General Procedure Information
Both men and women often deal with stubborn fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. While liposuctions can be performed on almost any area of the body, the most common areas include the abdomen, arms, hips, back, flanks (love handles), thighs, and under the chin.
It is important to note that liposuction is not a treatment for obesity, and will not result in weight loss. It also does not treat cellulite or reduce excess skin. Liposuction can be thought of as a contouring procedure. It is great for shaping and sculpting the body when diet and exercise just haven’t provided the desired results. The best results are seen when patients are close to their ideal weight.
About the Surgery
The Procedure A very small, inconspicuous incision is made in the area being treated. A thin tube called a cannula that is hooked up to a suction device is inserted in the incision. Excess fat deposits are carefully broken up and suctioned out.
Procedure Length Varies based on the areas being treated, under general anesthesia.
Surgery Location Accredited, outpatient surgical facility with the support of a board-certified anesthesiologist.
Recovery Patients are placed in a compression garment after surgery. The purpose of the garment is to help resolve swelling. It is essential that the garment be worn in order to obtain a smooth and taut appearance of the skin. The garment is usually worn for around 4-6 weeks depending on the healing process. Patients should talk with Dr. Breister Ghosh about the physical demands of their job, but should usually plan for around 1 week off work.
Duration of Results Weight changes will affect the duration of results. If a patient gains weight after liposuction, the area that was treated will still increase in volume along with the rest of the body. With proper diet and exercise, and no weight gain, results are permanent.