Liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses a thin, hollow tube called a cannula to remove localized areas of body fat. The cannula is inserted through extremely small incisions, and then moved back and forth to loosen excess fat, which is suctioned out using a vacuum or a cannula-attached syringe. Treated areas look slimmer and more contoured, and in better overall proportion to the rest of the body. However, liposuction is not a method for losing weight, and is not effective in eliminating cellulite, or tightening loose and sagging skin.
The ideal candidate for liposuction is in good overall health, but has one or more areas of fat that do not respond to diet or exercise. Areas that are often treated with liposuction include the thighs, abdomen, arms, back, hips, buttocks, chest, face, calves and ankles. Liposuction can be performed alone, or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, such as thighplasty and abdominoplasty.
Stubborn, isolated deposits of fat can be reduced with liposuction. This body contouring procedure uses suction to remove the excess fat. For women and men who have worked hard to achieve a fit, trim body, this lingering fat can be really disappointing. Liposuction may be the right way to achieve the chiseled, sculpted physique you envision for yourself. To arrange a consultation with experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Yash Avashia, please call our staff at 469-249-9615.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure. It can be completed in in a single appointment, and the recovery is relatively fast.
Common liposuction treatment areas include:
- Upper arms
In certain cases, it is possible to treat multiple areas in a single procedure. Dr. Avashia tailors the procedure to your body and your goals, which he discusses with you at the time of your consultation. He takes all of the time you need during this visit. Our whole team makes sure you have reliable, clear information related to your options, liposuction and otherwise.
Liposuction is not a Weight Loss Procedure
Liposuction is not a means of losing weight. In fact, it provides the best results for women and men who are at their ideal weight. It cannot remove a significant enough amount of fat to be considered weight loss.
The Liposuction Procedure
One of the most common liposuction techniques is tumescent liposuction, which may get an assist from ultrasound or laser. It is performed on an outpatient basis.
During tumescent liposuction, a solution comprising saline solution, lidocaine (an anesthetic) and epinephrine (a blood-vessel contractor) is injected into the area being treated. The solution causes the targeted tissue swell and become firm, which makes it easier to remove via the cannula. The advantages to this technique are that the anesthetic is built in, so there is no need for general or IV sedation, and blood loss is minimized because the epinephrine constricts blood vessels.
In laser-assisted tumescent liposuction, a laser is used to liquefy the fat, which makes removing it easier. The laser can also be used to tighten treatment-area skin after fat is removed. Similarly, ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses ultrasound energy to liquefy fat.
Anesthetic is used so that you will be desensitized and unaware of the procedure. A thin, narrow tube called a cannula is inserted into the treatment area to suction away excess fat cells. Only a very small incision is needed to do this, typically about 2mm wide.
Once Dr. Avashia has removed the targeted fat, the incisions are closed and you are moved to a recovery room. You will have prearranged for a spouse, family member or friend to come to this surgery with you and drive you home once Dr. Avashia says you are ready. Liposuction is typically an outpatient procedure, so you return home shortly after surgery.
You will need someone to stay with you at home for at least 24 hours. During this time, you shouldn’t do anything more than rest. You should get up and walk around periodically to promote healthy blood circulation.
Recovery from Liposuction
After liposuction, patients experience mild swelling, bruising and discomfort in the treated area. Compression garments or elastic bandages are typically worn to help reduce these symptoms as the area heals. Patients can return to work and other regular activities as soon as they feel comfortable, which is usually after a few days. Exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for a few weeks.
Risks of Liposuction
In addition to the usual risks associated with surgery, risks associated with liposuction include the following:
- Loose or rippled skin
- Worsening of cellulite
- Contour irregularities
- Pigmentation irregularities
When large amounts of fat are removed, surgery to remove excess skin may be necessary.
Results of Liposuction
Results of the liposuction procedure may not be apparent until swelling and bruising subside, which usually takes a week; swelling should completely subside within a few months. Incisions are rarely sutured, and scarring is almost nonexistent, because the incisions used for the cannula are so small. The results of liposuction are long-lasting, unless a substantial amount of weight is gained.
Questions About Liposuction
Dr. Avashia wants to make sure you have answers to your questions. As part of choosing an elective procedure like liposuction, you need honest information. Dr. Avashia’s mission is to provide you with this type of honesty so you can make the right choices. Common questions we hear include:
Is liposuction painful? Because you are fully anesthetized, you won’t experience any pain during liposuction. You’ll feel groggy and sleepy when you awake from surgery. Discomfort is normal, but you will have been provided with a pain medication prescription well in advance of surgery, or we will make sure you know which over-the-counter medications are safe to use after surgery.
Who is a good candidate? Women and men who have excess fat. This fat may be particularly stubborn, refusing to shrink regardless of your fitness and weight loss achievements.
How long will I need to stay home from work? Most people are cleared to return to work about one week after liposuction.
What can I do to maintain my results for the long-term? Continue to maintain a stable weight with an active, healthy lifestyle. Although the fat removed is gone for good, it is of course still possible to gain weight after liposuction. New weight gain will likely be throughout your body as opposed to only in the specific location of the removed fat.
Is liposuction of the face possible? Yes, liposuction can be applied to delicate areas like the face, neck and under the chin. The incisions will be minimal and well-concealed.
Does liposuction leave scars? Yes, but they are very small and circular. People are very unlikely to notice them at all, and you can further conceal them beneath clothing, swimsuits and undergarments.
Call us today with any other questions on your mind. We recommend writing down any questions and concerns in the days prior to your liposuction consultation. That way, you won’t need to worry about forgetting anything you are curious about.
Find Out if You’re a Liposuction Candidate
To learn more about the liposuction procedure and to discuss whether it’s right for you with Dr. Yash Avashia, please call our staff at 469-249-9615. Dr. Avashia is proud to provide beautiful, natural cosmetic surgery results to women and men in Dallas, Texas.