Liposuction, or suction assisted lipectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure that aims to reduce and remove excessive, stubborn and unwanted fat from different areas of the body. It is also used for sculpturing purposes in order to enhance and change the contours of the body or face. People opt for this procedure after failure of diet and exercise in providing them with the results they wish for. The most commonly treated areas are the upper arms, back, abdomen, waistline, neck, hips and thighs. However, liposuction should not be considered an ultimate cure for generalized obesity as it mostly removes fat from small pockets of the body that exercise and diet cannot tackle.
Liposuction is performed under general or local anesthesia. The procedure is performed by injection of saline solutions into the areas to be treated through small incisions, which are concealed in a skin fold, making the fat easier to extract. Fat deposits will then be removed through a cannula that is attached to a suction device.
After surgery, there will be some degree of bruising, soreness, discomfort and swelling, which may last from a few days to a couple of weeks. Strenuous activities must be avoided for several weeks and a compression garment must be worn for the recommended period of time. Dr. Said will give you detailed instructions on how to best handle your recovery.
Although liposuction is a safe procedure, like any surgical procedure it carries some possible complications, such as bruising, swelling, discomfort, infection, numbness, scarring, accumulation of fluid and skin irregularities.
A healthy lifestyle with good eating habits and physical activity will help maintain a long-lasting result with a better body contour.