What is liposuction, and who should try it?
Liposuction is a common cosmetic surgery procedure that uses a suction device to remove fat from the body. It can be performed on any area of your body and takes about one hour to complete. The surgeon will make small incisions in the skin, insert tubes into those cuts, and then pump them full of warm saline solution. Next, they'll use an electric knife (called an aspiration cannula) that's inserted into the incision and used to cut away unwanted fat cells. Afterward, they'll suck out the excess fat with another cannula connected to a vacuum machine (vacuum-assisted liposuction). Finally, small stitches are placed over each incision site before steri-strips are applied (which stay on for about seven days).
Liposuction may be right for you if:
- You want to reduce the size of your waist, hips or thighs.
- You would like to remove small pockets of fat (such as those under the chin).
- Your goal is to improve the shape and contour of your body by removing excess fat deposits in certain areas such as around the abdomen, buttocks or hips.
What are the risks of liposuction?
The risks of liposuction are similar to those of other surgical procedures, including bleeding, infection, bruising, and scarring. However, your surgeon can minimize the risk by using a smaller instrument size and more precise needle placement to avoid injury to nerves or blood vessels.
The risk of infection is increased if you have a pre-existing infection or if skin trauma has occurred during liposuction (such as if you are having another cosmetic procedure done at the same time). Your doctor can help determine whether it’s safe for you to undergo this procedure by asking about your medical history before scheduling your appointment with them.
Where can I get liposuction done on my body?
Liposuction can be performed on the abdomen, thighs, hips, face and arms.
How long will it take for me to recover from liposuction surgery?
The recovery time for liposuction varies greatly depending on the type of procedure you undergo. For example, if you have your abdomen or thighs treated, it could take up to 10 days before you are back to normal activities. However, if your surgery was only in the hips and buttocks area, then your recovery process can take less than 3 weeks.
Can liposuction remove cellulite?
While liposuction can't remove cellulite, it can help to improve the appearance of your skin. Liposuction removes fat from areas of the body, but it does not treat cellulite.
Cellulite is a condition in which pockets of fat have been trapped under the skin as a result of genetics or lifestyle habits. In order to reduce or eliminate cellulite, you will need to address both your diet and exercise habits as well as consider cosmetic procedures such as laser treatment or mesotherapy (injections used to stimulate collagen production).
Will there be scars after liposuction?
After liposuction, the body's natural regenerative process will create scars. Scars are a natural part of the healing process and happen when your body repairs itself after an injury. The amount of scarring will depend on the type of incision used and whether or not laser treatment is applied. Liposuction scars are usually quite small, but they can be made smaller with laser treatment if desired.
The placement of scars tends to be in areas where there isn't much movement or stress—like under arms, below waistlines, in intercostal spaces between ribs, on backside creases (buttocks), etc). Liposuction does not cause permanent changes in skin color or texture; therefore you should expect your skin tone to return back to normal after surgery has been completed (after about 1 week). Over time sagging from gravity may amplify these areas which could make some spots more noticeable than others depending on how large your area was treated during surgery; however, this would still happen regardless if you had liposuction surgery done or not!
The best way for us as patients ourselves would recommend doing research beforehand so that questions about specific treatments such as "what kind" might already have answers before going into consultation sessions with surgeons who specialize specifically within those types.