For those patients who have developed trouble areas despite their efforts to exercise regularly and eat right, liposuction can be a great option. It’s a safe and effective choice that can wipe out those stubborn subcutaneous fat deposits. Liposuction can improve the contour of specific areas of your body, including your neck, chest, back, hips, thighs, and abdomen. Many times, it is performed along with other procedures, and because of the advancements in equipment and techniques that have been made since its inception, it is an outpatient surgical procedure. This is great for those patients who may be worried about an extended recovery time. Finally, liposuction differs from newer technologies like CoolSculpting™ in that it can remove more fat in a single setting. The results are therefore seen much quicker than an office CoolSculpting™ procedure. Liposuction still remains a safe and effective procedure when performed by a board certified plastic surgeon.
All liposuction procedures are performed in an accredited surgery center with a board certified anesthesiologist present. The length of the procedure varyies depending on the size and location of the areas being treated. Patients usually leave the surgery center with some soreness, but they are comfortable. After the procedure a compression garment, like leggings, has to be worn for about two weeks. This not only helps improve the post-operative contour of the area worked on, but helps to reduce any swelling that may occur. Most patients are able to return to work and even resume their normal activities within a week. As with every procedure, recovery times may vary and will depend on the extent of the procedure performed as well as the ability of the patient’s body to heal quickly.
Patients are advised to do plenty of research before choosing to undergo any elective cosmetic procedure. As with any surgery, patients should be well informed of any possible risks or complications associated with the procedure. The more you know about the procedure and about your selected doctor, the more likely you will be happy with your results.
Liposuction has become the second most common cosmetic procedure performed in the United States. Therefore, it is imperative that patients thoroughly investigate the credentials of any doctor they are considering going to, as well as any claims made by the manufacturers of new technologies. It’s important to select the right procedure for your problem area based on scientific results rather than marketing hype.
Dr. Glicksman is a board certified plastic surgeon and has been performing liposuction since 1991. If you have any questions about the procedure, or are wondering if a procedure like CoolSculpting™ might be a better option for you, please feel free to Contact Us! Also take a look at our photo galleries below to see the amazing results you could achieve.