Liposuction is a very popular procedure that is used to remove localized areas of fat from the body and help give patients a slimmer, more balanced look. Recently, new technology and improved techniques have vastly improved the amount of pain commonly associated with liposuction procedures. Dr. Barrett has extensive experience in performing liposuction and has maintained beautiful cosmetic results for his patients.
The ideal candidate for liposuction is in good overall health and maintains a healthy life, but has one or more problem areas with unresponsive fat deposits. It is important for patients to remember that liposuction cannot be used as a means for substantial weight loss. It is instead used to remove excess fat in localized areas after the patient has attempted other traditional weight loss methods.
Common treatment areas for Liposuction include:
- Thighs and Knees
- Abdomen and Flanks
- Face and Neck
Often times this procedure is combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as a facelift, breast reduction or tummy tuck, to achieve maximum results.
Liposuction is performed through a tumescent technique which involves the instillation of dilute local anesthesia. This contributes to less post operative pain. Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis under just this local anesthesia or a light twilight sleep. Dr. Barrett will make several tiny incisions and inject a local anesthetic into the area to help expand and firm the fat, making it easier to remove. The cannula is then inserted through the incisions to suction out the fat. Few to no stitches are needed after liposuction since the incisions are small enough to heal on their own.
Recovery and Results
Common side effects of the procedure include mild swelling, bruising and discomfort in the treated area. Compression garments or elastic bandages can be used to help reduce these symptoms while healing takes place. Patients usually can return to work and regular activities within a few days. Strenuous activities such as exercise should be avoided for a few weeks. Dr. Barrett will give you special instructions on how to care for your treated area and reduce any complications after the procedure.
As long as a healthy, active lifestyle is maintained, results of the liposuction surgery can be permanent. If significant weight is gained after this procedure however, the results may be altered. After surgery, patients will experience gradual visible results as healing occurs and as swelling and bruising subside. It could take several months for the complete surgery results to be recognized.