If you’ve tried all the best diet and exercise programs but still have stubborn areas of fat in specific areas of your body, then now may be the time to look into liposuction. Even though liposuction is one of the top cosmetic surgery procedures done in the United States each year, patients have lots of questions about the procedure, target areas, and recovery. Here, we take a close look at some of the more common questions about liposuction.
What is liposuction?
During this procedure, a hollow metal tube known as a canula is passed through tiny incisions in the skin through the fatty tissue. Our board-certified plastic surgeons conduct a procedure known as power-assisted liposuction, which utilizes a motor on the cannula that breaks apart the fat and then suctions it from the body.
Who is a good candidate?
Patients should be at or near their ideal weight if they are considering liposuction. This surgical procedure is not an alternative to weight loss from diet and exercise. Instead, it focuses on those stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to those efforts.
What is recovery like?
Patients can expect mild to moderate swelling after liposuction that will subside over the next several weeks. After the procedure, patients can use prescribed pain medication or over-the-counter pain medication to take care of any pain and discomfort. Patients are required to wear a compression garment for the first 3-4 weeks after surgery to help with post-op soreness, prevent excessive swelling and reduce tension on scars. Scarring is minimal.
Patients can return to regular activities such as office work, driving and light exercise after several days or a week. Your surgeon will be able to help you determine how to ease back into your routine and the activities you love after surgery.
There’s no need to put up with those unwanted, stubborn pockets of fat any longer. Find out if you are a candidate for liposuction by calling 309-323-8120 to set up a consultation in our Bloomington office.