Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty or lipectomy, is a cosmetic procedure that can help sculpt and refine the body by removing unwanted fat from targeted areas. These areas include the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck. Due to the constant innovation of new technologies, there are a number of new techniques including ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL), VASER, the tumescent technique and the super-wet technique, currently available that can provide select patients with more precise results and shorter recovery periods.
Are You a Candidate for Liposculpture?
The strongest candidates for liposuction are those who are not significantly overweight. The technique is not meant for weight reduction nor does it address obesity. Liposculpture is intended to get rid of stubborn fatty areas to improve the overall contour of your body. If you have firm, elastic skin and areas of excess fat you may be an excellent candidate. You can enhance and transform your figure and achieve the results you have always dreamed of achieving. A healthy diet and regular exercise are a very important part of a healthy lifestyle. However, some persistent areas of fat do not respond to traditional weight-loss and management methods.
Dr. Harris will take the time to listen to your needs and assist you in developing a plan that will enable you to maintain the results from your liposculpture procedure. A very important part of healthy living is about giving yourself every opportunity to improve the quality of your diet and to increase your energy. Health, wellness and beauty are intrinsically connected. Optimal health is the presence of mental, emotional, and physical well being.
Dr. Harris will review your medical history, examine you and discuss your goals to determine which technique of liposuction will yield the best results for your particular body.
During the procedure, small incisions are made in the targeted areas that need sculpting. Through these tiny incisions, a saline solution is infused to numb the site, enhance emulsification, and shrink blood vessels. When the fat is emulsified it can be easily removed and causes fewer traumas to the surrounding tissues. A narrow tube or cannula will be inserted and used to vacuum the fat layer that lies deep beneath the skin. The cannuala is maneuvered through the targeted fat layer, breaking up the fat cells and removing them permanently. In many cases multiple sites are being treated, Dr. Harris will continue the process in those areas.
At the time of your procedure, a tiny incision will be made at the target site and a narrow tube or cannula will be inserted and used to vacuum the fat layer that lies deep beneath the skin. The cannula is pushed and pulled through the targeted fat layer, breaking up the fat cells and suctioning them out. If multiple sites are being treated, Dr. Harris will then move on to the next area repeating the procedure as necessary, and will take great care to keep the incisions as subtle as possible. As previously mentioned, there are a number of different techniques currently employed depending upon several important factors including the size and location of the area(s) to be treated. Dr.Harris will discuss with you the different options currently available and determine the best procedure for you in order to obtain the most optimal results.
At your consultation Dr. Harris will examine you from an artistic approach, designing a surgical plan that will give you your desired result. The results of your liposuction procedure are very dependent on the surgical skill level of the surgeon. Dr. Harris treats hundreds of patients each year and has achieved amazing results.
Liposuction is usually performed on an out-patient basis. Depending on the amount of fat to be removed, the procedure may be performed under local, regional, or general anesthesia. Dr. Harris will determine at the time of your consultation which type of anesthesia will be best for you.
What to Expect After Your Surgery
After your surgery, you may experience some excess fluid drainage from the incisions. You are likely to experience swelling and bruising to varying degrees, which may take up to three weeks to disappear. Medical compression garments and surgery supplements provided to you on your pre operative visit will help with the bruising and swelling.
It is important to realize that although only tiny incisions are made, liposuction creates a large wound hidden under the skin and therefore the healing process will be gradual. You will be instructed to start walking around as soon as possible in order to reduce swelling, and to help prevent blood clots from forming in your legs.
Most patients can resume light activities within two to three days. Depending on the nature of their work, most patients can return to work after five to seven days, though this can be delayed in some circumstances to seven to ten days if significant swelling and bruising still exists.
Strenuous activity should be avoided for about a month as your body continues to heal. After three weeks, most of the bruising and swelling should disappear, though minimal swelling may remain for six months or more.
Individuals vary greatly in their anatomy, their physical reactions, and their healing abilities, and the outcome is never completely predictable. As with any surgical procedure, the risk of infection, poor healing scars, prolonged bruising and swelling are more related to the early activity of the patient.