The most common surgical procedure done in the United States, liposuction can help create a smoother and more shapely look to your body. Discussing your desires with Dr. Peters will lead to a positive, personalized outcome for you.
What Is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgery that improves body shape by removing excess fat. It is not a substitute for weight loss, and does not have the same benefit as diet and exercise. It will not reduce risk of heart disease, diabetes or in any way benefit metabolism and works best when coupled with lifestyle changes.
Candidates for Surgery
Best candidates for liposuction are at an appropriate weight; however, some overweight people can use the surgery as a jumpstart to take better care of their bodies. The maximum amount of fat that most surgeons regard as safe to remove is about five liters (11 pounds). The idea is not to change numbers on the scale, but to improve body contour.
There are many options for liposuction with the choice dependent on the individual’s circumstances.
One popular method is the tumescent technique which involves placing fluid into the regions of fat deposits to be contoured. A small hollow tube (cannula) is used for vacuum removal of fat. The cannula is passed in multiple criss-crossing directions to sculpt. Dr. Peters uses the power-assisted lipoplasty machine (PAL) which provides a very smooth, targeted result.
Liposuction is often combined with other surgeries such as a tummy tuck, body lift, thigh lift, buttock lift or arm reduction. The decision to contour by liposuction alone, or with a method to remove excess skin, depends on your body type and your goals.
How long do I have to wear the compression garment? When can I wash the garment and how long can I have the garment off per day?
The compression garment should be worn for one month. You may wash the garment after your first follow up visit with Dr. Peters but you may wish to wait a few days until you are feeling more comfortable. The garment can be off for a few hours a day to wash and dry. You will have less bruising, swelling, and more skin control if you wear the garment more often.
How long will the loss of sensation last around the area of liposuction?
Decreased sensation can occur around the area of liposuction and can take up to three to four months to resolve. As long as there is swelling the skin maybe somewhat numb.
How much oozing, pinkish drainage, should I expect?
It is not uncommon to have a slight to moderate amount of oozing from the incisions on the day of surgery which may stain the garment. The more liposuction done the more drainage you should expect.
Can I use a heating pad?
Heating pads are not advised after liposuction. You may have abnormal sensation and the heating pad could cause burns.
How long does the swelling last and when will I be at my final shape?
Normal swelling takes time to resolve. In the first month, half of the swelling should go down. It can take an additional three to six months for the rest of the swelling to resolve and for you to be at your final shape. Some patients may experience a small amount of residual swelling for up to a year.