What is a liposuction?

Liposuction, also referred to as a lipoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes fat from different areas of a patient’s body. This fat is removed or “sucked” out using a stainless steel tube called a cannula which is inserted through a small incision in the skin. The most commonly affected areas are the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, and arms. This procedure has the ability to create the ‘hour glass’ contour every woman desires.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery confirmed that this has been the most common plastic surgery procedure performed throughout the United States. Over 400,000 procedures are carried out in the United States each year. Although the majority of patients undergoing this procedure are women, men can also be great candidates. This procedure is not a substitution or excuse for obesity and it cannot replace regular exercise and good eating habits. This procedure is meant to create and restore the body’s natural curves and must be maintained through exercise and healthy eating habits. It can either be performed by itself, or in combination with another cosmetic procedure.

It is usually performed with a facelift, tummy tuck, breast reduction or a brazilian butt lift. Le Reve Plastic Surgery has a team of highly qualified and recognized board certified plastic surgeons that specialize in lipoplasty with many years of experience and very high rankings in customer satisfaction.

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How is a good candidate for this procedure?

Although Liposuction is not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle and diet, healthy individuals who are approximately 30% from their ideal goal weight and have a good amount of elasticity in their skin along with a good muscle tone are ideal candidates for this procedure. Both men and women are able to have this procedure done as it is used to remove fat pockets that are hard to get rid of merely with exercise and dieting. Patients should also not smoke, or stop smoking approximately two weeks before the surgery as this can create complications and heighten the percentage of risks involved with the procedure. Ideal patients for this procedure should also keep a positive outlook on exercise and dieting. It is very important to maintain a stable and steady weight before considering this procedure. If you are planning on dropping a significant amount of weight though, or becoming pregnant, liposuction might not be a good idea since the skin can lose a lot of its elasticity and create saggy skin over the abdomen.

The Recovery

Like all surgical procedures, all of the techniques used for liposuction require a recovery period that can last anywhere from one week to 6, depending on the patient and how quickly their body heals. Many patients experience different levels of discomfort for the first couple of days as well as numbness or burning. After a couple of weeks how ever, the patient should feel well enough to remove compression garments and the body should continue healing and swelling should begin to diminish. It is critically important to follow all directions for the best results. This includes maintaining all compression garments on until you are recommended to do so as this will help the body heal appropriately and also minimize swelling. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics and other medications to help ease the pain and avoid the risk of infection.

Frequently Asked Questions

In what areas of my body can I get liposuction?

The most common areas of liposuction are the abdomen, back, and thighs. Liposuction can be performed on almost any area with excess fat.

What method of liposuction should I get?

Liposuction can be performed on a variety of trouble areas at once and in certain circumstances, it can also be performed with another aesthetic procedure. Because of certain factors, each patient will have distinct outcomes from this procedure. Your doctor will take into consideration your body’s specificities and determine the best possible treatment for you.