Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures designed for the permanent removal of fatty tissue. It is an elective operation in which the cosmetic surgeon removes undesirable, subcutaneous fat in isolated areas that may not respond to diet and exercise. These areas include the hips, thighs, abdomen, knees, ankles, face, and neck.
Liposuction is most successful in people with good skin tone who have fatty deposits. It is not a treatment for obesity. If weight gain occurs following liposuction, the fat will be deposited in areas that have not been treated. The procedure can be repeated, if necessary. To maintain the safety of the procedure, there is a limit on how much fat can be removed at one time.
Liposuction is done under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis in a hospital or surgical center. The cosmetic surgeon at Tulsa Surgical Arts makes small, discreet incisions in the areas to be treated. A cannula is inserted in the incision and attached to a suction machine. The procedure may take an hour or more, depending on how many areas are involved.
Body contours made irregular by fat can be improved by this procedure. Liposuction cannot correct contours that are irregular for other reasons, such as muscle weakness or hernia. However, combined with other procedures, liposuction can correct these other deformities with good results.
Recovery from liposuction is relatively easy. Expect a fair amount of swelling and bruising in the two weeks following the procedure. You will be provided with special garments to wear that apply pressure, minimize swelling, and provide support while healing. These garments also assist in retraction of the skin. The stitches are dissolvable and will fall out on their own in a week to ten days.
Results are recognizable almost immediately, and you will continue to see improvement as swelling subsides. The day after surgery you should be up and walking around. Increase your activity daily until full activity is resumed at 2-4 weeks. You will be ready to return to office work in 3-5 days and more active employment at 10-14 days. Avoid the sun until all bruising has subsided. A sunscreen should be used routinely as it is easy to get sunburned during recovery because of decreased sensation.
As with any surgical procedure, complications can occur. Cosmetic complications include contour irregularities, skin discoloration, asymmetry, scar tissue, tape burns, and collection of blood or fluid under the skin. Uncommon complications include loss of sensation, skin breakdown, fat embolism, serious infection, or shock. Bleeding does occur during liposuction in Tulsa, OK. There is a limit to the amount of fat that can be safely removed in a given procedure.
Following liposuction, the scars will go through a maturation process. During the first 8-12 weeks, they may be red and possibly raised. The scars will mature over 6-12 months and become pale, flat, and soft. You may experience numbness, burning, and tingling around the incision site. These symptoms are almost always temporary.