Liposuction is one of the most popular surgical techniques used by Americans to improve their looks. Millions of men and women in the United States have over the years turned to this cosmetic procedure to rid themselves of areas of fat that can make anyone look old and unhealthy. The principle behind liposuction is contained within its name, which identifies the manner by which fat cells are literally “sucked” away. The cells will be removed through a hollow tube, known as a cannula, which is inserted into small incisions made in the area to be treated and then moved about under the skin until the desired results are achieved.
Liposuction can be performed on an outpatient basis, without the use of a general anesthetic. Given a local anesthetic to reduce discomfort, the patient will thus remain awake throughout the procedure. Depending upon the amount of fat being removed and the area being treated, the procedure may take several hours. A simple procedure can be completed in less than an hour.
Prior to undergoing liposuction treatment, the physician will review the patient’s medical history and discuss the procedure itself. Patients may also be asked to refrain from taking certain types of medications at least two weeks before the treatment. After the procedure, patients may be prescribed medications and may have to wear a compression garment for a matter of weeks. Most of those who undergo liposuction are able to return to work within a few days and can resume most of their other activities, including exercise, in less than a month. The initial effects of the treatment should be visible in a matter of weeks, with the affected area looking noticeably better within a few months.
The improved shaping in the affected areas will remain permanent in those who are able to maintain their weight. The general appearance of areas treated will also improve when the skin adopts to the new contour of the body. It is for this reason why liposuction is best suited for those with good skin tone. Liposuction is not for everybody, but those seeking a more youthful and vibrant appearance should consider a professional consultation to see what it can do for them.