Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures to help patients eliminate specific areas affected by excess deposits of fat. The fact is that for many people, no matter how hard they try and no matter how rigorous their diet and exercise routines, they simply cannot get rid of extra fat in certain areas. Liposuction addresses this by vacuuming out excess fat from these areas and helping you eliminate stubborn fat deposits. The experienced plastic surgeons at the Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery offer a number of effective liposuction techniques, and can provide you with beautiful results.
Liposuction is one of the most popular surgical cosmetic enhancement procedures and is designed to help patients in reasonably good shape who cannot get rid of stubborn excess fat pockets through traditional means. The procedure can remove extra fat from virtually any body region, including:
- Love handles (flanks)
Although liposuction is not meant for those who are looking to lose large amounts of weight, it can be very effective in removing excess fat in a range of body areas and providing improved contours to those regions. Your OSU plastic surgeon can explain all aspects of the liposuction procedure with you at your initial consultation.
Liposuction procedure details vary depending on the type of technique that is performed. Traditional liposuction involves the use of thin metal tubes called cannulas that are gently moved back and forth in the treatment area. The cannulas are inserted through small incisions and used to vacuum out the excess fat cells, ultimately leaving the area with an improved contour.
Depending on the extent of your liposuction procedure, the entire treatment typically lasts about two hours or less and can be performed as an outpatient.
There are a variety of effective liposuction techniques that are performed by our OSU plastic surgeons. These include:
Tumescent liposuction is a technique that injects a combination of numbing agents and drugs into the target areas. This technique is designed to minimize blood loss as well as pain and discomfort during the liposuction procedure. Typically, tumescent liposuction does not require general anesthesia, and the recovery process involves less swelling and bruising.
The super-wet liposuction procedure is very similar to the tumescent technique; however, it uses a smaller amount of drugs and numbing agents injected into the areas targeted for treatment. Super-wet liposuction is often preferred for patients who are undergoing high-volume liposuction to suction out larger fat deposits.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction, also referred to as UAL, utilizes sound waves to liquefy fat cells and make them easier to remove from the target areas. The procedure can also reduce blood loss. Once the fat has been liquefied, it is suctioned out through cannulas.
Your plastic surgeon will discuss all options with you at your initial consultation and advise you on the technique that may be best suited to your needs.
Exact recovery information will depend on which liposuction technique is utilized. However, patients can typically expect some degree of bruising and swelling in the treatment areas after surgery. These side effects should only be temporary and any discomfort can be managed with medication. In some cases, a compression garment will need to be worn for a short period of time to facilitate healing. Many patients return to normal daily routines after about one week – sometimes less, depending on the extent of the liposuction procedure. Following surgeon approval, patients should regularly exercise to maintain optimal results.
Schedule a Liposuction Consultation
If you are considering liposuction to attain your goals, please contact the Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons. We can answer your questions and help you determine if liposuction is the best option for you.