Many people are bothered by stubborn areas of fat that remain even though they eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. When this is the case, liposuction may be used to manually remove these unwanted fat deposits.
Liposuction, sometimes called “lipo,” is a procedure which removes unwanted fat from the body. It can be used in many areas, including the thighs, abdomen, hips, buttocks, or chin and neck. Liposuction is also often performed in combination with another cosmetic surgery procedure, such as a facelift or tummy tuck.
During a liposuction procedure, local or general anesthesia is used. Then, a small incision is made in the treatment area. A thin, hollow tube called a cannula is then inserted into the incision. Dr. Rosenberg will manipulate the cannula to loosen the excess fat until it can be suctioned out of the body.
Technological advancements now offer new methods for liposuction, which can make the procedure easier to perform and recover from. These include:
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After liposuction, it is normal to experience bruising and swelling. During recovery, compression garments should be worn to help reduce swelling and compress the skin to the new body contour. Additionally, you may have small drains, which help to remove any excess fluid or blood from the incision site.
Most patients can return to work in about a week, but should wait longer before returning to any strenuous activities like exercise routines. Typically, swelling subsides and healing is completed in six to eight weeks.
Most adults who are generally healthy, without a life-threatening illness or a medical condition which impairs healing, are candidates for liposuction. In addition, you should be a non-smoker and within 30% of your ideal, healthy weight. Finally, the best candidates have good muscle tone and firm, elastic skin.
Temporary side effects may include swelling, bruising, discomfort, and numbness. Most patients can return to work and non-strenuous activities in as little as one week.
Within six to eight weeks the patient should be feeling as good as new, but Dr. Rosenberg will carefully monitor your progress to make sure you are comfortable and healthy during your recovery period.
To learn more about liposuction and whether you are a good candidate for the procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenberg. Call the Plastic Surgery Center of Maryland at (410) 324-3071 or request your appointment online.