Liposuction can help give you the body you have always wanted. It permanently removes localized accumulations of fat that prove impossible to eliminate with exercise and diet. Liposuction sculpts, defines and contours your body resulting in dramatic changes in the body's silhouette. In effect, liposuction is equivalent to being able to focus the effects of dieting to specific areas of the body.
As long as you don't gain excessive amounts of weight after the procedure, fat cells removed by liposuction will not grow back! If you are considering liposuction, this on-line brochure provides a basic understanding of the procedure —when it can help, how it is performed and the results you can expect. Please also consider the brief, but detailed, Important Information About Liposuction By The Tumescent Technique, as it may help to answer any questions you may have. If you would like some further information regarding the Liposuction procedure NDA offers, please feel free to contact one of our offices or by e-mail.
WHAT IS LIPOSUCTION?
The concept of liposuction is surprisingly simple. Liposuction is a technique that improves the body's contour by removing excess fat from fatty deposits located between the skin and muscle. Liposuction involves the use of a micro tube, called a cannula, which is connected to a powerful suction machine and inserted through very small skin incisions. The removal of fat is accomplished as the suction cannula creates tiny tunnels through the fatty layers. After the procedure, these tiny tunnels collapse resulting in an improved body contour.
AREAS TREATED BY LIPOSUCTION
The most frequently treated areas in women are the abdomen, hips, thighs, knees, calves, ankles and chin. In men, the commonly treated areas include the "love handles", abdomen, breasts and the neck and chin. The best candidates for liposuction are those in good physical and mental health who have realistic expectations from the procedure. There is no definite age, or weight limit for liposuction. It is important to emphasize that liposuction is not a treatment for obesity, nor is it an effective last resort for people who are unable to maintain a reasonable weight by dieting. However, a somewhat overweight person, whose weight has been stable for many years, and who has certain problem areas of fat, may be an excellent candidate for liposuction.
THE TUMESCENT TECHNIQUE
Tumescent liposuction is performed using only local anesthesia. This technique is now considered the safest form of liposuction for removing large amounts of fat because there is virtually no blood loss. In fact, the average patient loses less blood during the procedure than they do at the time of their routine preoperative laboratory studies. Not only has the Tumescent Technique proven to be safer than the standard technique using general anesthesia, but it also has proven to be less painful, decrease post-operative recovery time and produce optimal cosmetic results. Local anesthesia used in the Tumescent Technique is so effective that patients no longer need intravenous sedatives, or narcotic analgesics.
RISK OF ANY SURGERY
As with any procedure, liposuction has certain common side-effects such as bruising, swelling and temporary numbness. Although irregularities of the skin are possible following liposuction, this is minimized by the micro cannulas used. Because of the slow resolution of post surgical swelling, the ultimate results following liposuction usually require 12 to 16 weeks to become fully apparent. Nevertheless, patients can usually see dramatic improvements within two to four weeks after the procedure.
QUICK RETURN TO NORMAL ACTIVITY
Patients are able to return to normal physical activities shortly after their surgery. There is no limitation to physical activity other than what common sense would dictate. Some patients are able to return to jogging, golf, light aerobic exercise within a day or two after the procedure. Some patients do find the soreness after surgery more significant than others, but on average, most patients are quite surprised at how quickly they are able to return to normal activities.
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