Procedure Information: Liposuction
Liposuction (suction-assisted lipectomy), or lipo, is a surgical procedure in which fat tissue is extracted from beneath the surface of the skin by inserting a hollow, stainless steel or plastic rod through a band-aid sized incision and then applying suction. With a liposuction procedure, the surgeon is able to permanently reduce a deposit of excess fat. In our, and most other practices, liposuction is almost always performed under general anesthesia.
You might have heard of the tumescent technique for this procedure as well. What makes the tumescent technique different is that extra fluid is injected in advance to stabilize fluid shifts, and may reduce bleeding. This is a very safe procedure.
Liposuction works better on some areas than others and we feel it is important to share the fact that there is a risk of sagging skin in the area where lipo was done if the patient has poor skin elasticity. During your consultation with one of our cosmetic surgeons, they will discuss whether or not they feel you would be a candidate for liposuction.
Depending on the number of locations of fat sites you have and the amount of fat removed from each site, liposuction generally takes between 1/2 hour – 3 hours.
We invite and encourage you to view our liposuction before and after pictures posted on our website.