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 contours and produce a sleeker 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 with an anesthetic liquid, which causes the compartments of fat to become swollen and liquified, making them 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 to, 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.
When you lose weight naturally, your existing fat cells shrink in size. This is because everyone is born with a set number of fat cells in their body, and that number is impossible to alter without a body contouring procedure. With weight loss surgery, such as gastric bypass or gastric sleeve, the size or shape of your stomach is manipulated, changing the way you feel full and limiting the amount you can eat. With liposuction, fat cells are permanently removed from the body. Because of this, liposuction offers potentially permanent results.
Liposuction and pound loss is difficult to determine, as liposuction is not a weight-loss surgery or intended for significant weight reduction. This is a body contouring and sculpting treatment that realizes that noticeable results can come from small reductions. Therefore, you will not see a major change on the scale. Under the best of circumstances, liposuction can remove up to five liters of fat. This often relates to one dress size.
No, liposuction does not remove loose skin or tighten significant laxity. If you have excess skin, you will need to combine your liposuction with another body contouring surgery, such as tummy tuck surgery (for the abdomen) or breast lift surgery (for the breasts). These treatments result in smoother, tighter skin contours.
As with most surgical procedures, there are some risks and side effects involved with liposuction, including: