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Liposuction is a procedure to remove unwanted fat from target areas. It is best utilized to treat pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. Areas commonly treated are the abdomen, flanks, inner and outer thighs, neck, back, bra-line, and arms. Liposuction can debulk and contour these problem areas. Liposuction is not a good weight loss solution as it is primarily used to treat specific areas. If you gain weight after liposuction, the fat will come back although it may distribute itself into a different location.
Liposuction can be performed in the office or a surgery center depending on the amount of fat to be removed and the areas treated. Liposuction involves several small incisions which are typically less than a quarter inch long. Through these incisions, fluid is injected to numb the site, narrow the blood vessels to minimize bleeding, and facilitate fat cell removal. The same incisions are then used to remove the fat. As long as there is no weight fluctuation after surgery, fat removed from liposuction is removed permanently. Liposuction does not treat stretch marks or cellulite. It can result in loose skin especially in older patients, people who have sustained a large weight loss, and people who already have loose skin.
After liposuction, compression garments such as a girdle are worn for at least 6 weeks and sometimes longer. Although you can see results immediately, the final results take six months to be revealed due to swelling after the procedure. The area treated is sore after surgery and this soreness can last for a week or more. The downtime depends on the areas treated and how much is removed.
When you meet with Dr. Boll, you will have the opportunity to discuss you goals and desires and then she can formulate a surgical plan to help you achieve these. Please use this time to ask questions about the surgery and what you can expect. If you have any questions prior to your appointment, please call the office and all of the staff is very knowledgeable about the procedures.