Liposuction has several forms but essential to all devices and types are a few key points. All liposuction procedures use a small wand type device is used to introduce fluid that helps to break up the fat cells, reduce the amount of bleeding and discomfort from the procedure. Once the fluid has been introduced a similar wand or cannula is introduced to remove excess fat from trouble spots. The cannula insertion requires a small incision, usually less than 1/4″ long, which is placed so as to not be noticeable with healing. For best results, each area is usually approached from two different insertion sites. Once healed these scars are often difficult to even find.
After surgery you will be fitted with a tight fitting garment to promote resolution of the swelling and quicker recovery. This is generally worn for at least 3 weeks.
The target areas most common in men include abdomen, waist and flanks (love handles). In women the areas are abdomen, hips, thighs (saddle bags) and buttocks.
Other possible sites include: upper arms, back, chest, cheek, chin, neck, calves and ankles.
Liposuction can take care of excessive fat in most areas, but it is important to realize it is not a substitute for diet and exercise. It has limitations on how much fat can safely removed and sometimes another procedure, i.e. abdominoplasty, may provide better contours. Liposuction is not a tool to remove dimpling or cellulite and it does not affect skin laxity. Many body types can improve with liposuction, but we see the ideal candidate as those who are otherwise healthy, active but have certain areas (love handles, saddle, bags, etc) that don’t seem to improve despite hard work.