When you stand naked in the mirror, you see it again – that aggravating belly fat that won’t melt away no matter how much you diet or exercise. You’re so weary of that bulging fat you’re ready to take a knife to it.
Don’t do that! But when diet and exercise don’t burn stubborn fat away, you may want to opt for liposuction. Liposuction is incredible for sucking out those irritating fat pockets that won’t go away. Imagine: One quick procedure can ‘slurp’ out the fat that has bugged you for years!
This guide covers the basics of liposuction, what you can expect, types of liposuction, and more.
Why People Get Liposuction
Many people are annoyed by fat they can’t quickly lose, so liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures these days. Here are several reasons why liposuction is so popular:
- It’s fast and efficient for removing stubborn fat.
- It improves skin laxity.
- It removes stubborn, localized fat in the abdomen, hips, calves, thighs, arms, buttocks, face, neck, and back.
- You can liposuction several sites in one procedure.
- Sucks away extra skin and fat from pregnancy, weight loss, or aging.
- Safe and effective.
Types of Liposuction
Below are details of standard liposuction procedures. Keep in mind that liposuction isn’t an ‘easy out’ way to avoid diet and exercise. If you’re obese, you need to get to your target weight before considering liposuction as an option.
This is the oldest type of liposuction. Small cuts are made over the fatty tissue. A cannula is inserted to suction out the fat. This is a popular type of liposuction procedure that is used on the rear, legs, thighs, abdomen, and back. It doesn’t work as well for small areas, such as below the chin, because it’s less precise.
This is the least expensive form of liposuction. However, it can lead to more bruising and bleeding than other types listed below. It also is harder to control how the fat is removed. So there can be more dimpling and lumpiness. Some people may need more than one session for optimal results.
This is the gold standard of liposuction – safe, proven, and reliable. Your surgeon puts a solution containing saltwater, epinephrine, and lidocaine into the fatty area that you dislike. This solution makes the fatty tissue swell and stiffen, and it also lowers pain and bleeding.
The plastic surgeon makes tiny cuts in the skin and sticks a small cannula in them to suck out the fat and solution.
Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL)
Your surgeon puts a rod under your skin that releases ultrasonic waves. This bursts the fat cell walls and makes them break down so they can be suctioned away. There also is a new UAL procedure called VASER that offers a lower chance of skin damage. It also can provide superior skin contouring over traditional UAL.
Laser-Assisted Liposuction (LAL)
This type of liposuction utilizes a special laser to destroy the fat cells for easy removal. The surgeon places a small laser fiber through tiny incisions and liquefies the fat. Then it is vacuumed out with a cannula.
What You Can Expect
Ready to suck that fat away? Excellent! But first, let’s review how the process will unfold:
- Consultation: Your surgeon will review your surgical goals during your initial consultation. He will learn why you want liposuction, where you want it, and ensure you have realistic expectations. Also, he’ll ask about current medications and any recent surgeries you’ve had.
- Procedure: Depending on the type of liposuction chosen, your surgeon will follow one of the liposuction procedures we described earlier.
- Aftermath: After your procedure, your surgeon will place compression garments over the treated areas to help reduce swelling and make the skin shape to the new contours.
- Recovery: Most people can go back to work after a few days. You could have swelling for several weeks, and final results may take up to six months to show.
A Word About Liposuction Safety
Most cosmetic procedures done today are safe. Liposuction has been performed for decades, and the risks are minor; after all, the process is minimally invasive. Of course, there are rare problems that happen that require medical intervention. They seldom occur if you see a board-certified plastic surgeon.
According to a clinical study overseen by the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 1,000 liposuction cases with severe complications were reviewed. This study found that most problems would never have happened if the surgeons followed necessary safety procedures.
Remember that an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon seldom has serious complications arise during any liposuction procedure. Most patients only experience minor pain, bruising, and swelling that dissipate within a few weeks.
Request a Liposuction Consultation
Can you imagine how wonderful it would be to suck that annoying fat pocket off your belly or thighs? You can make it happen with liposuction! Dr. Aric Aghayan is proud to serve Portland area patients at his practice, Après Plastic Surgery.
He will consult with you for your Portland liposuction procedure today. He’ll go over the options, your goals, and more to determine if you’re an ideal candidate for liposuction.
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