Liposuction Plastic Surgery
Liposuction surgery is a method of removing excess fat from targeted areas of the body using suction force. It has been a popular choice among people who wish to achieve fine body contours but have unable to do so with exercise and diet. Rigorous routine that do not produce desired results can be frustrating enough to let people think of liposuction as the last resort. In its own right, liposuction has been proved effective in producing desired effects.
Liposuction can be used to remove fat from many areas of the body such as breasts, flanks, hips, buttocks, thighs and arms. Fats deposited in areas of the face such as neck and chin can be removed by facial liposuction by using micro-cannula for creating smaller incisions.
Types of liposuction
There are several techniques used in liposuction surgery and they can be mainly classified into manual and laser liposuction.
Manual liposuction involves the use of a cannula for creating incisions. A suction pump will be used to remove the dissolved fats. A variant of traditional liposuction, known as tumescent liposuction, involves use of a compound solution to break up the fat for easier suction. Anesthesia techniques are also combined to reduce the queasiness of traditional methods.
There are many more types of manual liposuction such as ultrasonic liposuction and power assisted liposuction.
Laser liposuction is an advanced technique in which surgical laser instruments are used to loosen fat cells for easy removal. Although these techniques come at a higher cost, many patients tend to prefer it for the ease and improved recovery time.
Recovery time suggested by cosmetic surgeon
Recovery time after liposuction can be anywhere between a few weeks to several months. It mainly depends on the amount of liposuction performed. Patients will wear compression garments for first few days of liposuction until they feel comfortable enough to remove them. Minor discomforts are common which can be relieved in time naturally or with medication and moderate exercises.
Swelling is an effect produced in common to all patients and will require about four to five months to heel. Liposuction in large areas will produce loosening of skin which will tighten on its own.
Cosmetic surgeons in Atlanta, GA like Dr. Paul McCluskey, advices their patients regarding exercises, diet and after care during various stages of recovery.
There are risks and complications associated with liposuction. In many cases, the healing or recovery may take longer than expected. Use of anesthesia and other medication will provoke allergic reactions. Damages to skin in the form of scars near the incision area may occur if the treatment was extensive. Skin might also change its color due to variation in pigmentation. Numbness of skin, fluid accumulation and fluid loss are other risks associated with liposuction.
Exact cost of liposuction treatment can be determined only upon consultation with a plastic surgeon, however it can be anywhere in the range of $2,000 to $5,000.