What is liposuction?
Miami is known the world over for having pristine beaches and equally beautiful bodies lining the shores. For the people living in this area, looking their best has always been a part of everyday life here, and liposuction has become one of the leading ways for patients to achieve their goal of having bikini ready bodies. Liposuction or liposculpture removes localized excesses of fatty tissues that are deposited in the patient’s cheeks, chin, neck, upper arms, chest, abdomen, waist, hips, back, buttocks, thighs, and the back of the knees, calves, and ankles. This procedure is able to effectively reshape the indicated areas of the body and improve body contour by creating a slimmer appearance. Over the years, Dr. Alan Serure was able to refine his liposuction techniques, enabling him to create a personalized treatment plan for each patient and give them their desired results. He emphasizes, though, that although liposuction is a great way for getting rid of isolated fat in specific areas of the body, it is not a cure for obesity or cellulite formation and should not be used as a substitute for conventional weight loss methods.
Will I be a good candidate for liposuction?
Candidates for liposuction generally include patients who feel uncomfortable or troubled by the amount of excess fat in their bodies. This is especially true for those who are trying to lose weight using traditional diet and exercise, but have stubborn areas of fact that do not seem to go away despite all their efforts. Patients a good muscle tone, in good physical condition, and with relatively stable weight can undergo liposuction.
What happens during liposuction?
- The doctor marks the areas that are in need of liposuction, and may also take pictures of these areas to use as reference after the surgery.
- Before beginning liposuction, doctors will administer general anesthesia or intravenous sedation to the patient, depending on professional recommendation.
- Incisions will be made on parts of the body that are chosen specifically to conceal any scarring later on.
- A sterile saline solution infused with an anesthetic will be injected directly into the indicated areas to minimize bleeding.
- A thin tube called the cannula will be inserted through the incisions and will be moved by being swept back-and-forth to loosen the fat.
- The dislodged fat will be suctioned out the body.
- When the indicated amount of fact has been removed, the incisions will be closed using sutures, or skin adhesives.
What happens during recovery?
Patients will typically notice an immediate change in the contour of the treated area. However, for about four weeks after the surgery, these sites will be swollen, and bruised, and distended due to fluid retention. Patients will be asked to wear compression garments that will help bring down the swelling and give the treated areas added support during recovery. Strenuous physical activities will be restricted for about four weeks after the procedure. Patients may require pain medication to keep discomfort at a manageable level, and antibiotics to prevent infection. After full recovery, Thermage and Laser Skin Tightening procedures may also be done on the treated areas to improve skin tone after liposuction.
What results will liposuction produce?
Fat removal using liposuction is permanent. If the patient gains weight after that, the fat cells usually do not return to the treated areas to the extent that they did prior to surgery.