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Body sculpture by liposuction is literally a dream come true. Localized accumulations of fat, often inherited and frequently impossible to eliminate by diet and exercise, can now be permanently removed by liposuction.
Body fat of an adult tends to increase gradually over the years and by age 30 an individual adds fat according to a genetically predetermined pattern. This fat distribution is often resistant to diet and exercise. An example is the fat that appears on the abdomen and hips after pregnancy.
For many people who have inherited accumulations of fat, liposuction is the only realistic means of significantly changing the body's silhouette. In effect, liposuction is much like focusing the effects of dieting on specific areas of the body.
What Is Liposuction?
The concept of liposuction is surprisingly simple. Liposuction surgically improves the body's contour by removing excess fat located between the skin and muscle.
What is Micro-Cannula Liposuction?
Liposuction involves the use of small stainless steel tubes, called cannulas. The cannula is connected to a suction pump and inserted through very small incisions. These incisions are so small they do not require any stitches. The removal of fat is accomplished as the suction cannula creates tiny tunnels through the fatty layers. After surgery, these tiny tunnels collapse creating an improved body silhouette.
Areas Treated by Liposuction
The treated areas are the abdomen, arms, love handles, hips, thighs, knees, calves, chin and male pectoral area.
Permanence of Results
Fat that is removed by liposuction NEVER comes back. As long as the individual does not gain excessive amounts of weight, the new silhouette is permanent. When a patient who has undergone liposuction gains weight, the areas originally treated by liposuction maintain their new desirable silhouette, whereas areas not treated by liposuction show new deposits of fat
Who Is a Good Candidate?
The best candidates are those who are in good health and have realistic expectations of liposuction. There is no specific age limit, nor weight limit for patients who are good candidates. Most patients have localized accumulations of fat, therefore, it is important to emphasize that liposuction is not a treatment for generalized obesity. Liposuction is not effective for people who are unable to maintain a reasonable weight by dieting. However, an overweight person whose weight has remained stable for many years and has specific problem areas may be an excellent candidate.
What Is a Successful Liposuction Result?
Liposuction is a success when the patient is happy with the result. The goal of liposuction is removing inches not pounds. For example, removing a fat equivalent to half a pound of butter from each outer thigh of a woman's saddlebag area would result in a dramatic change in silhouette, but not a significant change to the persons' weight.
Development of the "True" Tumescent Liposuction Technique
Liposuction is a relatively new form of cosmetic surgery, but recently has had several improvements. One of the most significant improvements was the introduction of the Tumescent Technique, which was developed by Dr. Jeffrey Klein, M.D. in 1985. This technique allows liposuction to be performed totally by local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia. This technique is now considered the safest form of liposuction because it allows the removal of large amounts of fat with virtually no blood loss. The tumescent technique has also proven to be less painful, minimizes post operative recovery time, and produces optimal cosmetic results.
Liposuction Totally by Local Anesthesia
The word tumescent means swollen and firm. The tumescent technique uses large volumes of a dilute solution of lidocaine, a local anesthetic, in combination with epinephrine, which temporarily shrinks capillaries, the tiniest of blood vessels. The local anesthetic used for liposuction is so effective that patients no longer need intravenous (IV) sedation, narcotic analgesics, or general anesthesia. Over the years, numerous patients have previously had liposuction under general anesthesia and virtually every one of these patients has found the tumescent technique to be less painful, to provide better results and to result in more rapid healing and recovery.
Most Commonly Asked Questions
About Tumescent Liposuction
Q Is Tumescent Liposuction painful? How much pain will I experience post-operatively?
A No, the procedure is quite painless with the true tumescent technique. Patients generally experience "muscle" soreness the days following the procedure in which only Tylenol is needed.
Q Are there any physical limitations after Tumescent Liposuction surgery?
A No. After only a few hours of rest immediately following the procedure, you may gradually increase your activity.
Q When will I be able to return to work?
A Depending on your occupation–the next day. However, an extra day to rest is recommended.
Q How safe is Tumescent Liposuction?
A True Tumescent Liposuction is the safest form of liposuction, according to the Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, as there have been no major complications with True Tumescent Technique. .
Q Does liposuction remove fat permanently?
Q Will the skin retract after surgery?
A Your skin and figure will look similar to what you would look like, if it were possible to lose the same amount of localized fat through diet and exercise.
Q Are the scars visible?
A Only tiny incisions are required, because only very small cannulas are used. The incisions are so small no stitches are required and virtually disappear with time.
Q Why should I choose "True" Tumescent Liposuction
over other techniques?
A 1. Better and smoother results–using micro-cannulas.
2. Safer–all local anesthesia, no IV sedation, virtually no blood loss.
3. Decreased post-operative discomfort.
4. Resume normal activities within only 2 days.