Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure in which fat is removed from specific, targeted areas of the body using suction. Rather than a substitute for weight loss through diet and exercise, liposuction is a contouring procedure that focuses on specific areas of the body where stubborn fat deposits persevere despite overall weight loss efforts.
If you’re plagued by stubborn body fat, liposuction may be the answer. At Las Vegas Laser and Lipo, Dr. Zimmerman can help determine the body contouring procedure that are right for you. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Zimmerman, contact Las Vegas Laser and Lipo today.
This procedure works by reducing the number of fat cells in a specific area of the body, changing the contours of that area. Small, thin tubes called cannula are inserted into tiny incisions in the skin through which fat cells are sucked out. After the fat is removed, the skin generally adheres to the new contours and should appear smooth and supple. Common places for liposuction include the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, and upper arms.
The ideal candidate for liposuction is someone who maintains a healthy body mass index (is not overweight or obese), but wants to get rid of fat in certain areas. You should be over the age of 18 and in good general health overall. Those who have chronic conditions such as diabetes, circulatory, or cardiac issues are not good candidates for liposuction procedures. In addition, older adults may not have ideal results, as their skin is less elastic and does not adhere as well to the new contours once the fat is removed.
In many cases, liposuction is performed in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery procedures for an overall body makeover. However, liposuction is not effective in removing cellulite or loose skin.
If you choose a qualified surgeon, serious complications from liposuction are rare. However, you may experience bumpiness in the affected skin, pockets of fluid accumulation, numbness, or infection. Rare, dangerous complications include puncture wound, fat embolism, and kidney or heart problems following the procedure.
After the surgery, you’ll typically be able to return to normal activities in about two weeks. Compression garments must be worn on the affected area, and pain and irritation will be managed with either prescription or over-the-counter medication.
The changes to your body contour after liposuction are permanent as long as your weight remains stable. However, gaining weight can result in a return of the removed fat cells, sometimes in a different location. While you’ll notice a difference in your body immediately after the procedure, it may take several months before the effects are fully noticeable.