is a surgical procedure. All liposuction techniques require
incisions in or near
the area to be suctioned for an appropriately sized cannula.
In some cases incisions may be so small, that no stitches
are required for closure.
Once the cannula tip has loosened excess
fat, the fat is removed using a surgical vacuum or powered
suction device. an alternative method uses a syringe attached
to the cannula to manually suction away fat.
Manual suctioning with a syringe is
more commonly used when areas of fat removal are small
and very isolated, or when it is planned that fat will
be processed and reinjected in other areas of the body.
This procedure is called fat grafting and may be used to
fill-in wrinkles or hollow areas of the face or depressions
appearing anywhere on the face or body.
Where large amounts are suctioned from
one area, compression garments may assist during the healing
process to help skin conform to the reduced body contours.
Secondary procedures may sometimes be recommended to reduce
excess skin. Special considerations are needed hwne large
amounts, usually more than 5 liters, or 5000ccs, of fat
Your plastic surgeon will carefully
explain the liposuction procedure you will undergo. You
will be given specific instructions that may include:
considerations, diagnostic testing and medications.
of surgery instructions and medications.
- Specific information
related to the use of anesthesia.
- Postoperative care
You will also be asked to sign consent
forms to assure your plastic surgeon that you fully understand
the procedure and any risks or potential complications.
Possible risks of liposuction include
uneven contours, rippling or loose skin, skin or nerve
damage, irregular pigmentation, infection at the surgical
site, fat clots, blood clots, excessive fluid loss or fluid
accumulation. In addition there is risk of thermal burn
or heat injury from ultrasound with the UAL technique.
All surgery carries risks associated with anesthesia. These
and other risks will be fully discussed prior to your procedure
It is natural to feel some anxiety,
whether excitement for the anticipated outcomes or preoperative
stress. Discuss these feelings with your plastic surgeon.
Liposuction may be performed in your
plastic surgeons accredited office-based facility, an ambulatory
surgical facility or a hospital under local anesthesia
with or without sedation, or general anesthesia. The decision
for anesthesia will be based on the requirements of your
specific procedure and considerations of patient and surgeon
preference. your plastic surgeon and the assisting staff
will fully attend to your comfort and safety.