Questions About Liposuction

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What is liposuction and how is it performed?


Liposuctionis a surgical procedure that removes areas of fat that are resistant to exercise and diet. The result is a slimmer, more attractive figure that allows you to enjoy increased self-esteem. The liposuction procedure is performed by making small incisions in selected areas, and using a vacuum suction to remove fat cells. The incisions will then be stitched up and a compression garment will be placed over the affected area to minimize the post-operative swelling.


How will I be evaluated for liposuction?

If you are considering liposuction, you will first undergo an initial consultation with a  board-certified Florida plastic surgeon so they can assess whether you will benefit from this procedure. You will discuss your medical history, the reason you want liposuction and where.The more honest you are, the happier you will be with your results, because you will have realistic expectations.


What are the risks associated with a liposuction?

While every surgical procedure carries certain risks, the American Societyof Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons recognize liposuction as a safe and effective procedure for removing localized fat deposits. While adverse side effects are rare, the most common include:


  • Infection
  • Allergic reactions (to anesthesia or to medications)
  • Friction burns
  • Organ damage
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Blood clots
  • Excessive fluid loss
  • A long healing time (depending on the amount of fat removed)


How quickly does liposuction recovery take?

Following the procedure, you should be able to care for yourself and begin moving around within 24 hours after surgery. Depending on the areas treated, most people are able to return to work within a few days to a week and resume normal activities within two to three weeks after surgery. Be sure to keep your compression garment on for three to four weeks. You will probably experience bruising, swelling and soreness for several weeks after your procedure. Remember that liposuction recovery time will vary from patient to patient, depending on individual factors and any surgical complications.


Will liposuction leave me with scars?

Any time an incision is made, you will have a scar. Since liposuction involves small incisions, there will be scarring after treatment. However, your plastic surgeon will carefully place incisions in better concealed areas and skin creases to help hide them. With time, the scars from your liposuction will fade to they point that they are barely noticeable, but you may always have a faint scar.


What is the average cost of liposuction?

Because liposuction is considered an elective cosmetic surgery, it is typically not covered by your medical insurance. The average liposuction procedure costs between $5,000 and $10,000, depending on the area. Your plastic surgeon will give you a more accurate estimate during your initial consultation. The average cost of liposuction in the United States is $2,000 per body part treated.


What do I need to know before undergoing liposuction?

At your initial consultation, your plastic surgeon will evaluate your health, assess the condition of your skin, and discuss the risks and other alternatives. If you decide to move forward with liposuction, your surgical expectations will be discussed in full detail. You will then be given pre-operative and post-operative instructions. Be sure to follow these instructions properly to reduce your chances of complications before surgery and to expedite your healing and recovery.


On what areas of my body can liposuction be done?


Virtually any area with excessive fat deposits can be treated with liposuction. This includes your chin, neck, upper arms, cheeks, buttocks, thighs, hips, stomach, calves, knees and ankles. Liposuction can also be performed on more than one area at the same time, as long as the amount of fat removed does not pose a threat to your safety.

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This article was published on 2010/09/29