How does liposculpture work?
Liposculpture, also known as liposuction, offers you the ability to "redefine your design." This outpatient procedure involves the removal of unwanted fat from specific areas of the face and body. Using a straw-like tube called a cannula, the fat is suctioned out of the body. Since the body does not create new fat cells, this area is forever free of those specific fat cells.
Incisions are strategically placed to be as inconspicuous as possible, and topical anesthesia is used to reduce discomfort. Liposculpture is not a substitute for weight loss, but rather a way to change what heredity may have given you in regard to your proportion. Several variations of the procedure exist, and by assessing your health, features, and the desired results, we will use your consultation to decide which technique is best for you.
The two most common procedures are:
- The Tumescent Technique. This is performed by injecting the treatment areas with a liquid solution, generally comprised of saline, lidocaine, and epinephrine, prior to the surgery. This combination makes the fat easier to remove, constricts blood vessels, and uses anesthesia.
- Laser Assisted Liposuction. This is performed by using ultrasound energy to liquefy the fat before it is suctioned out via the cannula. This method is beneficial for removing large volumes of fat or in areas that are especially fibrous or have scar tissue.
What will I look and feel like afterward?
Patients vary in degree of swelling, pain tolerance, and healing. However, these are some general expectations:
- The first day there will be some soreness, swelling and bruising. You will be encouraged to get up and move around as soon as possible. The doctor will be able to prescribe medication to control any discomfort.
- During the first 5 to 10 days, the bruising will reach its highest point and then begin to fade. You will resume very light activities. You may have some bandages covering the incision marks and will be dressed in a special compression garment, which you will be expected to wear for 1 or more weeks.
- After a couple of weeks, you may resume light exercise. Puffiness or swelling may still be present, and you may experience numbness and itching as the nerves and tissue heal. You will notice a difference and see the effects of the liposuction, but it can take as much as 6 months for the swelling to completely vanish and for your new look to take its final shape.
When can I go back to work?
Naturally, this depends on the variety of occupation and how physically demanding it is for the patient. Most patients wait 5 to 7 days before attempting to return to work.
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