Is Liposuction Surgery The Right Solution For You?
Liposuction Surgery (Abdominoplasty) is one option to treat areas of excess fat in the stomach, buttocks, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, calves, ankles, breasts (including male breast enlargement), back, arms and neck. Liposuction is equally effective in both men and women.
The basic technique of Liposuction involves the removal of fat via a hollow metal tube (Cannula) that passes through your body’s fatty tissue. One of the most common types of Liposuction involves the aspiration of fat by attaching a pump that generates a vacuum. This is known as Suction Assisted Liposuction (SAL).
Understanding The Risks of Liposuction
Liposuction surgery is one of the two most common procedures generally performed by Plastic Surgeons (after Breast Augmentation). Fortunately, significant complications from Liposuction surgery are infrequent.
Risks and potential complications of Liposuction are best discussed directly with Dr. Moliver during your consultation and preoperative appointment because those risks will vary based on your personal health and body structure.
We stress to all patients that personal health is the place to start. We don’t remove fat from a person until they recognize the need for a healthy diet and lifestyle, which includes exercise, vegetables and kicking the cigarette habit.
Some potential complications may include Hematoma (an accumulation of blood under the skin), infection, changes in sensation, scarring, allergic reactions, damage to underlying structures, need for revisions, unsatisfactory results possibly necessitating additional procedures. Other risks more specific to liposuction may include indentations and irregularities.
You can help minimize certain risks by following the advice and instructions we provide, both before and after your liposuction surgery.
The Liposuction Surgical Experience
If you are a smoker, Dr. Moliver recommends that you quit well in advance of any surgery since smoking can impair the healing process. Certain medications that increase the risk of bleeding such as Aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and some vitamins/homeopathic regimens should be discontinued before undergoing Liposuction surgery. We will provide you with additional preoperative instructions during your consultation.Our goal is to make your surgical experience as easy and comfortable as possible.
Liposuction surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and to stay with you for 24 hours.
Day of Liposuction Surgery
Your Abdominoplasty may be performed at our AAAASF accredited surgical outpatient facility.
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. Frequently, local anesthesia and intravenous sedation are used for patients undergoing liposuction surgery, although general anesthesia may be desirable in some instances. For your safety during the operation, various monitors are used to check your heart, blood pressure, pulse and the amount of oxygen circulating in your blood.
Concerning postoperative pain, many patients state that the area feels sore, as if they underwent a vigorous workout.
Recovery from Liposuction Surgery
It is important to understand that recovery time varies greatly among patients.
The first few days after surgery, you should rest quietly. If you can elevate the body part, it is recommended to do so. Remember, you must not take Aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory medications.
During the first 48 hours following surgery, patients experience varying degrees of swelling and bruising, although the vast majority of patients have virtually no bruising. Stitches are usually removed within a week of surgery.
Straining, bending and lifting should be avoided during the early postoperative period. In many instances, you will be able to resume most of your normal activities within 10 days.
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