Liposuction is a procedure for removing unwanted fat from an area of the body through tiny cosmetically hidden incisions; Multiple areas may be treated in one setting. Typical areas treated include the abdomen, upper back, love handles, outer thighs, buttocks, inner thighs, knees, anterior thighs, arms, and neck.
The fat that is harvested can be transferred to enhance areas where additional fat is desirable such as the breast, buttock, and face. Fat can be also be transferred to fill an area with an acquired contour deformity from trauma or previous surgery.
There are a number of different techniques for liposuction, including power assisted liposuction, laser assisted liposuction, water assisted liposuction, and ultrasound assisted liposuction. While each of these technologies potentially offer certain advantages, practically speaking, none of them are superior to conventional, tumescent liposuction, provided that it is done well.
The tumescent technique has been used for many years to provide safe and effective fat removal. Tumescent liposuction involves the placement of large volumes of fluid with highly diluted quantities of Novocain and adrenaline within the area of treatment. It reduces bleeding during liposuction while also providing analgesia. Tumescent technique permits liposuction to be performed without general anesthesia in select cases. In most cases, general anesthesia is preferred for liposuction particularly when treating several areas and when liposuction is combined with breast and abdominal surgery.
Once the fat is removed from the unwanted area, it is gone. Under rare circumstances such as massive weight gain, new fat cells can be made by the body in an area previously depleted by liposuction. For the vast majority of patients, however, the fat will never recur after removal.
When fat is removed from an area, it is important to note that it does not preferentially go to some other un-treated area. This is a common misconception. Extra calories consumed will be stored in the form of fat everywhere fat cells are present in the body. An area depleted of fat cells following liposuction will demonstrate less volume gain than an area untreated by liposuction. Individual fat cells are not affected.
For more information about liposuction procedures, please call our office today. A consultation will provide the opportunity to discuss your unique situation and consider the wide variety of options available to you.