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Liposuction – The 411

LiposuctionWell known in the realm of cosmetic surgery, liposuction is popular, safe, and results in significant improvements in body shape and contour. Liposuction can be a single procedure or it can be combined with other procedures, such as a tummy tuck. It effectively removes unwanted fat deposits which have been unresponsive to exercise and diet – especially those localized fat deposits on the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, hips, inner knee, and even the neck and chin area. The ideal candidates for liposuction are adults with firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone, who have pockets of excess fat and who are within 30% of their ideal weight.

What is involved in a liposuction procedure?

  • Medications will be administered for your comfort and as determined by your individual needs and medical history.
  • Liposuction is performed through tiny incisions. A thin hollow tube called a cannula is inserted through the incisions to loosen the excess fat using a back and forth motion. The dislodged fat is suctioned away using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the tube. Sutures are then placed at the site of the incisions.

Prior to your procedure, you may be asked to:

  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications.
  • Get lab testing or a medical evaluation.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements, as these may cause an increase in bleeding.
  • Stop smoking.

It is important to follow your surgeon’s post-surgical instructions. Your incisions should not be subjected to excessive motion, force, swelling, or abrasion while they heal. You will be given a compression garment or elastic bandages to cover the treatment areas following surgery to help control swelling and compress your skin to its new contours. Additionally, small temporary drains may be placed in the incisions beneath the skin to remove any excess blood or fluid.

Some swelling is common, but it quickly subsides. Your liposuction results will be long lasting if you maintain a stable weight.

If you are curious about liposuction and would like to learn more about it or any of the other surgical options we offer, call to schedule a consultation appointment: (414) 443-0033.

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