What You Need To Know About Liposuction

Learn more about the liposuction surgery procedures used at CosMedicWest. A patient’s fat cells are removed during liposuction surgery.


How Does Liposuction Works?

Liposuction is a surgical method for removing fat that originally gained popularity in the 1980s. A board-certified cosmetic surgeon uses a tiny, hollow tube called a cannula to gently and accurately remove extra fat during the surgery. As the surgeon passes the cannula into the fat deposit, suction is employed to remove extra fat cells and shape a leaner body contour.

Liposuction is very good in getting rid of fat in the legs, abdomen, back, arms, face, and neck. It produces more dramatic effects than other noninvasive fat removal treatments, but it requires a longer recovery period (up to six weeks) and is often more expensive.

Is Liposuction Surgery Right For Me?

Lipo surgery refers to the most frequent areas treated with liposuction surgery, which include the chin and neck, hips, belly, inner and outer thighs, knees and ankles, and buttocks. This surgery can also be used to treat gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement, which affects both adolescent and adult males.

A person of ordinary or slightly above-average weight, in excellent health, with a localized region of fat that does not react well to diet and exercise, is the ideal candidate for this surgery. Patients with cellulite (dimpled skin that generally occurs on the thighs, hips, and buttocks) or loose, drooping skin will not benefit from liposuction surgery.

Preparing For Liposuction Surgery?

CosMedicWest plastic surgeons will assist you in preparing for your operation by providing a summary of the process as well as information on what you can do to ensure its success. This is contingent on a thorough comprehension of the operation, as well as an open and honest discussion with your cosmetic surgeon during the consultation.

You should have a comprehensive understanding of what your liposuction procedure would entail, including:

  • What to expect throughout your rehabilitation and how long it can take
  • What you can do to prepare for your operation
  • The outcomes you can anticipate

During your surgery consultation, your surgeon will go over all of these details with you. Each patient, however, is unique, with his or her own body composition and medical history, both of which you should discuss with your surgeon.

Immediately After Surgery

The length of your recovery is determined by the extent of your surgery. To minimize swelling, you should move about as quickly as feasible. After surgery, you may see some fluid oozing from the wounds, and a little drainage tube may have been placed beneath your skin for a few days.

Few Weeks After Liposuction

You can minimize swelling by wearing an elastic compression garment over the treated regions for a few weeks and taking antibiotics to avoid infection. You should be able to return to work within a week, but you should rest for a day or two following surgery and may have some discomfort, burning, or numbness. Your stitches will dissolve or be removed during this period, and the swelling should begin to subside. The majority of the swelling will go away in three weeks or so, though some may last for months. For the next month or so, you’ll avoid vigorous exertion.

Healing Takes Time, But Results Are Fantastic

Many people experience depression following plastic surgery, especially in the early days when the procedure’s outcomes aren’t visible. This is very normal and will pass quickly. Healing takes time, and the complete benefits may not be seen for several months. But keep in mind why you decided to get the operation in the first place. Your operation was a success if you were able to achieve your objectives.