LIPOSUCTION (Suction-Assisted Lipectomy)
Liposuction improves body shape using a vacuum device to remove unwanted fat deposits that don't respond to diet and exercise. Locations include: chin, cheeks, neck, upper arms, above breasts, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves, and ankles. Liposuction is normally an outpatient procedure lasting 1 to 2 hours or more, depending on the extent of the surgery. Extensive procedures may require a short inpatient stay. Anesthesia may be local, epidural or general depending upon the site and duration. Side effects include temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, and/or a burning sensation. Risks may include infection, fluid accumulations, injury to the skin, rippling or bagginess of skin, asymmetry, pigmentation changes (may become permanent if exposed to sun), and/or excessive fluid loss leading to shock. Patients are typically back to work in 1 to 2 weeks and back to more strenuous activity in 2 to 4 weeks. Swelling and bruising may last 1 to 6 months or more. Results are permanent as long as a sensible diet and exercise regimen is maintained. Learn more about liposuction or suction-assisted lipectomy.