Fat reduction is an interesting prospect. Many men and women want to eliminate stubborn fat and yet, despite their best efforts, fat remains a persistent problem in one or more areas of the body. For lasting refinement without the hassle, consider how liposuction may be useful to your goal of a better body.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction body-contouring is one of the leading techniques in cosmetic surgery. The manual extraction of excess fat cells may be facilitated by different modalities, such as tumescent fluid or ultrasound technology. Whichever technique Dr. Krummen selects, she carefully plans surgery to remove fat in such a way that it improves body proportions and symmetry.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?
Liposuction is advantageous for men and women who no longer want to struggle with stubborn fat in one or more areas of their body. Common treatment areas include the:
- Thighs and knees
- Back of the arms
- Chin and neck
Patients who have a good self-image prior to surgery tend to be the happiest with the results from liposuction or other cosmetic surgery. It is important to have realistic expectations of what is possible with this procedure. Liposuction is not a method of weight loss; it is for the improvement of contours and body proportions.
Typically, before the liposuction procedure begins, Dr. Krummen will mark the treatment area with patient input. This area or areas are discussed and agreed upon prior to surgery. During the planning phase of treatment, you will discuss the type of anesthesia that will be administered during surgery. Some procedures are performed with general anesthesia, while others may be conducted using a tumescent technique and IV sedation combined with local anesthesia.
Once Dr. Krummen numbs the treatment area, she performs liposuction through small incisions. Tumescent fluid or another therapeutic modality breaks down fat prior to extraction to ease trauma on surrounding tissue. We remove the fat through a small cannula, or tube, which we collect in a sterile container. Throughout the process, Dr. Krummen evaluates the treatment area for refined contouring.
We can perform the liposuction procedure alone or in combination with other cosmetic surgery procedures. For instance, this can include:
In recent years, a few devices have been developed to aid in non-surgical body contouring. In our Cincinnati office, we rely on liposuction for fat reduction because this method continues to be the gold standard for optimal results.
Every patient has a unique recovery from liposuction. In general, post-surgical comfort improves significantly in the first 24 to 48 hours after treatment. It is important to take prescription pain medication as directed for the first few days after surgery. After that time, discomfort may include tenderness and soreness that continually improve over a few weeks.
Patients should expect bruising and swelling. Dr. Krummen may apply a compression garment or tape as a form of management to assist with these side effects. The patient may have to wear the garment for up to six weeks. Drains may also be in the surgical incisions to facilitate the seepage of fluid from tissue. These may be removed days after surgery, or as soon as the next day.
As healing progresses, the new curves and slimmer circumference of the treatment area becomes more noticeable. One of the benefits of liposuction is that the results we achieve through surgery can be nearly permanent, maintained with healthy eating and exercise habits. As the body ages, skin laxity may slightly alter the appearance of the body as a whole.
Are There Any Risks of Liposuction?
Liposuction carries the anesthesia risks of other surgeries, and may also have a risk of infection in the area of incisions. Where there are incisions, there is a risk of poor wound healing and scarring or pigment changes in the skin. As we discuss the reasons for and details of the liposuction procedure that is right for you, we provide comprehensive information about the overall risks and safety of this beneficial surgery.