Liposuction can remove stubborn fat deposits anywhere on the body that do not respond to diet and exercise. This procedure is thought to be the gold standard for erasing lumps and bumps from the arms, back stomach and thighs. Liposuction can shape a better body overall when the end goal is permanent and one has a commitment to diet and exercise.
The procedure slims and reshapes the area for a smooth, firm contour and a better-proportioned body. When diet and exercise seem like a long shot for getting rid of unwanted weight, liposuction may be the next best solution.
The best liposuction candidates are those at, or near, their goal weight yet still have problem areas they want to address. Liposuction can be performed alone or in conjunction with other plastic surgery procedures.
This surgical procedure is highly individualized. During the procedure, small incisions are made in or near the area to be suctioned before inserting a surgical tool known as a cannula to vacuum out fat beneath the skin. In some instances, incisions can be small enough not to require any stitches. The length of surgery can typically range from one to three hours, depending on the areas treated, technique, amount of fat to be removed and type of anaesthesia.
Post operative care:
Common side effects of liposuction include swelling, numbness, soreness, bruising and discomfort that can be managed with pain medication.
Light, normal activity can be resumed when the patient feels ready.
Initial wound healing lasts 5 to 10 days, at which time any sutures are removed. Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling subsides and incision lines refine.
The final results take 3-6 months to develop.
Following liposuction, patients should notice a slimmer, firmer body and smooth contours that can be maintained with weight control and general fitness.