Liposuction is a body-sculpting procedure to remove localized deposits of fat and to sculpt a more aesthetic and proportional body shape. Liposuction is routinely performed on multiple areas of the body including the chin and neck, upper arms, abdomen, back, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, calves, and ankles. Patients will achieve the most optimal results if they have achieved an ideal body weight with diet and exercise prior to performing liposuction.
Liposuction is typically performed under general anesthesia for maximal patient comfort. Small localized areas may be treated with local anesthesia with or without oral sedation. Several small incisions are made and cannulas are used to remove the fat. A single suture is used to close each small incision. In some cases of high volume liposuction, drains are placed to aide in the healing process.
The recovery period will depend on the extent of the procedure and areas that are treated. The patient will have bruising and swelling of all treated areas. Pain medication and antibiotics are prescribed. A compressive garment similar to a girdle is worn over the next few weeks to decrease swelling and to help to contour the area. Activity and work restrictions will be in place for a period of time following the surgery in order to allow for healing and reduce the risks of postoperative complications.