Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery

Liposuction



LIPOSUCTION SURGERY

Liposuction is a procedure designed to remove fat from specific areas of your body and give you a thinner look. Liposuction can remove unwanted fat from hips, thighs, buttocks, chin, neck, knees, and upper arms.

Liposuction is a quick way to get rid of excess fat and sculpt the body. Today, liposuction is an advanced method which includes several techniques for removing unwanted fat so that more precise results can be achieved. The refined techniques include ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty, the tumescent technique, and the super-wet technique.

How To Know If Liposuction Is For You

Liposuction can help you get rid of stubborn fat in a quick way. However, liposuction is not a simple procedure and therefore, you must be completely aware of all the possible risks associated with the procedure. Your expectations must remain realistic regarding what this surgery can do for you so you are not disappointed afterward. Liposuction cannot substitute exercise and you need to maintain a healthy balanced diet. It can boost your self-confidence as you will enjoy your new look, but you must think carefully prior to making a decision. Discuss your expectations with your doctor.

The ideal candidate is within the normal-weight range with excess fat in certain areas. Candidates with elastic skin have better chances of achieving the desired results, as an older person with less elastic skin may not achieve what imagined.

Liposuction can be a risky procedure if you are experiencing medical issues and so it is not recommended for people who have:

  • Recently had a surgery
  • Heart or lung disease
  • Diabetes
  • Poor blood circulation

Preparing For Liposuction

Prior to the surgery, your doctor will examine you in detail so as to evaluate your health and determine the areas of excess fat. Since there is a number of options regarding body contouring methods, your doctor will advise you on the best option for you based on his examination earlier. Thanks to this surgical judgment based on training and experience, a number of complications can be prevented.

When thinking about liposuction, it is important to choose a highly qualified Beverly Hills surgeon to perform the surgery. It is best to consider a doctor who is a member of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, with proper education from an accredited school, and with lots of experience.

Once you decide to undergo liposuction, your doctor will advise you on how to prepare for the procedure including what to eat and drink. He will also instruct you regarding taking or avoiding certain vitamins as well as smoking. It will be necessary to have someone drive you home after the surgery and take care of your for several days if needed.

Procedure

Liposuction can be performed under various types of anesthesia such as:

  • general anesthesia, which is used to minimize the pain during the surgery
  • local anesthesia, used when a small amount of fat and part of the body are involved. (this anesthesia is often used together with intravenous sedation for more relaxation)
  • regional anesthesia (such as the epidural block) is commonly used for more extensive procedures

The duration of the surgery depends on the amount of fat being removed and the size of the area, as well as on the technique used. During the procedure, localized collections of fat are removed and one or more parts of your body are reshaped. The surgeon inserts a tube through a small incision so that the fat beneath the skin is vacuumed. The tube is then pulled breaking up the fat cells. For the suction part, a vacuum pump is used.

During the procedure, you will lose fluids which need to be replaced so as to avoid shock. Patients are closely monitored during the entire time to ensure that everything is going well. Besides this basic technique, there are several other techniques of liposuction that are being used today.

Fluid injection is a technique in which a solution is injected into the fat areas prior to the procedure, which helps the fat to be removed more easily. The solution injected contains an intravenous salt solution, lidocaine, and epinephrine, and this solution reduces blood loss and bruising.

The tumescent technique requires large volumes of fluid to be injected, and it requires more time as well. When this technique is applied, usually, no additional anesthesia is required as the fluids already contain anesthetics.

The super-wet-technique requires less fluid than the tumescent technique, as the amount of fluid injected is equal to the amount of fat being removed This technique usually requires general anesthesia.

Risks

If properly performed by a certified surgeon, liposuction is a safe procedure. However, certain risks are always present and success is not guaranteed. Complications are possible and the risk is greater if a large amount of fat is being removed and more areas are treated at the same time. This can cause slow healing and forming of fat clots which can seriously endanger your life as these clots can move to the lungs and cause death.

Appart from that, a patient may lose an excessive amount of fluids, which can lead to shock. The skin can also be damaged and vital organs can be injured.
It is not uncommon that the final result is not what you wanted as the skin surface may be asymmetric, and in some cases, additional surgery may be required to fix these irregularities.

Recovery

After the surgery, you will experience fluid drainage from the incisions. Your doctor may require you to be fitted with a snug elastic garment for a few weeks. In order to prevent infection, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics.

Pain, swelling, bleeding or numbness is common after the surgery, and the level of pain will vary from one individual to another. Your doctor will instruct you on what to do during the recovery period and you should follow his instructions carefully in order to prevent any complications and recover as quickly as possible. You should avoid strenuous activities for several weeks.

Although bruising and swelling will usually disappear after a few weeks, it is possible that some swelling remains for six months or more. You’ll notice your new body shape soon after the surgery, although you should expect more apparent results in the following six weeks.

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery – Liposuction