- Liposuction Surgery
Surgeons use the body sculpting technique on fat deposits under the chin and in the neck, the abdomen, the buttocks, thighs, knees and ankles. The most common indications for this surgery in men are the presence of the so–called “love handles,” double chins and excess fat in the abdomen. Our female patients are more likely to request liposuction of the thighs to eliminate “saddle bags,” or the removal of fat in the hips, the lower abdomen, or of the neck to eliminate double chins. We often use facial liposuction in conjunction with face lift surgery to achieve superior results.
A small hollow tube is inserted through a tiny incision placed in a natural skin crease and the fat is removed by suctioning. No attempt is made to remove all the fat, as this could result in contour irregularities. There are rare instances where ultrasonic liposuction is used instead of conventional liposuction, but these are limited and this procedure carries other possible risks.
Liposuction Postoperative Period
Pressure dressings or girdles are worn for several days after surgery so that the skin will adhere to the new contour and contract properly. The patient may feel a slight burning or mild pain during the immediate postoperative period, but this is short–lived and easily controlled. Due to the swelling that occurs after the procedure, he/she will not see a final result for six to eight weeks after the surgery.
Complications with Liposuction
On rare occasions there may be fluid collection under the skin or slight numbness, but this resolves without long–term adverse effects. Contour irregularities within the skin itself (the so–called “cellulite”) which were present before the surgery are not altered with this approach (though if a large depressions exist, these can be augmented and the fat removed.)