If you have excess subcutaneous fat, which is resistant to diet and exercise, you may be a candidate for liposuction. Liposuction will change the contours of your body, such as under the chin, the upper arms and armpits, male chest/breasts, trunk, the abdomen, waist, hips, thighs, inner knees, calves, and ankles. Liposuction will permanently improve the contour and proportion of the treated areas. The goal is to create a more flattering figure or shape, in or out of clothing.
Here at the Plastic Surgery Center, this procedure is done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with IV sedation. Small suction tubes called cannulas are inserted through tiny incisions placed in inconspicuous locations near the fat deposits, and excess fat is then removed.
Following this surgery, patients go home in a first stage compression garment or tape covering the treated areas. After pain and soreness decrease, a second stage garment is worn for an additional three to four weeks. Total compression time is approximately one month to help reduce swelling. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Bruising and swelling usually subside in two to four weeks. The final result takes shape over two to three months; however, final contours may not be evident for as long as six months.
This procedure is considered cosmetic and is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.
The specific risks can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally; major complications are rare.