific areas of your body to create a slimmer and improved silhouette.
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In some cases, liposuction is performed alone. In other cases it is used with plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift, breast reduction or a tummy tuck.
Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise. It is also not an effective treatment for cellulite, the dimpled skin that typically appears on the thighs, hips and buttocks, or loose saggy skin.
During your initial consultation, you will meet with the plastic surgeon and staff. Your previous surgeries, medical history, medications you are presently taking, and your overall physical and emotional health will be reviewed. Your skin quality will also be evaluated. Photographs may be taken for your medical record. Your surgeon will determine which procedure will most benefit you and whether or not additional procedures will be necessary for you to achieve your desired results. Recovery time, risks and limitations associated with surgery will be also be discussed. The doctor’s patient coordinator will review surgical costs and scheduling with you.
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure. This means you will not have to stay over-night at a hospital. Depending on the area to be treated, your surgeon may suggest intravenous sedation for anesthesia. Suction-assisted liposuction is the traditional method. A cannula is inserted through a small incision made through the skin. Fat is removed by vacuum pressure.