May 15, 2015
Liposuction is a common type of cosmetic surgery that breaks up and suction fat from different parts of the body. Most liposuction surgery targets the excess fat surrounding the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, chin, neck, arms, calves, or even sometimes the back. Liposuction can help you look and feel healthier by removing stubborn fat that does not respond to changes in diet or exercise.
Before the Surgery
In order to determine if the patient is a viable candidate for liposuction, he or she will have a complete physical exam. It’s recommend that the patient discusses medical questions with the doctor and discloses all medication that he or she takes. The procedure will be discussed thoroughly in order to manage expectations and communicate to the patient what will occur. Of course, the patient can opt out of the surgery at any time beforehand.
The patient should have a trusted friend or loved one drive them to the liposuction procedure, because of the discomfort and effects of medication that will occur after the surgery. The patient may have to take an antibiotic before and after the surgery in order to prevent infection and promote healing. Since it’s not safe to drive under these conditions or while in pain, the patient should have a reliable accomplice to assist in bringing the patient home and making him or her as comfortable as possible.
During the Surgery
The patient’s body will be marked with a marker in order to indicate to the doctor from where the fat will be removed. The patient undergoes anesthesia, a buffered salt water, and epinephrine drug that puts the patient to sleep for the duration of the surgery and promotes the reduction of bleeding. If general anesthesia is requested, the patient will undergo liposuction in a hospital in order to minimize complications associated with the anesthesia.
When the patient is under anesthesia, an incision will be made in the areas where the liposuction will be performed. A canula, or hollow tube, is inserted into the incision and then suctions out the fat. The fat deposits are collected in a flask and medically disposed.
Recovery time depends on the amount of fat removed during liposuction as well as office- or hospital-specific requirements. The patient may leave the surgical center within a few hours after surgery, or may be required to spend the night. The doctor will likely insert a drainage tube to drain fluids away from the wound, and the incision where the canula is inserted may leak or drain fluid for several days. Staying in the hospital overnight aids in supervision. The patient will typically be required to wear tight garments for up to three weeks in order to keep the skin compressed. Post-operative instructions will also include taking antibiotics and after-surgery activities.
Dr. Amjadi MD, DDS, FACS
Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons
915 Gessner Rd #870
Houston, TX 77024
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