Liposuction is targeted removal of fat from problem areas, but is not a replacement for regular exercise and a healthy diet. Liposuction is a reduction procedure for stubborn areas where fat accumulates, and when several areas of the body are treated, liposuction can provide a well-proportioned body appearance.
Ideal surgical candidates are those already in good physical condition who have stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise.
Reasons for Considering Liposuction
Eliminate fat from any of the following areas
- Chin and neckline
- Upper arms
- Stomach and waistline
- Thighs and knees
- Calves and ankles
- Create a more proportioned figure
A narrow tube or cannula is inserted through tiny incisions and used to vacuum out the fatty tissue beneath the skin. The amount of fat to be removed is determined by massaging the skin and squeezing the tissue. After eliminating the excess fat, the incisions are closed with absorbable stitches; a compression dressing or bandage is applied to the area to prevent bleeding, reduce swelling and support the affected area.
Recent advancements in technology have produced several different types of liposuction procedures. At the initial consultation visit, Dr. Piasecki will discuss which method(s) are best for the individual patient.
- Anesthesia: General (performed in a hospital setting) or sedation (performed in our surgery center)
- Length of surgery: 1 to 2 hours
- Length of stay: Outpatient (home the same day)
- Back to work: 3 to 7 days
- Exercise: May be resumed in 2 weeks
- Discomfort: Mild to moderate (anticipate 2 to 5 days of prescription pain medication)
- Swelling: Improves over 14 days
- Bruising: Common
- Bandages: Removed in 3 days and may be replaced with a support garment to be worn for several weeks
- Stitches: Absorbable (no stitches to remove)
- Final result: Won’t be seen until the scars have matured and healing is complete (approximately 3 to 4 months).