The most common cosmetic surgery, performed in this country, is liposuction. The
liposuction procedure removes unwanted fat from the abdomen, flanks (love handles), outer thighs (saddlebags),
inner thighs, knees, upper arms, and neck.
Candidates for liposuction are healthy, near their ideal weight but have areas of
excessive fatty tissue and unwanted bulges. Age is not an issue for the liposuction procedure if in good
Liposuction is performed in an outpatient setting with general anesthesia
administered by board certified anesthesiologists. The tumescent liposuction technique uses a solution with saline,
lidocaine, and adrenaline to infiltrate the fatty tissue. This breaks down the fatty tissue and allows liposuction
with thin cannulas via tiny incisions and very little blood loss.
To help reduce swelling after liposuction patients wear a snug compression garment.
To help prevent infection patients take antibiotics for a few days after the liposuction procedure. Bruising and
swelling usually disappears within three weeks after liposuction although some swelling may remain longer. Time out
of work varies but is about two days.
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