Who is a
If you have excess subcutaneous fat that is
resistant to diet and exercise.
If you wish to change the contours of your body.
Commonly involved areas are the anterior part of the neck (under the
chin), upper arms and armpits, male chest/breasts, trunk, abdomen,
waist, hips, thighs, inner knees, calves and ankles.
Most patients are near normal weight and desire
Improved techniques now allow larger amounts of
fat removal. Liposculpture can be useful to heavier persons as well.
A permanent improvement in the contour and
proportion of the treated areas.
The procedures are done on an outpatient basis.
General anesthesia is usually used for safety and
Small suction tubes (cannulas) are inserted
through very short incisions placed in inconspicuous locations near
the fat deposits and excess fat is removed.
If very large volumes of fat are to be removed we
will probably ask you to donate one or two units of blood and take
supplemental iron before surgery. Your own blood will be used as a
transfusion at the end of surgery.
The patient goes with a compression garment (or
tape) covering the treated areas. Compression is advised for about a
month as it helps reduce swelling and helps you achieve the final
result more quickly. Once pain and soreness decrease, it is frequently
more comfortable to wear lycra or spandex exercise pants.
Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral
Bruising and swelling usually subside in 2-4
weeks. The final result takes shape over 2-3 months.
Options: An additional
procedure that may enhance the result is a Tummy Tuck
Guidelines: This procedure is considered cosmetic and therefore
is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment.
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given
individual can be determined only at time of consultation. All
surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that
do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are
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