LIPOSUCTION IN PHOENIX, AZ
Liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure used to remove localized areas of fat from the body through a small thin tube called a cannula. The fat from the targeted area is suctioned from the body through this tube to help a patient achieve a slim and balanced appearance. New technology has allowed for different techniques that have improved the accuracy and reduced the pain associated with this procedure. Today, liposuction is usually performed via the tumescent technique or with the help of ultrasound imaging or a laser. These new technologies have transformed liposuction into a much safer and less invasive procedure.
CANDIDATES FOR LIPOSUCTION
The ideal candidate for liposuction is someone who is in good overall health and maintains a healthy lifestyle, but has one or more problem areas with unresponsive fat deposits. It is also important for patients to have realistic expectations. Liposuction is instead used to remove localized areas of stubborn fat after the patient has attempted other natural weight-loss methods. Here are some areas liposuction can be used to treat localized fat deposits:
THE LIPOSUCTION PROCEDURE
Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. Several tiny incisions are made and local anesthetic is injected into the area to help expand and firm the fat, making it easy to remove. The cannula is then inserted through the incisions to suction out the fat. No stitches are needed after liposuction since the incisions are small enough to heal on their own.
In laser-assisted tumescent liposuction, a laser is used to liquefy the targeted fat before it is removed, allowing for an easier and less painful removal. The laser may also be used to tighten skin in the treated area after fat is removed. Similarly, ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses ultrasound energy to liquefy fat before it is removed for a smooth removal process.
RECOVERY AND RESULTS FROM LIPOSUCTION
After the liposuction procedure, patients may experience mild swelling, bruising and discomfort in the treated area. Compression garments or elastic bandages may be used to help reduce these symptoms while the area heals. Patients can return to work and other regular activities as soon as they feel comfortable, which is usually after a few days. Exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for a few weeks.
You will receive special instructions on how to care for your treated area and reduce any complications after the procedure. The results of the liposuction procedure may not be visible until any swelling and bruising subsides. This may take several months, and results will appear gradually throughout this time.
RISKS OF LIPOSUCTION
Although liposuction is considered safe, there are certain risks associated with any type of procedure. Some of these risks may include infection, scarring, allergic reactions, hematoma or unsatisfactory results. Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures, and rarely has serious complications.
You can minimize potential risks by following instructions before and after your procedure. To learn more about the liposuction procedure, we encourage you to call us today and schedule a consultation.