For men and women interested in reshaping their bodies in a safe and non-drastic way, liposuction is a viable option. Liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits and improving your body contours and proportion. The final result is a freshly contoured physique that shows off your natural proportions and enhances the beauty of your body.
Liposuction is commonly misperceived as a procedure for people who have chosen not to actively maintain healthy habits and a healthy body. However, this is hardly the case. Even physically active individuals that maintain a healthy diet can suffer from troublesome stubborn areas of fat on the body. Other times, genetics and hereditary traits are to blame for a body that cannot seem to keep off the extra weight or eliminate certain areas of excess fat with diet & exercise alone.
In these situations, liposuction provides a viable solution.
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Criteria for Surgery
Generally, the best candidates for liposuction have firm, elastic skin & good muscle tone; however, this is not required for surgery.
Also referred to as liposculpture or sometimes even lipoplasty, liposuction is a type of cosmetic surgery that effectively treats stubborn pockets of fat that have built up and altered the contours / shape of a man or woman’s body. The ideal candidates for liposuction are non-smoking individuals who are within 30% of their ideal weight & have no life threatening illnesses or medical conditions that could interfere with healing. Liposuction is NOT a viable treatment option for obesity or a substitute for proper diet & exercise. It is also not an effective treatment for cellulite or loose saggy skin.
Depending on the desired look you are going for, you can have anywhere from a few ounces to ten pounds of fat removed from your body in a single session of liposuction.
If you are considering surgery for any of the following areas, you should not hesitate to contact Pacific Plastic Surgery Group as soon as possible: stomach / abdomen, flanks, hips, butt, inner thighs, outer thighs, back, neck, chin and upper arms.
In some cases, liposuction can be performed on the ankles, calves, inner knee and areas of the waist as well.
First, anesthesia is administered to minimize any discomfort to the patient during the surgical procedure. If the area being treated is small enough, local anesthesia will suffice but for larger treatment areas we recommend IV sedation or general anesthesia.
Next, our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon will make a few small inconspicuous incisions to access the treatment areas. Then tumescent anesthetic solution is infused into the treatment area which helps to reduce your risks of bleeding, trauma, and bruising.
For certain patients or certain treatment areas, the surgeon may then pre-treat the fat with an ultrasonic (Vaser) or laser device (SmartLipo) which essentially melts the fat making it easier to remove.
Lastly, the surgeon inserts a thin hollow tube through the incisions to suction out the areas of unwanted fat. The incisions are then closed and you are brought to a recovery room where you will stay until the anesthesia has worn off and you are ready to be taken home. Most liposuction patients choose to go home after surgery, but we do offer overnight stays for patients who need closer monitoring, additional facility fees will apply.
After surgery, you can expect to be sent home wearing a compression garment. This garment assists in the healing process & should be worn for approximately two weeks following your surgery.
Typically, it takes about 1-2 weeks for most bruising and swelling to diminish at which point patients usually feel strong enough to return to work. As soon as your swelling subsides you will begin to see noticeable improvements that will only continue to improve over the next few weeks. Some patients have continued to see results for up to three months after surgery.
Contact our office today to learn more about the procedure from a professional San Francisco liposuction surgeon.