Liposuction continues to be one of the most popular aesthetic procedures in the United State, but there is surprisingly little information on how it actually works. So here is our “all you need to know” guide!
The treatment also referred to as lipo, lipoplasty, or liposculpture suction is a micro surgical procedure that eliminates excess fat from below the skin. This type of cosmetic surgery is most commonly used on and around the stomach, legs, neck, chin, upper arms, and back.
Liposuction is performed in our office by Dr. Janowski and involves using a cannula, or narrow tube, to vacuum fat from the body. Patients can opt to have lipo alone or along with another cosmetic treatment, such as a nonsurgical facelift, abdominoplasty, or breast reduction surgery.
Is Liposuction Right for You?
Aesthetic procedures used advanced technology that can help you optimize your physique, boost your confidence, and enhance your mental health. However, it’s not magic. People who have extreme anticipations of what liposuction can do for them may be disappointed.
For example, this surgery is not a substitute for diet and exercise. If you have a diligent health regimen and can’t seem to get rid of pockets of fat in certain areas, however, you may be an excellent candidate.
Some other factors that would enhance the likelihood that liposuction would work for you include:
How does liposuction work for smoothing out the skin’s cottage-cheese texture? This surgery will not remove cellulite. It cannot eliminate dimples or stretch marks.
It does remove fat cells from the body. However, the fat cells that remain can expand if you don’t continue a healthy lifestyle after you undergo the procedure.
The results are subtle. Liposuction sculpts the contours of your body to produce a sleeker silhouette.
If you need to reduce fat all over your body, you may not be eligible for lipo. Once you lose some weight and develop a regular exercise and diet regimen, you might be able to opt for the treatment.
What Does the Liposuction Process Entail?
How does liposuction work?
Once you decide to move forward, you will prepare for the surgery. Your practitioner will tell you what to do before the procedure. You may need to change your diet or alter your medication schedule temporarily.
Smoking increases the risk of complications. Patients are asked to stop smoking for at least two weeks before the procedure. If you can’t do this, you may not be able to undergo lipo.
You may need to refrain from using some over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin. Women may not be able to take a contraceptive pill, and people with anemia may have to take iron supplements.
Some supplements may also be prohibited. Check with your doctor if you’re taking herbal remedies or vitamins.
How Long Does Liposuction Take?
The procedure takes approximately one to four hours.
The procedure itself is very tolerable, as once the area to be treated is numbed, most patients feel almost nothing. Upon request, we will provide you with oral sedatives – just to help you relax during the procedure, and we insist that you have a ride home post-treatment.
If you are numbed locally, you’ll be awake during the procedure. However, you won’t feel it.
Some surgeons use local anesthesia when they’re treating a small area. Being awake during the procedure allows you to stand up, which can help the surgeon remove the fat properly.
Different Liposuction Techniques
Depending on your situation, you may opt for one of the following types of liposuction:
Tumescent liposuction doesn’t require surgeons to use stitches to close the wounds. The incisions are left open to facilitate drainage. When excess blood and fluids can escape through those areas, the risk of swelling goes down. The tumescent technique also reduces the risk of blood clots.
With this technique, the incisions are tiny. Therefore, the risk of infection also goes down. Patients don’t have to worry about reacting to the sutures. The tumescent method also reduces inflammation. Non-sutured incisions typically heal just as well as those with stitches.