Einstein plastic surgeons are experienced in liposuction techniques to reshape a specific part of the body by removing excess fat. An ideal candidate for liposuction would be someone who has body fat concentrated in a particular area but otherwise has a steady body weight.
The most common areas for liposuction are:
- Calves and ankles
- Chest and back
Liposuction is also sometimes used for breast reduction.
How Does Body Sculpting (Liposuction) Surgery Work?
A special fluid containing a combination of salt water, local anesthetic and a solution to reduce bleeding is injected into the fatty areas. Then an incision is made. The surgeon will use a hollow tube called a cannula to suction the fat cells out. The fat is drawn out by a vacuum pressure unit connected to the hose. Once the fat has been removed, the incision will either be closed or left open temporarily to drain. The incision is closed with stitches.
What Can I Expect During and After the Procedure?
Your physician will provide you with detailed information about your procedure, but in general:
The surgeon may mark the area of the body to be treated.
Some liposuction procedures require local anesthesia applied to a specific area of your body. Other procedures require general anesthesia, which means you will be temporarily unconscious.
The procedure may last up to several hours, depending on the amount of fat being removed.
If you've had general anesthesia, you'll awake in a recovery room and remain there anywhere from a few hours to overnight, depending on the extent of the surgery.
After the procedure there may be pain and swelling. You'll likely have to wait a few days before returning to work and a few weeks before resuming all normal activities.
Your surgeon may prescribe medication to relieve pain and antibiotics to reduce infection.