For those looking for help with some stubborn fat patches that don’t seem to respond well to dieting and exercise, one of the top cosmetic options available is liposuction. Also known as lipoplasty, liposuction involves a procedure that allows skin to contract on its own, and can often be combined with other procedures like tummy tucks for great results.
At the offices of Steven Warnock MD, we’re happy to offer a wide range of liposuction services to those who it will benefit. Who fits this bill? Let’s take a look at some of the basics of how liposuction works, who it’s right for, and some steps you can take to maximize its impact if you choose to have liposuction performed.
There are several different specific liposuction techniques that may be used, and which is chosen will depend on a few factors. The first step here will be a consultation with Dr. Warnock, who will go over your fat and weight concerns, give you a physical examination and ask various questions about your lifestyle and what you expect to see from the procedure.
While this area also may vary, the most common format here is the use of general or “twilight” anesthesia, combined with localized anesthesia. Dr. Warnock will use an instrument called a cannula, which is connected to a vacuum to aid in the removal of fat. The procedure usually lasts one to three hours, depending on the area chosen, and is usually considered an outpatient procedure.
Liposuction can be done on most outer fat areas of the body, including the neck, arms, torso, abdomen, back, hips, thighs, knees and even ankles.
Qualities of Good Liposuction Candidates
In addition to having excess fat and being in generally good health, here are some of the factors that might make you a good candidate for a liposuction procedure:
- You are assessed as likely to respond well to surgery
- You do not smoke
- The area being operated on is disproportionate to the rest of the body, and has not responded to diet or exercise
- Your skin quality is good and will likely tighten smoothly following surgery
- You have realistic expectations about what liposuction can do for you
Optimizing Liposuction Results
Some tips for both before and after liposuction surgery to ensure you get the most out of the procedure:
- Before: If you do smoke, you will have to stop all nicotine use in advance of the operation. In addition, avoid aspirin or other restricted medications listed by your surgeon, plus be well-rested and well-hydrated. Do not eat or drink for 12 hours before the procedure itself.
- After: Always comply with all care instructions given by your doctor following liposuction. For the first couple weeks, monitor for redness or swelling and wear compression garments as instructed. Limit physical activity such as bending or straining, and avoid alcohol or smoking. Recovery can take up to or even beyond six weeks as the body heals in full.
For more on liposuction and how it might benefit you, or to learn about any of our cosmetic surgery options, speak to the staff at the offices of Steven Warnock MD today.