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. The removal of fat is accomplished as the suction cannula creates tiny tunnels through the fatty layers. After surgery, these tiny tunnels collapse, resulting in an improved body contour.
The body fat of an adult tends to increase gradually over the years. After the age of 30, an individual tends to add fat according to a genetically predetermined pattern. Pregnancy and hormones can also change the fat accumulations. This fat distribution is often resistant to exercise and dieting. For many people who have inherited the tendency to accumulate excessive fat, liposuction is one of the realistic methods of significantly changing the body’s silhouette.
The most frequently treated areas in women are the abdomen (belly pouch), flanks (love handles), hips (muffin-tops), inner thighs, and outer thighs (saddlebags). In men, who comprise about 25% to 30% of patients who undergo liposuction, the most commonly treated areas include the love handles, abdomen, breasts, and the neck and chin areas.
Fat cells that are removed by liposuction do not grow back because they have been suctioned out. As long as the patient does not gain an excessive amount of weight, the new, more pleasing silhouette is permanent. However, you can always make more fat cells so it is recommended that you maintain an appropriate weight with the right diet and exercise routine for your life.
After liposuction, the areas treated are less likely than other areas to accumulate fat if you regain excess weight. The areas originally treated by liposuction generally maintain their new desirable silhouette, whereas areas not treated by liposuction are more likely the sites of new deposits of fat.
Tumescent Liposuction involves the use of large volumes of a dilute solution of lidocaine (to anesthetize the skin, making the procedure virtually painless) in combination with the vasoconstrictive drug, epinephrine, which shrinks capillaries (to decrease bleeding markedly). This technique allows us to perform liposuction while you’re awake in the privacy of our office based surgicenter. This technique is now considered the safest form of liposuction for removing large amounts of fat with optimal cosmetic results.
Although the results of liposuction are often quite spectacular, it is not realistic to expect perfection. Liposuction of the thighs, while improving the silhouette, does not necessarily eliminate the subtle “puckering” of the skin that is often referred to as “cellulite”. Liposuction with the tumescent technique may reduce the degree of cellulite but it is unlikely to eliminate it.
Most patients are able to return to normal physical activities within a day or a few days after the procedure. There is no limitation of physical activity other than what common sense would dictate. Most patients are able to return to exercise within a day or two after surgery. Some patients do find the soreness after surgery to be more significant than others and thus have a longer recovery.
If you have been considering having liposuction surgery, call us for a consultation. Dr. Robert True provides Liposuction and Liposculpture procedures for the Dallas Fort Worth and Midcities areas of Texas. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and teaches these procedures to physicians from around the world. His accredited office based surgicenter is located in Colleyville, right next to the DFW Airport. Call us at 817-399-8783 for an appointment