Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits. Liposuction is not a method to lose weight.There are various techniques used and the treatment that best fits your needs and expectations, can be further discussed with your surgeon during your consultation.
- Improves your body contour and proportion
- Enhances your self-image and confidence
Areas where fat can be removed are:
- Hips and buttocks
- Abdomen and waist
- Upper arms
- Inner knee
- Chest area
- Cheeks, chin and neck
- Calves and ankles
Patients considering suction lipectomy, should be in good health and have realistic expectations. Patients who smoke, have high blood pressure that is not under control, have blood disorders or take blood thinners, such as Aspirin, Coumadin or Plavix, may experience higher risk of healing problems.
Most patients tolerate the procedure well and are able to go home the same or next day depending on the volume of fat removed and whether the procedure was done alone or combined with other procedures. Medications for pain and nausea to be taken by mouth are routinely prescribed with an occasional short course of antibiotics. Some bruising and swelling are expected but improve over several days. Using extra pillows while you sleep will help reduce swelling. Strenuous exercises and lifting heavy objects should be avoided for few weeks. An abdominal binder and a pressure garment will have to be used for several weeks after surgery, to help with healing and decrease swelling.
All patients considering elective surgery should abstain from smoking, including secondhand smoke and avoid any nicotine containing products, both before and after surgery. Dr. Ziakas strongly advises all his patients to quit smoking for good. All patients are advised to use a good quality sunscreen when outdoors (minimum SPF 30) to minimize the hazardous effects of sun radiation on the incisions and the rest of the skin. The majority of patients are able to return to their routine activities in about a month.
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