Liposuction is an extremely effective way to remove stubborn fat from the body. Fat cells removed via liposuction will not regrow in those areas again. It’s important to note that while liposuction can provide many benefits, it can not substitute weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. It’s essential to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly to sustain the results of the procedure. Optimal results are usually seen in patients who are near their goal weight. Here’s what you can expect before, during, and after your treatment.
Before Your Liposuction Treatment
Before undergoing liposuction, it’s important to select a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon. Remember to ask your surgeon to see before and after photos, and thoroughly review the costs, risks, procedure, and benefits associated with liposuction with them.
On the day of the procedure, you will meet with your surgeon in pre-op to discuss the surgical plan one last time and address any questions you may have. You will sign some final paperwork and we’ll run a few diagnostic tests, including weighing you before we get started. You will be given anesthesia to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the surgery. In some cases, a local anesthetic or nerve block is warranted, while other procedures require general anesthesia or IV sedation. We then mark the areas of the body where the incisions will be made and prepare our equipment. We perform liposuction as an outpatient procedure in our accredited ambulatory surgery center in Flagstaff, Arizona.
During Your Procedure
The procedure involves making small incisions in the targeted area, and then using a small tube called a cannula to suction out the unwanted fat cells. Liposuction incisions are typically less than half an inch in length and are strategically placed in natural creases or skin folds to conceal their appearance. A diluted tumescent solution is injected into the targeted areas. This anesthetic solution helps the surgeon safely remove fat cells while reducing bruising, bleeding, and soreness. Next, the cannula is moved back and forth to dislodge targeted fat tissue and loosen up the adipose tissue. Finally, the fat cells are suctioned through the tube along with the solution and they’re gone forever.
The procedure can take anywhere from one to three hours, depending on the extent of the surgery and the amount of fat being removed. Once the procedure is complete, the surgeon will close the incisions with sutures and place a compression garment over the treated area to help reduce swelling and promote healing. After the surgery, patients will typically be monitored for a short period of time before being released to be driven home.
You may feel some soreness, light bruising, and swelling after liposuction. Remember to take it easy while you recover and listen to your body. Patients usually feel ready to return to work within a few days and can resume most regular activities within two weeks of the procedure. We advise patients to avoid strenuous exercise, such as heavy weight lifting, for six weeks to promote proper healing.
Medical Review: This procedural information has been medically reviewed by plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Brian A. Cripe, M.D.