On this page we will review the following most commonly asked questions in Sacramento area about liposuction.
- What is Liposuction?
- Who is a candidate for liposuction?
- What form of anesthesia is used in liposuction?
- Where are the incisions and scars placed for liposuction?
- What is he recovery like for liposuction?
- Is liposuction painful?
- When can I go back to work after liposuction?
- Do I wear a special garment after liposuction?
What is Liposuction (Liposculpture)?
Liposuction is the most asked for procedure in the Sacramento area after breast augmentation. Liposculpture is another term used to describe the procedure, it is very fitting since the procedure is used to sculpt the body.
Liposuction involves removing fat from those areas resistant to weight loss or exercise. We all have areas that we just can’t seem to loose the fat, and creating bulges where there should not be any. After a minor surgery with a short term recovery the overall figure is restored and pants and dress sizes are reduced. Liposuction should not be used as a weight loss technique, although some weight loss does occur, it is not a substitute for a good diet and exercise program. The goal of liposuction should be to balance the overall shape and remove those resistant fat areas. There are patients that use liposuction to kick start a great diet and exercise routine.
What type of anesthesia do I use for liposuction?
Liposuction is an out-patient procedure, which can be performed under local anesthesia, sedation anesthesia or general anesthesia. The form of anesthesia depends on the amount of liposuction performed and the patient’s preference. In our office we have a fully accredited surgery suite, and all anesthesia is conducted by a board certified anesthesiologist to maintain absolute safety. Because we use anesthesiologist, and the extent of procedures we perform, most patient choose general anesthesia. this is very safe and makes the procedure completely painless for our patients.
Other forms of anesthesia, local or sedation is available for those who prefer it or for more minor cases.
Who is a candidate for liposuction?
Any one who is in good health can undergo liposuction. I always perform a physical exam on my patients along with normal blood work. Patients over 50 years old, or those with history of heart condition or high blood pressure will also receive an EKG in our office. If there are any abnormal findings we request a work-up by the patient’s physician or cardiologist. There are safe limits of liposuction which are determined by patients age, weight, medical history and the number of areas being treated. These limits determine the technique used and the amount of fat removed at one time. If needed the procedure can be repeated at a later time to treat additional areas. It is common to combine liposuction with other surgeries such as breast augmentation, breast lift or abdominoplasty ( tummy tuck), or mommy makeover which is a combination of different procedures design to reverse the changes seen in pregnancy an breast feeding.
Where are the scars and incisions for liposuction?
Liposuction can be performed with minimal incisions that are well hidden and the scars are barely noticeable after healing. I use very few incisions, which are placed in areas hidden by under garments. I do not like to place incisions on the abdomen or thighs. There is no reason to make such incisions. By using longer and curved small liposuction cannula the incisions can be hidden in areas that are not seen and well hidden by undergarments or bathing suites.
What is recovery like with liposuction? How is the pain with liposuction?
After surgery patients rest for approximately one hour in our recovery room while monitored by our nurse. Pain is well controlled with a combination of pain medications and muscle relaxants. Patients can stop taking pain medications in 5 to 7 days, and driving is possible in 3 to 5 days if not taking pain medications. Returning to limited duties, not involving heavy lifting is also possible in 3 to 5 days. Full physical activity including sports is approximately 4 to 6 weeks out.
Do I wear a special garment after liposuction?
Wearing a special post operative liposuction garment is mandatory after surgery and our office provides the first garment at no charge. The reason for the garment is to keep swelling to a minimum, and improve the outcome of the surgery. The liposuction garment is very thin and flesh colored, easily hidden under normal clothing. The initial garment is zippered for easy use then we recommend a secondary garment without zippers after the first or second week of recovery.