What is Liposuction?
Also known as lipoplasty, liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing stubborn fat deposits that are exercise and diet resistant. Liposuction improves overall shape and contour, while also creating better proportions.
What happens during liposuction?
- Step 1 – Anesthesia
- Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and/or general anesthesia. Dr. Bednar will recommend the best choice for you.
- Step 2 – The incision
- Liposuction is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions.
- First, sterile liquid solution is infused to reduce bleeding and trauma. Then a thin hollow tube, or cannula, is inserted through these incisions to loosen excess fat using a controlled back and forth motion.
- The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula.
- Step 3 – See the results
- You will be able to see an improved body contour when the swelling and fluid retention following the procedure subside.
- With continued practice of a healthy diet and exercise, the loss of excess fatty tissue can be permanently maintained. However, substantial weight gain can alter an otherwise permanent result.
Important facts about the safety and risks of liposuction
The decision to have liposuction is extremely personal. Dr. Bednar and his staff will explain in detail the risks associated with surgery.
Possible risks of liposuction include:
- Uneven contours
- Rippling or loose skin
- Skin or nerve damage
- Irregular pigmentation
- Fat clots
- Blood clots
- Excessive fluid loss or fluid accumulation
- Unfavorable scarring
- Thermal burn or heat injury from ultrasound with the ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty technique
- Anesthesia risks
- Bleeding (hematoma)
- Change in skin sensation
- Skin discoloration or swelling
- Pain, which may persist
- Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, lungs, and abdominal organs
- Poor wound healing
- Persistent swelling in the legs
- Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
- Possibility of revision surgery
Is liposuction right for me?
If you are bothered by excess fat deposits – located anywhere on your body – that don’t respond to diet or exercise, liposuction may be right for you.
Ideal candidates for liposuction are:
- Adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
- Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
- Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring
Be sure to ask questions: It’s very important to ask Dr. Bednar questions about your liposuction procedure. It’s natural to feel some anxiety, whether it’s excitement for your anticipated new look or a bit of pre-operative stress.
Once your procedure is completed, a compression garment will cover treatment areas. These help to control swelling and compress the skin to your new body contours. You will be wearing the garments 2-4 weeks after surgery.
You will be given specific instructions that may include: How to care for the surgical site(s), medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site, and when to follow up with Dr. Bednar.
A special note: Non-surgical skin tightening procedures may sometimes be recommended to reduce excess skin. Special considerations are needed when large amounts – usually more than 5 liters of fat – are suctioned.
Be sure to ask Dr. Bednar specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.
- Where will I be taken after my surgery is complete?
- What medication will I be given or prescribed after surgery?
- Will I have dressings/bandages after surgery and when will they be removed?
- Are stitches removed? When?
- When can I resume normal activity and exercise?
- When do I return for follow-up care?
When you go home
If you experience shortness of breath, chest pains, or unusual heart beats, seek medical attention immediately by calling 911 or going to the nearest emergency room. Should any of these complications occur, you may require hospitalization and additional treatment.
The results will be long-lasting
It may take several months for the swelling to fully dissipate after liposuction surgery. As it does, your new contours will continue to develop.
The fulfillment you feel from the initial results of liposuction should continue as long as you control your weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
A significant weight gain can reverse your results. Following liposuction, your slimmer and better-proportioned body should more accurately reflect the healthy and active life you lead.
Most health insurance does not cover cosmetic surgery.