Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty and suction
lipectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to improve the body
shape by removing unwanted fat deposits from specific areas of the
body. Dr. Sureddi
commonly performed liposuction on the abdomen, buttocks, cheeks,
chin, hips, knees, neck, thighs, and upper arms. The procedure is
often performed along with other procedures, such as abdominoplasty
There are several fairly new techniques in
liposuction which offer many benefits over the traditional
techniques. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction and tumescent
liposuction are two of these techniques and they typically involve
quicker recovery times and more precise results.
The best candidate for liposuction is a person who is
physically healthy and of normal weight but with areas of excess fat
that are resistant to regular diet and exercise. Patients should
also be psychologically stable and have realistic expectations of
what the procedure can offer. Patients with firm, elastic skin tend
to achieve the best results, while older patients with diminished
skin elasticity may not achieve the same results as a younger
Liposuction can successfully improve the shape of the
body and, like many cosmetic procedures; it may improve one’s self
confidence as well. After surgery, you’re likely to discover you’re
able to wear a wider variety of clothing than before. Liposuction
is not a substitute for regular exercise and a healthy diet. By
following a healthy diet and exercise regime, you can help to
maintain your liposuction results.
The amount of time needed for liposuction will vary
due to several factors, including the amount of fat being removed,
the technique used, and the size of the area being treated. In
general, however, liposuction typically takes between one and two
hours to complete. The procedure is commonly performed on an
outpatient basis and typically involves either local anesthesia,
general anesthesia, or an epidural.
The procedure begins with small incisions made on the
areas of the body being treated. A narrow, blunt-tipped tube called
a cannula is then inserted through these incisions. The cannula is
manipulated by the surgeon, disrupting the fat cells before they are
suctioned out. The incisions are then stitched closed.
There are several liposuction techniques which are
able to improve the procedure and enhance the outcome. For
ultrasound-assisted liposuction, or UAL, an ultrasound
probe is inserted beneath the skin to liquefy the fat before it is
suctioned out. For tumescent liposuction, large volumes of a
fluid containing saline and lidocaine are injected into the fatty
tissues, making them swollen and firm, before they are suctioned
out. Both of these techniques offer several benefits over
traditional liposuction, including quicker recovery times and more
precise results, though the surgical times can be significantly
After surgery, you may experience some discomfort,
pain, stiffness, burning or temporary numbness. Fluid drainage from
the incisions, swelling and bleeding is also common. A small
drainage tube may be temporarily placed at the incision sites to
prevent fluid build-up.
will prescribe pain medication to help with any pain or discomfort
that you feel, as well as antibiotics to prevent infection.
Patients should start walking around as soon as possible, or as
recommended, to help prevent blood clots in the legs.
A compression garment similar to a girdle is
typically worn for several weeks to support the skin and control
swelling. Stitches are typically removed within seven to ten days.
Most of the swelling and bruising subsides within three weeks,
though some slight swelling can persist for more than six months.
You will notice an immediate change in the shape of your body after
surgery, though the final results will be apparent when all of the
swelling has completely faded. Many of the newer techniques, such
as UAL and tumescent liposuction, typically involve a decrease in
post-operative bruising and swelling.
The amount of time it takes to recover after
liposuction will vary for each patient. Generally, most patients
are able to return to work within a few days after surgery, though
more strenuous activity will need to be postponed for two to four
weeks. Any unusual symptoms, such as sudden pain or heavy bleeding
should be immediately reported to Dr. Sureddi.
RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS
All surgery carries some degree of risk.
will discuss with you the specific risks and complications
associated with your liposuction procedure. Also, by carefully
following the pre and post surgery instructions provided by
and his staff can greatly reduce any chance of risk or complication.
If you have found even with exercise that there are
areas of you body that just do not seem to be improving, liposuction
may be for you. We encourage you to contact our office today to
schedule a personalized appointment with Dr. Sureddi.
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