Answers to Common Liposuction Questions
- Posted on: Oct 15 2018
It can be tough to spot-reduce fat on areas of the body where fat cells seem to want to adhere. This is why liposuction was invented and why it continues to be a leading cosmetic procedure decades after its initial use. Last year, nearly 250,000 Americans had liposuction (5 percent more than the previous year). With the improvements in treatment and patient outcomes, we can understand why. We also understand that many people have lingering questions about liposuction that might keep them from scheduling a face-to-face with an experienced surgeon. Here, we address what may be on your mind.
How do I know that I am a good candidate for liposuction?
Most people who consult with us about liposuction are good candidates. Being in good general health is necessary. We may ask smokers to avoid cigarettes and tobacco starting a few weeks before surgery. Additionally, it is advantageous to have a good self-image and be near your ideal body weight before undergoing the fat-reducing procedure. You don’t have to spend hours a day at the gym to have the body you want, nor should you have to. Liposuction can refine areas including the thighs, buttocks, hips, abdomen, chest, arms, chin and even the cheeks.
The idea of liposuction surgery makes me a little anxious. What is the procedure like?
Liposuction may be an outpatient procedure, but it is still surgery, and that can understandably make patients a little nervous. We want you to feel comfortable that you have made the right decision for your personal goals. From your very first visit to discuss liposuction, we strive to meet your need for comfort and communication.
Liposuction is often conducted using only a local anesthetic. This is because the procedure has become so streamlined thanks to the use of tumescent fluid or laser energy. When tumescent liposuction is performed, the liquid that is injected contains not only lidocaine but also epinephrine, which constricts the blood vessels to reduce bleeding. Dr. Altamira also performs SmartLipo, a laser-assisted technique that liquefies fat cells for easier extraction. General anesthesia may be discussed if liposuction will be complemented by other procedures, such as abdominoplasty or breast augmentation.
During your consultation for liposuction, we will discuss the methods that we can use to maintain your comfort and peace of mind.
How long is recovery from liposuction?
Depending on the liposuction technique that is used, some patients are back to work within a day or two. Swelling, bruising, and soreness are common side effects, with the most intense sensations decreasing significantly within the first 48 hours of recovery. Comfort is easily manageable with prescription or over-the-counter pain relief medication, and lingering bruises and swelling are typically very subtle after the first week.
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