Liposuction is a procedure that reduces unwanted fat from specific areas of your body, reshaping bulging areas for more attractive contours. It is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise.
What liposuction can treat:
- Hips and buttocks
- Abdomen and waist
- Upper arms
- Inner knee
- Chest area
- Cheeks, chin and neck
In general, good candidates for a liposuction include:
- Those of relatively normal weight who have pockets of excess fat in particular areas
- Those with firm, elastic skin
- Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
- Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring
Both CoolSculpting and liposuction will remove fatty tissue. CoolSculpting applicators reduce about 20%-25% thickness with each cycle over several months. In areas of substantial thickness, a single session may not be enough, and multiple applicators are generally needed to create smooth transitions between areas. Liposuction also has fat reduction limits, albeit much higher, and results are sometimes evident immediately.
Liposuction procedures usually take one-to-four hours, depending on the areas being treated and amounts being suctioned. Patients are given a fluid pain reliever and epinephrine to restrict blood loss and bruising through a small incision. A thin tube (a cannula) attached to a machine creates a strong vacuum and Dr. Doolabh manipulates it within the fat layers under the skin, suctioning up the fat.
Depending on the areas to be shaped, the innovative ultrasound technology, VASER LipoSelection™ may be recommended to emulsify fat for easier, less traumatic reduction. Because nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue remain relatively intact, patients report minimal pain and bruising.
Liposuction patients often resume normal activity a week after their procedure, but continue to wear a snug elastic dressing for at least six weeks that promotes the skin to shrink to fit its new contours.
The key to Increased healing and decreased pain during recovery is to minimize inflammation, so eating clean & being well hydrated is important. Bruising can be reduced by avoiding blood thinners before surgery (e.g. alcohol, certain medications, aspirin, ibuprofen products), taking Arnica Montana supplements, using topical bruising gels, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Wearing compression garments and postoperative lymphatic massage with ultrasound therapy help to contain swelling. Swelling will worsen with exercise and heat from being outdoors, pools, and saunas.
Skin with good resilience will contract down, approximately 30%, as fat tissue is removed. Additional contraction can be achieved with the use of Renuvion, radiofrequency powered cool helium subdermal coagulation. The device is passed under the skin through the same liposuction entry sites, decreases bruising, without adding discomfort or time to recovery. Learn more on the Skin Tightening page!