A procedure known as liposuction involves making a small incision in the skin and inserting a specialized cannula into a layer of fat. The fat is then sucked through the tube into a sterile collection system. After the procedure, the patient wears an elastic compression garment to help the skin contract. Most patients experience minor discomfort after the surgery, but it is generally minimal and should not last for more than a few days.
Techniques of liposuction
There are many different types of liposuction techniques available to you. These procedures are performed by a surgeon who makes small incisions on the body. A cannula is inserted through the incisions and the fat is sucked out, leaving an attractive body part behind. These techniques use a small amount of fluid to liquefy the fat. The procedure is done under local anesthesia, so you won’t need to undergo general anesthesia.
There are four main types of liposuction: power-assisted liposuction, suction-assisted liposuction, and ultrasound-assisted liposuction. Another type of non-surgical technique is external ultrasound. Both power and laser-assisted techniques are effective, but they should only be performed by trained professionals. To avoid unfavorable outcomes, it’s important to understand the different types of liposuction.
Results of liposuction
While results of liposuction are often visible within weeks after the procedure, you should still expect some bruising, swelling, and loose skin for several months. Although most swelling and bruising will be gone by the time you resume normal activities, it is best to ask your surgeon about the expected length of recovery. Recovery time will vary based on the type of procedure and the amount of fat removed. It is important to understand that your results may change if you gain weight, or if you experience a complication.
After the procedure, you will be required to maintain your weight in the post-surgical period to ensure long-lasting results. If you gain significant weight, the fat cells will grow and you will lose the results achieved through liposuction. Nevertheless, you will still look better than you did before the procedure. This is because areas targeted by liposuction have less fat deposits than other parts of the body. Even a small gain in weight will not diminish the results.
Scarring after liposuction
While scarring after liposuction is a common side effect of the procedure, it can also be minimized or even avoided. Most patients do not experience excessive scarring, although the procedure can leave small, hidden incisions. Whether you will have any scarring after liposuction depends on your skin type, the surgeon’s techniques, and other factors. Although most liposuction scars will fade in time, some patients do experience hyperpigmentation, which makes them more noticeable.
After liposuction, your doctor will make several small incisions in locations that are hard to notice. Smart liposuction uses small incisions in inconspicuous areas so that scars will be hidden. The smaller the incisions, the better. Choose an experienced cosmetic surgeon like Ciao Bella Cosmetic Surgery for the surgery, as this will ensure a smaller scar. You can also consider having a silicone gel applied to the area that will be treated, as silicone gel hydrates the skin and helps prevent the body from producing excessive collagen, which can cause raised scars.
Follow-up visits after liposuction
While most people feel fine after a single post-liposuction visit, some patients may have complications. Patients should be sure to keep their follow-up appointments, as the recovery process requires patience and meticulous attention. Dr. Zavala will provide post-surgical instructions for caring for the incisions. Patients should gradually return to their normal routine after the procedure. Patients should continue with regular exercise and healthy eating.
Although liposuction can dramatically reduce weight, it cannot eliminate cellulite, stretch marks, or excess skin. While it can improve skin tightness and reduce stretch marks, it can’t treat breast cancer. Following surgery, the skin will have significant swelling and final results won’t be visible until several weeks after the surgery. However, after the swelling has reduced, patients can see the results of their surgery.
If you need a consultation to learn more about Liposuction in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, or Paradise Valley area contact Cia Bella Cosmetic Surgery for help.