Remove stubborn pockets of fat
Just about every adult in the U.S. has pockets of fat that, no matter how many crunches they do or miles they run, just won’t go away. Often, changing ones diet may prove ineffective also.
Liposuction, formally known as lipoplasty, is the way to remove those stubborn pockets of fat. Liposuction can reduce fat in almost any site on the body: waist, buttocks, abdomen, legs, lower face, jawline, neck, chest, and upper arms. Liposuction can be combined with other surgical procedures such as a tummy tuck to further enhance the result.
Would liposuction benefit me?
Not many people can say they don’t have some fat somewhere on their body that they wouldn’t like to get rid of, and that diet and exercise don’t seem to affect. For these people, liposuction can be a great option. But liposuction is not a weight loss procedure; it is simply a way to remove those stubborn pockets of fat.
The procedure could be for you if:
- You are close to 15% of your ideal body weight.
- You have good elasticity in your skin.
- You have good muscle tone.
- You have stayed at a consistent weight.
Deciding on liposuction
Prior to any surgery, you’ll first meet with Dr. Kayastha for a consultation. You’ll discuss your reasons for wanting liposuction, along with your goals and expectations for the procedure. You’ll also discuss your medical history and Dr. Kayastha will perform a cursory physical exam. Following that, he will discuss your options for liposuction.
It is in your best interest to do research on your own prior to your consultation. Learn about the procedure and generate questions for Dr. Kayastha in your meeting. Also, be sure to look at the before-and-after pictures on this website.
Different liposuction techniques can be employed, but there is a basic general method. The target area is first injected with a solution that contains dilute local anesthesia. This has a twofold purpose — it anesthetizes the area and it reduces bleeding and trauma. Next, small incisions are made to provide access to the fat pockets to be removed. A metal tube known as a cannula, which is attached to a suction source, is then inserted into the incisions. The cannula is moved back and forth through the fat. This disrupts the cohesion of the fat and it is suctioned out.
Liposuction can be performed in our offices or in the hospital, based on how much fat is to be removed and the size of the area to be treated. Liposuction techniques have dramatically improved over the past 20 years, causing less bruising and tissue trauma than when the procedure was in its early years in the 1980s.
You will have elastic bandages covering the treatment site and will be required to wear compression garments all day (except when showering) for the first three or four weeks. From there on, Dr. Kayastha recommends continuing to wear compression garments for the next two months, at least for some part of each day. This helps the body adjust to its new contour, and in the beginning this helps to reduce swelling.
There will be bruising and swelling for the first week to 10 days. If you’ve had fat removed from a single area, you can usually return to work in two or three days. If you’ve had multiple areas treated, you’ll probably need about a week off from work.
There are various liposuction procedures available and many areas of application, but you should consult with Dr. Kayastha to find out what is best for you. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call us today at (518) 346-0002 or email us.
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