The time required to perform liposuction may vary considerably, depending on the size of the area and the amount of fat being removed. After you have changed into a gown and had your intravenous line started, Dr. Agha will mark the areas of concern on your body in the pre-operative area. This ensures proper planning for the site of incision and liposuction. He will also review the entire operative plan with you, including potential complications. You will then be given a dose of intravenous antibiotics as a precautionary measure. What happens next during liposuction procedure?
Step 1 – Anesthesia: Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedures. The choices include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Dr. Agha will recommend the best choice for you.
Step 2 – The incision Board Certified Orange County Plastic Surgeon: Dr. Agha will begin the procedure by injecting, through tiny incisions, tumescent fluid into the fatty layers- a mixture of intravenous salt solution, lidocaine (a local anesthetic), and epinephrine (a drug that contracts blood vessels).
Step 3 – Liposuction: If an Ultrasound-Assisted-Lipoplasty (UAL) is performed, a special cannula that produces ultrasonic energy is used to liquefy the fat. The traditional suction is then used for fat removal. This procedure is the most time-consuming and is used in high precision situations. It is a very effective form of liposuction.
When Suction-Assisted Lipoplasty is pursued, a narrow tube (cannula) is then inserted to vacuum the fat layer that lies deep beneath the skin. The cannula is pushed back and forth through the fat layer, breaking up the fat cells and suctioning them out. A vacuum pump or a large syringe provides the suction action. If many sites are being treated, Dr. Agha will then move on to the next area, working to keep the incisions as inconspicuous as possible.
For many liposuction patients, most of the associated bruising and swelling should subside within the first three weeks. Your improved body contour will be apparent immediately, but your final shape will take six to eight weeks to be fully appreciated. This period is needed for the swelling to completely subside and for your skin to gradually contract over the liposuctioned area. The more fat removed, the longer it takes to achieve optimal results because the skin has to adapt to a more radical change in shape. Liposuction will not alter skin quality or muscle tone. Furthermore, liposuction is not a substitute for regular exercise and eating a balanced diet.
Liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits, improving your body contours and proportion, and ultimately enhancing your self-image. Aside from the visual effects of removing excess, unwanted fat, most liposuction patients find that their clothes tend to fit better. In fact, some liposuction patients find that shedding extra fat results in more pleasurable physical exercise, thus providing an incentive to exercise.
Following liposuction, it is important to maintain your weight and contour with exercise and proper diet. Because fat cells are long-lastingly removed by liposuction, future weight gain will not occur in the treated areas. This does not guarantee that patients won’t gain weight or fat deposits in other areas of the body. Also, since the aging process directly affects the firmness and elasticity of the skin, older patients may not achieve the same results as younger patients.