What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a body sculpting procedure done to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat. This treatment can be used on many areas of the body, including the neck, arms, back, breasts, hips, love handles, saddlebags, buttocks, thighs, calves, and more.

Who is a Candidate?

Individuals with localized fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise can often benefit from liposuction. This procedure can create a more defined contour in many areas of the body for a younger, healthier appearance. Ideal candidates will be healthy, non-smokers that are near their ideal weight with good skin elasticity. It is important to remember that liposuction is not a weight loss solution for those who are obese. A consultation with Dr. Sweat or one of his associates can help to determine if this procedure can help you meet your aesthetic goals.

The Procedure

Liposuction can be performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Liposuction uses small, blunt-tipped tubes called cannulas inserted through small incisions in the skin. The tubes will be moved under the skin to suction out fat deposits, which must be done carefully to avoid areas of excessive fat removal causing divots or dents and lumpiness. There is a selection of liposuction techniques that can be used. These include:

Tumescent Liposuction: This technique uses a wetting solution with local anesthetic, which is injected before surgery. This solution shrinks blood vessels, minimizing blood loss and postoperative pain.

Power-assisted Liposuction: This technique draws fat out with a vacuum and uses a tool that speeds up the motion of the cannula for quicker fat removal.

Ultrasound-assisted Liposuction: This technique uses a handpiece that transmits energy to loosen and melt fat. This allows for a larger area of fat to be removed.

VASER: VASER liposuction uses an ultrasonic cannula which disperses energy throughout the targeted area, making fat removal easier.

Laser-assisted Liposuction:  Commonly referred to as SmartLipoTM, a small laser fiber is inserted through the skin to heat the fat and “melt” it to allow for a more even and complete fat removal, then the laser fiber can be re-inserted to use heat to tighten the skin.

Water Jet-assisted Liposuction: A fine, powerful spray of water is used to break up the fatty tissue for a more complete and even fat removal.

Not all of these various techniques are offered at J Sweat Plastic Surgery and this list is not to be inclusive of every type of liposuction available.  During your consultation, all of your questions will be answered about the various techniques and which will be the best for your desired outcome and body type.

The Results

Following liposuction, drains may be placed to collect any excess fluids, but this is uncommon. Surgical garments and compression garments will need to be worn to diminish swelling. Bruising and swelling are common, and any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication. While most of the swelling will resolve within 2-4 weeks after surgery, results will continue to improve gradually over the next several months. When the small incisions heal they are barely noticeable. Follow-up visits will be needed following surgery to ensure proper healing. Contact us today or visit our blog page for more information!