Most people follow routines to eat right, lose weight, and stay in shape. Unfortunately, even with good overall health and fitness, some individuals still experience excess fat deposits, stubborn pockets that hang around even with careful diet and regular exercise. These pockets are often hereditary, developing naturally as the body ages, but they can be troubling to appearance or self-image.
Liposuction slims and reshapes areas of the body by vacuuming out these fatty deposits. The procedure is not a treatment for obesity, or a replacement for regular exercise and diet ““ it removes only persistent residual fat to improve contours and proportion of the body as a whole. Common target areas include the abdomen, buttocks, arms, and thighs. In some cases, liposuction may be combined with other procedures to tighten or lift excess skin. With sensible diet and exercise, however, liposuction results are usually permanent.
Few plastic surgeons employ the use of Smart Lipo or other noninvasive external devices because they simply do not have the power to deliver the same results. The most common liposuction techniques include:
- Tumescent liposuction – during this procedure, the surgeon injects a saline solution into the targeted fatty areas, which causes those areas to become swollen and firm. The surgeon can then more easily insert a small tube called a cannula to draw out fat cells. The saline solution, which also includes mild painkillers and epinephrine, also provides pain relief and helps reduce blood loss during and after surgery.
- Ultrasound-assisted liposuction – ultrasonic energy liquefies the fat in targeted areas so that it can be safely removed from the body. This technique is sometimes used in conjunction with tumescent liposuction, and works well for large fat deposits or fibrous areas of the body.
Before any liposuction procedure, your surgeon will schedule a consultation with you to discuss the likely results of your surgery, your options for different techniques, and any potential risks. During this consultation, it’s important to be honest about your expectations and your past medical history. Ideal candidates for liposuction exercise regularly, and have good skin elasticity to mold smoothly to new contours – and it’s best to be as fit as possible before the procedure. Your surgeon will also explain recovery instructions to follow after the procedure, including how to care for the surgery site, medications to take, specific complications to watch out for, and when to schedule a follow-up appointment.
If you exercise regularly but still struggle with stubborn areas of fat, you may be a candidate for liposuction. Call Bangor Plastic and Hand Surgery today at (207) 947-5657 for more information or to schedule a consultation with one of our highly skilled plastic surgeons.