Liposuction (Lipoplasty) Surgery

Dr. Hootan Daneshmand

Liposuction is the most common cosmetic surgical procedure performed on both men and women in the United States. When Orange County liposuction is performed on the appropriate patient by a properly qualified, Orange County board certified plastic surgeon in an accredited operating facility, it can produce profound body sculpting results with minimal scarring and an easy recovery.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure which reduces unwanted fatty deposits in various areas of the body including the abdomen, buttocks, inner and outer thighs, hips, flanks (“love handles”), back, neck, and arms. This body contouring procedure can help give a desired shape, whether it’s a more tapered waist, thinner thighs, contoured neck and chin, or flatter abdomen. It is also helpful in men with unwanted breast tissue or “love handles”. Generally, liposuction works best for patients without significant skin excess, who have localized deposits of unwanted fat.

Am I a good liposuction candidate?

The ideal liposuction candidate is someone who has localized areas of fatty deposits but is not obese. Liposuction is not a weight loss operation as much as it is a body sculpting procedure. Areas that are resistant to weight loss and are seemingly genetically predisposed to holding on to fat, such as the saddlebag or hip regions, are ideally suited for liposuction. The main limitation of liposuction is suboptimal skin quality. If your skin is too lax either from previous obesity, pregnancy, or simply aging of the tissues, it may be left hanging loose after the underlying fat is removed. Certain areas are more amenable to liposuction than others. The best way to determine where liposuction will work for you is to see Dr. Daneshamand for a consultation.

What areas are most commonly and effectively treated with liposuction?

Areas that are very amenable to liposuction include the abdomen, hips, flanks, outer thighs (saddlebag area), back, inner thighs, arms, chin (submental), and breast.

Does liposuction help tighten loose skin?

Skin tightening after liposuction is dependent on your skin’s ability to contract. This is called skin elasticity and can be determined on exam. If the skin is too loose, an procedure that removes skin (such as an Orange County tummy tuck) might be a better option.

After liposuction, what happens if I gain weight?

Liposuction removes fat cells forever. However, not all of the fat in any given area is removed. Therefore, if you gain enough weight, some fatty enlargement of the treated areas may potentially occur. Most likely, they will not become as prominent as they once were.

What is the tumescent technique?

The tumescent technique involves injecting saline, local anesthesia, and adrenaline to maximize the effectiveness of fat removal while ensuring patient comfort and safety. Bleeding is greatly decreased by this technique. Dr. Daneshmand routinely employs this technique whenever performing liposuction. This important advancement in liposuction technology gives Dr. Daneshmand a superior method for permanently removing unwanted fatty bulges and creating a more attractive body contour.

Is there a limit to how much fat can be removed?

The safety guidelines instituted by the ASPS recommend that no more than 5 liters (11 pounds) of fat be removed at any one procedure. One must remember that it takes small increments of weight reduction in localized regions to make a noticeable difference.

What is the most common complication of liposuction?

The most common complication of liposuction is called a contour irregularity. This is an indentation, dimple, or groove. Areas with poorer skin quality are more susceptible to this occurrence. Great care is taken to avoid suctioning the fatty layer directly beneath the skin to prevent creating a contour deformity. If it does occur, a revision may be helpful to smooth the area out.

What is the recovery period?

You will able to go home after surgery. You will have compression garments made of spandex over the operated areas. These should be worn around the clock for 2 weeks followed by another 2 weeks when active. You will be walking around the day of surgery. The degree and duration of discomfort varies from patient to patient. Most patients are able to stop taking pain medication and are back to work within a few days. Non-strenuous activity can begin at 5-7 days, low impact exercise at 3 weeks and unlimited activity at 6 weeks.

 

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