Liposuction can help men and women get rid of fatty deposits around their waists, legs, arms, buttocks, and other parts of their bodies and achieve tighter, smoother, more defined contours.
Liposuction is a surgical technique that improves the body’s contour by removing excess fat from deposits located between the skin and muscles. Liposuction involves the use of a small, stainless steel tube, called a cannula. The cannula is connected to a powerful suction pump and inserted into the fat through small incisions in the skin. Fat removal is accomplished as the suction cannula creates tiny tunnels through the fatty layers. Post-operative, these tiny tunnels collapse and result in an enhanced body contour.
Liposuction techniques may be used to reduce localized fat deposits of the following areas:
- Hips and buttocks
- Abdomen and waist
- Upper arms
- Inner knee
- Chest area
- Cheeks, chin and neck
- Calves and ankles
Ideal Liposuction Candidates:
- Adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
- Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
- Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring
If you are bothered by excess fat deposits – located anywhere on your body – that don’t respond to diet or exercise, liposuction may be right for you.
The length of time your liposuction procedure will take can vary depending on the extent of your procedure and whether you are having other body contouring procedures performed at the same time. Generally, liposuction will take a couple of hours on an outpatient basis, but in some cases you may have to be in the hospital for a couple of days.
Liposuction is performed through small incisions using a narrow tube, called a cannula, and a suctioning machine after anesthesia is administered. Dr. Kaplan will move the cannula under the skin to remove the excess fatty tissue. You may feel some moving sensations or some minor irritation during the procedure if you have a local anesthesia. You will also be given plenty of fluids during the procedure to replace those that are lost.
Immediately following your liposuction surgery, you won’t likely notice a big change in the way you look. In fact, you’ll probably think you look worse than before your surgery. You will be bloated because of the liquids you received during the procedure, and a small tube for draining this will be placed in the area of the liposuction. You will see swelling and some bruising. You may have some discomfort around the area of the incisions, which can be relieved by prescription medication from Dr. Kaplan. You may also feel some numbness or loss of feeling around the area of the liposuction, but this will only be temporary.
For the first few weeks following your liposuction procedure, you will wear a compression garment that will help treated areas conform to their new shape. After a few weeks, you’ll be able to remove the garment at night and will just need to keep it on during the day. If there were stitches placed during your liposuction procedure, they will most likely come out in a few days following your procedure.
Keep in mind that everybody heals at a different pace. Following the directions of Dr. Kaplan is very important to achieve optimum healing. Some people return to work after liposuction in just a few days, others might wait 1 to 2 weeks. You’ll visit Dr. Kaplan several times following your procedure to monitor your recuperation progress.
Potential Risks and Complications
Liposuction is a safe and effective way to achieve a more contoured body shape. Complications rarely occur during a liposuction procedure. In some instances an excess accumulation of fluids may build up, which can be drained through a small tube.
After a liposuction procedure, there may be a slight unevenness of the skin in the area of the liposuction or changes in the color of the skin. These generally will fade over time, or can be corrected with other cosmetic surgery procedures.
Common Questions About Liposuction
What type of anesthesia is used for liposuction?
Usually a general anesthesia is used for liposuction, but in some cases, depending on the extent of the liposuction procedure, a local anesthesia may be used. Other times, some plastic surgeons use an epidural. Dr. Kaplan will determine what type of anesthesia is best for you during consultation.
Are there a lot of scars after lipsuction?
Scarring is very minimal after liposuction. Dr. Kaplan will make every effort to make the incisions in areas that will help hide the scars so that they will be virtually undetectable.
Is liposuction permanent?
The results of liposuction can be very long lasting, especially if you watch your diet and are active.
Is liposuction covered by insurance?
In most cases, liposuction is considered an elective cosmetic surgery and unfortunately is not covered by insurance. You should discuss this with Dr. Kaplan and with your health insurance provider.