When it comes to body contouring, few procedures can compete with liposuction. Our Guilford, CT, patients enjoy using this treatment to shrink unwanted rolls and smooth out trouble spots. However, starting research on plastic surgery procedures like liposuction can be a daunting task. How exactly does liposuction work? And how do you know if it’s right for you?
In this blog post, we’ll answer several commonly asked questions about liposuction. By understanding more about this popular treatment, you can walk into your first consultation with confidence.
How does liposuction work?
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that suctions out unwanted fat deposits. It’s performed with a cannula, an extremely thin tube used to extract fatty tissue. During the procedure, the surgeon inserts the cannula through an incision and gently breaks up fat cells underneath the skin. As the fat is suctioned out, the area is reduced in size. When the procedure is complete, the incision is closed with sutures or surgical tape.
What areas can liposuction treat?
If you have unwanted fat that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise, liposuction may be for you. It is a versatile procedure that can treat multiple spots—even in a single session. A few common target areas include:
- Belly bulge
- Inner thigh fullness
- Outer thigh “saddlebags”
- “Love handles” along the flanks
- Double chin
Is liposuction painful?
No, liposuction is not a painful procedure. But any surgical procedure comes with a certain amount of discomfort during the recovery process. Common side effects from liposuction include swelling, bruising, or tenderness in the treatment area. Pain medication prescribed by your doctor alleviates this discomfort.
How long is liposuction recovery?
The length of your recovery will depend on the number of areas treated and the amount of fatty tissue removed. You can walk around and try gentle movement 24 hours after surgery. Most patients return to work about 1 week after the procedure. A compression garment, used to help reduce swelling, should be worn for up to 6 weeks after treatment.
Can I combine liposuction with other procedures?
Yes, liposuction can easily be used with other body contouring treatments. It is often combined with a tummy tuck, mommy makeover, or other body contouring procedures. When used together, these procedures contour trouble spots and better define the waistline. Ask your doctor if any of these effective procedures can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
To see examples of the great results liposuction produces, browse our before-and-after gallery.
If you want to learn more about your liposuction options and you’re in the New Haven area, request a consultation at our Guilford, CT, practice, or call our office at (203) 689-5295.