Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in America. It is a minimally invasive surgery that literally sucks out extra fat in unwanted areas. Whether it is in your arms, thighs, belly, above your knees, or even your neck, liposuction is one of the most powerful surgical techniques for getting rid of unwanted fat.
How does liposuction compare to Coolsculpting?
Liposuction is the gold standard technique for removing fat. Its efficacy far surpasses some of the more "trendy" surgical fads of the moment, including Coolsculpting, Ulthera, Thermi, and others. Not only does liposuction have better, more pronounced, and more durable results, but the conceptual basis for liposuction is irrefutable: fat is physically being removed from the body to create a leaner contour.
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses cannulae (thin surgical straws) that are hooked up to a vacuum suction device to suck fat out of stubborn pockets of chubbiness on the body. A special numbing solution (tumescent fluid) is used to ensure a comfortable recovery with almost no bleeding.
What is the recovery like?
Generally speaking, liposuction has one of the quickest recovery times among plastic surgery procedures. Many people return to work within a day or two after surgery and begin light exercise as soon as they are comfortable. The incisions made are very small and aesthetically appealing, as they are hidden in natural creases of the body. Because of its relative lack of invasiveness, liposuction can easily be combined with other surgeries such as a tummy tuck, breast reduction, breast lift, breast augmentation, facelift, necklift, and many more.
When are final results apparent?
Despite the relatively little downtime, it is important to note that bruising and swelling from liposuction can last for several weeks. Use of compression garments is recommended to reduce swelling and improve results. Most patients note improved contour and appearance within 1-3 weeks after surgery. However, some degree of edema can be present for 6-12 months before final results are fully appreciated.
What are the limitations of liposuction?
Though liposuction is a powerful operation for contouring the body, it is important to remember a few things.
- It is not a weight-loss tool, nor is it a treatment for obesity.
- The more elastic your skin is, the better your results will be. If your skin is loose and inelastic, you may need a more definitive procedure (such as a tummy tuck, arm lift, or neck lift) to avoid having saggy areas of skin after liposuction.
- Liposuction is not meant to remove all of the fat in your body. Instead, well-executed liposuction removes just the right amount of fat to contour the body into a natural, yet lean, shape.
How does Dr. Devgan create beautiful results with liposuction?
Though liposuction sounds simple, bad liposuction (with asymmetry, contour abnormalities, divets, notches, and dents) is very common. Dr. Devgan uses a variety of expert techniques to try to give each of her patients the best possible results. These include:
- use of a variety of cannulae in the smallest appropriate gauges
- use of a cross-hatching technique
- precise counting of liposuction passes and strokes
- use of tumescent or superwet technique to minimize blood loss and discomfort
- use of thorough preoperative marking and photographs to map out a successful liposuction result before the surgery has even begun
- double and triple checking each patient for symmetry, smoothness, contour, and appearance from multiple angles
- placement of incisions in hidden locations in body creases
- delicate suture closure of all incision sites
What are my next steps?
If you are thinking about liposuction for body contouring, there are several things you can do to optimize your results. First, try to get to your goal weight via healthy lifestyle choices including a health-conscious diet and exercise regimen. Second, try to maintain an adequate degree of muscle mass to help with mainaining your healthy, lower weight. Third, make sure your weight has reached a plateau.
Once you have done these things, please feel free to make a consultation appointment in our New York City office to see Dr. Devgan to discuss your options in more detail. For more information, or to make an appointment, contact Dr. Devgan’s office at 212-452-2400, or email office@LaraDevganMD.com
Reference: Nordqvist, Christian. Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, 22 Apr. 2016. Web. 29 June 2016.