Liposuction is one of the classic types of cosmetic procedures that everyone has heard of, but few people actually know much about it. The procedure was developed in the 1960s in Europe and has consistently been one of the most popular procedures year after year, with hundreds of thousands of procedure being performed annually. Liposuction is a highly effective procedure for removing fat from many different parts of the body. The procedure may sound simple, but it requires the precision and expertise of a trained plastic surgeon to achieve the best and safest results.
The term “liposuction” is a literal description of the technique involved — suction-assisted removal of fat. Liposuction will typically involve the use of a suction device called a cannula, which is a hollow tube that comes in various sizes. The amount of fat removed will depend on the specific goals of the patient, the part of the body to be treated, and the limitations of what is safely removable. If you are considering liposuction, it is important that you already be in good health and live actively, because liposuction is not a good alternative to healthy living.
Liposuction may also be included with other cosmetic procedures to improve contouring and enhance the results. One of the more recent developments in this cosmetic procedure is using liposuction to harvest fat from an area where it is excessive and putting into areas that may need added volume such as the buttocks or breasts. Liposuction is commonly performed along with various kinds of lifts such as the body, thigh, or butt lift. This combination of lift and liposuction is useful for contouring the body more effectively.
Liposuction is performed for the abdomen, breasts, hips, thighs, love handles, back, arms, chin, male breasts and more. Liposuction is can be performed using local anesthesia or general sedation.
One of the most advanced techniques available is laser-assisted liposuction, more commonly called SmartLipo. SmartLipo is similar to other advanced techniques like ultrasound-assisted liposuction, because they both are said to reduce the recovery period by reducing bruising and bleeding.
Laser-assisted liposuction has a laser attached to a smaller version of the cannula, called a microcannula. When inserted, the laser is calibrated to liquefy fat by rupturing the fat cells. The laser is said to assist in healing by reducing swelling, bleeding, and bruising as it seals blood vessels. The liquified fat is then removed through the cannula.
Liposuction generally involves relatively small incisions at the suction site. After the procedure, some patients may need to have drainage tubing attached to remove fluid buildup. It’s likely that you will be able to return to work as soon as two days or generally within two weeks. Swelling in the treated area may linger for as long as two months, and the final results of the procedure will be visible by six months.
There are a lot of options to consider when deciding on liposuction. If you have more questions or concerns, feel free to schedule a consultation with Dr. Berhane. Contact us today for a consultation.