What is Liposuction
Liposuction or “Lipo” is a surgical procedure that uses a suction technique to remove fat from areas like thighs, hips, stomach, arms or legs.
Who Is Liposuction Right For?
Both men and women can improve their body’s appearance with liposuction. People with heart problems or blood clotting disorders and pregnant women should avoid liposuction because it could cause serious complications.
The Ideal Liposuction Patient:
- At or close to their ideal weight
- Firm, elastic skin
- Good muscle tone
- No life-threatening illness or medical conditions
What Should I Expect?
When Liposuction is performed, fat cells are removed permanently. Even though this fat is now permanently removed, you can gain weight back with new fat cells that remain after liposuction. To keep your new shape after surgery, continue to follow a healthy diet, and incorporate exercise regularly.
How Long is Recovery?
Liposuction is a surgical outpatient procedure. You’ll go home the day of the procedure, but make sure to have someone to drive you afterward. After your procedure, you may be required to wear a compression garment to control swelling. Antibiotics may be prescribed to prevent infection. Most people can return to work within a few days and get back to normal activities within 2 weeks.
Ask your plastic surgeon specific questions about what your recovery will be like, including:
- What medications will I need to take?
- Will I have stitches, and when will they be removed?
- When can I exercise again?
- Do I need to come back for a follow-up visit?
If you’re interested in Liposuction, schedule a 1-on-1 consultation with Dr. Reynolds to discuss what option is best for you.