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Table of Contents:
1. About Liposuction
2. Side Effects
3. Risks

4. Recovery

Liposuction

Liposuction is a procedure that removes excess fat cells from localized deposits of fat. The surgery is designed to improve the overall body shape by removing the exercise resistant localized fat deposits. Prior to the surgery a solution is infused into the area of the liposuction. The infusion contains numbing medication and a medical agent which reduces blood loss during the procedure. This solution is called tumescent solution and the technique for liposuction with large fluid infusion is called tumescent technique. This is the type of surgery that is performed in our office operating room. Following injection of the tumescent solution, small (3mm) incisions are made and hollow or ultrasonic cannulae are placed. The ultrasonic cannulae are used for more complete removal of fat cells and larger volumes of fat. The hollow cannulae are used for small volumes and to contour the upper layers of fat following placement of the ultrasonic cannulae. It should be mentioned that fat cells do not divide. They grow by increasing in size but an individual has a fixed number of fat cells, which are unchanged from birth. Therefore removal of localized deposits of fat affect a permanent change. Common locations for liposuction include the chin, cheeks, upper arms, abdomen, buttock, hips, thighs, and calves. The length of the procedure varies from one to three hours. The procedure is typically performed as an outpatient in our accredited operating room. For individuals who have medical problems it may be necessary to perform the surgery in the hospital.

Side Effects
Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, or burning sensation may result post-operatively. It is common to have fluid drainage the first evening from the incisions.

Risks
Skin injury, pigment change, fluid retention, rippling or bagginess of the skin are possible following liposuction.

Recovery
Patients are typically back to work in one to two days. Most patients avoid exercising for one week. At the end of the first week they may resume exercise. By two weeks their activity level is back to where it was pre-operatively. The patients continue to improve for approximately sixteen weeks following surgery, particularly in cases where ultrasonic cannulae have been used there is continual loss of fat and recontouring of the surrounding tissue. A garment is useful to help optimize the results following surgery. The garments are made of a spandex material. The more elastic the individual skin is, the better the final result. Therefore young patients with localized deposits of fat are the ideal candidates for the procedure
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