Recovery: 1 week and 6 months for full results
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures today, and is consistently at or near the top of lists of cosmetic surgical procedures year after year. The reasons are fairly obvious.
So many people these days take a big interest in their health and fitness. But, despite a good diet and exercise routine, many people still find it difficult to get rid of fat in certain problem areas. Liposuction, formally known as lipoplasty, is a way to remove those stubborn pockets of fat once and for all. 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 results.
What can liposuction do for me?
- I workout and eat healthy but still struggle to remove pockets of fat
- I want to optimize my results from another contouring procedure
- I have fat in stubborn areas like under my chin
Who is a Candidate for Liposuction?
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.
Dr. Kayastha can confirm that you are a candidate during an initial consultation and examination of your treatment areas.
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 is not considered an alternative to weight loss, however, the procedure can help you achieve a more sculpted, toned, appearance by removing pockets of stubborn fat. For best results, candidates should be within their idea weight range and be able to maintain that weight after their procedure.
The liposuction procedure process will be made comfortable with the use of local anesthesia or sedation. Liposuction only requires very tiny incisions, with SmartLipo offering even less invasion, resulting in minimal discomfort during your recovery period. Patients can manage discomfort with a prescription pain medication or with an over-the-counter pain reliever.
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.