With the utilization of a specific surgical method, such as ultrasonic-assisted (UAL) liposculpture or tumescent liposculpture, localized fat deposits are removed as a means of contouring the body. Although excess fat may lie in different areas for men as compared to women, the common locations include the abdominal area, back, inner/outer thighs, calves, or buttocks. Popular facial liposculpture areas include the chin, jowls, and neck. Breast liposculpture may be a technique used for female breast reduction or male breast reduction. (Men can reduce the condition of “gynecomastia” with this treatment.)
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Up to 2 hours or more, depending upon whether the procedure is small or large volume liposculpture. The type of surgical method employed and the number of areas treated will also affect the length of time for your procedure.
Temporary swelling, bruising, and soreness are potentially reduced when either ultrasonic-assisted liposculpture (UAL) or tumescent liposculpture is the utilized method. Drainage from the incision sites is a possible side effect of the tumescent method.
Typically, normal activities may be resumed in 1 to 2 weeks. Strenuous activity should be avoided for 2 to 4 weeks. Patients should refrain from smoking during this time, in order to avoid a lengthy recovery period and ensure proper healing.
Potential complications include asymmetry of body contours, skin irregularities (“rippling” or “bagginess”), changes in skin pigment, fluid retention, or infection. Skin burns may occur when the UAL method is utilized.
Targeted fat cells are permanently removed; however, diet and exercise are required to maintain optimal results.
All methods involve the use of a special tube device (“cannula”) for the suction of fatty tissues. Commonly, tumescent liposculpture and the UAL method are used for body contouring. Tumescent liposculpture is a technique that uses an injection which combines a saline and anesthetic solution (which accounts for the minimization of post-operative bruising). The UAL method relies on an ultrasound probe to liquefy fat prior to suction. Additional liposuction techniques can be discussed between you and your doctor during the initial consultation; he or she will help you understand the best method to use.