Typically, the procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure and takes between 2-5 hours depending on the number of ancillary procedures performed. The surgery is performed under local or general anesthesia.
There is some pain associated with the procedure that is comparable to muscle soreness; Any discomfort is controlled well by oral pain medication.
Typically, the results of the surgery last forever as long as you maintain a normal weight. If you gain weight the areas of liposuction may get larger but so will all other areas of your body; so it is a comparative improvement that will last.
Patients recover from the initial effects of the surgery within three days. There will, however, be swelling, discoloration, and restricted activity for at least two weeks. By the third week, patients can resume exercise. Temporary effects may include tightness, irregularities, numbness, and weakness of muscles.
I always tell my patients to try dieting first to see if the areas of fat disappear. If not, then come and visit me.
What is a liposuction?
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery to improve body shape. It helps body appearance by suctioning excess fat from localized areas. Each individual has different fat accumulations based on sex, race, age, and heredity. The amount of fat removed is determined by patient’s wishes, my recommendations, and limited by medical safety. Small tubes called cannulae are placed under the skin after a solution to stop bleeding and give anesthesia is injected. fat is suctioned through these tubes. A binder or garment is sometimes necessary for a few days after surgery to compress skin.
Surgery in Office or Surgery center
Liposuction can be performed under local anesthesia in our office or under general anesthesia in a surgery center. The more areas of liposuction the more the time needed but typically it takes 2- 4 hours.
You need to have someone stay with you the night after liposuction surgery and can usually resume normal activities except exercise in 5-7 days. The cost for a liposuction includes the operating room fee and all of your follow-up visits.
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