What is liposuction?

Liposuction is the surgical suctioning of unwanted fat collections from many areas of the body.

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The procedure first involves instillation of a fluid mixture of anesthetic and adrenaline. This numbs the area and prevents bleeding. A blunt cannula, or large needle, is then inserted into the fatty areas as suction is applied. Using meticulous technique fat is removed to achieve reduction and smooth contour.

Who is a good candidate  for liposuction?

Patients with localized pockets of fat that remain despite diet and exercise. Common areas are the neck, lower abdomen, flanks, and thighs. Liposuction is not a weight loss tool.

What is the most fat that can be removed?

The maximum amount of fat that can be safely removed via liposuction is 5000 cc’s, or 5 liters. The more you take the more physical stress that is put on the body. Most patients have less than 2000 cc (2 L) removed.

What is done with the fat that is removed?

Most of it is sent to medical waste, however, we are now able to purify the fat and inject into other areas. We can now use the fat to augment the breasts, buttocks, and face. This is a developing field in plastic surgery.

What are some of the risks of liposuction?

Please refer to the following form published by the American Society of Plastic Liposuction-ASPSSurgery (ASPS)
Liposuction-ASPS

Will I need to be admitted to the hospital for liposuction?

No, liposuction is an outpatient procedure.

What is the typical postoperative course?

Day 1-2

  • Walk as soon as possible and regularly after surgery. This activity will prevent blood clots
  • You will have a compression wrap or garment in place. This will be worn at all times for the next month(except to shower), and at night for an additional month.
  • You will have significant drainage from the liposuction puncture sites. Be sure to place an old towel over your furniture and bed for the first couple days to catch any fluid
  • You make remove dressing/binder and shower in 24 hours

Day 3-7

  • You may perform light activities
  • Continue to wear your compression garment

Day 7-1 month

  • Continue to wear compression garment at all times
  • Gradually increase to your normal level of exercise during this time

Driving?
You may drive when you are off narcotics and feel confident to control the car. Most patients are able to drive within 2-3 days

Time off of work? Restrictions?
You will be able to return to work in 1-3 days.