What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove excess or undesired fat and can be performed on most areas of the body. The aesthetic market for fat shrinkage/reduction is constantly changing however, liposuction has been around for years and is still one of the fastest and most efficient ways to remove unwanted fat from the body. The best candidates for liposuction are men or women who have attempted diet and exercise to improve areas with excess fat but have not been successful and have good skin quality/tone. 

There are various types of liposuction machines, but the techniques and results of liposuction are generally the same.  To access the fat, several small incisions (typically about ¼” in size) are made. A solution called tumescent is injected in the fatty deposits to help break up the fat, provide anesthetic (numbing of the area), and minimize bruising.  After the tumescent solution takes effect, the liposuction cannula is used to break up and remove the unwanted fat. Taking the appropriate amount of fat and blending it with the surrounding tissue is extremely important. This requires not only a highly qualified surgeon but an artistic eye to ensure you end up with a nice, even contour. 

The length of the surgery depends on the number of treatment areas.  The surgery is usually completed as an outpatient. Postoperatively you will wear compression garments.  These are an essential component of the surgery as they minimize fluid buildup in the surgical sites, which facilitates skin contraction, limits scarring, and speeds up the healing process.  These garments are worn for 4-6 weeks after surgery. You will see a nice improvement shortly after surgery, but the final results can take several months to become evident as your skin shrinks down to your slimmer body.

Liposuction can be combined with other forms of body-contouring surgery, including abdominoplasty, or performed at the same time with other aesthetic surgeries such as breast or facial surgeries.   If you are interested in augmenting another part of your body, for example the breasts, buttocks, or face, the removed fat can even be processed and injected into these areas for additional volume or contour enhancements.  This procedure is called Fat Grafting.  

Are you tired of those stubborn areas of fat?  Call today to set up your consultation and see how liposuction can work for you!  248-524-0620

Dr. Sarah Elswick,

Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery 

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