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The Plastic Surgery Journal reports liposuction is the second most often performed cosmetic surgery. And why not? It’s safe, nearly scarless, and removes stubborn pockets of fat that often won’t respond to diet and exercise. Why wouldn’t it be popular?
What is liposuction?
While liposuction is thought of as a fat-removing procedure, it’s really a body sculpting procedure. During liposuction, small, thin cannulas are inserted through tiny incisions in the skin. Fat is suctioned out of the body as the cannulas are moved under your skin to target particular fat deposits.
Liposuction continues to evolve as new technologies develop ways to lessen bruising and shorten recovery time. Vaser and Smartlipo are the latest examples. Vaser uses ultrasound energy and Smarltipo, lasers, to improve upon traditional liposuciton.
Who are good candidates for liposuction?
Any patient who wants an improved shape is a candidate for liposuction. However, Dr. Dunkley recommends liposuction for patients who have true problem spots that are resistant to diet and exercise and good skin elasticity. Good skin elasticity means the skin will shrink to its new contour after being “deflated”. The injury of surgery causes some skin tightening but studies show Vaser, ultrasound assisted, & Smartlipo, laser assisted, liposuction has better skin tightening than traditional liposuction.
How should I prepare for liposuction?
In preparation for liposuction, certain prescription and over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen should be stopped. If you smoke, please quit at least four weeks before surgery. For patients with multiple medical conditions or heart conditions, you may need clearance from your regular doctor prior to surgery. Make arrangements for someone to take you to and from your surgery.
What can I expect on the day of my liposuction?
Liposuction is an out-patient procedure. The surgery is performed at Dr. Dunkley’s private in-office surgery suite. Patients return home soon after surgery to begin their recovery. Improved liposuction techniques have made the surgery safer and less painful. General anesthesia allows for more aggressive treatment and better results. Compression is applied to all treated areas. Little pain is experienced initially as the areas are numbed during surgery. Staying ahead of the pain with the prescribed medicines eases recovery.
What can I expect during my recovery from liposuction?
During the first few days to week bruising and swelling occur. Expect some discomfort during the first three days following liposuction. Activity is unrestricted as long as the compression garment is worn. Changes will be immediately apparent. Expect the mirror to become your friend.