Liposuction succeeds where squats and lunges fail, removing stubborn dimples, pockets and bulges of fat on your hips, thighs, buttocks and abdomen. The procedure simultaneously sculpts and slims the body for an improved silhouette and smoother-looking appearance. Through a few tiny incisions, excess fat is sucked out through a small, stainless steel tube called a cannula. The effectiveness of liposuction makes it one of the most popular surgical procedures available.
You may be a candidate for liposuction if you have:
• Small, hard-to-shift fat deposits
• An undefined shape
What To Expect
Most often your liposuction surgery can be done as an outpatient procedure. Depending on the type of liposuction and how much fat will need to be removed, the procedure may require an overnight stay in hospital.
Pre-treatment, you’ll be given either a local or general anesthetic, but again, this will depend on how much fat will be removed and the type of liposuction you're undergoing.
Tiny, linear incisions are made in the skin. The number can range from two to 12 or more, and can measure from 1/8 to 1/2 inch long. The average patient will be in surgery for two to four hours as fat is sucked out of each incision. The duration ultimately depends on your body size, the number of areas being treated and the type of anesthesia used.
When liposuction is performed as an outpatient procedure, you'll be able to go home in a few hours and return to work in two days. You will experience bruising, swelling and soreness for at least two weeks. If your incisions require stitches, they will dissolve on their own and, depending on your treatment, you may have to wear a special fit compression garment for a couple of weeks to control swelling.
Things To Consider
• Healing is gradual and the best results sometimes take up to a year to reveal their full aesthetic potential.
• The best candidates are non-smokers who are in good health with fairly firm, elastic skin over those stubborn fat deposits. Loose, hanging skin and fat may need further treatments such as a tummy tuck, arm lift or body lift.
Q. Will it hurt?
A. Post-lipo, you will experience some soreness and tenderness, which will subside gradually and go away completely after a couple of weeks. Liposuction carried out under general rather than local anesthetic is usually more painful post-op because we've likely treated a larger area or multiple areas. Medication will be prescribed to ease your discomfort.
Q. Will I experience scarring?
A. Scars will depend upon the size and placement of the incisions, but Dr. Kirman will take every precaution to make them as discreet as possible, aiming to hide incisions in the natural creases or folds of the skin.
Q. How long will results last? Liposuction results with Dr. Kirman are permanent but the procedure will not prevent you from gaining weight in the future. A balanced diet and exercise plan will remain the most effective strategy for keeping weight off.