Liposuction is a very common, popular procedure. It is designed for the permanent removal of fatty tissue, commonly referred to as “cellulite.” It is an elective procedure that allows the plastic surgeon to remove undesirable, subcutaneous fat in isolated areas that do not respond to diet and exercise. These areas include the hips, thighs, abdomen, knees, ankles, face and neck.
Liposuction is most successful in people with good skin tone who have fatty deposits. It is not a treatment for obesity. If weight gain occurs following liposuction, the fat will be deposited in areas that have not been treated. The procedure can be repeated, if necessary. To maintain the safety of the procedure, there is a limit on how much can be done at one time.
A variety of factors can affect the results: Physical condition, genetic makeup, diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol intake, and skin elasticity.
Liposuction can help reduce and remove localized excess fat in the following areas:
- cheeks, jowls and neck
- upper arms
- breast or chest areas
- abdomen and waist
- hips and buttocks
- inner and outer thighs
- inner knee
Dr. Soueid performs liposuction using the Microaire Power-assisted Lipoplasty system; this new technique offers a lot of advantages.
Old Liposuction vs. Power Liposuction
|Traditional Lipo||Power Lipo|
|Procedure||A thin metal tube called a canula is inserted and manually forced around to break up the fat, which is then vacuumed out.||A motorized, vibrating canula is inserted to break up and vacuum out the fat.|
|Anesthesia||General Anesthesia||Local anesthesia with Demerol sedative|
|Scarring||Quarter- to half-inch marks from each incision, which should fade over time.||Same as with traditional lipo.|
|Recovery||Bed rest for four to five days; soreness and bruising for seven to ten days||Bed rest for one day; Soreness and bruising for three to six days|
|Results||Permanent removal of fat||Same as with traditional lipo, but the effect is much more precise and has scored higher in patient satisfaction.|
|Possible Complication||Excessive blood loss, blood clotting, anesthesia allergy, skin rippling, asymmetrical contouring. In 1998, there were 20 deaths out of 100,000 operations.||Same as with traditional lipo, but they occur less frequently. No stats on death rate are currently available.|