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Liposuction | Cosmetic Liposuction 

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 health.

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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