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While sticking to a healthy diet and a regular exercise regimen are the best ways to lose weight, many people just can't seem eliminate fat pockets and cells from problem areas. This is particularly true for the legs, buttocks, hips, stomach, arms, chin, neck, and ankles. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that targets these problem areas and leaves your body more sculpted and toned.

Liposuction begins with a small incision in the area to be treated. Next, a thin, hollow tube is inserted into the incision, and fat cells, pockets, and tissues are vacuumed out and discarded. Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis under anesthesia and can last two or more hours. Common side effects include temporary bruising, numbness, soreness, and burning sensations, but most of these effects will subside within a few days' or weeks' time. Once the area has healed, the patient should notice a firmer, tighter physique.

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Abdominal liposuction

Abdominal liposuction is a procedure frequently being used by healthy and toned women to rid stubborn fat bulges in the stomach area. Tumescent liposuction is a newer technique used in abdominal liposuction resulting in less bruising, less swelling and a quicker recovery than traditional methods of liposuction. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses ultrasound rather than mechanical action to loosen fat before removal. This technique is usually used to reduce larger areas of the body, such as the posterior hip, the back, and breasts, however it also is frequently used in the traditional areas, such as the thighs and abdomen.

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

The best candidates for liposuction are normal-weight people who have isolated pockets of fat that do not respond well to diet or exercise . Liposuction can be done at any age, but those with firm, elastic skin achieve the best results since elasticity lends itself to smoother contouring after the fat removal.

What are the risks associated with liposuction surgery?

All surgery involves some risk. Potential complications may include infection, bleeding, asymmetry or poor healing, skin pigmentation changes, and/or reaction to anesthesia.

Are the results of liposuction permanent?

The results of liposuction are usually permanent with a sensible diet and exercise. If the patient gains weight post-liposuction, the fat is usually distributed to other areas of the body.

Liposuction Procedure

There are two main types of liposuction procedures performed by surgeons today. One is tumescent liposuction and the other is ultrasound-assisted liposuction. During the tumescent liposuction procedure, a solution is injected into the target fatty areas before the fat is removed. It is made up of a saline solution, a mild painkiller, and epinephrine, which is a drug that contracts your blood vessels. The solution helps the surgeon remove the fat more easily, helps reduce blood loss, and provides pain relief during and after surgery. During ultrasound-assisted liposuction, ultrasonic energy is used to heat and liquefy the fat, making it easier to remove it from the body. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction does however require general anesthesia.

When the liposuction procedure is done as an outpatient, the recovery is usually quick. You can return to work in only a few days and perform normal activities within a couple weeks, however, bruising, swelling, and soreness will last for at least a few weeks. Every patient’s results will vary based on factors such as volume of fat cells removed and area of removal. Your doctor will discuss what results you can expect to achieve from your liposuction procedure and how to best maintain your new body shape.

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