Liposuction is a technique used to remove unwanted fat deposits from specific areas of the body, including the chin, neck, and cheeks; the upper arms and above the breasts; the abdomen, buttocks, hips, and thighs; and the knees, calves, and ankles. This procedure, which is performed at our office in Virginia Beach, removes localized fat that doesn’t respond to dieting and exercise, however, it is not a substitute for weight reduction.
Liposuction can enhance your appearance and your self-confidence, but it won’t necessarily change your looks to match your ideal, or cause other people to treat you differently. Think carefully about your expectations before you decide to have surgery.
Liposuction Procedure Information:
Liposuction is done on an outpatient basis at the Virginia Piper Outpatient Surgical Facility, unless very large volumes are removed, or it is combined with more extensive procedures, then an overnight stay is required. General anesthesia is usually used for safety and comfort. Dr. White uses tumescent solution (a dilute solution of saline, anesthetic and vasoconstrictors) in order to decrease blood loss, pain, and anesthesia requirements. Small suction tubes (cannulas) are inserted through very short incisions that are placed in inconspicuous locations near the fat deposits, and excess fat is removed.
You will return home with a compression garment over pads covering the treated areas. Because of the tumescent solution infused, fluid leakage for the first night is expected and pads are placed to catch it. They are changed as needed that night. Initial discomfort is controlled with oral medications. You will be seen a few days after surgery for a change of garment and to ensure that you are doing well. Sutures are removed at one week after surgery. Typically, the garments are worn for 3 to 4 weeks, and most patients then change to lighter compression garments like Spanx. Bruising and swelling usually subside in 2 to 4 weeks, and the final result takes shape over 6 to 12 months, although improvements to your shape are quickly apparent. Walking is encouraged even the first night to help encourage circulation. Normal activity and exercise are usually resumed at 3 to 6 weeks.
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The best candidates for liposuction are of relatively normal weight but have pockets of excess fat in particular areas. You should be physically healthy, psychologically stable, and realistic in your expectations. Having firm, elastic skin will result in a better final contour. (Hanging skin won’t reshape to your body’s new contours, and may require an additional procedure, like brachioplasty, to surgically remove and/or tighten the excess skin. A procedure like this may leave visible scars.)
Liposuction is not recommended if you’ve had recent surgery on the spot or areas to be sculpted, if you have poor blood circulation in that area, or if you have heart or lung disease. Liposuction by itself will not improve the dimpled skin known as cellulite, though there are other techniques that may improve this condition.
You should not expect to look or feel great right after surgery. You may even be heavier for a while because of the extra fluids you’ve been given. The suctioned areas will be swollen and bruised, and you may feel a burning sensation. Medications can control the pain, though you may still feel stiff and sore for a few days.
You should be back to work in 2 – 3 days, or as much as two weeks after surgery. When you are able to resume activity depends on the extent of your procedure, how you feel and what is recommended. Most of the swelling and discoloration will be gone a month or two after surgery, but some swelling can remain for six months or more.
Suction-assisted lipectomy is a highly effective technique for giving you a new body contour with very little scarring. Providing you eat sensibly and exercise regularly, the result can be permanent. If you do gain weight, you’ll probably gain it more evenly throughout your body, not just in the former “bulges” you once had prior to your procedure.
Most patients are very satisfied with the results of their liposuction — they feel more comfortable in a wide variety of clothes, and more at ease with their bodies. As long as your expectations are realistic, you should be happy with your new shape.
Schedule Your Liposuction Consultation Today
If you think you are a good candidate for liposuction and are interested in learning more about the procedure, call our Virginia Beach office today at (757) 497-5400 for more information or to schedule your consultation with Dr. JoAnne Lopes. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about liposuction
Information provided by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
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