Liposuction can be used as an isolated procedure or it can be combined with other body contouring procedures to treat areas of stubborn fat. Liposuction works best as a tool to target areas that are resistant to exercise.
Liposuction is performed under general or local anesthesia. The operation can take one or more hours depending on the volume that needs to be aspirated, and whether it is combined with other procedures.
Small incisions are made in natural body creases and the fat is suctioned out until the desired contour is achieved.
There is usually minimal discomfort after liposuction and this can easily be controlled with simple analgesia. To continue to minimize your swelling and to facilitate the flattest and firmest body contour possible, we strongly advise patients to continue to wear their compression garments for six weeks. Bruising may be present for a period of up to two weeks post surgery.
Final result from liposuction may take several months to show and recovery may continue for up to a year. Temporary numbness in the liposuction areas is normal and can be present for up to a year after surgery.
You should resume normal exercise as soon as possible as this helps with skin tightening. Most patients return to work within a few days of surgery.