Liposuction – what to expect?

Come summer everybody wants to show off their best figure in a swimsuit. However, it is not always easy to achieve a toned appearance simply with dieting and exercising. Liposuction is a safe and effective treatment to recontour your body as excess fat is suctioned away.

What is the procedure like?

Liposculpture procedures at Salzman MD are done under a laryngeal mask anesthetic and a tumescent local that numbs the area as well as makes the blood vessels smaller so as to limit any bruising. The laryngeal mask allows us to give you just the right amount of anesthesia that can keep you asleep during the procedure and still wake up quickly without any hangover effects of anesthesia.

During every liposuction procedure with us, a dilute solution of local anesthesia and adrenaline is placed around the area through tiny incisions. A gentle power assisted suction tube removes the fat cells and fat contained in it. This is the Vaser liposuction technique. It is easier on the patient and also leads to fewer bruises as well as faster recovery. For a smaller area of treatment, microcannulas are used which are like a syringe.

What does getting liposuction feel like?

The areas that have been treated remain swollen and sore for a few days. For most patients, it feels like getting a rigorous workout. You will be required to wear a compression garment for about 2 weeks, and this will help with the healing and keeping the swelling to a minimum. Any bruising from the treatment will last for about 10 to 14 days. You will see your results improving over the next 5 to 6 months as the skin keeps contracting and taking up the slack of the removed fat.

The best liposuction technique

There are several body parts that can be addressed with the help of the liposuction procedure. Depending on your individual requirements, the body part to be treated and your desired results, there are different kinds of liposuction techniques and treatments we offer:

  • Vaser liposuction – this is the gentlest technique. These use Tumescent Resonance Ultrasound followed by Fat Extraction. Dr. Salzman uses the 3D Vectra system during your consultation to stimulate how you look after the surgery. Those who are near their ideal weight will get the best results from this procedure. It is effective for larger areas and the most commonly treated areas include the abdomen, hips, thighs, back, arms, calves, and chest.
  • LiteShape laser liposuction – it is best for those who have small to moderate localized fat deposits which are resistant to exercise and dieting. Patients who need a tummy tuck make for good candidates for the LiteShape procedure. Some of the commonly treated areas include the neck, abdomen, arms, legs, and back.
  • Lipodissolve – This is an injectable made with a combination of several agents. Very tiny amounts of this are injected in the area to be treated at about half an inch gap to melt the fat to effectively thin out the fat layer directly beneath your skin. Some of the common areas are the neck, back, arm, and lower abdomen. This treatment works slowly and hence several treatments spaced at 4 to 6 weeks are required for achieving optimal results.

Liposuction is a great way to achieve a toned and slimmer appearance with lesser downtime and faster healing than a surgery. In the hands of an experienced surgeon like Dr. Salzman, you can achieve the most stunning results with the best combination of techniques.

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