Posted April 27, 2017
Liposuction is an outpatient surgical procedure that improves body contour by removing fat found between the skin and the underlying muscles. It is a sculpting procedure for various parts of the body: the abdomen and waist; hips and thighs; and the cheeks, chin, and neck. It can be used to reshape areas of the body that have most likely not responded to regular diet and moderate exercise.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR LIPOSUCTION?
Liposuction can be performed on any adult man or woman who is generally healthy and active. There is no age limit for this procedure but it is important to note that the skin’s elasticity is a vital component of the overall outcome of this procedure. The best candidate for liposuction should be close to their normal body weight. They may have localized areas of fat that are resistant to change through diet and exercise.
WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP?
DO YOUR RESEARCH! Patients are encouraged to research both their procedure and their surgeon. Information can be found by going to different websites to read about the surgeon and his qualifications, see before and after photos, and check out reviews.
An initial consultation with Dr. Antimarino allows the opportunity to discuss your expectations of the procedure and review any questions you may have with him. A surgical plan will be specifically designed for you based on the consultation and physical exam.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
The procedure is done under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting. Tiny incisions are made in the skin and a small cannula is inserted to remove localized fatty tissue.
Patients are discharged with small dressings to the incision sites. There may be mild pain, swelling and minimal bruising associated with this procedure. Ice or cold compresses can be used to reduce the amount of swelling and bruising after surgery. A compression garment should be worn over the treated areas for 3-4 weeks. This will help control swelling and promote the skin contraction.
RECOVERY LOOKS LIKE:
The results of liposuction come in several stages and vary based on the individual. Results may be seen immediately after the surgery, but then swelling will take over. Most of the swelling should disappear within three months. Final results may be seen approximately six months after surgery, but you may continue to see improvements for up to one year.
The length of recovery depends on the type of procedure and where it was performed. Most patients may return to work in several days and can resume exercise in approximately 2 weeks.
It’s important to follow your doctor’s post-surgery instructions to ensure the shortest recovery time possible.
For more information visit our website or schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Antimarino at 844-496-6647.