Dr. Talmage Raine is a board certified plastic surgeon and an expert in the liposuction procedure.
Liposuction (or Lipoplasty) is a body-sculpting procedure to remove fat that is unresponsive to dieting and exercising. This procedure can be applied to nearly any area of the body and is commonly used on multiple areas during an operation. Liposuction results in a slimmer and better proportioned figure. Liposuction is used effectively to reduce love handles, saddlebags, a double-chin, a bulge around the waistline, or other unsightly fatty deposits in order to develop a better shape and create a more beautiful body.
Reasons for Considering Liposuction:
Liposuction is not a replacement for proper exercise and diet. Instead, liposuction is a reduction procedure for stubborn areas where fat accumulates. Ideal surgical candidates are those already in good physical condition with stubborn areas that do not respond to diet and exercise.
Liposuction can be done under general anesthesia with the patient asleep or under local anesthesia where the area is numbed with liposuction fluid and the patient remains awake while getting a mild intravenous sedation. Through a tiny incision, tumescent fluid is infiltrated, then a narrow tube or “cannula” is inserted and used to vacuum out the fatty tissue beneath the skin. The surgeon determines the amount of fat to be removed by massaging the skin and squeezing the tissue. After eliminating the excess fat, the incisions are closed and a compression dressing or bandage is applied to the area in order to minimize bleeding, reduce swelling, and support and form the treated areas.
There are several different types of liposuction procedures, such as tumescent, power assisted (PAL) or ultrasonic (Vaser) liposuction, that have been developed as a result of recent advancements in new technologies. Together the patient and the surgeon can discuss which method(s) are best during the initial consultation visit. Liposuction can last from thirty minutes to several hours depending upon the amount of fat to be removed. Liposuction surgery is an excellent procedure that can benefit those who want to remove unattractive fatty deposits.
New techniques allow for faster recovery from liposuction procedures. The length of the recovery will depend on how extensive of an operation the patient undergoes. Generally, post-operative instructions call for plenty of rest and moderate limitations in movement in order to speed up the healing process and reduce the recovery time. A support garment will be worn for several weeks after the surgery. Patients sometimes report minor pain which can be treated effectively with oral medication. While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following the directions given after surgery.