Liposuction is the removal of fat deposits from specific areas of the body and this is the most popular and fastest growing cosmetic surgery procedure in America.
Liposuction can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas such as the chin and neck area, upper arms, abdomen, buttock, hip and thigh area, knee and calf area, and upper and lower back areas. Although liposuction can never be a substitute for exercise and dieting, it can remove the stubborn areas of fat that refuse to respond to the traditional exercise and diets.
The popularity of liposuction is due to the effectiveness of the technique and the fact that it leaves only tiny scars, often less than one-half inch in length. To get the most from this procedure, you should be of average weight with extra fat localized in specific areas. It is also important that you have healthy, elastic skin with a capacity to shrink evenly after surgery. Since liposuction is designed to remove only fat, it cannot eliminate skin laxity or dimpling of the skin. If your skin has lost much of its elasticity, Dr. Guiloff may recommend a skin tightening procedure (abdominoplasty, thigh lift, buttock lift or arm lift). These procedures are effective but leave more scars.
Over the past decade, liposuction has seen a variety of improvements and refinements. The new techniques today include ultrasound assisted lipoplasty, the tumescent technique and the power assisted lipectomy. All of these procedures deliver much more precise results and sometimes quicker recovery.
Surgery can be performed under general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. The tumescent technique calls for a medicated solution to be injected into the fatty tissues before the fat is removed. Through a very small incision in the skin, a narrow tube or cannula is inserted and used to vacuum the fat layer that lies deep beneath the skin. As the cannula is pushed back and forth through the fat layer, it breaks up the fat cells which are then suctioned out.
The ultrasound assisted lipoplasty uses a special cannula to produce ultrasonic energy. As it passes through the fat, the energy breaks down the walls of the fat cells and liquifies the fat. The fat is then suctioned out using traditional liposuction technique.
After surgery, to promote skin shrinkage and to minimize swelling, you may have to wear a long-legged girdle for several weeks. Expect some swelling and bruising which will subside in most patients in two to three weeks. Some swelling might remain for several months but this is rare. Sometimes, unevenness of the skin or a rippling effect might be noticed. In general, you will not see your final result for approximately three months. After surgery, eating a healthy diet and making sure you get regular exercise can help you maintain your new shape.
Please set-up your free consultation with Dr. Guiloff to find out if this procedure is right for you.
Please take a moment to look at some before & after pictures of this procedure and many other popular ones in the before & after gallery. Just click the link on the top black bar to view them now. There are also a sampling of images to the left, just slide the orange bar to view the before (on the left) and the after (on the right).