Diet and exercise are important for a healthy lifestyle. And even with diet and exercise, excess fat can be problematic. This may be especially true as we age, have had pregnancies or faced other factors.

Liposuction is a good option for removing excess fat and reshaping the body. Liposuction is possible on many parts of the body. Liposuction is often used in combination with other procedures. These include face lift, breast augmentation, tummy tuck or other plastic surgery. Liposuction is not considered a treatment for obesity. For safety reasons, your doctor will not remove too much fat in one procedure. And, liposuction should be part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

About the procedure

You will receive anesthesia for a liposuction procedure. The choices are local anesthesia, intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Your doctor will recommend the best choice based on your treatment plan.

The surgeon will make small, barely-noticeable incisions during liposuction. After making an incision, your surgeon will insert a thin hollow tube. Next, your surgeon may inject a solution through the tube. This solution may be local anesthesia and medication to reduce swelling or bleeding. Through the tube, the surgeon will loosen excess fat using a back and forth motion. The dislodged fat is then suctioned out. The procedure can take anywhere from 1-3 hours, depending on the treatment plan.

Recovery

After the procedure, you will need to wear a compression garment for up to a week. This helps to control swelling and to compress the skin for contouring.\

Also, you will have small temporary drains in the incisions to remove any excess blood or fluid. It takes approximately 48 hours to drain before you will see the final results. Swelling and bruising may last for six to eight weeks after the procedure.

Finally, you will receive specific instructions such as:

  • How to care for the surgical site and drains
  • Medications to apply or take
  • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health