Liposuction can be performed for removal of localized pockets of fat on the abdomen, hips, thighs, knees, flanks, or neck. Liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss but can control localized pockets of fat. Excessive fatty tissue is removed using a 3 to 4-mm liposuction cannula. A small, less than 1.0 cm incision, is made in the natural skin creases, and through this incision fatty cells are removed.
Patients that are not candidates for this type of surgery include patients that are currently smoking or have a BMI of greater than 35.
The length of the surgery depends on the amount of liposuction being performed. Typically, liposuction is limited to less than 5,000 cc of fat as a day care procedure. Volumes greater than 5,000 cc can be performed by mandate and overnight stay.
Patients may return to work seven to fourteen days following surgery. Postoperatively, patients are placed in a compressive garment in order to minimize bruising and swelling. Garments are worn for a period of six to ten weeks. Bruising after this surgery is normal and swelling may exist for six to twelve weeks. (Download postoperative brochure for liposuction).
Change in skin sensation over areas of liposuction: 25-50%
Deep venous thrombosis: Less than 1%
Pulmonary embolus: Less than 1%