Liposuction is a procedure performed by a cosmetic surgeon to reduce excess fat deposits from specific parts of the body, and improve the body contour and proportion. The procedure effectively reshapes and reduces such pockets in the body where stubborn fats do not respond to diet or exercise. Dr. Paul McCluskey is an experienced plastic surgeon providing liposuction procedure to his patients in and around Atlanta, GA.
Areas of Treatment
Liposuction can be performed in various areas of the body that are typically vulnerable to the deposition of excess fat tissue. These localized fat pocket areas may include the following:
- Hips and buttocks
- Abdomen and waist
- Upper arms
- Inner knee
- Chest area
- Cheeks, chin and neck
- Calves and ankles
Liposuction is one of the unique procedures that can easily be performed along with several other types of procedures performed by a cosmetic surgeon. However, liposuction also has its limitations, and patients should be clear what it can or cannot do for them. It is not a weight reduction procedure, and it is not an effective solution to reduce cellulite. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. McCluskey will explain all aspects of liposuction with his patients in Atlanta, GA during the initial consultation.
The liposuction procedure involves surgical insertion of tiny, slender tubes or cannula through small incisions made discreetly in targeted areas of the body. Excess fat is suctioned out through the cannula as the surgeon moves them underneath the skin to dislodge specific fat deposits. Some of the key techniques to perform liposuction today include the following:
This technique involves the injecting of a significant amount of lidocaine local anesthetic solution into the targeted fatty tissue before the traditional liposuction can be performed. This technique usually helps in the avoidance of general anesthesia during the procedure.
This innovative technique involves the use of ultrasound energy to liquefy the stubborn fat cells, which makes them easier to dislodge. The surgeon may use this technique to remove unwanted fats from the upper abdominal area, sides, and back.
Low energy laser beams are aimed at the targeted fat deposits in this technique. The intense laser energy helps liquefy the fat, which is then removed through a tiny cannula. Laser liposuction makes the treatment relatively less invasive compared to traditional techniques.
Recovery and Results
The length of the recovery in case of liposuction will depend on the type of technique used, the areas of treatment and the patient’s natural ability to heal. The treated areas will be wrapped firmly in elastic bandage to help reduce bruising and swelling. The compression garment may have to be worn for about three to four weeks.
Most people are able to get up and move immediately after the procedure, once the effects of anesthesia or sedation have disappeared. On average, it takes about a week to 10 days before the patient can return to work or perform other light activities normally. Results of liposuction are long lasting, providing the patient maintains an active lifestyle and a balanced and healthy diet.
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