In the hands of an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Weston, liposuction can provide permanent fat reduction and improve body contours and muscle definition.
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You may be a candidate for lipo if you’re in generally good health and have stubborn fat deposits resistant to diet and exercise in any of the following areas:
During consultation, Dr. Weston will review your medical history and assess your health and anatomy before recommending liposuction or any other body contouring procedure.
The time required to perform liposuction may vary considerably, depending on the size of the area, the amount of fat being removed, the type of anesthesia and the technique used.
There are several liposuction techniques that can be used to improve the ease of the procedure and to enhance outcome.
Liposuction is a procedure in which localized deposits of fat are removed to recontour one or more areas of the body. Through a tiny incision, a narrow tube or cannula is inserted and used to vacuum the fat layer that lies deep beneath the skin. The cannula is pushed then pulled through the fat layer, breaking up the fat cells and suctioning them out. The suction action is provided by a vacuum pump or a large syringe, depending on the surgeon’s preference. If many sites are being treated, your surgeon will then move on to the next area, working to keep the incisions as inconspicuous as possible.
Fluid is lost along with the fat, and it’s crucial that this fluid be replaced during the procedure to prevent shock. For this reason, patients need to be carefully monitored and receive intravenous fluids during and immediately after surgery.
It is best not to rush your recovery and give yourself one to two weeks to recuperate after liposuction. Most patients can return to work and normal daily activities within one week, but strenuous exercise should be avoided for four to six weeks. If you have had lipo on multiple body areas or had a large amount of fat removed, your downtime and recovery time may be longer.
You may need to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling for a few weeks after surgery, however swelling will not completely resolve for at least a few months. Bruising should be mostly gone within a few weeks.
Within four to six months, you should be able to judge your final liposuction results. Let Dr. Weston know if you experience any hardness, lumps or bumps, as she may recommend lymphatic drainage or other massage techniques to improve your results.
To ensure the best possible result is achieved, follow all post-operative care instructions and keep your follow-up appointments with Dr. Weston.