When it comes to any surgical procedure, frequently asked questions usually fall into one of three categories:
- Is it effective?
- Is it safe?
- How long is the recovery time?
Is Liposuction Effective? Yes, but not for Weight Loss!
First and foremost, it’s important to understand that liposuction is NOT a weight loss procedure. Liposuction is for people of normal weight who have localized fat deposits that diet or exercise can’t address. And its effectiveness greatly depends on the selection of a qualified surgeon.
Is Liposuction safe? Yes, with Wet or Super Wet Techniques
Liposuction is a minimally invasive, body contouring procedure that removes localized accumulations of fat. Even though it is minimally invasive and low risk, patients should understand that any surgical procedure that requires anesthesia does involves some risk.
Originally, liposuction was done dry, meaning the area to be treated was not prepped prior to fat removal. This sometimes caused excessive blood loss, bruising and swelling. Tumescent liposuction, introduced in the mid-1980s, involved the injection of a dilute solution of local anesthetic and epinephrine into the area to be treated. This method reduced bleeding and swelling, but the injection of large amounts of fluids led to contour irregularities. Even worse, some patients were susceptible to a very serious complication called fluid overload which can be life threatening.
Now a Wet Technique is employed, which greatly reduces the dilute solution. This technique has the benefits of less bruising, bleeding and swelling and does not have the complications of distortion, contour irregularities, or fluid overload. In certain patients, this procedure can be done with intravenous (or twilight) sedation. Of course, anesthesia requirements will vary with each individual and should be addressed during the consultation with your surgeon.
How Long is the Recovery Time?
As a minimally invasive procedure, liposuction patients can usually return to work within a few days, and resume exercising within a couple of weeks. Of course, each person is different, so this can vary from patient to patient. Expect there to be some tenderness and swelling at the site for several weeks.
Of course, this doesn’t cover all of the questions you might have when it comes to liposuction. Address additional questions with the surgeon you select to perform the procedure. That selection will be the most important decision you make regarding your procedure.
If you think liposuction might address your body contouring needs, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Pollock at North Dallas Plastic Surgery. He’ll advise you on all of the things to consider if you think liposuction might be right for you.