Liposuction is the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery in the world. It is a simple procedure that improves the shape of your body by removing unwanted or excess fat cells. The procedure is performed by inserting a wand attached to a medical vacuum machine into areas of the body through a small incision.
Good candidates have overall good health, be slightly above-weight and have supple, elastic skin. Liposuction works best for people who have pockets of unwanted fat that have not responded to dieting and exercise. Above all, a candidate should have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for them.
Patients are given a general and local anesthesia before the procedure. The surgeon will mark the spots on the body where incisions will be made and where the fat will be removed. After each incision, the surgeon will insert a small, hollow, steel tube called a cannula under the skin through the incision. The cannula is attached to a vacuum that pulls the fat into the cannula to a collection container.
This technique calls for the surgeon to inject a solution into the fatty areas to be treated before the cannula is inserted. The injection contains a mixture of saline solution, a local anesthetic and a medication that contracts blood vessels. The injection has several purposes. It loosens the fat, it reduces blood loss, it reduces bruising and it anesthetizes the area.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure, and all surgical procedures inherently have an element of risk. Some complications that can be caused by liposuction include infection, bleeding, swelling and pain. The risks associated with the procedure are minimal when compared to other types of surgery. Dr. Morimoto is an experienced surgeon in a properly equipped operating room and rarely sees serious complications set in.
Any areas with fatty deposits can be targeted by liposuction. The most common areas are the abdomen, hips, thighs, upper arms, neck and legs.
Recovery time varies by individual and by the amount of fat removed from the body. Most people are able to return to work within a few days to a week and can fully resume their usual lifestyle in two to three weeks.
Liposuction usually takes one to four hours to perform, depending on the area or areas treated. It is usually done on an outpatient basis, but an overnight hospital stay may be recommended in some situations.