Many patients who struggle with stubborn fat deposits and have had no luck achieving a more slender figure with diet and exercise can benefit from plastic surgery. Liposuction, or lipoplasty, is a surgical procedure that removes fatty tissue from targeted areas of the body. Dr. Hung offers treatments using various liposuction techniques that are designed to make your cosmetic surgery experience a positive one.
Many patients feel that their figure looks flabby and misshapen. Liposuction can eliminate localized deposits of fat to enhance the body and produce a more sleek appearance.
Some people struggle with poor skin elasticity due to aging, weight loss, and other factors. Liposuction can be performed alongside other body procedures like tummy tuck surgery to restore smoother, firmer skin.
Liposuction can permanently reduce fat in multiple areas of the body. If you maintain a healthy lifestyle following your procedure, you should achieve long-lasting results that will help you feel beautiful and confident.
During traditional liposuction, small incisions are made and a small tube (cannula) is inserted into the treatment site. The cannula is used to break up the fat cells and remove them from the body.
With the tumescent technique, areas of excess fat are injected and anesthetic liquid, which causes the compartments of fat to become swollen and liquified, making them is easier to remove during your surgery.
Ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL) is a type of liposuction that uses high-frequency sound waves to break up the fat before its removal. This is done through a special cannula that delivers a combination of vibratory mechanical energy and thermal energy into the fatty tissue, allowing the removal of large amounts of fat underneath the deepest layers of skin.
Because you may experience some fluid drainage from the incision, a small drainage tube may be inserted for a couple of days to prevent fluid build-up. Swelling and bruising will occur but should resolve after a few weeks. Make sure to avoid all strenuous activities for at least four weeks. Most patients are able to return to work after two weeks, depending on the technique used for their procedure.
Liposuction results are long-lasting, and the fat is removed permanently as long as the patient controls his or her weight. You will notice an immediate difference in your body shape after surgery, and results will refine as swelling dissipates.
You may develop some scars following your liposuction surgery, depending on the technique that was used for your procedure. Any visible scars that do occur can be hidden underneath clothing and will likely fade over time.
It is normal to feel discomfort after surgery. You will be prescribed medication to help minimize pain during your recovery.
Ideal candidates must be in good health and have realistic expectations. You should also be close or at your ideal weight to undergo this procedure. You will also be asked to quit smoking for a few weeks before and after your surgery. Dr. Hung will examine you to determine the best techniques for your procedure.
Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia and can take between one and two hours to complete, depending on the amount of fat that needs to be removed.
As with most surgical procedures, there are some risks and side effects involved with liposuction, including: