Liposuction in Philadelphia, PA

Are You Considering Liposuction?

Liposuction, also known as suction-assisted lipectomy or lipoplasty, is a surgical procedure that can remove stubborn fat deposits from nearly any area of your body. It can be one of the most effective ways to eliminate fatty tissue, which accumulates in areas that are difficult to address solely through diet and exercise. And there are exciting new technologies for achieving better, more finely targeted results, such as VASER liposuction and ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL). If you have unwanted fat and cellulite deposits in the following areas you may be a good candidate for liposuction treatment:

Liposuction Before Surgery Female
  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Outer thighs (saddlebags)
  • Flanks (love handles)
  • Inner thighs
  • Inner knees
  • Upper arms
  • Submental (chin)
  • Breasts (male gynecomastia or female breast reduction)
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How Does Liposuction Work?

Liposuction Before Surgery MaleLiposuction is a relatively simple process during which a qualified surgeon makes small incisions in or near the area to be treated. A sterile solution is injected into the areas to reduce trauma, as well as to make tissue easier to remove. Then a cannula (a thin, hollow tube) is inserted into the incisions and connected to a suction device. Fat is dislodged from the target areas by the surgeon manipulating the cannula, and then fat, and liquids are suctioned out.

There is normally some swelling and bruising that must heal after the liposuction process, but then you will be able to immediately see improvements in your body contours and profile. The results of liposuction can be long lasting or even permanent if you maintain a balanced diet and regular exercise. If a patient has a large amount of fatty tissue removed, other procedures may be necessary to remove loose skin and other excess tissues after the liposuction process.

Recovery and Complications

Liposuction After Surgery Elastic SkinIn order to speed the recovery process, be sure and follow your surgeon’s directions regarding rest and activity level after surgery and when you can return to your normal activities and routine. It may take several months for swelling to completely subside, but you should be able to see positive results right away.

Some common complications from liposuction include unevenness or asymmetry, skin discoloration, loose skin, nerve or skin damage, scarring, bleeding, and swelling in the legs. Your doctor should provide you with more details and an assessment of how likely you are to experience these side effects.