In recent years, suction lipectomy has become one of the most commonly performed plastic surgery procedures. In response to society’s overwhelming demand for a healthy and youthful appearance, suction lipectomy, or liposuction, is utilized by men and women to remove fat from areas that do not respond to dieting and exercise. In particular, the lateral “saddlebag” area of the thigh, the medial thigh, the lower abdomen, the medial knee area, the hip roll and the double chin are the most common areas where liposuction is performed.
In general, the number of fat cells that human beings develop reaches its limit in the late teens. From this age onward, the volume but not the number-of these cells increases. Liposuction removes fat cells permanently. The patient can continue to gain and lose weight after liposuction, but the original deformity does not return.
Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. It is used to improve the silhouette, or profile, of the patient from a cosmetic point of view.
Most post-operative swelling and bruising dissipates in three to four weeks, but the final healing and softening of the operative site takes at least four to six months. In some instances, dimpling or other skin imperfections that existed prior to surgery may worsen due to reduced tissue volume below the skin surface. Recovery time has been dramatically reduced by using endermology once a week for the first 5-6 weeks post-operatively.
T’he tumescent or wet technique is the standard technique used today. Ultrasonic liposuction has been added and has provided marked improvement in previously difficult areas such as the upper abdomen, the hip or “love handle” areas, and gynecomastia in men.
Liposuction has become a very effective and popular procedure. If not used to remove large amounts of fat, it has been shown to be a very safe procedure.