Liposuction removes excess fat to give your body a new look. Liposuction is not a weight loss technique, but it can give you the proportionate body contour you desire.

Procedure: Liposuction is performed by making a few small incisions in the skin. A cannula, a surgical tube, is attached to a vacuum pump. The cannula is inserted and the excess fat is suctioned while the cannula is moved around under the skin. Another technique used is super-wet technique. A saline solution is injected into the area, which makes the fat easier to break up and be removed. The tumescent technique uses a solution with local anesthesia in it to be injected prior to surgery. This technique minimizes blood loss, removes more fat, and has the fastest recovery time. The ultrasonic-assisted technique liquefies fat before it is removed. This technique minimizes bruising and blood loss. The procedure takes about 1-4 hours to perform, and usually local or general anesthesia is administered. This procedure is normally done as an outpatient procedure.

Post-op: You may resume normal activities after 24 hours. You may experience stiffness, soreness, pain, burning, swelling, bleeding, and temporary numbness for a few days. You will need to wear a support garment for 1-3 weeks following surgery. Some patients experience dimpling, lumpiness, numbness, scarring, discoloration, or sagging skin. There is a risk of burning with the ultrasonic-assisted technique. Also, blood clots may form, infections, excessive fluid loss, shock, fluid build up in lungs, and anesthetic toxicity.