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10 Things You NEED to Know About Liposuction

Have you consistently kept up with a balanced diet and exercise, led a healthy lifestyle, but still have pockets of fat your body just won’t get rid of? You’re not alone and there is a solution. Liposuction is a medical procedure rapidly gaining popularity in the US. It serves as a way to slim and sculpt areas of your body that aren’t responding to all of your hard work. Here are the top 10 things you need to know about liposuction:

1. What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a procedure to remove fat cells from a specific area in the body using a high-pressure suction. It is not a weight loss procedure, but a cosmetic procedure. The purpose of liposuction is to sculpt and enhance shape rather than make dramatic changes to the body.

2. Where Can Liposuction Be Performed?

Liposuction only works on subcutaneous fat, or the fat that is stored directly under the skin. It is not used to remove fat that is located internally, surrounding organs. Below are common areas treated by liposuction:

· Abdomen

· Buttocks

· Thighs

· Chin

· Breasts (male and female)

· Upper arms

· Inner knee

3. Does Liposuction Get Rid of Cellulite?

Unfortunately, liposuction does not have the ability to remove cellulite, stretch marks, or dimples. Liposuction works best with skin of good elasticity. If the skin is loose, this could result in uneven or dimpled skin.

4. Am I a Good Candidate For Liposuction?

Good candidates for liposuction are already in the range of their ideal weight. It is best if the patient does not smoke, has good circulation, and tight skin. Liposuction is a surgery, so there are risks that accompany this procedure.

5. How Do I Prepare for the Procedure?

Be sure to talk with your surgeon about what to expect during your surgery. Your surgeon will likely ask you to stop taking certain medications for a certain period of time before the surgery such as NSAIDs, aspirin, or other blood thinners. On the day of the surgery, make sure you have someone who can be there with you and drive you home after.

6. What Happens During the Surgery?

Some procedures require general anesthesia, meaning you will be temporarily unconscious for the surgery. Other procedures allow local anesthesia.

The surgeon will make small incisions on the area being treated. A hollow instrument, called a cannula, will be inserted into the incision to reach the fat pocket. The fat cells will then be suctioned or removed using a syringe. This procedure could last up to several hours.

Typically, liposuction is an outpatient procedure. Even with general anesthesia, most are released to go home the same day as the surgery.

7. What is Recovery Like?

Slight discomfort is to be expected after a liposuction procedure. Most patients experience swelling, bruising, and tenderness. Your surgeon may recommend medication for pain and to prevent infection. Compression garments are often advised to protect the treated areas.

You will likely be able to return to work within several days and with other normal activity after 2-4 weeks. A patient’s recovery will depend on the area treated and the amount of fat removed.

8. Will I Have Scarring After the Liposuction Procedure?

There is a chance that scarring could occur after liposuction surgery. However, the incisions that are made to insert the cannula are very small and lead to minimal scarring, especially for patients with good skin quality. Your surgeon will recommend actions you can take to prevent and diminish scarring.

9. Is Liposuction Covered by Insurance?

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure and is not typically covered by insurance. Be sure to contact your insurance company before the surgery to discuss coverage in the instance of a complication.

10. How Do I Know if Liposuction is Right For Me?

Everyone has a unique body, budget, and overall goal. The best way to know if liposuction is a good fit for you is by having a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. Brand Surgical Institute provides liposuction in Glendale, CA and offers FREE consultations.

If you are interested in Liposuction, have any questions about it, or other questions in general, feel free to contact Brand Surgical Institute at 818-243-9999.