Procedures / Cosmetic / For The Body / Liposuction
Dieting and exercise can slim and tone your body but there still may be some areas that are resistant to all of your hard work. Liposuction is a surgical procedure to remove unwanted fat deposits from specific areas of the body, including: the chin, neck, and cheeks; the upper arms and above the breasts; the abdomen, buttocks, hips, and thighs; and the knees, calves, and ankles.
It is important to understand that liposuction should not be viewed as an alternative to a healthy diet and exercise routine, which still should be maintained after the procedure. The best candidates are those who are of normal or near normal weight; it is not a cure for obesity.
How is it done?
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure that usually lasts from one to three hours, depending upon the amount of fat to be removed. The area to be treated is marked by Dr. Stroup prior to surgery. A small incision is made to allow the insertion of a hollow tube (cannula). The other end is connected to a device which suctions out the fat.
There are several liposuction techniques which are used. Dr. Stroup offers Suction-Assisted Liposuction (SAL) and Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL).
Suction-Assisted Liposuction (SAL), is a technique in which a medicated solution is injected into fatty areas before the fat is removed. The fluid -- a mixture of intravenous salt solution, Lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and epinephrine (a drug that contracts blood vessels) - facilitates fat removal, reduces blood loss and provides anesthesia during and after surgery. Fluid injection also helps to reduce the amount of bruising after surgery.
Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL) is a technique that utilizes sound waves to break up fat deposits. A special cannula is used which is connected to an ultrasonic generator. As the cannula is passed through the tissues, fat cells are ruptured, releasing their contents. The liquefied fatty emulsion is then removed. UAL improves the ease and effectiveness of liposuction in fibrous areas of the body, such as the upper back or the enlarged male breast. It is also commonly used in secondary procedures, when scar tissue is present and when enhanced precision is needed. In general, UAL takes a little longer to perform than traditional liposuction.
Recovering After Surgery
To control swelling and to help your skin better fit its new contours, you will be fitted with a snug elastic garment to wear over the treated area for a few weeks. Don't expect the final results immediately after surgery. Even though the newer techniques reduce some post-operative discomforts, you may still experience some pain, burning, swelling, bleeding, stiffness and temporary numbness. The swelling will usually dissipate in six weeks.
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