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How Does Liposuction Work?

Last updated 2 years ago

Liposuction is one of the most common forms of plastic surgery. It is a great option for patients who are at a healthy weight, but have stubborn fat deposits they cannot lose with exercise and diet alone.

  • The Basics

All forms of liposuction use some form of vacuum to remove fat from the body. Common target areas are the stomach, “love handles,” upper arms, thighs, buttocks, and under the chin. Generally, it is safer to remove fat that is not directly under the skin, but from the deeper layers. Thin tubes, inserted through small incisions in the skin, break up and remove fat cells through suction.

  • Types of Liposuction

Most liposuction today is performed using the tumescent technique. This involves injecting a fluid into the flesh which contains an anesthetic to reduce blood loss, and a salt solution which makes fat easier to remove. The super-wet technique is similar, but uses less fluid, takes less time, and usually requires general, rather than local, anesthesia. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses ultrasound energy to liquefy fat cells before removal.

  • Results

Swelling is common, so results may not look dramatic at first. The results of liposuction are immediate and permanent, but can be reversed through weight gain. If you are considering liposuction, it is important that you are committed to maintaining your weight after the procedure.

  • Combination Procedures

Liposuction does not promote weight loss, and the procedure alone will not tighten skin. However, it can be combined with other procedures, such as a body lift or tummy tuck, in cases where there is excess skin or sagging in addition to a fat deposit. None of these procedures are meant as a quick fix for weight loss.

For more information about liposuction or other cosmetic procedures, or to schedule a consultation, contact Premier Plastic Surgery Group today. Call us at (832) 431-5296!


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