Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat and re-contours the shape. It is not a weight loss method and should only be used when fat deposits have proven resistant to diet and exercise.
Treatment areas include:
- Upper arms
Individuals who are near their “ideal” weight and in good physical condition do well with this procedure, as do those with healthy, elastic skin that will shrink to the reduced contours. Realistic expectations are also essential.
Dr. Duboys at Associated Plastic Surgeons & Consultants, PC performs Liposuction using a range of anesthetics depending upon the area(s) treated: local anesthesia with or without sedation can be used for small areas while a regional anesthesia or general anesthesia is frequently used for larger areas.
During your procedure, small incisions are made and a narrow tube called a cannula is inserted. The cannula is manipulated to break up the fat cells which are then removed with suction. The tumescent technique involves injection into the fatty areas of a solution of saline, local anesthetic and epinephrine to minimize bleeding and swelling and to facilitate fat removal.
Power assisted Liposuction (PAL) uses a powered cannula and is often combined with the tumescent technique.
Once your surgery is complete, a compression garment is worn for several weeks to your support skin tightening. Bruising is common, and there may be minor pain, burning, bleeding or temporary numbness. Recovery is generally quick, and patients can return to work within a few days and resume full activity within 4-6 weeks. It can generally take 3 - 6 months after all swelling has subsided to notice the true impact of the surgery. Your results are long-lasting, particularly if a healthy diet and exercise regimen is followed and your weight remains stable.
During your consultation with Dr. Duboys, he will perform a thorough examination and explain the different options available so that you may achieve your individual goals.