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Liposuction FAQs

Liposuction FAQs

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About This Popular Procedure

Most people are already well aware of the term “liposuction.” Every year, more and more people undergo this cosmetic procedure. It’s still one of the most popular procedures done by plastic surgeons all over the world. And every year, there’s more demand than in previous years. For those that were not aware of it but are curious to find out, we’ve prepared a short blog to showcase all of the intricacies of this popular cosmetic procedure. We hope to answer most of the questions potential patients might have with this Liposuction FAQs blog.

What exactly is liposuction?

It seems like every year, there are many more patients willing to undergo one of the cosmetic procedures currently available. One of, if not the most popular one in the plastic surgery industry is liposuction. So, what exactly is liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat from certain areas of the body. This procedure improves the body parts that are usually more resistant to diet and exercise. If you’re doing everything to get rid of that layer of fat, and nothing else seems to be working, liposuction may be able to help.

You could be a suitable candidate for this procedure if you have accumulated body fat in certain specific areas that just doesn’t seem to go away. The perfect candidate for this procedure is of course a patient with no underlying issues that may complicate the procedure. After determining if you are a good candidate, we can focus on the main part—the procedure and the area in question. Everyone is different, so it’s natural that we get approached by a lot of people with different specific areas that they want to improve. Here are some of the most common body part areas we’ve done liposuction on:

  • Chin areaspecifically patients with a “double chin” condition
  • Abdomen area
  • Upper arms
  • Buttocks
  • Female and male chest areasometimes even for breast reduction or treatment of gynecomastia
  • Hips and thighs
  • Neck area

What are the different liposuction techniques? 

There’s a common misconception that liposuction is only done one way. Before you undergo a procedure, your surgeon is going to address all of the possibilities and then decide which type of liposuction is most suitable for your needs. There are a few different techniques that surgeons can choose depending on the targeted area and the treatment goals you might have.

Tumescent liposuction

The most common of these is tumescent liposuction. This is the one that you might think of if someone mentions liposuction. The surgeons address the targeted area with a sterile solution, anesthetic, and epinephrine to remove fat, relieve the pain, and constrict the blood vessels. After the area is swollen and stiff, they make small incisions and insert a thin tube that sucks out the fats and fluid from the body.

Laser-assisted liposuction

This type of liposuction is done with a laser light that breaks down the fat, which is then removed. The surgeons also make a small incision and insert a laser. The fat is then removed with a thin tube.

Ultrasound-assisted liposuction

This type of liposuction procedure is done by inserting a metal rod that emits ultrasonic energy which breaks down the fat easily, and is then removed with a thin tube.

Power-assisted liposuction

This type of liposuction procedure is usually done when there are large volumes of fat or when you have already had liposuction before. It is also less invasive than other types of procedures. The surgeons will use a tube that moves back and forth. Through vibration, surgeons pull out fat easier and faster than all other procedures.

What are the advantages of liposuction?

  • It’s a pretty simple procedure.
  • It’s proven to be safe.
  • It requires less rest and recovery than some other procedures.
  • The results are noticeable immediately.
  • If you proceed to lead a healthy lifestyle post procedure, the results will stay there.
  • It can help boost your confidence.

Are there any drawbacks or potential risks?

The previously mentioned point can be a drawback if not addressed correctly. So, if you don’t continue to work on your body, the results of the procedure may disappear over a certain period. It is necessary to keep striving for a healthier, fitter body.

Another drawback to this procedure is that even though the procedure is deemed safe, there may be some patients that might have complications if they have any underlying conditions, which could lead to more problems later down the road. 

Liposuction does carry some risks of complications that are very specific to the procedure. Some of these may be:

  • Infection
  • Numbness
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Contour irregularities
  • Internal puncture
  • Fat embolism
  • Lidocaine toxicity
  • Heart problems
  • Kidney problems

Always make sure to choose the right surgeon for the procedure. The right surgeon is going to go through every possible scenario or outcome of the procedure and will suggest the best procedure for your needs. The right surgeon will look out for your best interests.

How can I prepare for the procedure?

If you have any medical conditions that require you to take medicine, your surgeon will address it. It’s advisable to not use some medications—like blood thinners—for a certain period before the procedure. 

The amount of fat you will have removed will determine where you can get the procedure. Smaller amounts can be done in the surgeon’s office. Larger amounts may be done in a hospital which are then followed by an overnight stay. Whatever the case may be, always have some beside you to take care of all your needs and to watch over you.

How long does it take to recover from liposuction?

Remember: everyone is different and the results may differ, so recovery time can also differ. Always consult with your surgeon if you think something may be wrong after the procedure or you don’t feel well.

After the procedure is done, you can expect some form of pain depending on the technique that was used. Feel free to ask the surgeon for some pain relievers or antibiotics so the pain gets numbed and risk of infection gets reduced. Typically, recovery can last up to a few weeks and then you will see results. As the time passes, the targeted area will start to have the desired appearance.

Here’s a quick rundown of things you should and shouldn’t be doing for the first few weeks:

  • Rest your body and let it recover after the procedure (for the first 24 hours).
  • Avoid being too stationary.
  • Move around a bit to get your blood flowing.
  • Only do light exercises (like short walks).
  • Intense workouts are not recommended.
  • Avoid taking blood thinners.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Eat nutritious foods.
  • Don’t take long showers or baths.
  • Wear a compression on the targeted area because it helps reduce the swelling.

Dr. Rimma Finkel – Board-Certified Cosmetic Surgeon

We hope these Liposuction FAQs helped. If you’re considering liposuction, choosing the right surgeon should be a priority. Dr. Finkel is a double board-certified plastic surgeon and one of the only female surgeons in the Phoenix area. Her expertise and knowledge combined with her unique approach have positioned her as a leading cosmetic surgeon in the city of Phoenix and the surrounding area. When you choose someone like Dr. Finkel, you choose someone who is going to properly address and find a solution to the issue you might be having. Arizona is the perfect place to showcase your newly regained confidence in your body. Calling Dr. Finkel’s office is your first step to being fully confident again. Everybody deserves to be confident in their bodies!

You deserve to feel like yourself again. Feel free to call our office at (480) 963-3034 or schedule a consultation online. We are ready whenever you are, and we look forward to helping you look and feel your best!