Liposuction is a surgical technique that improves the body’s contour by removing excess fat deposits between the skin and muscle. Localized accumulations of fat, which are often hereditary and frequently impossible to eliminate by exercise or dieting, can be removed permanently by liposuction surgery. The body fat of an adult tends to increase gradually over the years largely due to a genetically predetermined fat distribution pattern. Examples of this tendency include the fat that appears on the abdomen and hips of women after pregnancy. For many people who have inherited this tendency to accumulate excessive fat, liposuction is the only realistic means of significantly changing the body’s silhouette.
Liposuction involves the use of a small stainless steel tube called a cannula. Connected at one end to a specialized suction pump, the cannula is inserted through tiny skin incisions. Fat is removed as the suction creates tiny tunnels through the fat layers. After surgery, these tiny tunnels collapse, resulting in an improved body contour. At Physicians to Women we use the Tumescent Technique of liposuction where a local anesthesia is used. Many patients see dramatic improvements in their appearance as early as two to four weeks after surgery. However, due to the slow resolution of post liposuction swelling, optimal results usually take 12 to 16 weeks to be fully appreciated. While a few patients find the soreness after surgery, most patients are surprised at how quickly they are able to return to a normal level of activity.
Fat cells that are removed by liposuction do not grow back! As long as the patient does not gain an excessive amount of weight, the new, more pleasing silhouette is permanent. A consultation with your physician will ensure that cosmetic surgery is a safe and appropriate option for you.