What to expect from liposuction
Our surgeons use the tumescent, or superwet, approach, a popular, less painful, more effective, and safe method that provides a quicker recovery than traditional liposuction.
This procedure may or may not require general anesthesia, depending on the magnitude and area of the treatment planned. A solution of local anesthetic and epinephrine (a drug that constricts blood vessels to reduce bleeding, bruising, and swelling) is injected into the area. This solution saturates the fatty layer, causing it to swell and firm up, making it easier to contour and remove the excess fat.
Next, your surgeon will make a small incision and insert a cannula (a thin metal tube attached to a vacuum-like machine) into the fatty layer. The fat is then vacuumed out using back and forth movements and stored in a sterile collection system. This procedure is performed through very small incisions and leaves very minimal scarring.
After the procedure, you will wear a compression garment for the first few weeks to help retain your new shape. Most patients can return to work within a few days to a week following their liposuction. The results are long lasting provided that you maintain a stable weight and pattern of exercise.
Pre- & post-surgery
The info you need to plan your liposuction.
Frequently asked questions
- Where on my body can I get liposuction?
Liposuction can address most areas of the body, including:
- Inner Arms
Liposuction will provide the most appealing results when performed on areas of the body with good skin tone and elasticity. And, while liposuction can help achieve smooth and beautiful body contours, it is important to understand that it is not an effective treatment for cellulite or dimpled, loose or lax skin.
- Can I combine liposuction with other plastic surgeries?
If you are interested in more extensive body contouring, liposuction can be combined with other procedures such as breast augmentation, tummy tuck or a thigh, buttock & arm lift. For patients who wish to add volume, shape, and projection to the buttocks, the fat harvested during liposuction can be used to fill out the buttocks in a Brazilian butt lift. During your consultation, Dr. Silverman or Dr. Boyd will help you understand the best procedures for achieving your cosmetic goals.
- Is liposuction a weight loss surgery?
Liposuction is not a substitution for weight loss, and is best suited for men and women who are already close to their ideal body weight, but struggle with stubborn fat in localized areas.