Liposuction to Remove Fat
When diet and exercise do not lead to the results in body contour an individual has hoped for, he or she may turn to a surgeon for information on lipoplasty, or the surgical procedure commonly known as liposuction. Liposuction is designed to remove stubborn fat deposits under the skin through a suctioning apparatus. While it is no substitute for weight loss, it is often an effective way to address problem areas such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, and upper arms, and to sculpt the body into the desired silhouette. cannula filler
Liposuction is performed in either a hospital or an outpatient surgical center, usually under local or intravenous anesthesia. The patient will be started on IV fluids because the procedure removes a significant amount of blood and other bodily fluids along with the unwanted fat. Often a large amount of local anesthetic is injected directly into the surgical site, causing the area to become quite swollen and firm to the touch. Tiny incisions are then made in the area, after which a thin tube-shaped instrument called a cannula is inserted. With the combination of a powerful vacuum and the surgeon’s back and forth movement of the cannula the excess fat is broken down and then suctioned out. The tiny incisions may be closed with a few small stitches, but are in most cases left open to aid in the drainage of the site and reduce the possibility of swelling and bruising.
Following the surgery the patient will wear a compression garment in order to aid in the drainage of excess fluid from the treated site. Depending on the extent of the surgery, the patient recovery period may last from a few weeks to a few months, but in most cases individuals who undergo liposuction are able to resume most normal activities and return to work in less than a week. As the swelling goes down the skin in the area may seem to have loosened, but ordinarily this will improve within six months time.
The cost of liposuction varies with the different areas of the body treated, but generally runs between $4000.00 to $7500.00 per procedure. When the cost of the procedure is prohibitive the patient can consider using one of the liposuction financing packages that many plastic surgeons now offer, which provide the opportunity to spread payments for the surgery out over several years. Many of these financing companies offer online applications that will provide a patient with a decision and an estimate of monthly payments in a matter of minutes.