Liposuction / Liposculpture
Liposuction, also referred to as liposculpture, is commonly mistaken for a procedure to reduce body weight. The fact is liposuction reshapes one or more areas of the body that have failed to respond to previous diet and exercise regimens by utilizing a suction technique to remove excess fat. Commonly treated areas include the face, neck, upper arms, abdomen,legs, back, and buttocks. Liposuction procedures should only be performed by board-certified plastic surgeons such as Dr. Pascual, a leading authority located in the Miami area.
Is Liposuction / Liposculpturethe Right Choice for Me?
Although liposuction is often performed in conjunction with tummy tucks, face-lifts or breast reductions, the procedure is also effective for patients in treating medical conditions including:
• Benign fatty tumors
• Abnormal enlargement of breasts
• Excessive sweating from the armpits
• Issues with the body's metabolism of fat.
There are several factors to consider in determining whether or not you're a good candidate for liposuction treatment. The first thing to keep in mind is liposuction is not recommended as an alternative to exercising or dieting. It's also important to be realistic; the truth is some individuals are predisposed to fat cells that can't be removed regardless of the procedure performed. Also, individuals with poor cellulite are not recommended to undergo liposuction procedures due to the risk of skin irregularities. Additionally, liposuction will not eliminate stretch marks or cellulite.
Ideal candidates for liposuction should:
• Be 18 years old or older
• Be in overall good health
• Be of average or slightly above average weight
• Be committed to an existing diet and exercise regimen
• Have firm and elastic skin
• Have fatty pockets of tissue in specific areas of the body
How is the Procedure Performed?
Liposuctions may be performed as an outpatient procedure or require an overnight stay in a hospital. Before the procedure begins, patients are administered either a local or general anesthetic depending on the amount of fat to be removed. Surgeons begin the liposuction procedure by using a cannula which is a small stainless steel instrument with an attached suction device. The cannula is inserted through small incisions into fatty areas between muscle and skin where excess fat is removed using either a suction pump or large syringe. The length of the procedure varies depending on the fat amount being removed.
Is Liposuction / LiposculptureSafe?
Every surgical procedure involves some risks, however, when liposuction is performed in a proper medical treatment facility by a qualified broad-certified plastic surgeon, the procedure is considered safe. Patients with underlying health issues, obese, or having a significant amount of fat removed are more prone to complications. *Florida laws prevent certified medical practitioners from combining liposuction procedures of the upper abdomen with simultaneously performing an abdominoplasty due to increased risks.
The procedure is recognized for its high-quality safety record as well as minimal risks to patients. Although considered an overall safe procedure it's worth mentioning the potential side effects including:
• Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and soreness
• Minor scarring and irritation surrounding incision sites
• Baggy or skin rippling
• Permanent changes in skin color
• Uneven skin surfaces
• Damage to surrounding nerves and skin.
What's the Expected Recovery Time?
Typically, the recovery time for outpatient liposuction procedures is short. Although patients may experience swelling, bruising, and soreness for a couple of weeks, they may return to work within a few days and resume normal activitiesin two weeks.