Liposuction is a technique to remove unwanted fat deposits from specific areas of the body for contouring. The result is a sculpting of bulging areas into more attractive contours. Those who are of relatively normal weight but have pockets of excess fat in particular areas are the best candidate for liposuction. You should be physically healthy and realistic in your expectations. Most important, having firm, elastic skin will result in a better final contour. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure.
Suction assisted lipectomy usually takes an hour to four hours, depending on the area and amount being suctioned. Tumescent fluid that contains lidocaine for pain relief and epinephrine to restrict blood loss and subsequent bruising is introduced through a small incision. A cannula is attached to a machine that creates a strong vacuum and Dr. Doolabh manipulates the cannula deep within the fat layers under the skin, breaking up the fat and suctioning it out.
Depending on the areas to be shaped, the innovative ultrasound technology of VASER LipoSelection™ may be recommended to emulsify fat for easier, less traumatic removal. Because nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue remain relatively intact, patients have reported minimal pain and bruising.
A snug elastic dressing, girdle, or body stocking must be worn over the treated area to control swelling and bleeding, and to help your skin shrink to fit your new contour. You will need to wear this garment for at least six weeks.
You’ll even be heavier for a while, because the extra fluids you’ve been given. The suctioned areas will be swollen and bruised and you may temporarily lose all feeling in the suctioned area. You should be back at work within 5 days, and swelling is minimized by six months.